Michael Vick will be Fantasy Gold in Chip Kelly’s Offense

Mike Vick will return to fantasy glory in Chip Kelly's offense.
Mike Vick will return to fantasy glory in Chip Kelly’s offense.

Michael Vick is not getting much respect in the fantasy world as players from all over meet up and draft their team’s for the 2013 season. Many an owner has passed on acquiring the mobile passers skills to lead his team to glory, opting for a ‘safer’ option at what often is the highest scoring position on your fantasy roster.

Those that pass on Vick this year will wind up kicking themselves all year long. Michael Vick is an absolutely perfect fit for the Philadelphia Eagles and your fantasy team now that Chip Kelly has installed his high velocity offense in the City of Brotherly Love.

Savvy fantasy drafters realize that despite going in the 10th round in most fantasy drafts (99 overall) he still will produce top ten numbers every time he steps on the field. Not bad for the 13th quarterback to come off the board according to fantasyfootballcalculator.com.

Yeah yeah, I can hear people doubting this prediction already. He’s not dependable, always gets hurt, yada yada yada. I get it. The risk is there, especially in an offense that expects him to make plays with his legs. But with his draft position, how is he not worth the risk? Who has a higher ceiling that is available in the 10th round?

Don’t make the mistake of passing on Vick. If you’ve already had your draft, consider him a fantastic buy low candidate for a trade.

Point out to everyone that “Vick was a fantasy dud in 2012, appearing in only 10 games and mustering just over 2,300 yards passing and 12 scores. His running ability shriveled away as well, with just 332 yards and one score to his final stat sheet.”

The 33 year old Michael Vick is all in for this season, explaining to the Philadelphia Inquirer that he will be a duel threat regardless of the risk to his body:

“I’m going to have the opportunity to do what I want to do in this offense and run the football…And yes, I will be a threat…I think you’ve got to take on a certain mind-set that you’re going to play the game all-out…If you go into a football game not wanting to get hurt or trying not to get hurt, it doesn’t allow you to play the way you want to play.”

Being smart with the football and avoiding the big hit are keys to his fantasy glory. Being smart with the ball will be made easier with the fast paced offense Chip Kelly has installed. Quick decisions are an integral part of the scheme, making Vick have to react and play the game rather than overthinking and making mistakes. The blistering pace Kelly likes to run will also wear down defenses and catch them in bad packages, letting Vick put up huge stat lines.

Think back to Madden 04, remember how dominant Vick was in that game? That’s what Chip Kelly will bring out of Vick. At least in the fantasy world. We have seen how effective the read-option can be at the professional level, and Chip Kelly will certainly have more wrinkles than just that one option play in his arsenal. Vick will be out in space in the running game more often than any other passer in the NFL this season. Yes, even more than RG III and Colin Kaepernick.

A top five season is not out of the question if he is able to get rid of the ball and slide to avoid the monster hits that continually derail his season. That potential in the late stages of your draft will make you look like a mastermind of the fantasy world.

Charlie Gille

Senior Sports Editor

The Guardian Express

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