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In case you missed fantasy football guru Michael Fabiano on “Around The League” on Friday, you can get all the nuggets you need for Week 2 by watching the video above. Of all the brow-raising points, one stood out most. The Baltimore Ravens’ defense has not allowed more than one pass reception for a touchdown in 19 games. I repeat, 19 games!
For fantasy owners who own Michael Vick, that was just about the last thing you wanted to hear. It won’t make those who own DeSean Jackson any happier and it only further dampened the moods of Jeremy Maclin owners. Not only is Maclin dealing with a hip injury, he’ll be facing one of the most physical defenses in the NFL on Sunday.
But no fear, being an eternal pessimistic optimist, I’m here to give you a silver lining.
Can things really get worse than Vick’s four interceptions in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns? Probably not. The good news is that despite the poor performance, he still managed to put up 15.88 fantasy points. If anything, Vick actually seems to thrive when facing off against tough opponents. In 2011, against the fourth ranked San Francisco 49ers defense, he passed for 416 yards, rushed for 75 yards and scored two touchdowns to go with one pick. The end result was 30.14 fantasy points. Against the fifth ranked New York Jets defense he totaled 22.16 fantasy points. Both performances were among his best of what turned out to be a season filled with missed opportunities.
If you’re even going to consider starting the dynamic quarterback, he will need to have all of his weapons at his disposal. Jeremy Maclin practiced on a limited basis Friday, as did DeSean Jackson. Both are expected to be ready for Sunday’s contest, but be sure to check NFL.com’s inactives report before the game for confirmation. If both are a go, consider Vick’s performance against the 49ers last season: Jackson racked up 171 yards and Maclin notched 74 yards. But also consider that they both combined for only 85 yards against the Jets. The only constant … Mike Vick did well. Evaluate your rosters and make sure there aren’t better plays to be had. Even though it goes against the “never bench your studs” rule, how can you argue with one reception for a score in 19 games? Then again, now that Michael Fabiano shared that stat, watch Vick be the first one to break it.
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