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Vick and The Eagles

For Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles in fantasy football leagues this season, if anything could go wrong, it would. It only took Vick less than half of the entire season in fantasy football leagues to go from brilliant and unpredictable playmaker to turnover machine. Gone were the days when he would turn it around on a dime. Instead, Vick became a man known for his inability to convert even the simplest plays into big gains.

Even still, Vick and the Eagles’ offense still had enough firepower around him to be successful in spite of his turnovers and decreased capabilities. They still had one of the most elusive running backs in all of fantasy football leagues in LeSean McCoy. With his incredible field vision and his razor-sharp ability to reverse field and make cuts, McCoy was just as capable of taking a bad day and turning it into something great as Michael Vick was.

McCoy, much like one of the greatest running backs to ever set foot in fantasy football leagues, Barry Sanders, had a lot of plays go for negative yards. When you’re a running back who likes to run as much diagonally as much as vertically, that is bound to happen, a lot. McCoy didn’t like making his money with three yards and a pile of dust. For McCoy, every play could become a 60-yard touchdown run, even if that meant a lot of them got stopped for a two-yard loss. The key to being successful with a running back like McCoy was found in continuing to feed him the ball until he eventually broke a big run. But Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid could just never bring himself to stick with McCoy and the result was one of the most disappointing seasons for a running back in fantasy football leagues who had such high expectations coming in.


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