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Joel Beall

Joel Beall is a writer for FOXSports.com and WhatIfSports.com. He lives with a Golden Tee machine and a jump shot that’s currently broken. Reach Joel on Twitter @FOXSportsBeall.

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It’s not even the third week of preseason, but Philly fans and fantasy owners are cringing over every Michael Vick snap in the same vein as Ted and Mark Wahlberg during thunderstorms.

Yes, the stimulating-but-susceptible superstar has been battered in his first two appearances in August, bringing even more uncertainty to his already questionable status. But have you seen the depth of fantasy quarterbacks this season? Philip Rivers, who has averaged over 4,500 yards the past three seasons, is going in the fifth round! Josh Freeman is falling into the 12th! Even Sam Bradford and Carson Palmer, cannons that do their fair share of damage in the box score, are going undrafted. The point: even if you get just 12 games out of Vick, you can find an adequate replacement for the other four contests, and the total output from these two entities would equate to an effective asset. Don’t let the injury concerns deter your resolve in acquiring the Philadelphia field general.

In other news around the conference…

NFC East

- Finishing off our angle above, breathe easy, Vick proprietors, as x-rays on the quarterback’s ribs came back negative. Plus, rookie Nick Foles looked sharp versus the Pats last night. So you got that going for ya, which is nice.

- Remember that report last week that Dez Bryant’s injury wasn’t as bad as initially feared? Take a shot in the dark what happened against the Chargers in a joint practice session on Monday. Already owning a downgraded draft standing thanks to off-the-field nonsense, might be time to dock the talented-but-troubled wideout again.

- With an easy schedule and solid performers in the front seven, I’m a fan of the Washington defense this season, so this news was encouraging to that sentiment.

- Hakeem Nicks looked good in his 2012 practice debut with the G-Men. His status for this week’s game is still in the air, but you better believe Nicks will be in the saddle for the season opener.

NFC North

- Adrian Peterson may think he’s back to form, but the Vikings disagree, evidenced by their plan to sideline their All-Pro for the final two preseason games. The team hasn’t ruled Peterson out for the season opener, but the forecast is starting to look ominous. Even if he does suit up Week 1, the fact that Peterson has yet to cut isn’t a rousing recommendation for his fantasy prospects. Go ahead and give a slight boost to Toby Gerhart’s rotisserie value. A nice piece on Gerhart’s response to his possible role change.

- Sounds like Ced Benson may not be just a temporary fix as initially believed. Sticking with the offense, the Pack were happy to see Greg Jennings return after a concussion scare.

- Mikel Leshoure looks to be recovering nicely, though a two-game suspension looms for the second-year back. However, while Leshoure is the Lions back garnering buzz, there’s another rusher grabbing my attention. As I wrote in yesterday’s Bargain Buys piece, don’t let Kevin Smith tumble down your draft board. He’s had a dicey past with injuries, yet could be a breakout candidate in Detroit’s high-octane offense.

- To say the Bears have struggled to keep Jay Cutler upright is like mentioning Melky Cabrera may not be the best website designer. Chicago hopes that changes in 2012 (their offensive line, that is, not the Melk Man’s computer skills, cuz that would be ridiculous).

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NFC South

- Similar to Chicago, the Dirty Birds had problems protecting Matt Ryan last season. So far, the squad has made strides to alleviate that woe.

- LeGarrette Blount’s groin ailment was not as serious as feared, as the back returned to practice. Still, with Doug Martin hauling in comparisons to Ray Rice, pretty sure it’s safe to say Blount only holds relevance as injury insurance.

- Wrote this in the Bargain Buys article yesterday, but love me some Greg Olsen this season. The Graham/Gronk comparisons are a little extravagant, though can’t knock the hustle. Sticking with the Carolina passing game, here’s how the battle for No. 2 WR duty is playing out.

- How depleted are the Saints at receiver? The team just signed Greg Camarillo. Yeah, that depleted.

NFC West

- Can’t tell you how much I disagree with this choice. Actually, yes I can: I vehemently disagree. Is that strong enough of a word? How about tempestuously disagree? Matt Flynn is perfect for that offense, no need to rush a rookie like Russell Wilson. At least the franchise didn’t just fork over $26 million for a backup quarterback.

- Don’t fall for it! It’s a trap! He’s going to get hurt by Week 4! Noooooo!

- Things I am falling for: a Sam Bradford revival, especially with a spry Steve Smith and healthy Danny Amendola at his disposal. Considering he’s going undrafted in most leagues, the 2010 Rookie of the Year could be the steal of the season.

- Bad news out of Cardinals camp, as Levi Brown is expected to miss the season with torn triceps. At least the team is stable under cente…oh, yeah, nevermind.

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