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You know what else is unlike anything else out there? Michael Vick. Man, what do we do with him, huh? Just two seasons ago he was one of the most popular waiver wire pickups of all time and then went on to win innumerable championships for fantasy football players everywhere. So good was he, that his phenomenal statistics led one very famous fantasy writer to declare Vick as the #1 overall draft pick for 2011.
The thinking was that he would give you such an advantage that he would win many weeks for you all by himself. The downside was the injury concern, but go big or go home right?
Well, he did get injured and many fantasy teams did go home. Okay, but now it's 2012... Is he really all that different from 2010? Maybe, but the extreme upside is undeniable.
He's generally being ranked around #6 for quarterbacks... often as a 3rd round pick. The problem is that he's had a couple of minor injuries already this preseason and fantasy owners are getting scared away. For example, I was able to take Vick in the 5th round of one of my experts drafts. At that point his upside really makes him an amazing value.
Okay, sure, he's likely to get hurt again. But man, dude has serious upside. And when he's injured, I'll just start my QB2.
And, in that league I went to get my QB2 immediately in round 6 because I think you have to protect yourself when you take Vick. I was able to grab Eli Manning in round 6, which seemed like another great value to me. (Better than the 4th or 5th rounder he is often valued as.) Now, this is admittedly a very risky strategy. Spending picks in rounds 5 and 6 on two QB's is risky because it leaves you thin elsewhere. For me, 'elsewhere' was at WR. It is a 3-WR PPR league. I took RB's in rounds 1 and 2 and grabbed Wes Welker in round 3 and Antonio Gates in round 4. After I took Eli I added one RB and 3 WR's with my next 4 picks. I'm very satisfied with the outcome, but if you attempt this your mileage may vary.
Auction leagues present an even greater opportunity so don't sleep on Vick because he could go super cheap. I was able to get him in our Fantasy Knuckleheads draft for $10. Ten bucks! That's with a $200 budget. That is nothing! If he wins two games for me, I've gotten a huge profit, and I think he'll do more than that. The only problem? I didn't back him up... Me = Moron. I kept thinking that I could get a Cutler or a Schaub for cheap and they kept not being cheap, so I loaded up at RB and hoped for the best. I lucked out with Josh Freeman on the waiver wire (dropped my kicker to pick him up), but I don't suggest you try that particular piece of the strategy. In another league I got Vick for $22 on $220 budget and backed him up with a $17 Matt Schaub. Not nearly as good as Vick and Freeman for a total of $10 out of $200, but still not bad. The point is that Vick is a bargain in auctions. Go get him! And remember to back him up!
By the way, he says he's "nearly 100%" healthy. He'll also be wearing a kevlar flak jacket that is lighter than previous models and form-fitted and custom-made for Vick.
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