Quarterback Michael Vick has lost some of his fantasy football value now that he is with the New York Jets. Instead of leading the high-powered offense that Chip Kelly created, Vick may be regulated to a backup role on a team that likes to run the ball. Right now, the starting quarterback job is Geno Smith‘s to lose, but what if he does lose it?
When things are going good for Vick, he is almost unstoppable. His value is tied into his rushing performances, as he has rushed for 1,903 yards since 2010. He won’t have the same type of targets as he did with the Philadelphia Eagles, but Eric Decker, Stephen Hill and Jace Amaro all have different skill sets that Vick can utilize. With the addition of Chris Johnson in the backfield, defenses would struggle trying to contain the mobility of the 33-year-old quarterback, which would also open things up in the passing game.
Vick is a turnover machine. Since 2010, he has thrown 56 touchdown passes, which has largely been negated in fantasy points because of his 33 interceptions. He also has never thrown more than 21 touchdown passes in a season, so Vick needs to be able to run the ball to provide fantasy value to his owners. Having only played one full season in his career, there isn’t much hope that he would be able to make it through the 2014 season as the starting quarterback without an injury. If you want even more discouraging news, the former quarterback for the Eagles has reportedly looked bad in OTAs, and Smith looks like he will hold onto the starting quarterback job.
It is hard to deny that Vick is one of the most exciting players to watch in the NFL. With that being said, however, he is no longer a relevant fantasy football option. Not only is he no longer an option to start for your team, but you shouldn’t even use a draft pick on him. If Smith struggles and the boo birds call for Vick, pick him up from the waiver wire. Other than that, completely avoid Vick in your 2014 fantasy football draft.
Bye Week: 11
Projected Round: Last
Auction Value: $1(fftoolbox.com)