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Fantasy Sports Gab Breaks Down the Eagles

We jumped back on the I-95 and headed out of streets of Baltimore, toward Philadelphia, where it’s always sunny.

Phillie

2010 Team Stats

Rushing Att./Yards/TDs: 428/2,324/18

Passing Att./Yards/TDs/INTs: 561/4,215/28/13

Defense / Sp. Teams Sacks/Turnovers/TDs: 39/34/3

Quarterbacks

Michael Vick: Here’s four quick reasons not to pick Vick in the first round:

  1. Vick

    Michael Vick is the highest risk/reward candidate in the 2011 Fantasy Draft.

    While his 2010 passing numbers were his best so far in his career, what made him a fantasy superstar was the way he could run like a running back. He turns 31 in June. Most guys stop playing well as a running back around then.

  2. While it may seem it at the time, there is no such thing as indefensible in the NFL. Sure, Vick looked as close to it as anyone comes in 2010, but he wasn’t the original starter in Philadelphia; opponents had spent the offseason getting ready for Kolb (yes, people, they do prepare for their opponents in the offseason). With a full (albeit lockout-limited) preseason to prepare for Vick, and an entire year of Eagles game film to study, it’ll be hard for Vick to look indefensible again.
  3. In his first full starting season (2002 with the Falcons), Vick missed a game with a sprained shoulder. In 2003, he missed 11 games with a fractured fibula. In ’04, he missed another game due to his shoulder (it was actually a Week 16 game – fantasy football championship week). In 2005 he missed a game due to a knee injury, and he missed 4 games last season due to a rib injury. That makes 2006 his only complete season, and means he’s missed 18 games in 6 seasons as a starter. He plays like a running back, he gets injured like a running back.
  4. He only has to beat Peyton Hillis to be on the cover of Madden 12. Need I say more?

Now, all that being said, Vick remains as a high-risk, high-reward fantasy player. If you don’t like your chances this season anyway (maybe you’re in a league where you’re way out of your depth, and/or you just plain suck at this stuff), then what the heck, take the risk. But if you’d back yourself to be able to make sensible decisions to try and battle out the wins on the road to a championship, don’t take the risk, and get a solid-as-a-rock player instead, like Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, or Rashard Mendenhall.

Kolb

What will become of Kevin Kolb in 2011?

Kevin Kolb: The folks on NFL Network seem to think that Kolb’s trade value will never again be as high as it is now, so there’s serious speculation that he won’t be with the Eagles in 2011. Wherever he lands, don’t get too excited – the Eagles’ is a high-powered offense, with a great set of receivers and one of the best checkdown backs in the league. Kolb’s not likely to be going to a team that has that kind of talent to support him.

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