Vick Has Record-Setting Fantasy Game

Posted: November 16, 2010 in News
Michael Vick

Michael Vick (7) accounted for over 400 yards and 6 scores in last night's MNF beatdown. Might he be an MVP candidate? (

The numbers put up by Michael Vick last night on national television against division rival Washington will be a game that the Eagles and Redskins will soon not forget. Vick completed 20-28 for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns while also rushing 8 times for an additional 80 yards and 2 more touchdowns. Consider the fact that Vick started the evening 9-9 for 228 yards and 3 scores. And how’s this true? Vick has yet to throw an interception in 2010.

In most fantasy leagues (mine especially), Vick was a savior for teams who thought their Week 10 matchups were all but lost. In my game specifically against my buddy Clark, I went into last night done by 55 points. The only players I had left to start was Vick and Ryan Torain, who didn’t play as he was a late scratch in the pregame. I had my game riding on Vick’s performance and with such a large deficit to overcome, as could be assumed I called this match via a TKO.

Little did I know Michael Vick would score 49 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues (57 in mine – I count all TD passes as 6 instead of the traditional 4 points because not all passing touchdowns come from quarterbacks). That 57 was just enough to push me past Clark by a 90-88 score. As Chris Berman annoyingly says, “That’s why they play the game.”

For those who say that last night’s steamrolling was the best single-handed scoring fest of all time, those people would be wrong. It is a top three performance of all time, but in the realm of standard scoring leagues it ranks below two other impressive outings. Excluding the outdated performances, these are the stories about some of the more recent achievements.

In 2003, Clinton Portis accounted for 54 points in a game against the Chiefs when he rushed for 218 yards and 5 touchdowns and caught 36 yards additional. A 2002 Shawn Alexander (remember him?) game saw 52 fantasy points when the Seahawks back was good for 139-92-5. Vick is tied for third on the recent list with Mike Anderson (another who?) when he was with Denver. In his record night, Anderson had 251 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns.

Vick clearly set a record last night with his phenomenal play. But the talks about him being  a legitimate MVP candidate may not be that realistic. Vick missed a few weeks with that rib injury after the first Philadelphia-Wahsington meeting at Lincoln Financial Field. With a star missing a quarter of the year, can the league give him the MVP trophy? Truly he has been the most valuable to his team in 2010, but as usual the NFL would elect giving the honors to a player that missed minimal games. I would like to see that day, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.


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