Fantasy football: The Michael Vick experience turned out to be one of the best fantasy football performances ever. And the most interesting part about Vick’s performance is he’s the only quarterback in ESPN’s list of best performances since 2000.
The Michael Vick experience turned out to be one of the best fantasy football performances ever.
And the most interesting part about Vick’s performance is he’s the only quarterback in ESPN’s list of best performances since 2000.
The rest are running backs and former Jacksonville wide receiver Jimmy Smith.
Another fascinating thing about the list is most of those big-time scores came from players earlier this decade. It just goes to show you how much the real game of football as well as fake football has changed fairly recently.
Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson are truly the last of the great, dynamic, explosive and dependable workhorse running backs in the NFL. And if their careers follow the same path as Clinton Portis, Marshall Faulk, Priest Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson (all listed as top performers), it won’t be very long before AP and CJ are remembered for what they were, not who they are.
Vick, I think, is an example of what fantasy football will become.
The league is already dominated by quarterback play, and week by week the majority of the top scorers in fantasy are QBs as well. Like Vick, quarterbacks are more fleet of foot and having the perfect mix is fantasy gold — think Aaron Rodgers in 2009.
Quarterbacks, the top ones that can scramble and throw, can become the cornerstone of your fantasy football team if there’s more of them out there.
In terms of fantasy, it’s the reason why Vince Young’s stock increased when Randy Moss was claimed by the Tennessee Titans, why Jay Cutler was expected to be a top-tier fantasy quarterback in Chicago and was already one of the better ones in Denver and why Rodgers finished the year as the top fantasy scorer in ‘09.
And think about the numbers quarterbacks would have if passing touchdowns counted as six points in standard leagues?
Season of statistical aberrations
Vick gave a lot of fantasy owners wins in some otherwise insurmountable situations (count me in as one of those owners). And last week’s performance made me think of just how many players’ seasons have been statistical aberrations compared to their full body of work.
Brandon Lloyd — if you think I dislike Peyton Hillis (who I actually don’t dislike at all) then you know how I feel about Lloyd — is having an elite receiver-type season and averaging 20 yards a catch.
Darren McFadden is looking like Adrian Peterson this year compared with his previous years, while Kyle Orton’s producing like not only a Pro Bowl quarterback, but an elite one.
It’s just been one of those seasons where the bizarre has become the norm.
How else do you explain Matt Cassel throwing for nearly 500 yards in the same week Brett Favre couldn’t throw for 200 a week after throwing a career-high 446?
Pick Six: Waiver wire pickups
If you received the news too late, Steve Smith of the New York Giants will be out awhile, so go get Mario Manningham. Eli Manning likes throwing to him (16 targets Week 10, 52 for the season) and with Hakeem Nicks getting a lot more attention lately, Manningham could benefit from a lot of looks as he did last week.
San Francisco’s Troy Smith is the starting QB, so get him on your roster if your regular starter has a bad matchup.
QB: San Francisco’s Troy Smith, Kansas City’s Matt Cassel (hope for more blowouts)
RB: Arizona’s Tim Hightower
WR: Oakland’s Louis Murphy (should be back), Jacksonville’s Mike Thomas (if for nothing else, to remember Gus Johnson’s hilarious Hail Mary call)
TE: New England’s Rob Gronkowski (sure, why not?)
Pick Six: Week 11 top scorers
A home game for Drew Brees, after a bye, against Seattle? I can see a 350-yard, three-touchdown day from Brees. I also see Chris Johnson benefitting from Randy Moss, though Moss seemingly can’t benefit from anyone. And Hillis fans, I love this week’s matchup against Jacksonville.
QB: New Orleans’ Brees vs. Seattle, Philadelphia’s Vick vs. Giants
RB: Tennessee’s Chris Johnson vs. Washington, Cleveland’s Hillis at Jacksonville (allowed the second-most rushing TDs in NFL this season)
WR: Detroit’s Calvin Johnson at Dallas (a slightly less heartless defense), NY Giants’ Hakeem Nicks at Philly
The Purple Drank list — presented by Joey Baskerville
I’ve been my own worst enemy the last seven days. Before Vick dismantled Washington, Matt Cassel was the top fantasy QB in Week 10 in a bad matchup against Denver (on paper). I also made some bad fantasy moves in my own leagues and attributed stats to the wrong player in prep football this week (I’m really sorry Dylan Hastings).
Dranks on me!
QB: Miami’s Tyler Thigpen vs. Chicago (allowed the least passing TDs in NFL), Arizona’s Derek Anderson at Kansas City
RB: Oakland’s Darren McFadden at Pittsburgh, Detroit’s Jahvid Best at Dallas
WR: Miami’s Brandon Marshall vs. Chicago, Seattle’s Mike Williams at New Orleans
Don’t sleep on my sleepers
QB: Cleveland’s Colt McCoy at Jacksonville, St. Louis’ Sam Bradford vs. Atlanta
RB: New England’s Danny Woodhead vs. Indianapolis, Green Bay’s Brandon Jackson at Minnesota
WR: Denver’s Jabar Gaffney at San Diego, Houston’s Kevin Walter at NY Jets
Joey Baskerville writes his Pick Six Weekly column every Wednesday. He can be reached at email@example.com or @jmark79 on Twitter.