Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | QB
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Fantasy Football Outlook: With his struggles down the stretch of last season, and the addition of Matt Cassel this proves to be a make or break season for Ponder. Then again, the leash may be longer than the media will portray because it’s not like we don’t know what Cassel is at this point; a serviceable backup.
Then again, that may be all Ponder is as well, but I figure as long as he doesn’t make too many mistakes, he presents more upside on the field with his mobility in the pocket and familiarity in Minnesota.
At the end of the day, the Vikings spent a mid-first-round pick on Ponder so we should expect him to stay in the starting lineup. Ponder will be helped by Adrian Peterson’s remarkable comeback, as he continues to show us why he’s to best tailback in football and a first ballot hall of fame player.
While Percy Harvin moved on to Seattle, Ponder will still have his top red zone target in tight end Kyle Rudolph and receiver additions of Packers star Greg Jennings and ultra-talented first-round pick Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Vikings will remain a heavy run first team this season, but we should see some improvement from Ponder. Remember he wasn’t all that bad when Harvin was on the field last season, so if Patterson and Jennings stay healthy, the third-year quarterback will likely remain a functional starting NFL quarterback.
Just don’t look to him as more than a QB2 if you start two quarterbacks in your fantasy league.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
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Summer, 2012: Fantasy Football Outlook
By mid-season it was official; Donovan McNabb had nothing left in the tank, and it was time to turn the offense over to Christian Ponder. Early on Ponder provided a spark to the offense leading the way with some spirited play against the Packers and Panthers.
While Ponder showed better arm-strength (listen to podcast, 30:03 minutes into the show) than he was thought to have coming out of college, he did have problems bailing out and running when the pocket collapsed.
This isn’t untypical of a rookie quarterback, especially when they have the skill set to run as Ponder does, but hopefully we will see development from the pocket, this year. Look for the Vikings to use two tight end formations with Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson on the field. Percy Harvin is one of the more electric receivers in the game, but it’s hard to like the Vikings pass game, beyond that.
The off-season addition of Jerome Simpson is an upgrade over the talent Ponder had to work with last year, but off the field problems make me wonder if Simpson can develop into a dependable target? At this point, Ponder remains as a fantasy backup quarterback in deeper leagues, as his inability to stay on the field will likely pose a problem again. Couple in the productive play of Joe Webb down the stretch, and the Vikings have a reason to hold Ponder back, if he should need extra time to recover from injury.
August 2011: McNabb Signs with Vikings
While Christian Ponder will give it his best shot to compete for the starting job, look for veteran Donovan McNabb to play most of the season. If the Vikings fall out of contention or McNabb should suffer an injury, Ponder could get the nod over Joe Webb, but we will have to wait and see who will be the No.2 and 3 quarterbacks on the depth chart.
The lockout didn’t do Ponder any favors in the sense of winning a starting job to begin this season, but it’s probably for the best in terms of his development. Now, Ponder will have the chance to sit back and learn a few things before he eventually gets the starting job.
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June 2011: Ponder Possible Starter?
No surprise that the Vikings took a quarterback in the draft, but I was floored when they selected Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick. At the end of the day, if Ponder is a success, he was worth the high selection but his health concerns are going to be a big question mark in his career.
If the Vikings fail to pickup a veteran quarterback in free agency it will be Joe Webb that will fight Ponder for the starting job. Webb has great physical ability as we saw him shine against the Eagles, late in the season. Webb is probably nothing more than a career backup at this time so Ponder should find the starting lineup eventually.
No matter who the starting quarterback is, I would expect the Vikings to rely heavily on Adrian Peterson and a little Toby Gerhart to find success on offense. A sound running game makes life easier for any passing game and a young quarterback needs all the help he can get. Ponder will have a good supporting cast to throw the football too and that makes him an interesting selection at keeper league drafts this summer.