NFL Fantasy Football: Why You Should Pass on Aaron Rodgers and Mike Vick Early

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NFL Fantasy Football: Why You Should Pass on Aaron Rodgers and Mike Vick Early
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action during the first quarter 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)

Michael Vick and Aaron Rodgers are two of the hottest names in Fantasy Football, but I'm here to tell you why passing on the two in the first round is a must.

Let's start with Aaron Rodgers. 

2010 Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers was a fantasy monster in 2010, scoring 292 points, which was good for second amongst all NFL quarterbacks. Rodgers' average draft pick is right now sitting at 10.6, according to Fantasy Football Calculator.

I've completed around 50 mock drafts on ESPN.com and I've seen Aaron Rodgers go as high as No. 1 overall and as low as No. 17 overall. If you can snag Rodgers at 17, go for it. However, selecting him No. 1 overall or even in the Top 10 is something to avoid at all costs. I'll dive deeper into my reasoning for that later.

Next up, Michael Vick.

It's safe to say that Michael Vick took the NFL by surprise in 2010. In terms of Fantasy Football, he rocked the game as a whole. If you didn't have Vick on your team, that meant you had to go against him.

Yikes.

Vick claimed the No. 1 spot in total fantasy points amongst all NFL quarterbacks with 300, which was good for second in the entire NFL behind Texan's running back Arian Foster (313).

Michael Vick's average draft pick is right at seven. In all of the mock drafts that I've completed to this point, I've never seen Vick fall out of the first round.

So why take a pass on two great Fantasy Football studs in the first round?

Simple. 

How many running backs start on your standard fantasy football team? How many quarterbacks start on your standard fantasy football team?

In case you're new to the fantasy football world, the answer to the first question is two (with the possibility of three in the RB/WR slot), while the answer to the second question is one.  

The point is, running backs are of great value in the fantasy football world. If you don't have at least two go-to backs that you can count on week in and week out, it's going to be a long season for your fantasy football team.

Quarterbacks are more expendable. Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick are almost locks to be taken in the first round, but their are so many other quarterback options that will be sitting there for you in the later rounds.

Outside of Rodgers and Vick, their will still be some highly productive fantasy football quarterbacks on the board...

Tom Brady: 289 points in 2010, average draft pick: 20. 

Phillip Rivers: 270 points in 2010, average draft pick: 27.

Drew Brees: 263 points in 2010, average draft pick: 30.

Peyton Manning: 279 points in 2010, average draft pick: 36.

As you can see, you will most likely have these guys on your draft board in Rounds 2 and 3, maybe even Round 4.

Do yourself a favor and use your first-round pick on an elite running back. They're more valuable to the overall success of your team and don't forget it is much harder to come by an elite fantasy running back than an elite fantasy quarterback. 

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