Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Vick Effect

Happy during practice doesn't mean happy during games. Hopefully McNabb's
help in getting Vick hired doesn't come with a price.

Sorry for the delay. I'm obviously way behind in terms of reporting fantasy impact here, but better late than never.

So, how about that Michael Vick? Let's keep in mind he's been in prison for two years and "dogged" by criminal allegations for the months. (And, yes, I did need to throw that pun in there.) So he's no in the same shape he used to be. Even he was willing to admit his less than perfect physicality saying he's at 70 percent. However, even if he reaches 100 percent before he is allowed to play, what real impact will he have on the Eagles offense and more importantly (at least in this case) on fantasy numbers?

Good News:

- If Donovan McNabb goes out with an injury, you could be looking at a potential points bonanza, though I wouldn't grab Vick until you've seen his performance in a game or two. Of course, he would have some adjusting to do, along with everyone else in the offense. The Eagles are obviously not going to get the whole scrambling quarterback thing down instantly, as evidenced by Thursday's preseason game. The offense seemed awfully stilted when Vick was on the field, regardless of his position. Even during that time, Vick will be your number two QB unless he starts posting tremendous numbers.

- Let's assume Vick means what he says about doing anything he possibly can for the Eagles to help them win. And then he gets to peak physicality midway through the season. Well, he could rack up points through wild plays and all sorts of potential positions. Though McNabb seems to be clear about everyone needing practice when it comes to Vick being on the field. Regardless, if McNabb is healthy, he will be starting as QB, which is why Vick has to be examined as the flex player he claims he could be. If he works at it, he could become a key component in the emerging Wildcat spawn Andy Reid is looking to develop. Fantasy relevance? I'm afraid you'll have to scroll down for that part.

- Defenses will have to prepare for a whole variety of plays with Vick even remotely in play for Philly.

Bad News:

- McNabb will be the starter.

- McNabb seemed to be clear that there is a lot of work to be done on the Wildcat. His vote counts. A lot.

- In terms of fantasy points, you can't play Vick with McNabb starting because he takes up your QB slot. Even if he does a little rushing here, a pass play there and lines up at wide out way over there, his points just won't suffice for a good strong quarterback heading your fantasy offense.

- Defenses will want to stop him dead in his tracks. He gets a few tricky plays this year before people begin to wise up to the "Vick option plays."

- It could take this entire season to get up to par as a player. We shall see.

I don't have any particular prediction for Vick, because no one knows what he will be doing this year. Feel free to express your thoughts, because we're all pretty lost.

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