Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings
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2013 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)Last updated on Jul-29-2013 by Rob Warner
The 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft could be facing a make or break season in his 3rd year in the NFL . He's been labeled as a bit of weak armed game manager, but does have the athleticism to excel outside the pocket. To remain under center, Ponder will need to improve dramatically on his weak 6.2 YPA over 774 career passes. The loss of Percy Harvin (Seattle) could keep Ponder off the fantasy radar in 2013, but he will benefit from the addition of veteran Greg Jennings and selection of downfield threat Cordarrelle Patterson (University of Tennessee). Ponder's 2012 statistics were mediocre with Harvin (first eight games of the year), as the Florida State alum totaled 1,743 yards (218 YPG) on 171 of 262 passing (65% percent) for 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. With Harvin sidelined, Ponder's production fell to1,192 yards (150 YPG) on 129 of 221 passing (58%) with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. At best, Ponder is a late-round pick that can be used as a bye week filler as this offense will continue to be one of the more run heavy attacks in the NFL.
The likelihood of the VIkings granting star running back Adrian Peterson's wish and signing quarterback Michael Vick just lessened, as Minnesota re-signed QB Matt Cassel late Friday. The deal is for two years and is worth a reported $10 million. With that move, it's unlikely the Vikings would bring in a third QB to compete for their starting job.
Cassel was the Vikings most effective quarterback in 2013. But, that's not really saying a whole lot. He played in nine games, starting six, amassing 1,807 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also throwing nine interceptions. Their quarterback play was probably the biggest factor in their disappointing 5-10-1 season.Fantasy Analysis:
Heading into the 2014 fantasy season, there are a handful of things that will be on my "avoid-at-all-costs" list. The Vikings quarterback situation is one of them.
The team used three different starters in 2013; Cassel, Christian Ponder, and Josh Freeman. None of them set the world on fire, and two of them will be back in 2013. With Vick being the unanimous best option in the upcoming free agent signing period, there was a glimmer of optimism after Peterson tweeted his desire to bring Vick aboard. That glimmer is now gone with the team handing $5 million/year to Cassel.
It sounds like the team is not giving up on their 2011 first round (#12 overall) pick, Ponder. By re-signing Cassel, a 10 year veteran, the team has shown that they feel a Ponder/Cassel combo at the position is good enough to help the team get back to the playoffs. After making it to the postseason in 2012, the Vikings digressed in 2013 with their 5-10-1 record.
WIth this news coming only a day after Peterson's pro-Vick tweet, let's hope the Vikings know what they're doing, because an unhappy star is the last thing any team wants. Monitor the play of Cassel and Ponder in the pre-season and approachWR Cordarrelle Patterson with caution. He's a stud-in-the-making, but a bad QB could definitely de-value the young speedster.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/8 - Following AP's vote for Vick, Vikings re-sign QB Cassel
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