Michael Vick looks mortal: It’s only the preseason, but it’s well worth noting when an elite fantasy player puts up a stinker. That’s what happened to Vick on Thursday, as he completed just 5-of-12 passes for 47 yards and tossed three interceptions against the Steelers. You could actually argue that his best play of the night came when he made a nice tackle on Troy Polamalu after throwing his final pick. But to knock him down a notch because of one bad preseason performance is foolish. What owners do need to keep in mind, though, is that Vick has little chance to duplicate the ridiculous numbers he posted in 2010. The man averaged close to 30 fantasy points per game — that’s not happening again. Also remember that opposing defensive coordinators have had plenty of time to break Vick down on tape, and will have stronger game plans to stop him. I’m not saying Vick will be a bust — as long as he stays on the field, he’ll be solid — but you really need to temper expectations.
Brady already in midseason form: Lockout? What lockout? Tom Brady looked like, well, Tom Brady, in his second preseason game with 118 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Buccaneers. The veteran played the entire first half, with his first two drives ending with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez and an 8-yard scoring strike to Chad Ochocinco. With a ton of talented weapons around him, Brady is in a good position to put up great totals again for fantasy owners. He’s the third-rated quarterback on NFL.com. Another player to watch is Hernandez, who has a combined nine catches for 110 yards and one score in two preseason contests. The other prominent tight end in the offense, Rob Gronkowski, hasn’t caught a single pass in preseason action.
Discipline for Britt “pending”: I think Kenny Britt is one of the top breakout candidates among wideouts in fantasy football this season, but his off-field issues will cause him to lose a little of his luster. And according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, discipline for Britt is “pending.” The Rutgers product, who had three run-ins with police during the lockout, told TitanInsider that he expects to hear from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the near future. Assuming Britt is suspended for two games, for example, he’s still going to be worth a middle-round look as a No. 3 wideout with major upside. If the suspension is more severe, though, Britt’s draft stock will take a nosedive in all formats. His average draft position (ADP) on NFL.com is currently Round 7.