2011 NFL Fantasy Football: Michael Vick is Overrated in Many QB Rankings

J FCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Baltimore Ravens during their pre season game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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When Michael Vick stepped in as starter in Philadelphia last season, he instantly began to put up impressive points for whoever was lucky enough to have picked him up in their fantasy football leagues.

He finished as the runner-up in the NFL MVP race and is now considered as the second best fantasy quarterback behind Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers heading into 2011 according to most rankings, most notably ESPN's.

Vick is never in the conversation for the league's top quarterbacks, so why is he ranked so high for fantasy?

Well, he was the top scoring QB in 2010.

When it comes to putting up points, he performs almost identical to a second tier running back. In 2010, Vick rushed for 676 yards and nine TDs. He's not an exceptional passer, but his legs allow him to make big plays with the ball and he had one of his best years through the air with 21 TDs from last season.

It's his dual-threat capabilities that make him so valuable and second only to Rodgers, who can't quite run as well, but makes up for it with his arm.

But the man who did win the MVP threw for 30 TDs last season, equal to Vick's rushing and passing totals combined. Tom Brady has been consistent and near perfect for years now. He sits comfortably in the pocket so his odds for injury are much slimmer than Vick's.

Vick isn't likely to repeat such an incredible season even if he stays healthy. Yes, he only played in 12 games last season, but who's to say he won't play even less in 2011 with the way he races around the field? He's only completed a full season once in his eight-year career.

I'd have to draft Brady, Brees or maybe even Manning before taking a risk on Vick, especially with all this "Dream Team" talk going around.

Vick is overrated in fantasy rankings and I will be surprised if he or the Eagles live up to their high expectations in 2011.