Michael Vick… It might be time I admit I was wrong. I gathered from Andy Reid that Kevin Kolb had the coach’s vote and would regain the starting job. Instead Vick has vaulted himself into the most highly-valued realm of fantasy quarterbacks. This was the week of the passers. Ten QBs had over 20 points in standard leagues. And, to be fair, four more had 19 points. Troy Smith continued to impress with 356 yards and a touchdown. For some impressive QB numbers, check out this article.
The Redskins running back situation continues to be unpredictable. Keiland Williams had 89 yards and two touchdowns rushing, along with 50 yards and a score receiving. Fred Jackson finally showed up with 170 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Knowshon Moreno had only his second week of 20+ carries, and reached 100 yards for the first time this season. He also had three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. LeGarrette Blount had 91 yards and a touchdown, but no receptions. Rashard Mendenhall and Adrian Peterson both had down weeks due to poor overall offensive output by their teams. Both teams were forced into passing for most of their games. Michael Turner had only 39 yards on 17 carries.
Dwayne Bowe has scored in five consecutive games, and has two scores each in three of those games. This week, he led everyone with 186 receiving yards to go with two touchdowns. Dez Bryant had his first 100+ yard game, adding a touchdown to 104 yards, on only three receptions. We finally heard from Chad Ochocinco with seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Deshean Jackson only had two catches, but 98 yards and a touchdown, thanks to his 88-yard score on the first play of the game for Vick.
Rob Gronkowski caught all three of Tom Brady’s touchdown passes. Kevin Boss was found by Eli Manning at last, for five catches, 81 yards and a touchdown.
It’s a sign of the kind of day defenses had, that the Colts DST was the top defense this week. Only five were in double digits. Out of them, only the Bears and Eagles are owned in more than 60% of ESPN leagues. The Steelers and Titans, two of the top week-to-week DST’s, were in the negative this week after poor outings. And the Giants and Ravens onl managed one point each.
This was obviously going to be an offensive week. Don’t abandon ship or go all in based on one week. My best advice after a week like this is not to overreact. Vick owners will be asking for Solomon’s palace in return, and you can’t blame them, but that doesn’t mean he is worth crippling your roster for. I also think Vick is worth less in keeper leagues because his longevity is somewhat of an unknown due to his time out of football. Williams is only owned in 1.3% of leagues and should be added in all but the shallowest. But don’t waste your entire budget. It is hard to know who will get the touches each week with Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis in town.