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Michael Vick was almost as polarizing in the fantasy world as he is in real life. I've never drafted him, but I know many other owners who were enamored with his potential and took a chance on him more than once.
At this early stage of his reinstatement, Vick isn't ranked on any of the big boards I've seen. There has been plenty written about his fantasy impact on sites such as Fanhouse and Sportsline, but the fantasy world is in accord that it's just too early to place any value on him.
Many owners got on the Vick bandwagon early in his career. He had his best fantasy season in 2002, when he passed for a career-high 2,932 yards with 16 touchdowns and rushed for 777 yards and eight touchdowns. But he never exceeded those totals leading up to the final season before the dogfighting scandal broke.
Nonetheless, the lure of potentially 3,500 passing yards, 1,000 rushing yards and 30-plus total touchdowns had Vick apologists willing to draft him, and those who did regretted it by the end of their fantasy seasons.
Now after two seasons out of the NFL, Vick is eligible to play some, if not all, of this regular season. Two esteemed colleagues, Liz Clarke and Michael Wilbon, have widely differing views on the topic, as I'm sure do those debating his fantasy worth.
Liz told me Vick won't be the same athlete we're used to watching, that he physically won't be of much good use to any team. Then of course there's the potential public relations disaster.
Michael, on the other hand, writes in his column on Monday that 32 coaches and 30 GMs want him. It's just a matter of which owners are willing to take that chance.
I'm staying away from Vick in my drafts, unless I can get him as my Mr. Irrelevant. Even before his federally enforced hiatus, Vick wasn't good enough to be a fantasy anchor at quarterback. I can't see him being any better after two years of NFL inactivity.
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Posted by: ozpunk | July 29, 2009 12:32 AM
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