By: Justin Emery
In nearly every fantasy football scoring system the top two positions desired are running back and quarterback. They are the two most valued positions on the roster and Michael Vick is both of those players. A player who is capable of throwing for 300 yards and running for 100 yards in any game, a quarterback who can score on a forty-yard run, those are some of the things that come along with Vick. Injury is a problem to Vick owners, as he averages 13 games a season over his career, but this year Vick is set to shatter fantasy football records, there are three reasons that Michael Vick will have the best fantasy season ever and here they are.
1. Supporting Cast: DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are arguably one of the best receiver tandems in the league, and definitely the most explosive. Both are solid fantasy players in themselves and I actually think that Maclin could have a breakout season this year. LeSean McCoy is a top 5 fantasy player himself, but half of his value comes from his excellent pass catching skills, something that helps Vick’s fantasy value tremendously. Vick and McCoy are excellent compliments to each other due to Vick’s ability to scramble. Brent Celek is an underrated tight end that can get open and create some things in the seam, Celek will be asked to do more blocking this year than usual with the Jason Peters injury, but don’t underestimate him. Lastly Andy Reid, with one of the best running backs in the league the Eagles coach is still a pass first coach and on a team with these weapons having the quarterback will produce many chances for big plays.
2. Mobility: Like I said earlier Vick is the fastest quarterback in NFL history, once rushing for over 1,000 yards in a season. He is the all time rushing leader for quarterbacks with over 5,000 yards. With his speed and instincts he can easily run for 50 yards a game, which would give him a projected 800 yards at the end of the season, much higher than any other quarterback. In the red zone he is always capable of getting loose and rushing in, he has thirty-three career rushing touchdowns.
3. Schedule: The Eagles only face once defense this year that was ranked in the top 10, and that team is missing their defensive player of the year this time. Granted the Ravens are still a great defense, replacing the best defensive player with a rookie will cause a few issues especially in week two. They also play the Steelers, which are no easy matchup, but I feel like this young Eagles offense can wear down and beat this old Steelers defense. The other opponents on the Eagles schedule to rank in the top fifteen were the Giants D at fifteenth. Reid and the Eagles are embarrassed about last year so teams this year could be on the lookout once the Eagles offense gets rolling they could be tough to stop especially with number seven leading the charge.