Michael Vick could be the fantasy steal of 2012

      June 26, 2012 @ 17:25:52 PDT

Perhaps this is not the birthday present he had in mind ... Michael Vick, I endorse the. From a fantasy perspective, that is. Screw it. I support you. You seem contrite, but that has nothing to do with my fantasy football decisions.

Rarely does a quarterback have the ability to lead the position in fantasy scoring and be available in the fifth round, on average. Vick, if he can stay healthy, which I admit is a big if, should be on par with or better than Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford, all of whom go earlier than he does in fantasy drafts.

Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Vick will soar in 2012

He still has the electric play-making ability in his legs, even though I expect his rushing attempts to be reeled in a good deal this year. Vick has made significant strides as a quarterback and has a full offseason to work with his teammates - familiar teammates, at that.

Jeremy Maclin is healthy and ready to rock, as Tim Heaney noted recently. DeSean Jackson was paid, which often can lead to a player regressing, but I don't see that happening with D-Jax. Brent Celek (hip, hernia) returns after having surgery on injuries that plagued him last season.

Oh, and LeSean McCoy exists, too. This team will be scary good and should pick up right where they left off last year. Expect an offensive assault out of the gates.

Vick is going as the sixth quarterback off the board, and if it wasn't for his injury history, you could make the argument for him as the top quarterback. Reap the benefits of owners being skittish to select him in the top few rounds. You can build your running back and wideout corps while waiting on Vick in the fourth or fifth round, depending on how your draft flows.

Of course, make sure to cover your bases and draft a competent backup. You can land a Josh Freeman, Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler or Matt Schaub after the midpoint of your draft and come away feeling good about your depth at the three major positions.

Happy 32nd, Michael Vick ... hopefully you'll remember my birthday in December with big-time performances!

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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