When I was doing research for my NFC South questions post this morning, I didn't know the information about the Falcons would be so outdated just hours later.
As you probably know by now, quarterback Michael Vick has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to illegal dogfighting. Earlier this morning, I wrote that Vick would be a risky pick in fantasy drafts, but he could probably be considered a starter after producing solid numbers in 2006. I also wrote that Vick likely wouldn't face any legal or disciplinary action before the '07 season.
Whoops. Guess I was wrong.
The main question on the fantasy front is: Will Vick be suspended?
ESPN.com's John Clayton reports that Vick's case will consume much of the season, and commissioner Roger Goodell can't suspend Vick unless he is found guilty or admits guilt. This is because he's a first-time offender under the league's new conduct policy.
This means Vick's fantasy value is obviously up in the air. I can't see many owners getting excited about picking a guy who's capable of such despicable behavior. But then again, others may say fantasy football is about the numbers. The fact of the matter is his case could take up most of the season, he has a new coach and his team underachieved last season. That's quite a bit to overcome and still be a quality fantasy quarterback.