Michael Vick Signs 1-Year Deal: Fantasy Football Owners Have Contract Year Ahead

Eric CampbellContributor IMarch 3, 2011

Michael Vick might go from Comeback Player, to MVP in 2011
Michael Vick might go from Comeback Player, to MVP in 2011Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

Wondering who your keepers are going to be for the 2011 fantasy football season (pending a lockout, of course)?

Well, Michael Vick (the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year) is making a strong argument to remain on your roster for next season.

Vick signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles that will pay him $16 million. This is good news for fantasy owners.

Vick is coming off his best season in the NFL. He threw for more than 3,000 yards for the first time in his career and rushed for 676 (better than some full-time backs). He totaled 30 TDs (21 passing, nine rushing). Vick will be 31 by the start of the 2011 season and has a strong chance to improve upon his numbers from last year.

For 2011 Vick is the undisputed starter for the Eagles, and Kevin Kolb's high trade value makes it likely he'll be starting elsewhere.

While Vick's production, while he's on the field, makes him a top-tier fantasy quarterback, his threat of injury makes him a risky keeper. Vick played in 12 games last year and missed time due to an injury to his ribs.

However, a one-year contract extension with the Eagles may be exactly the motivation fantasy owners need to slap the Keeper tag on Vick. With another contract year with the playoff-contending Eagles ahead, Vick should remain among the group of elite QBs in the NFL in 2011.