Fantasy Player Projections

 
Vikings
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Sunday , Sep. 16 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
Colts
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBChristian Ponder

Christian Ponder

245 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Ponder hasn't quite reached fantasy relevance yet, but last week's performance, coupled with a favorable matchup against a Colts team that gave up 333 yards to Jay Cutler, should do wonders for his stock.

RBAdrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

94 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 18 rec yards

Peterson will follow the lead of Chicago's Matt Forte, who averaged 5.0 yards per carry last week against Indianapolis' defense. The Vikings may still trim AP's workload a bit, but how many carries does a franchise back really need against these Colts?

RBToby Gerhart

Toby Gerhart

23 rush yards, 1 rec, 11 rec yards

Don't get caught entertaining the idea that if Peterson follows Forte, Gerhart will somehow follow in Michael Bush's footsteps (two touchdowns last week). The Vikings are a one-horse team now that Peterson is back to full go.

WRPercy Harvin

Percy Harvin

8 rec, 104 yards, rec TD

The Colts will get twisted up trying to keep tabs on Harvin, who carried five times and caught six balls last week. He'll be a nightmare catching balls out of the backfield, as no Colts linebacker will be able to stick with him.

WRMichael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins

3 rec, 38 yards

Nothing exciting here. Jenkins received five looks in Sunday's win over Jacksonville, catching three balls. The Vikings are more apt to utilize their tight ends than their No. 2 or 3 receivers at this point.

WRDevin Aromashodu

Devin Aromashodu

2 rec, 33 yards

With Jerome Simpson out for the first three weeks (suspension) Aromashodu helped Michael Jenkins pick up the slack. Fantasy owners should keep in mind, however, that Aromashodu reached the 50-yard mark just three times all last season.

TEKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

6 rec, 71 yards, rec TD

Rudolph is the Vikings best field stretcher, and this week he'll test the middle of a Colts defense that gave up 7.8 yards per passing attempt last season (26th). Fantasy owners can expect a healthy catch and target total.

KBlair Walsh

Blair Walsh

3 PATs, FG

Only San Diego's Nate Kaeding made more field goals last week than Walsh, whose 55-yarder at the end of regulation gave the Vikings new life. Fantasy owners may want to take notice of the first-year kicker.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Vikings still have holes to fill on defense, but even this group should look good against a Colts team that lacks a consistent running game and features a rookie under center.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAndrew Luck

Andrew Luck

289 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Luck will put up nice passing totals out of necessity. There wasn't much pretty to look at last week against Chicago, but Luck throwing the ball 45 times should attract at least moderate fantasy attention.

RBDonald Brown

Donald Brown

45 rush yards, 3 rec, 29 rec yards

There's no doubt that Brown will be the Colts back moving forward. That doesn't mean it's always going to be pretty. The Vikings were one of eight teams to keep opposing runners under 4.0 yards a carry last year.

WRReggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

7 rec, 88 yards, rec TD

Wayne has remained a viable fantasy prospect with the change at quarterback. He was thrown to 18 times last week (ridiculous) and should see the lion's share against a Vikings team lacking a true lockdown cornerback.

WRDonnie Avery

Donnie Avery

3 rec, 42 yards

Until Austin Collie is cleared, Avery will continue to serve as the Colts' No. 2 wideout opposite Reggie Wayne. Kris Adams also saw plenty of action in Week 1, but the two are clearly behind Wayne and Coby Fleener in the pecking order. Neither Avery nor Adams has much to offer fantasy owners.

TECoby Fleener

Coby Fleener

5 rec, 68 yards, rec TD

Andrew Luck looked to his former Stanford teammate 10 times in Sunday's loss to Chicago (as many targets as New Orleans' Jimmy Graham received). Don't get fooled into thinking it's a fluke; Luck will continue to call on Fleener.

KAdam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri

2 PATs, 2 FGs

Vinatieri, who missed his only field goal attempt last week, faces a Vikings team that allowed opponents to attempt 35 field goals a year ago (eighth most). Plus, this week he'll be back home, kicking indoors.

DEFENSE

Sack

Indianapolis is coming off a game in which it surrendered 426 yards of total offense. There is nothing attractive about this unit -- it's raw, overmatched and sure to get battered for much of the year.

 
 
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