Fantasy Football: Now or Never for Fading Stars

Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick Has to Step Up for Fantasy Football Owners This WeekAfter a flurry of quarterbacks were taken in the first two rounds of this year’s fantasy football drafts, anyone who picked up Eagles’ QB Michael Vick or Cowboys’ passer Tony Romo in the fourth round likely thought they were getting the steal of the draft (that honor went to Falcons QB Matt Ryan in the 5th). Everyone knew Vick was a high risk high reward player, and Tony might struggle to match his career best 2011-12 campaign, but no one saw this coming…

After Week 8 a healthy Michael Vick is mixed up in a quarterback controversy with rookie passer Nick Foles after combining for 13 turnovers on the year and having a quarterback ranking of 78.6. Coach Andy Reid confirmed Wednesday that Vick will remain the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Facing a Saints’ defense playing mostly on their heels this season, Vick should remain active in a majority of fantasy formats for week 9 as well. New Orleans is averaging 475 yards per game allowed to opposing offenses, surrendering 12 passing touchdowns in their last four games, with at least 300 yards passing per game. As long as the Eagles remain in the hunt for the NFC east title Reid will likely stick with Vick behind center, but with two matchups remaining against the Cowboys #3 ranked passing defense you might want to stash an extra QB if you’re still in the hunt for fantasy playoffs.

Similar to Vick, Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo is having a season that can’t end soon enough for fantasy owners. Through eight weeks Romo has accounted for 15 of the Cowboys’ 19 turnovers. They had 21 last year. Romo tops the league in interceptions with 13 after throwing only 10 last season. Traveling to Atlanta this week (without RB DeMarco Murray) to face a Falcon’s defense that ranks 10th in the league in pass defense and averaging 15.3 points to opposing QB’s, the only upside to the match up is Romo won’t be playing at home. In his last two home games Romo has thrown nine interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns. At 3-4 and five match ups remaining against NFC east foes, their season isn’t over yet but his fantasy relevance is quickly fading. Look for other options at quarterback this week.

Houston Texans’ wide receiver Andre Johnson has avoided the injury bug thus far, but his production has left fantasy owners wanting. With only two touchdowns and 444 yards receiving on the year, Johnson ranks 32 in wide out production and is on pace for his worst 16 game season since his rookie year. Admittedly head coach Gary Kubiak has been limiting Johnson’s snap count in Houston’s run-heavy offense to help ensure he remains healthy down the stretch, and the lack of any threat opposite Johnson leaves defenses free to blanket his side of the field, but look for the 31 year old receiver to turn things around this week against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has given up 14 receiving touchdowns on the year and a league worst 1,238 rushing yards. With all eyes on running back Arian Foster, Johnson should be in line for a solid afternoon.

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