Ranks reax: Can you trust banged-up Vick? 

September, 21, 2011
Tuesday night, it looked as if Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was unlikely to recover from his concussion in time to suit up for Sunday's home tilt with the rival New York Giants. So I advised Vick owners to prepare for the scenario that he wouldn't play, proudly saying on "NFL Live" that Mike Kafka would be my No. 20-ranked quarterback for this week. Isn't it amazing how much things can change in a week? Who would have guessed the Northwestern product would ever play, let alone be ranked by a fantasy analyst?

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AP Photo/John AmisIf the Eagles think Michael Vick is ready to play -- and play well -- then you should too.
Well, Wednesday morning I changed my mind again; a few minutes before our Week 3 rankings were released, I saw the news that Vick was now likely to play and slotted him back in as my No. 5 quarterback -- as did two other rankers -- and removed Kafka. Vick playing would add clarity to the situation; it's nearly impossible to tell what the inexperienced Kafka would do, though with his weapons and the Giants' shaky secondary, it would have been interesting. Now with Vick likely to start, it's irrelevant. But this underscores how a fantasy owner should always be looking for the right depth at quarterback.

The quarterback rankings look strange this week, and I certainly played a role in that. Cam Newton in our top 10? You betcha! Ryan Fitzpatrick over Ben Roethlisberger? Shootout on the way! I even gave Rex Grossman a top-15 ranking among quarterbacks, something I didn't think I would do.