Fantasy Football Week 3 Injury Report: Michael Vick a Bad Pick Behind Eagles' O-Line
Unless the Philadelphia Eagles can somehow find a way to replace their entire offensive line with, say, that of the Green Bay Packers or the New England Patriots, fantasy football owners should do their best to steer clear of Michael Vick.
Which is to say, steer clear of Mike Vick.
There's no doubt that, by his own merits, Vick is everything you could ever ask of a fantasy quarterback. He's got a strong accurate arm, he's got great weapons all around him (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy, to name a few) and he's got the speed and agility to rack up 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
The only problem with Vick, as with any player in the world of fantasy football, is health.
Vick has long gotten a bad wrap for being "injury-prone", but you'd be hard-pressed to find any quarterback, nay, any player in the NFL would could withstand the kinds of beatings in the backfield that Vick is subjected to on a play-to-play basis behind Philly's faulty offensive line.
Vick was among the most frequently harassed quarterbacks in the NFL last year, and though he hasn't succumbed to that many sacks through three games, he's been hit plenty by just about everyone on the field, his own linemen included. Through three games, Eagles quarterbacks have been sacked five times (not bad) but hit 20 times overall (bad...very bad).
Some of the blame certainly belongs on Vick's own shoulders for putting himself in harm's way so often. But, as Vick would probably tell you, that's just how he plays and he's not about to restrain himself.
Not even with a concussion and a broken hand already on his medical report.
The Eagles' line, though, hasn't helped much, either. Granted, it's tough to expect what's basically a brand-new group of guys up front to really gel right out of the gate, especially after an offseason truncated by the lockout.
That being said, there are no pity points in fantasy football. As such, if you paid a fortune for or spent your top pick on Michael Vick, don't cut him just yet, but don't expect that he's going to carry your fantasy team to victory.
At least not until Philly can figure out a way to keep him on the field.
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