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16 Aug 2011

Keep Charles...and Vick?

Keeper Question:

10 team standard scoring Keeper league

I can keep two players. If I keep a player, I lose the 9th pick in the first round, and if I keep a 2nd player I lose the 12th pick.

I have the following:
J Charles
S Jackson
M Vick
M wallace

Should I keep anyone outside of J Charles?

The main thing is that only 6 players were kept from the other teams. Here's the Draft order with kept players:
5.a peterson
6.a foster
8.t brady
9.j charles (me)
10.r rice
13.l fitzgerald
15.D mcfadden

Posted by: dutchtreat on 16 Aug 2011

7 replies , Last at 23 Aug 2011, 10:30am by jabrch

Re: Keep Charles...and Vick?
by qwints :: Wed, 08/17/2011 - 3:53pm

If you buy the Vick hype, you have to keep him. If not, don't

Re: Keep Charles...and Vick?
by dutchtreat :: Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:05pm

Sage advice. He's a very polarizing player.

Re: Keep Charles...and Vick?
by jabrch :: Thu, 08/18/2011 - 1:59pm

If you release Vick, you will get one of the following at that spot...
Chris Johnson

So....I guess it depends on how you like the other QB options vs the other RB options. If it were me, in a standard 10 team league, I'd let Vick go. There are QBs ranked in the bottom 10 that are still going to be very good. (Freeman, Romo, Manning, Schaub). If you go with Vick, you likely don't end up with a 2nd RB any better than Kubiak's Top 10 Position Rank - which leaves you Forte, Benson, Matthews, Greene, Gore.

I'd rather have Romo and McCoy or Johnson than Vick and Ryan Matthews...and if, worst case, you don't get McCoy, Johnson or Mendenhall, you still get Vick, Rogers, Rivers or Brees - all of whom you can easily argue will post comparable (or possibly better) seasons than Vick.

QB is deep in a 10 team league. I think you can afford to wait on that to have more options at RB, which isn't so deep relatively. And if you start 2 RBs and a flex, and if your scoring system suggest that RB is your best bet at the Flex, then it pushes me even more to that conclusion - that the RBs left would be better than Vick, thus worth the risk of possibly none of them being there, and Vick being gone, and you being "stuck" with Brees, Rivers or Rogers.

Re: Keep Charles...and Vick?
by tuluse :: Thu, 08/18/2011 - 2:04pm

The worrying thing about Vick to me is that he is almost guaranteed to get injured. So you have to have a solid backup for him. That's a lot of resources to spend. I don't think I would keep him.

Re: Keep Charles...and Vick?
by jabrch :: Thu, 08/18/2011 - 2:13pm

Really? I'd be comfortable picking up Vince Young late as insurance for Vick. It's worse with a RB where if they go down, the backup is likely to not be much more than average. And Vick's backup (VY) is better than most of the top 5 guys. (probably all of them except Flynn?) In fact, I'd put Vince Young today, if he were to be the starter in Philly, in the 21-26 ranking at the lowest, possibly higher, amongst QBs. If I were Tenn, Was, Oak, SF, Sea, Cin, KC and Mia, I'd feel pretty crappy that my starting QB is probably not as good as the guy carrying the clipboard for Mike Vick.

Re: Keep Charles...and Vick?
by dutchtreat :: Fri, 08/19/2011 - 9:18pm

I ended up not keeping VICK. Appreciate all the input.


Re: Keep Charles...and Vick?
by jabrch :: Tue, 08/23/2011 - 10:30am

So how did it play out? Who did you get with that pick, and who was your next pick?

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