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Minnesota Vikings
Alltel Stadium | Sunday, November 23 | 1:00 p.m. EST (Fox)
Pick: Jaguars 20, Vikings 17
Jacksonville Jaguars
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBGus Frerotte
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
After throwing eight interceptions in his previous three games, Frerotte was extremely conservative last week at Tampa Bay, converting 14-of-20 passes for only 138 yards and a TD. Frerotte failed to lead the Vikings back from their late deficit and is just a middle-of-the-road QB. He won't get it done this week on the road either, as the Jaguars will bring plenty of pressure in passing situations.
RBAdrian Peterson
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 90 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Don't even try to figure the Vikings' coaching staff out. Peterson had 71 yards rushing at halftime of last week's game at Tampa Bay, but he got only six touches in the second half -- and none in the fourth quarter -- as the Vikings fell 19-13 when they passed on every down during their last two possessions. Look for Peterson to get more touches this week against a Jaguars' defense that has struggled against the run this year and ranks just 20th overall.
RBChester Taylor
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 30 rush yards
Taylor remains nothing more than just a good backup RB as he is getting less than 10 touches per game with Adrian Peterson remaining healthy. He rushed for 11 yards last week on five carries and had two catches for 15 yards. Leave him on your bench in Week 12.
WRBobby Wade
3 rec, 30 yards
Wade had his worst statistical game of the season since Week 1 as he caught only two passes for 12 yards at Tampa Bay, but he made up for it by grabbing his first TD catch of the season. It was a four-yard pass from Frerotte as it temporarily put the Vikings ahead before they lost the game 19-13. Wade remains a lower-tier fantasy play and he won't find the end zone this week at Jacksonville. Keep him on your bench.
WRBernard Berrian
4 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
After being held without a catch last week, Berrian came back and caught three passes for 46 yards last week at Tampa Bay. He has now gone two straight games without a TD catch after snaring TD passes in each of the four previous games. Berrian is still a worthy fantasy play and he will get back in the end zone this week at Jacksonville.
WRSidney Rice
2 rec, 20 yards
Rice had his string of consecutive games with a TD catch snapped at two last week as he was limited to two catches for 22 yards. The second-year pro is still learning his trade and certainly isn't fantasy-worthy at this point.
TEVisanthe Shiancoe
3 rec, 30 yards
Shiancoe already has set a career high with four TD receptions, but last week at Tampa Bay he was limited to two catches for 41 yards. He's a marginal play every week and this week will be a tough matchup against a physical Jaguars' defense.
KRyan Longwell
2 PATs, 1 FG
Longwell made both FG attempts last week at Tampa Bay and now has scored 79 points through 10 games. Expect lesser production this week on the road.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 Fumble
The Vikings' defense has been less opportunistic this year, with just six interceptions in 10 games and no scores. They finished with just one sack and one fumble recovery last week at Tampa Bay and picking off the sure handed David Garrard this week will be tough.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDavid Garrard
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 20 rush yards
Garrard really struggled against the Titans last week as he completed just 13-of-30 passes for 135 yards and no TDs. He sorely missed WR Matt Jones and the pressure he received up front kept him off balance all game long. Garrard is no longer a worthy fantasy play each week as he has just two TDs in his last three games. Look for slightly better results this week against a Vikings' defense that ranks 20th vs. the pass.
RBMaurice Jones-Drew
5 rec, 50 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Jones-Drew leads the NFL in rushing TDs with 11 as he added two to his total in last week's 24-14 loss to Tennessee. Jones-Drew scored from 1 and 2 yards out as he gained 66 yards on 17 carries, while adding 27 yards on three receptions. He now faces the second-ranked rushing defense in the NFL, so yards will be tough, but keep Jones-Drew in your lineup and expect him to find a way to reach paydirt again.
RBFred Taylor
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 20 rush yards
The Jaguars tried to ground out a win last week vs. Tennessee as Taylor and Jones-Drew combined for 29 carries, but it just didn't work out. Taylor gained 58 yards on 12 carries and now has 30 carries in the last two weeks. It's good to see him getting more touches, but he's not a good fantasy play this week against a very tough and stingy Vikings' defense. He won't get more than 10 carries this week.
WRMatt Jones
5 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
Jones was inactive last week with a thigh injury and is questionable for this week's game as well. They desperately need him in their starting lineup this week to have any chance of beating Minnesota. Start him if he starts, but watch his progress all week in practice.
WRJerry Porter
2 rec, 20 yards
Porter continues to be one of the biggest free agent busts of 2008, ranking right up there with Javon Walker. Porter has two catches in each of his last three games and even with Matt Jones sidelined last week he finished with just two catches for 24 yards. Keep him on your bench for the time being.
WRDennis Northcutt
2 rec, 20 yards
Northcutt is nothing more than a good No. 3 wideout for the Jaguars, but he has no fantasy value in his current role. He had two catches last week for 28 yards and won't match those totals if Matt Jones is back in the lineup.
TEMarcedes Lewis
4 rec, 30 yards
Lewis hasn't scored a TD in four games and last week he was limited to just one catch for 19 yards against Tennessee. The Jags will have to pass more often this week, so look for slightly better numbers in Week 12.
KJosh Scobee
2 PATs, 2 FGs
After a great start to the season, Scobee has been limited to five FGs in the last six games and has been held without a FG in two games, including last week's game vs. Tennessee. He's back to being a marginal fantasy kicker because of the Jaguars' offensive woes.
Defense
2 sacks, 2 INT
The Jaguars had just one sack and one interception last week vs. Tennessee and will need to come up with more big defensive plays this week if they expect to beat Minnesota at home.
 
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