Most of the fantasy football leagues I play in end at Week 15, and there’s a reason for that. First of all, it prevents me from ever going 0-16, but also because the production from star players gets totally wacky in the last two weeks of the regular season. Such was the case with Michael Vick, whose numbers came crashing back to earth last night in his team’s rare Tuesday night loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The loss essentially locked Vick’s Philadelphia Eagles into the third seed in the NFC playoffs, meaning that they won’t get that coveted first-round bye when the postseason begins next week.
“We don’t deserve it after that performance,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “Every phase was terrible. We didn’t coach well enough. We didn’t play well enough. I’m disappointed in myself. It’s embarrassing.”
Oh, now he’s embarrassed.
The coach who did show up was the Vikings’ interim guy, Leslie Frazier, who has made a solid case for being relieved of the “interim” tag and being hired to lead the team in 2011. Frazier was charged with taking a team mired in its own futility and beating a playoff-bound Eagles squad, fronted by a guy who’s probably getting screwed out of the NFL’s MVP award. He beat them with Joe Webb, a guy drafted as a wide receiver who is running his own campaign for a job next year. Maybe Joe Webb can be the guy that leads my fantasy team to a 1-14 record next season. He can’t be any worse than Tim Tebow.