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Minnesota Vikings
Cleveland Browns Stadium | Sunday, September 13 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Vikings 20, Browns 16
Cleveland Browns
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBrett Favre
190 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
He's 40 years old and coming off surgery for a torn biceps. Still, Favre gives what could be a high-powered offense something resembling an answer at the quarterback position. In his only significant action of the season, the future Hall of Famer was 13-of-18 for 142 yards and a touchdown against Houston.
RBAdrian Peterson
2 rec, 25 rec yards, 120 rush yards, 1 rush TD
120 rush yards, 1 rush TD, 2 rec, 25 rec yards The consensus No. 1 fantasy pick showed glimpses of his tantalizing potential Monday against the Texas, carrying 11 times for 117 yards and a touchdown -- a 75-yard explosion on the first play from scrimmage.
RBChester Taylor
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 25 rush yards
The second-string running back can catch balls out of the backfield and has even shared the field with Peterson at times during the preseason.
WRBernard Berrian
4 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
The speedster seems like a perfect fit for Favre, though questions linger about the quarterback's ability to air it out.
WRPercy Harvin
2 rec, 20 yards
The do-everything offensive dynamo out of Florida might not contribute much in his NFL debut. Harvin caught three balls for 31 yards Monday against the Texans and carried once for a 4-yard gain.
WRSidney Rice
3 rec, 25 yards
As the Minnesota offense goes, so goes Rice. If Favre rejuvenates the Vikings, the 6-foot-4 wideout should be one of the prime beneficiaries. His size makes him an attractive target for Favre in the red zone.
TEVisanthe Shiancoe
3 rec, 35 yards
A trendy sleeper pick entering the fantasy season, Shiancoe looks to build on last year's seven-touchdown breakout.
KRyan Longwell
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Longwell may not get an above-average number of opportunities in an offense predicated on big plays in the passing (Favre) and running (Peterson) games. But he's a veteran dome kicker who's had a lot of success in this league.
Defense
2 sacks, 3 INT, 1 Fumble
They ranked fourth in sacks, second in forced fumbles and first against the run in 2008. They've also averaged a half-dozen touchdowns per season since 2005.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBrady Quinn
140 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 3 INT
We're only guessing Quinn gets the start over Derek Anderson on Sunday, because first-year Browns coach Eric Mangini has yet to reveal his Week 1 starter, insisting it's more difficult for an opponent to prepare for two quarterbacks instead of one. Chances are you can do better here even in the deepest leagues.
RBJamal Lewis
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 50 rush yards
The 30-year-old has a lot of mileage on those legs -- Lewis was the youngest player to participate in a Super Bowl for the Ravens way back in January 2001 -- but he's the clear-cut No. 1 and should get the majority of the carries as long as he remains healthy.
RBJerome Harrison
15 rush yards
An ankle injury sidelined the No. 2 running back for the last preseason game. He's listed as questionable for Week 1 but probably wouldn't have seen a lot of time anyway. Keep him on your radar in case Lewis breaks down.
WRBraylon Edwards
5 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
With four catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in the last two preseason games, Edwards is showing signs of returning to Pro Bowl form. But it’s understandable why fantasy owners might hesitate after the Michigan alum dropped 16 passes in 2008.
WRMike Furrey
3 rec, 30 yards
He's staked a role on the first team as a reliable possession receiver and could be a shrewd play in PPR leagues sometime this season.
WRBrian Robiskie
1 rec, 10 yards
The Browns harbored lofty expectations for this rookie but they've gone unmet so far.
TERobert Royal
2 rec, 25 yards
Neither Royal or Steve Heiden, his primary competitor for the starting gig, have much to offer fantasy owners this season.
KPhil Dawson
1 PAT, 3 FGs
Dawson fell off significantly after a career season in 2007 and enters the ’09 season as a question mark.
Defense
1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
A new coach won't be able to solve the old problems with this porous and unreliable unit.
 
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