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Starting only 12 games in 2010, Michael Vick still managed to score more fantasy points than any quarterback, including the MVP Tom Brady and the Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers. With that in mind, analysts everywhere almost unanimously are proclaiming Michael Vick as one of the top quarterbacks and top players overall to be selected in fantasy drafts.
However, talented as Vick is, don’t completely give into the hype. At least not yet.
It should not be ignored that at the end of the 2010 season, teams were beginning to figure out how to effectively game-plan against Vick and limit his production. I still expect Vick to be an effective quarterback in 2011, but it will be very difficult for him to repeat his 2010 success.
And despite his improved pocket passing, Vick is still a scrambler at heart. With that kind of playing style, it is highly likely that Vick will be injured and lost for a few games in 2011 or even for a significant portion of the season.
His recent struggles against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second preseason game (three interceptions in one half of football) are also worrying. It is likely that he will revert back to his Atlanta Falcons self, with little comfort in the pocket and looking to run when the first option is not open.
Any fantasy owner who wishes to take Vick will be taking a player with by far the most upside, but it is also a very risky selection. More cautious owners would be wise to pass on him in favor of Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.