Michael Vick's Inconsistency Makes Eagles QB a Risky Fantasy Start Every Week

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 20, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to run as linebacker Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs  pursues during the fourth quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16.  (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Michael Vick was lighting it up in fantasy football before Thursday's Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Then he stunk it up.

Headed into Thursday's clash in Philadelphia, Vick had posted 59 fantasy points through two weeks in ESPN standard leagues. That ranked second among all quarterbacks.

Then the turnover-prone 33-year-old fell apart, going 13-of-30 for 201 yards while tossing one touchdown to two interceptions. He also fumbled the ball for the third straight game (it was his second lost fumble). 

Bad Michael Vick was never vanquished by Chip Kelly. He was always there, waiting to frustrate yet another coach. 

Perhaps Andy Reid deserved to be fired by the Philadelphia Eagles after two straight disappointing seasons, but he wasn't to blame for Vick's troubles, or the offensive line's horrendous struggles.

So far this fantasy football season, Vick has proven he can win a week for you, and he has proven he can lose a week for you. The problem is, you never know which Vick is going to show up any given week.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19:   Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles as  Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends on September 19, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. The Kansas City Chiefs defeate
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Granted, Vick faced the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers in the first two weeks of the season, who have given up the most and second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, respectively.

On the flip side, the Chiefs had allowed the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks headed into the Week 3 clash. 

But, the thing is, both of Vick's interceptions on Thursday were on him...completely. It had nothing to do with the Eagles' offensive line or any pressure he faced from the Chiefs. 

On Vick's first pick, he threw directly to linebacker Derrick Johnson, who tipped the pass, which was caught by safety Eric Berry, who ran it 38 yards for a touchdown.

On Vick's second pick, he tried to force the ball to receiver Riley Cooper when he was clearly under tight coverage. All safety Sean Smith had to do was merely step in front of Cooper for the interception.

If you have to start Vick, start him against teams with porous pass defenses like the Redskins and Chargers. But don't be surprised if he even has miserable days against these teams. The mistakes he made against the Chiefs were ones he could have made against anyone. They were completely avoidable and only due to carelessness. 

Vick's point totals from week to week last season—excluding Week 11, when he suffered a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys—were as follows (in ESPN standard leagues): 15, 21, 5, 17, 12, 21, 15, 17, 11.

Don't expect Vick to change under Kelly's system. He proved that in Week 3.


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