Fantasy football: Mike Vick proving high-risk value

Back up plan: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did not get a ringing endorsement of his job security from coach Andy Reidon Monday. Around The League editor Gregg Rosenthal reports the coach stated that “right now we’re with Michael. We’ll evaluate it as we go.” After yet another turnover plagued game by the veteran, it’s hard to argue why Reid would make such a bold statement. Vick was able to overcome his issues the past two weeks, giving fantasy football owners no less than 15.88 points in a given matchup, but the mistakes caught up with him yesterday. Owners have been well aware of his high-risk, high-reward play, and his 7.48 total points Sunday fell in the risk category. Don’t read too much into Reid’s comments, as they were more than likely made to motivate Vick and put him on notice. If you selected the quarterback, you knew what you were getting into. He faces the 22nd ranked New York Giants pass defense in Week 4, so he’s worth sticking with. Still, make sure you have options just in case this turns out to be more than tough talk from Reid.

Can Mike Vick overcome his turnover issues? (Paul Connors/Associated Press)

Lock him up: Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is putting fantasy owners in a tough situation after racking up 24.62 fantasy points in Week 3. As NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah points out, “the Titans are going to need Locker to perform like that throughout the season, unless they can awaken their horrendous rushing attack.” Though drafted as a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues, Chris Johnson’s struggles could be the best thing to happen for Locker’s value. With Jared Cook surging and Kenny Britt slowly returning to form, yesterday could have been just a sample of what to expect moving forward. However, don’t jump on the bandwagon just yet. Locker faces three of the Top ten pass defenses in his next three games, two of those on the road. Things will get much easier from there, so stash him away and be prepared to play the matchups down the stretch.

For shore: Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure missed his rookie season with injury, but his performance in Week 3 certainly made it worth the wait. As Around The League writer Marc Sessler notes, Leshoure’s 100 yard rushing debut “is the most for this team since Billy Sims rumbled for 153 yards during his rookie campaign way back in 1980. Leshoure tops the Week 4 list of waiver wire players to target, and he will be well worth the pick up. The Illinois product was brought in to be the future of the Lions’ backfield, so he is not likely to be challenged any time soon. Jahvid Best won’t return to action until after Week 6 at the earliest, and Kevin Smith has been dealing with his own injury issues. Pluck Leshoure from the wire and start him with confidence as your No. 2 running back moving forward.

-Adrian Mojica
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