Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick broke two ribs in Sunday’s loss to Arizona, leaving him out for tonight’s game against the New York Giants in doubt. Next up is Vince Young.
The man whose last three most notable contributions to the NFL are throwing his shoulder pads in the stands and storming out of the Tennessee Titans’ locker room, coining the now 3-6 Eagles as the Dream Team in the preseason and throwing an interception in his only regular-season pass attempt this season.
Now you may have gone to get Young off the waiver wire to replace Vick. Now do you start him?
Will you? Probably. Should you? No. But hey, if Tim Tebow is getting it done in the NFL this season why can’t Young?
I never felt comfortable starting Young when he was with the Titans, and I’m not sure in a shortened off-season if Andy Reid has been able to work his magic with the quarterback in their brief time together.
I do know that Young, in a more conservative offense in Tennessee, averaged 156.6 yards passing, 23.4 yards rushing and .75 turnovers per game over 15 games in 2009 and 139.4 passing yards per game with 13.8 rushing yards per game and .77 turnovers per game in nine games in 2010. I do know he averaged just 13.4 and 12.9 fantasy points per game in those two seasons.
Young certainly has a great weapon out of the backfield in do-it-all RB LeSean McCoy, who could certainly take a few swing passes to the house and boost Young’s numbers. Young has a nice deep ball and WR DeSean Jackson is one of the best deep-ball guys in the league. He has a capable TE in Brent Celek, and a slew of possession receivers like Steve Smith, Riley Cooper and Jason Avant at his disposal.
Young had that deep threat in Tennessee in Kenny Britt and had the speed threat out of the backfield in Chris Johnson, who was not used as a screen back at all like McCoy is. All it takes is one side step of a pass rush and a deep ball to Jackson for a score or one dump off to McCoy in the backfield and let him do the work. Either way, Young reaps the rewards as a fantasy QB.
The Giants have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for at least 237 yards in six of nine games this season and have allowed at least one passing touchdown in six of nine games. Overall, New York is the 14th-best defense against fantasy QBs. The Giants held Vick to 176 yards, 31 rushing yards, no scores and an interception when the two teams met in Week 3.
Young has faced the Giants twice in his career, winning in 2006 and 2010. He is 34-of-51- for 367 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in those two games.
I would NEVER start Young with confidence, but all of the skill players he has around him makes it hard to screw up. Even in what some are calling a bad season for Vick, he’s still fantasy’s eighth-best quarterback.
I’d rather start a waiver-wire pickup like Carson, but you could certainly do a lot worse than Vince Young.
By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter