Vick, David Wilson are intriguing, no? 

December, 26, 2012
The last time Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick completed an NFL game, the United States of America was still a day away from choosing its next president. Yeah, it's been awhile. But on Sunday in New Jersey, Vick is slated to start against the New York Giants, likely for the last time in Eagles colors, and because of the name value and occasional statistical goodness he brings, fantasy owners with something on the line will have to consider if he's worth using.

There's a reason so many fantasy football leagues are decided before Week 17, not just because of a situation like this but more because some of the players trusted to deliver fantasy championships aren't likely to complete their games. It's a guessing game, to some degree, though I've always felt the Week 17 theme of radical upheaval is a tad overrated. Sure, we ponder how many snaps will be played by the likes of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and top-10 Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, but in general, there aren't so many critical fantasy studs up for debate. I'm fine finishing championships in Week 16, but the disadvantage is simply overstated for those counting on this week.

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AP Photo/Charles KrupaMichael Vick (left) scored 15-plus fantasy points (ESPN standard scoring) in six of eight games before suffering a concussion in Week 10.
With Vick, for example, he's a gift -- or perhaps a "re-gift" -- to those concerned about Luck, Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning or any other usable fantasy passer that might see fewer snaps than normal. Vick remains owned in 74.2 percent of ESPN standard leagues, and surely some of those people will need to determine his viability versus the quarterback(s) used to get their teams this far. Vick is presumed healthy and motivated after missing the past six games, first because of a concussion then the franchise directive that rookie Nick Foles need not look over his shoulder. Foles didn't impress, and the Eagles have months to decide if he's their guy in 2013. Vick could be starting in any number of spots by next September, including Philly in theory, and he gets one last chance to show off his considerable skills. One would think he realizes how important his final statistical impression could be to his wallet. For the first two months, and for much of an abbreviated 2011 campaign -- they're all abbreviated with Vick -- he was a borderline top-10 fantasy quarterback. Even now, with half a season of action, he's fifth among quarterbacks in rushing yards. And the Giants aren't exactly the 1986 Chicago Bears defensively, as they made a struggling Joe Flacco look like Joe Montana in his prime Sunday afternoon.