Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire: Is Michael Vick Worth An Add?


The fantasy football season is heading into the home stretch. Many leagues will be starting up their playoffs within the next 3-4 weeks. Last minute tweaks could mean the difference between a playoff appearance and a visit to the consolation bracket. This late in the season, it is tough to find useful players on the waiver wire as well, but there are a couple of players that could still provide value. Even though the New York Jets are on their bye week, one of those players to consider on the waiver wire is Michael Vick.

Vick is obviously not the player he was with the Atlanta Falcons, or even that he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, but for your fantasy football team he could still add some value.

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Vick is the rare quarterback that will get you a handful of points a week from rushing the ball. This past weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers Vick became the first quarter back in the history of the NFL to pass 6,000 yards rushing mark. That alone makes him an intriguing addition in fantasy, as even with his diminished athleticism he still has managed 149 yards rushing this season on 24 attempts. All but 23 yards and four attempts have come in the last three games for Vick.

At this point in his career, Vick is essentially a glorified game manager. He isn’t going to wow anyone with as many spectacular plays, but at the same time that is beneficial for a fantasy owner. With Vick no longer taking as many chances it seems through the air, his turnover rate is understandably dropping. Yes, he did turn the ball over three times against the Bills when he came in to relieve Geno Smith, but in the two starts that he has made Vick has yet to give the ball away. That is impressive as he went into Arrowhead Stadium where we saw Tom Brady get picked apart earlier in the season, and against a very opportunistic Steelers defense, albeit without some of their main contributors.

Nov 9, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

All in all, this equates to a player that won’t set the world on fire for your fantasy football team, but could come in handy. In two-quarterback leagues, Vick is easily in the QB2 discussion. Even after bye weeks finish up, Vick should be rostered and started with confidence as your second quarterback. The Jets do not have the easiest schedule remaining for quarterbacks in the world of fantasy football, but Vick’s rushing yards make him a more viable option than Alex Smith, Brian Hoyer or youngsters that are stepping into starting roles such as Zach Mettenberger or Ryan Mallett.

In traditional fantasy football leagues, it is harder to convince someone to use a waiver priority on Vick. As mentioned earlier, the Jets do not have an easy road for quarterbacks, facing off with the Bills, Miami Dolphins twice, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots. That is daunting, but if playing the matchups could be worthwhile.

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The Titans and Patriots are not strong against the pass, and Vick could put up a solid performance such as the one he put up against the Steelers this past weekend. Using a waiver priority on Vick isn’t recommended, but if you do not have a top-12 quarterback, getting Vick once he is a free agent and playing the matchups could be a smart move.

With the role he is currently in Vick could provide a solid output for your fantasy football team if used correctly. Definitely add Vick in two-quarterback leagues, but have more caution in traditional leagues. This isn’t the Michael Vick that’ll single handedly save your fantasy football team; this is one that can just keep it afloat and offer some consistent, albeit sometimes underwhelming and not flashy, performances for your roster.