You have to give credit where it's due: Michael Vick has been incredible in Chip Kelly's fast-break offense. Through two weeks he's posted 631 passing yards, 77 rushing yards and six total touchdowns with only one turnover. He's completed over 62 percent of his passes and -- I hate this stat but it has merit -- has a QB rating over 110.0 per game. Vick has never posted back-to-back games with a QB rating that high in his career.
So it's clear the offense agrees with him and he's back to Fantasy dynamo status. But it's also clear that he's an injury risk. He came up gimpy after being tossed around at Washington in Week 1, then was assisted off the field vs. the Chargers in Week 2 when the back of his head bounced off the ground (he returned for the next drive).
For most, Vick was taken along with another quarterback on Draft Day with the intention of either being a backup for a shaky starter or being a piece of a blockbuster trade. If you have a very good alternative at quarterback, now might be the time to get maximum value on Vick in a trade before he gets helped off the field and doesn't return.
But who would want him? Well, the Fantasy owners of Cam Newton and Russell Wilson could be interested. Newton hasn't looked great and certainly hasn't run as much as we believed. Wilson has his Seahawks to a 2-0 start but he himself is ranked 24th among passers in standard-scoring leagues. Tom Brady's off to a slow start too but his Fantasy owners might be too patient (or is it too stubborn?) to let him go. The owners of these players are who you target with Vick if you can afford to part ways with him.
One other problem with moving Vick: You can't expect a king's ransom. That's because there are so many quarterbacks worth starting from week to week. They might not put up the massive amount of points Vick has produced but most people are willing to be economical at quarterback and "settle" for 20 to 25 Fantasy points per week instead of ponying up for the 33.0 Fantasy points per week Vick has averaged so far. Also, it's not exactly a secret that Vick is injury prone -- people you talk to will know this and will not pay full price for a player they could be without for some time.
Here's a sampling of actual trades involving Vick in CBSSports.com leagues:
Michael Vick for Tom Brady: I'd guess in this swap one owner is going for the gusto by trading for Vick while another thinks he's being shrewd in acquiring Brady. It's not like Brady's played like garbage -- his receiving corps has been decimated. It won't always be that way for Brady, nor will he always play difficult defenses like he did in Week 2. I like the Brady side better.
Michael Vick and David Wilson for Jimmy Graham and Josh Freeman: In this deal chances are the guy justified overpaying for Graham by giving up Vick because he had a stud quarterback ahead of him (someone like Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers) and thus didn't "need" Vick.
This is an important tip for those trading for Vick: If your rival owner has Vick on the bench, don't overpay. Vick's doing him absolutely no good on the bench. And if the rival owner argues that Vick is too good to give up for less than what he expects, suggest an offer for the other stud quarterback on the roster. Remember, the feeling here is that Vick is a ticking time bomb -- the second he gets hurt his value is shattered. It would be a darn shame for the owner benching Vick to get too greedy and not get something for him.
Michael Vick and Steve Smith for Larry Fitzgerald: This is pretty close to fair in a standard league and dead-on in a PPR league. It's the perfect kind of trade -- the owner dealing Vick improves one of his starting spots and the owner getting Vick improves at quarterback while downgrading (but not bottoming out) at receiver.
Michael Vick and Rashard Mendenhall for Jamaal Charles: Another close swap along the lines of the Fitzgerald deal where an owner upgrades at running back while another takes a step back at running back but makes up for it at quarterback.
|Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN||37||37||Darren McFadden, RB, OAK||18||19||Philip Rivers, QB, SD||9||9|
|LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI||34||36||Marques Colston, WR, NO||18||20||Greg Olsen, TE, CAR||9||10|
|Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA||33||34||Cam Newton, QB, CAR||17||17||Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC||9||11|
|Jamaal Charles, RB, KC||33||35||Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC||16||17||Chris Givens, WR, STL||9||10|
|Alfred Morris, RB, WAS||31||31||Darren Sproles, RB, NO||16||20||Carson Palmer, QB, ARI||8||8|
|C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF||31||33||Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN||16||16||Terrelle Pryor, QB, OAK||8||8|
|Arian Foster, RB, HOU||30||33||Roddy White, WR, ATL||16||19||Ben Tate, RB, HOU||8||9|
|Doug Martin, RB, TB||30||32||Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG||16||17||Brandon Myers, TE, NYG||8||9|
|Matt Forte, RB, CHI||30||32||Mike Wallace, WR, MIA||16||17||Michael Floyd, WR, ARI||8||9|
|Calvin Johnson, WR, DET||30||35||Lamar Miller, RB, MIA||15||15||Mike Williams, WR, TB||8||9|
|Ray Rice, RB, BAL||29||32||Daryl Richardson, RB, STL||15||17||Brian Hartline, WR, MIA||8||10|
|A.J. Green, WR, CIN||29||33||Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND||15||16||Eddie Royal, WR, SD||8||10|
|Dez Bryant, WR, DAL||29||33||Eric Decker, WR, DEN||15||17||Marlon Brown, WR, BAL||8||9|
|Chris Johnson, RB, TEN||28||29||Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE||14||17||Andy Dalton, QB, CIN||7||7|
|Julio Jones, WR, ATL||28||32||Danny Amendola, WR, NE||14||18||Mark Ingram, RB, NO||7||7|
|Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI||28||33||T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND||14||16||DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR||7||7|
|Trent Richardson, RB, CLE||27||28||Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC||14||16||Joique Bell, RB, DET||7||9|
|Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI||27||32||Ryan Mathews, RB, SD||13||13||Fred Jackson, RB, BUF||7||9|
|Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN||26||29||Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN||13||14||Owen Daniels, TE, HOU||7||8|
|Randall Cobb, WR, GB||26||31||Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL||13||16||Golden Tate, WR, SEA||7||9|
|Reggie Bush, RB, DET||25||30||Vernon Davis, TE, SF||13||16||Andre Roberts, WR, ARI||7||9|
|Wes Welker, WR, DEN||25||30||Jason Witten, TE, DAL||13||18||Rod Streater, WR, OAK||7||9|
|Peyton Manning, QB, DEN||24||24||Jermichael Finley, TE, GB||13||14||Greg Jennings, WR, MIN||7||9|
|Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB||24||24||Julius Thomas, TE, DEN||13||15||Lance Moore, WR, NO||7||9|
|Steven Jackson, RB, ATL||23||24||Russell Wilson, QB, SEA||12||12||Denarius Moore, WR, OAK||7||7|
|Drew Brees, QB, NO||22||22||David Wilson, RB, NYG||12||12||EJ Manuel, QB, BUF||6||6|
|Andre Johnson, WR, HOU||22||24||Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI||12||12||Joe Flacco, QB, BAL||6||6|
|DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI||22||25||Jared Cook, TE, STL||12||13||Montee Ball, RB, DEN||6||6|
|Tom Brady, QB, NE||21||21||Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE||12||14||Bryce Brown, RB, PHI||6||6|
|Andrew Luck, QB, IND||21||21||Josh Gordon, WR, CLE||12||14||Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ||6||6|
|Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF||21||21||Steve Johnson, WR, BUF||12||15||Brent Celek, TE, PHI||6||7|
|Matt Ryan, QB, ATL||21||21||Antonio Gates, TE, SD||11||12||Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN||6||6|
|Matthew Stafford, QB, DET||21||21||Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI||11||13||Coby Fleener, TE, IND||6||7|
|DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL||21||22||Antonio Brown, WR, PIT||11||14||Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, NE||6||7|
|Eddie Lacy, RB, GB||21||21||Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC||11||14||Vincent Brown, WR, SD||6||6|
|Jimmy Graham, TE, NO||21||26||Miles Austin, WR, DAL||11||13||Kenny Britt, WR, TEN||6||7|
|Victor Cruz, WR, NYG||21||24||Torrey Smith, WR, BAL||11||12||Rueben Randle, WR, NYG||6||7|
|Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS||21||24||Steve Smith, WR, CAR||11||13||Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT||5||5|
|Jordy Nelson, WR, GB||21||23||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU||11||13||BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN||5||5|
|Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS||20||20||Jay Cutler, QB, CHI||10||10||Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ||5||6|
|Stevan Ridley, RB, NE||20||20||Sam Bradford, QB, STL||10||10||Pierre Thomas, RB, NO||5||5|
|Vincent Jackson, WR, TB||20||22||Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL||10||10||Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT||5||6|
|Tony Romo, QB, DAL||19||19||Julian Edelman, WR, NE||10||12||Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN||4||5|
|Michael Vick, QB, PHI||19||19||Anquan Boldin, WR, SF||10||12||Brandon Gibson, WR, MIA||4||5|
|Frank Gore, RB, SF||19||19||Tavon Austin, WR, STL||10||12||Da'Rel Scott, RB, NYG||3||4|
|Reggie Wayne, WR, IND||19||21||James Jones, WR, GB||10||12||Nate Burleson, WR, DET||3||5|
|Eli Manning, QB, NYG||18||18||Matt Schaub, QB, HOU||9||9||Seahawks DST||3||3|