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Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings

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Draft: 2005 Round 7 (16)
Ht: 6’4”  Wt: 230 DOB: 1982-05-17 Age: 32
QB Rank Tier ADP-12
#31 6 -

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Season Team G GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2005 NE 3 0 13 24 54.2 183 2 1 6 13 2.2 0 18.5 6.2
2006 NE 6 0 5 8 62.5 32 0 0 2 4 2.0 0 2.0 0.3
2007 NE 6 0 4 7 57.1 38 0 1 4 12 3.0 1 9.1 1.5
2008 NE 16 15 328 518 63.3 3,693 21 11 76 271 3.6 2 307.8 19.2
2009 KC 15 15 271 493 55.0 2,924 16 16 50 196 3.9 0 229.8 15.3
2010 KC 15 15 262 450 58.2 3,116 27 7 33 125 3.8 0 276.3 18.4
2011 KC 9 9 160 269 59.5 1,713 10 9 25 99 4.0 0 135.6 15.1
2012 KC 9 - 161 277 58.1 1,796 6 12 27 145 5.4 1 134.3 14.9
2013 MIN 9 - 153 254 60.2 1,807 11 9 18 57 3.2 1 146.1 16.2
2014 (Projected) MIN     181 306 59.2 2,145 15 12 26 81 3.1 0 175.4  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
There is perhaps no more schizophrenic position in the NFL than quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Since 2000, the Vikings have had a whopping 15 different players make a start at quarterback. 2013 was no different, as three players, Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman took rides on the quarterback merry-go-round. The result? An ugly 6-10 record, an 18-19 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a yet another attempt at a long-term answer by drafting Teddy Bridgewater late in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Because there is a great chance that more than one quarterback will be under center again in 2014, until one guy emerges by playing well and winning, this is a fantasy situation to avoid. But watch closely, as there are a few reasons why the quarterback position in Minnesota won't be a total black hole and may actually provide some solid QB2 possibilities.

With the re-signing of Cassel and the drafting of Bridgewater, the Vikings have seemed to move on from their last first-round quarterback, Ponder. Despite starting 16 games in 2012 and “leading” his team to the playoffs, Ponder has neither shown the physical tools or technical savvy to be anything more than a decent back-up. With Ponder relegated to No. 3 duties or perhaps off the team altogether by the start the season, put your focus on Cassel and Bridgewater. The skill position talent in running back Adrian Peterson and pass catchers Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Kyle Rudolph, combined with the offensive coaching philosophy and pedigree of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, are enough to make Cassel and Bridgewater intriguing options. Based on offseason work, it seems Cassel will open the season as the starter. Cassel has experience and the support of his coaches and teammates and will have a legitimate chance to hold off Bridgewater if he plays well. Unfortunately for him, that's a giant-sized IF. New lava-tempered head coach Mike Zimmer will look to make his mark and won't drag his feet before making a change at the position like former Head Coach Lesile Frasier was guilty of doing. Bridgewater went from darling to dud in the offseason, falling all the way to the end of the first round in the draft. He has the leadership and decision-making to be successful, but the biggest knocks on Bridgewater were physical; he doesn't offer much more than Cassel. Also, the Vikings will play all home games outside for the next two years, further limiting any late-season upside from Bridgewater in 2014. Only super desperate 12-team leagues will have to consider a Vikings quarterback this season, but in deeper leagues some QB2 value could be unearthed from this icy Minnesota wasteland.

Fan. Tm. Player
QB1QB1 Matt Cassel
QB2QB2 Teddy Bridgewater
QB3QB3 Christian Ponder
Vikings Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Cassel the "heavy favorite" to start for Vikings
Rookie Bridgewater nipping at his heels
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jul 21, 4:45 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Matt Cassel, a 10th-year veteran with 68 NFL starts, is the heavy favorite to start entering camp after re-signing on a two-year, $10.5 million contract in March. But Teddy Bridgewater got some first-team reps during offseason practices and acquitted himself well. The Vikings report to camp Thursday, but Bridgewater arrived early to work with teammate Kyle Rudolph, among others, at Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald's annual workouts at the University of Minnesota. (USA Today)

FFToday's Take: HC Mike Zimmer has said he won't name a starter early in camp. Cassel may be a better fit for OC Norv Turner's vertical-based offense and the presumptive Week 1 starter, but Bridgewater is a good bet to take over the starting job at some point during the season because he is a much better decision-maker. With the plethora of weapons in Minnesota and Turner calling the shots, the winner of this race is well-positioned to be a solid QB2 in fantasy.


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2013 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FFPts
4 PIT W 34-27 16 25 64.0 248 2 0 2 5 2.5 0 20.9
6 CAR L 10-35 32 44 72.7 241 1 2 2 7 3.5 0 16.8
10 WAS W 34-27 4 6 66.7 47 0 0 1 -1 -1.0 0 2.3
11 at SEA L 20-41 5 13 38.5 78 1 1 0 0 - 0 7.9
13 CHI W 23-20 20 33 60.6 243 1 1 1 0 0.0 0 16.2
14 at BAL L 26-29 17 38 44.7 265 2 0 2 6 3.0 0 21.9
15 PHI W 48-30 26 35 74.3 382 2 1 3 19 6.3 1 35.0
16 at CIN L 14-42 13 27 48.1 114 1 3 3 16 5.3 0 11.3
17 DET W 14-13 20 33 60.6 189 1 1 4 5 1.3 0 14.0

2012 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 ATL L 24-40 21 33 63.6 258 1 2 4 20 5.0 1 24.9
2 at BUF L 17-35 23 42 54.8 301 2 1 2 25 12.5 0 25.6
3 at NO W 27-24 26 44 59.1 248 0 1 1 2 2.0 0 12.6
4 SD L 20-37 24 42 57.1 251 2 3 0 0 - 0 20.6
5 BAL L 6-9 9 15 60.0 92 0 2 4 14 3.5 0 6.0
8 OAK L 16-26 20 30 66.7 218 1 1 7 35 5.0 0 18.4
9 at SD L 13-31 19 29 65.5 181 0 1 6 37 6.2 0 12.8
10 at PIT L 13-16 11 26 42.3 154 0 1 2 12 6.0 0 8.9
11 CIN L 6-28 8 16 50.0 93 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 4.7

2011 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 BUF L 7-41 22 36 61.1 119 1 1 0 0 - 0 10.0
2 at DET L 3-48 15 22 68.2 133 0 3 0 0 - 0 6.7
3 at SD L 17-20 17 24 70.8 176 2 1 1 1 1.0 0 16.9
4 MIN W 22-17 18 29 62.1 260 1 0 4 20 5.0 0 19.0
5 at IND W 28-24 21 29 72.4 257 4 0 5 12 2.4 0 30.1
7 at OAK W 28-0 15 30 50.0 161 0 2 2 -2 -1.0 0 7.9
8 SD W 23-20 19 32 59.4 261 1 2 2 14 7.0 0 18.5
9 MIA L 3-31 20 39 51.3 253 0 0 9 38 4.2 0 16.5
10 DEN L 10-17 13 28 46.4 93 1 0 2 16 8.0 0 10.3

TD Distance
Passing: 6, 4, 1, 52, 41, 16, 5, 11, 39, 1

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