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Big moves in the NFC East
Posted Sep. 21 at 09:06 AM
A couple of big developments in the NFC East. The Eagles have named Michael Vick their starting quarterback, and Washington has dumped Larry Johnson.
Vick has played awfully well for them. With his pass-run combo, he's now arguably a top-5 quarterback in a lot of fantasy scoring systems. On the upside, he'll run for 30-40 yards in many games, and he may score a half-dozen touchdowns on his own. On the downside, he's not a pure passer and might not fit that West Coast scheme all that well -- there's a chance Kevin Kolb will be back in the lineup a month or so down the road.
Vick looked erratic enough as a passer in the preseason that it has a little nervous about Philadelphia's pass catchers -- DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek. And while LeSean McCoy ran in 3 TDs last week, our guess is Vick will steal some of the rushing touchdowns as well. So all of those guys move down a little on our board.
WIth Larry Johnson, this move cements Keiland Williams (Keiland Williams?) as the backup behind Clinton Portis. Williams probably will start some games at some point this year. Johnson's skill have eroded, but he'll land with some team, so this move could be a positive for his fantasy value. Green Bay and New Orleans, for example, may bring him in for a look.
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