Week Eight Analysis:
While Nick Foles is recovering from a concussion, Michael Vick is primed to get his old job back. The last time he played was in Week 5 against these very same Giants, in a game where he was knocked out early, but not before he ran the ball for 79 yards. And it's not like this Giants defense suddenly figured everything out. They faced Josh Freeman last week, who knows the Vikings playbook about as well as I know Minka Kelly. In fact, the Giants had given up multiple touchdown passes in every game this season prior to last week's game.
Week Five Analysis:
What does 53 rushing yards mean in your league? Is it five points? Two and a half? Either way, it's a few more tally marks in your column than your opponent's. Michael Vick is averaging 53 rushing yards per game this season, not to mention 270 passing yards per game. He faces off against the Giants this week, a team that just allowed Cam Newton to pass for 223 yards and three touchdowns and run for 45 yards and another score. In the last six games that the Giants have faced running quarterbacks, they've allowed an average of 48 rushing yards to the position.
Week Four Analysis:
The Broncos secondary should get Champ Bailey back, and it's a good thing. They've allowed a bloated 341 passing yards per game despite not having faced an upper tier quarterback yet. Vick represents the highest upside fantasy quarterback Denver has seen. Vick has been a fantasy star through three weeks, with five passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns, and two games with more than 50 rushing yards. Champ Bailey will help, as it gives the Broncos a very deep secondary with him, Chris Harris, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Still, the Eagles innovative offense, and Vick's running skills makes him a high-upside threat.
Week Three Analysis:
If you liked Michael Vick 428-yards and three scores last week, know this: he was inches away from two other long, long hookups with DeSean Jackson. He could have easily had a 500-yard five-score game. But, he'll get his first real test of the season as he faces a vastly improved Kansas City defense. They've allowed one touchdown pass through two games; granted, one of those games was against the Jaguars, but still, they contained Tony Romo. Last year's version of the Chiefs gave up big passing games to every single marquee quarterback they faced. I'm not ready to call the Chiefs a shutdown secondary, and you shouldn't give Vick a moment's thought about whether he should be in your lineup, but he doesn't have 500-yard five-touchdown upside this week.
Week Two Analysis:
Mike Vick couldn't have looked better in the Eagles opener as he and Chip Kelly unfurled the most innovative offense the NFL has seen since, well, maybe ever. If you didn't get a thrill out of seeing the Eagles run that offense, it means that you're either A) not a football fan, or B) a Redskins fan, or C) a dog lover. The next team to try to stop his offense is San Diego, in a short week, coming off a dispiriting last second loss. The rebuilt San Diego secondary just put Matt Schaub on 350 and three, so there's little reason not to like Vick again.
Week One Analysis:
Are there any fantasy fans who aren't excited to see Mike Vick run the Chip Kelly's crazy up-tempo offense? I can't wait to see how it works out, and the results could be immediate. The Redskins secondary was brutal last year, ranking 30th in passing yards allowed and 30th in passing touchdowns allowed. And it's mostly the same guys back there again this year. Vick didn't play in either of the Eagles matchups with Washington, although it might not have mattered considering the offensive overhaul. The Eagles defense looks like it's going to be similarly terrible to last year's unit, so this game has shootout potential, and Mike Vick is a tantalizing start.
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