Why I'm starting Vick over Brady this week 

This is really, really unlike me. I’m always the guy who gives commenters on this site a hard time for benching their MVPs just because of the matchup. And I’m extremely wary of high-profile, big-name “game changers” like Vick who never live up to the absurd amount of hype that’s heaped upon them. So if this doesn’t work out, I’ll be doubly disappointed – first because it might cost me the matchup, and second because I’ll know I should’ve stuck to my modus operandi.

Also worth mentioning: I don’t like Michael Vick. He failed the trust of everyone he ever worked with, and squandered his one-in-a-billion athletic talents by never taking football seriously. That’s reason enough for me to dislike him without even getting into the unspeakable things he did to dogs.

But this is fantasy football, so what matters are the cold, hard statistics. Against the Lions, I think Vick is capable of a 40-fantasy-point night in our keeper league where passing TDs are 6 points each. He’d need something like 225 passing yards (9 points), 120 rushing yards (14 points including the 100-yard bonus) and three total touchdowns, rushing or passing (18 points). I’m not predicting that he’ll get these numbers, I’m saying they’re his ceiling for the game and that I think he’s got a decent shot.

Vick got everyone’s attention last week against a Green Bay defense that is widely considered to be one of the most well-rounded units in the league, posting over 100 yards rushing in just over one half while maintaining a 101.9 QB rating and reminding everyone of the player we thought he might mature into someday. The Lions will have had a week to plan for him, but is a well-prepared Lions defense any better than a caught-off-guard Packers defense? I doubt it.

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