Christian Ponder Having Passing Success On Early Downs: Fantasy Implications

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass the ball during the third quarter of the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is having a high rate of success throwing the ball on first and second downs. We break down the fantasy implications.

Christian Ponder, at least for one week, exceeded his completion-percentage goals on first and second downs. Ponder completed 17 of 20 passes (85 percent) on first or second down in last weekend's overtime win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN.com. In the preseason, Ponder said his goal was to complete 75 percent of passes on early downs. Minnesota plays the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2.

Fantasy Impact: Ponder was 20 of 27 for 270 yards against the Jaguars, but didn't help fantasy owners too much because he didn't throw a touchdown. Fantasy owners should be encouraged by this development but will need to see something more explosive before putting him in the lineup on a regular basis. He is a fringe No. 2 fantasy quarterback this week.

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