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Michael Vick Reinstated: Fantasy Spin

Jul 27, 2009 – 9:00 PM
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Tom Herrera

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Michael Vick reinstatedUpdate (8/14/09): Vick has signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. You can see where we slotted him in our latest fantasy quarterback rankings.

With Michael Vick reinstated on a conditional basis, some prospective fantasy football managers may be wondering if he's even worth including in our next round of quarterback rankings. After all, if Rex Grossman can crack our top 45 consensus picks, surely a dynamic threat like Vick deserves a spot.

But before we all hop back on the Vick "fantasy bandwagon," one which I was never on even when he was playing, it's important to remember a few pressing details.

He doesn't have a starting roster spot, or a team for that matter. Oh, and he'll have to sit out a chunk of the season, too.

Speculation will fly over squads that may consider acquiring Michael Vick, but wherever he ends up, he's not going to be a starter. In the short term, there's a very good chance he won't offer much fantasy value beyond two-quarterback deep leagues or ones that allow you to start a QB at the flex position.

Let's also remember Vick was not the most reliable QB in fantasy football. During his best weeks, he could single-handedly destroy your opponent. During his worst, you were left catapulting your remote control and wondering why you didn't roll with a steadier, less-enticing option like Matt Hasselbeck.

During the 2006-07 season, Vick's last in the NFL, there were six different weeks where he didn't manage a passing touchdown. There were also three weeks where he threw for less than 100 yards. The rushing yards were obviously tremendous -- a whopping 1,039 in total -- but there's no guarantee we're going to see the same explosiveness. At age 29 and over two years since his last NFL game, he still has to prove it on the football field.

Just because he is Michael Vick, he'll enter the top 50 overall fantasy quarterbacks. But until more details unfold -- including which team will give him a shot -- that's as far as we're willing to go.

Now commence with the witty Vick-themed fantasy team names!

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