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No. 26 on the Fantasy Football Spin list of the top 30 fantasy relevant players that may change teams is party animal Vince Young. Check out FFSpin.com for the latest draft information…
When the Titans fired the longest tenured coach in the league, many expected it was a vote of confidence of VY. Not so fast, as he is rumored to have ticked off every member of the Titan coaching staff and the character concerns, combined with questionable mechanics, make him less than an attractive option on the trade market.
As an added bonus, the former Heisman runner up is due $13 million in 2011, a figure that no team in their right mind is going to pay—not even Al Davis.
In 2006, Young was the No. 3 overall pick by the Titans coming off a Rose Bowl MVP performance. His football IQ was questioned at the combine after he scored one of the lowest scores in the Wonderlic test—his off the field antics during the past few years gives credence to his poor decision making.
In June 2010, Young was arrested following a strip club altercation. On the same weekend, head coach Jeff Fisher was hosting his annual charity softball game in Nashville.
The personality conflict between VY and Fisher reached its height this season, and now it appears owner Bud Adams is ready for a fresh start if and when the 2011 season kicks off. The Titans hired their O-line coach Mike Munchak as head coach and are rumored to be shopping VY hoping for a late-round pick. His release is a more likely scenario.
Young’s ability to win games makes him an intriguing option, despite the off the field baggage. In five seasons in the Music City, VY compiled a 30-17 record (64 percent) and the Titans struggled to a 15-18 record with Young on the sidelines.
Young has battled injuries during his brief career (not sure his offseason conditioning is too strenuous, unless you count chugging Hennessey at record speeds). In 2008, a knee injury cost him all but three games and in 2010, a Week 11 torn flexor tendon in his right thumb prematurely ended his season.
VY’s running prowess has diminished since his rookie season, all but eliminating his viability as a fantasy starter unless you play in a 25 team league. In his rookie season, Young enjoyed his most productive fantasy season to date, finishing with 19 total TDs (seven rushing), while averaging 15.5 fantasy PPG (ranked 12th among QBs).
He has yet to top 12 passing TDs in a season while averaging a pedestrian 137 yards through the air in 54 games. Since rushing for 552 yards in his rookie season, VY’s dual threat ability has been mediocre at best, as he has averaged just over 200 yards rushing over the past four seasons with only five rushing TDs. Over the past three seasons, he ranks 29th in fantasy scoring, in a class with Trent Edwards and Jake Delhomme.
With VYs release all but a foregone conclusion, here a few possible destinations:
Minnesota: The Vikings have been heavily linked to V.Y. after hiring his old QB coach, Craig Johnson. Now that the Favre saga appears to have ended, the Vikings are in search of a signal caller, as rookie Joe Webb (2010 sixth-round pick) showed promise, but is still very raw and Tarvaris Jackson (a former second-round mistake by Brad Clueless) is a free agent and won’t be back.
If VY lands in Minnesota, his fantasy prospects would be intriguing, considering the upgrade in surrounding cast (AP, Harvin and Sidney Rice, provided he re-signs).
Cincinnati: Now that Carson Palmer has his house up for sale, it appears his retirement threat is a legit possibility if the Bengals don’t honor his trade request. The Bungles have never been known to do a background check on any player they bring into the locker room and Young would look like a choir boy next to Pac Man Jones.
TO is a free agent and No. 85 could be on his way out the door, so landing in Cincy would not be the ideal landing spot for fantasy purpose.
Seattle: Despite winning a playoff game, Pete Carroll is well aware that another year with Matt Hasselbeck under center will likely result in another season that ends with a losing record. Seattle finished 19th in passing offense (208 yards/game). If they don’t use the 25th overall pick on Jake Locker or Ryan Mallett, adding a veteran is a very real possibility.
Their WR corps is mediocre at best, as the Seahawks were led in receiving by reclamation project Mike Williams (751 yards), followed by Ben Obomanu (494 yards).
Miami: The Dolphins ownership has made it known that Chad Henne is not the answer at QB and Tony Sparano is not their favorite as head coach. However, after being spurned by Jim Harbaugh, it appears that Sparano will be on the sidelines in 2011 (can you say lame duck coach?). If Miami stays at the No. 15 pick in the draft, they won’t have a chance at Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert (15 is too high for any other QB).
They don’t own a second-round pick as part of the Brandon Marshall trade. With Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess, Young would at least have a true go-to WR. However, the South Beach night life might not be the ideal situation for a player that enjoys making it rain.
A wildcard in the equation might be the Philadelphia Eagles. Sound crazy?
A little bit, but if the Eagles trade Kevin Kolb, one way they could avoid the challenge of having to adjust to a pocket passer if Vick can’t play for long stretches is to have a mobile QB. It’s harder than you may think for an offensive line to adjust to different QBs mid stream.
Young might be willing to be Reid’s next reclamation project on a two year contract. He has his issues, but Philadelphia might be the one place where he can go and instantly be a shining citizen and better person compared to the other QB on the roster.
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