Michael Vick will start for Eagles, fantasy owners on Sunday

Rich Schultz

As expected, Michael Vick will get the nod under center for the Eagles this week. We break down the fantasy implications.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is active and will start versus the New York Giants on Sunday.

This was expected all along, as Nick Foles has been ruled out with a concussion, prompting Eagles brass to return Vick to action sooner than anticipated after suffering a hamstring injury. Vick practiced fully all week and experienced no setbacks despite that, and will have Matt Barkley serve as his backup.

Fantasy Spin: Only Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have averaged more fantasy points per game than Vick this season among quarterbacks, and he is a no-brainer to start this week versus a vulnerable Giants defense. Though Vick exited the last meeting versus the Giants early due to his hamstring injury, that was not before he gained 79 rushing yards on seven carries. As long as he's a threat to run, fantasy points could be racked up left and right.

Additionally, this could be a make-or-break game for Vick. If Vick returns to form in his first action back, fantasy owners will be able to rely on him for the foreseeable future since it ought to be enough to keep Nick Foles behind him on the depth chart. Owners should watch carefully, but if all goes as anticipated, Vick ought to be the man under center for now.

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