ESPN reported on Sept. 28 that wide receiver Jerome Simpson was returning to the field for the Minnesota Vikings this week following a suspension. The return will give the surprising Vikings one more weapon against the high powered Detroit Lions. Here is what fantasy football players can expect from the Vikings vs. Lions game in Week 4.
Christian Ponder – Christian Ponder is actually turning into a fantasy football quarterback. He has thrown for 713 yards on the season with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has a rushing touchdown. In Week 4, the team should be fighting from behind against the Detroit Lions and might have success against a weak defensive unit. He is a borderline starter, possibly even over someone like Michael Vick.
Adrian Peterson – Adrian Peterson has not broken 100 yards yet this season and hasn’t seen the end zone since his two touchdown Week 1 effort. However, he is playing strong and looks to be ready to start upping his workload, getting the most carries of the season in Week 3. Detroit gives up some big rushing yards this year, and this might be Peterson’s breakout game of 2012.
Percy Harvin/Jerome Simpson – With Ponder improving, Percy Harvin is becoming a big-play threat. He has an impressive 27 receptions for 277 yards on the season, but has not scored a touchdown yet. In PPR leagues, he is a Top 10 receiver and a must-start. In standard leagues, he is also a quality starter, but more of a No. 2 man. Jerome Simpson returns from a suspension in Week 4, but wait and see how much he is involved before starting him.
Kyle Rudolph – Kyle Rudolph has 13 receptions on the season and three touchdowns in the last two weeks. He is not a big yardage man, so he is only borderline as a starter, but he is worth the gamble against the Detroit defense if you have no one better.
Matthew Stafford – Matthew Stafford left Week 3 with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to start against the Minnesota Vikings. He is a quality starting quarterback in fantasy football when he plays and should remain active in all formats this week.
Mikel Leshoure – Mikel Leshoure was a gamble on fantasy draft day because he started the season suspended. However, his first game back from suspension saw him thrown back into the starting lineup, where he ran for 100 yards and a touchdown. However, he has a groin problem after that game and is not a solid bet this week against a tough Vikings’ defense. Starting him is a gamble and he might be better off on your bench for this week’s game.
Calvin Johnson/Nate Burleson/Titus Young – Calvin Johnson should be started every week as the No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy football. Nate Burleson can be great (Week 3) or invisible (Week 2). He is a reserve to use when your starter is on bye, and Titus Young is promising but is not someone reliable right now either.
Brandon Pettigrew – In PPR leagues, Brandon Pettigrew is a top-of-the-line tight end. He has double digit scoring in PPR leagues in all three games this season, catching a touchdown the one week his reception numbers were low. He should be a great starting tight end against Minnesota.
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