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This just in...Michael Vick is pretty good. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback used both his left arm and his legs to overcome a slow start and lead the Eagles to a stunning 38-31 win over the New York Giants and likely his fantasy owners into the championship round.
Vick had just 23 yards rushing and 33 yards passing with no touchdowns and an interception at the half (one fantasy point), but ended the game with 372 yards from scrimmage and four scores worth a Week 15 high 41 fantasy points.
His rushing alone, 130 yards and a touchdown, were worth 22 fantasy points.
Vick was not a starter back in August, Kevin Kolb was, which explains Vick's ADP of 316. No doubt, he'll get that respect next season and will be one of the top-five quarterbacks off the board.
For the season, Vick is fourth in fantasy scoring behind Arian Foster, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, despite missing four games (three and a half due to a rib injury).
Behind Vick on Sunday were the unlikely trio of Rex Grossman (24 points), Eli Manning (24) and Jon Kitna (23).
Grossman, in his first start of 2010, threw for 322 yards on 25-for-43 passing for four touchdowns and two interceptions. His excellent day likely went for naught since he is owned in less than 1% of all leagues.
Manning, who leads the NFL in interceptions with 20, tossed four touchdown passes to put his Giants up 31-10 before the Eagles furious fourth-quarter comeback.
Probably the easiest of the three to predict, and start, was Kitna who was facing the NFL's worst overall defense and 29th-ranked pass defense. Kitna was 25-for-37 for 305 yards and two touchdowns for 23 points.
While Vincent Jackson's Thursday night performance (40 points) led all receivers in Week 15, Mario Manningham was Sunday's best with eight receptions for 113 yards and a pair of long touchdown receptions worth 27 points. However, Manningham will likely only get love from fantasy owners, not Giants fans, because his late-game fumble helped keep the Eagles in the football game.
Brandon Marshall (25), Calvin Johnson (24) and Austin Collie (23) followed. Collie probably would have had the best day of the group, but re-injured himself with a minute to go in the second quarter after already hauling in eight balls for 87 yards and two scores.
Leading the running back brigade was Ray Rice (RapidDraft ADP 4.12) who finally put up the kind of day fantasy owners were expecting of him. Rice ran the ball 31 times for 153 yards and caught five balls for 80 yards. He scored twice to total 40 points. The performance was easily his best of the season and the first time he has scored above 21 fantasy points since Week 5.
Cedric Benson was solid with a 31-carry, 150-yard one touchdown effort (24 points) and Jamaal Charles, helped by the return of quarterback Matt Cassel, posted 23 points.