Fantasy football: Michael Vick is just fine

Meme: An idea or element of social behavior passed on through generations or in a culture. The thing about memes is they are usually not true. Remember the old ‘don’t go outside with wet hair or you’ll catch a cold?’ Yup, that’s a meme. When it comes to football, there’s never a shortage of them. In fact, they’re a weekly thing. Let’s take a look at the biggest Week 4 memes soaking into your football loving brain.

There’s something wrong with Michael Vick.

The turnovers are an issue, but in reality, this is nothing we haven’t seen from the quarterback in the past. It’s only because we’re seeing his weaknesses on display so early that it has us all questioning if something is wrong with the veteran. After three games, his completion percentage is 55.2, which is just a hair below his 56.0 career average. His quarterback rating is currently among his worst, but tossing six picks in three games has a tendency to do that to you. Yet even with that, he currently boasts his third-highest yards per pass average (7.2) and assuming he only averages one touchdown pass per game, he would be right on par for the course. He’s thrown for 300-plus yards twice already, something he only accomplished three times in thirteen games last year. What’s perceived as wrong with him is actually what’s right with him. Like all agile quarterbacks who age, he is focused on becoming a better pocket-passer. Don’t forget that he also faced a Cleveland secondary with Joe Haden and the stout Baltimore and Arizona defenses. There’s nothing wrong with him, it’s just been a grueling opening schedule. Nobody’s worried about Tom Brady, yet he’s 1-2 after facing the Ravens and Cards, so there’s no reason to worry with Vick.

Mark Sanchez gives the Jets the best chance to win because Tim Tebow can’t throw.

Let’s get right to the meat and grits on this one. Mark Sanchez’s career completion percentage is 55.0 to go along with a 73.6 career passer rating. Tim Tebow has a career completion percentage of 47.3 to go along with a 75.1 career passer rating. Sanchez is intercepted 3.6 percent of the time compared to Tebow’s 2.5 percent. Sanchez has averaged 11.9 yards per pass completion in his career. Tebow has averaged 13.7 yards per pass completion in his career. Tebow has only one full season under his belt. Sanchez has three. He might look prettier on the field, but each guy is nearly on the same footing when it comes to who has a better chance to lead their team to victory. When you consider Sanchez is 21st among all fantasy quarterbacks with 42.80 points, could it really get any worse if Tebow was at the helm?

Christian Ponder has turned the corner and is a viable fantasy option.

Sure, Ponder has the second-highest completion percentage in the league, but the Vikings are 19th in total passing yards and tied for 15th in passing touchdowns. He’s 29th in pass plays of 20-plus yards and 16th in points scored through the air. In other words…average. The completion percentage and his success of not turning the ball over are effective, but to say he’s made the jump is taking it a bit too far. Want a good gauge of this? As good as people think he’s doing, Ponder’s scored only 50.62 fantasy points which puts him at 11th among all fantasy quarterbacks. As bad as people think Mike Vick is doing, Ponder is only 6.32 fantasy points behind him. Things are trending upward for the Florida State product though, and the return of Jerome Simpson could turn this from meme to reality. I’ll just need to see Ponder do it consistently before I buy completely in on him.

– Adrian Mojica
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