QB Christian Ponder (Minnesota)
Christian Ponder should start 16 games this year. Unlike last year, he’s the week 1 starter and unlike last year, he has a capable blindside protector so he’s less likely to miss time with injury. As a team, the Vikings passed 510 times last year. That seems about right for Ponder, who should improve upon his 6.4 YPA from last year as he goes into his 2nd season.
He’ll also have better protection, which will allow him to throw downfield better. 6.8 YPA over 510 throws is 3468 yards. The Vikings as a team threw for 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last year (13:13 for Ponder). That sounds about right for Ponder in 2012. He also adds value as a runner as well. He’s a QB2 with upside.
Projection: 3470 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 16 interceptions, 250 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown (217 pts standard/257 pts in 6 pt TD leagues)
RB Adrian Peterson (Minnesota)
Adrian Peterson tore his ACL late last season, but he’s making a remarkable recover...