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Michael VIck is no longer looking like the great fantasy quarterback you drafted. It might be time to cut him loose. Take a look at some more pickups and drops in our gallery. | AP

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Updated: January 8, 2012 1:15AM

Remember the scene in “The Empire Strikes Back” when Han Solo is frozen in carbonite in mid-scream? That’s how I pictured Michael Vick’s owners, myself included, upon hearing that he broke his hand while taking another pummeling Sunday.

Now, I realize the “Star Wars” reference only reinforces the image of the stereotypical fantasy “geek,” but I’m not worried about being bullied. It’s Vick’s broken bones that could hurt me.

Fortunately, the news isn’t as bone-chilling as first reported. Vick’s non-throwing right hand is bruised and badly swollen, but not broken. He’ll be iffy heading into this weekend, but a monthlong absence is no longer in the cards.

But you can’t help wondering if Vick is playing on borrowed time given the heavy punishment he’s absorbing. While his extended loss wouldn’t necessarily cause an offensive tailspin like that experienced by the Peyton Manning-less Colts, those counting on DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin must be concerned. Whether the underachieving Vince Young or the inexperienced Mike Kafka takes over, the Eagles’ wide-open offense wouldn’t be nearly as explosive. Opposing defenses would shift their attention squarely on budding superstar LeSean McCoy, who might find his running lanes much more clogged.

But Vick’s owners aren’t the only ones sporting the Solo shriek these days. Run into a Chris Johnson or Arian Foster owner lately? They’re easy to spot with the dark cloud hovering over their heads.

To win a fantasy championship, it helps to start with a great draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents is also important. Here’s a look at players worth considering and others who would look better in someone else’s lineup.


Ladd Biro was named the 2010 Football Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Follow all his advice at the Fantasy Fools blog (, on Facebook and via ­Twitter (@ladd_biro).

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