Christian Ponder limited in practice as fantasy value rises

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Vikings QB Christian Ponder was limited in practice on Thursday with a neck issue. We break down the fantasy implications.

Second-year Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is thus far breaking out in the 2012 season, but he was limited in practice on Thursday with a neck ailment. Ponder was not on the Wednesday injury report, so this could be a new injury, but as of now we don't have reason to believe he'll miss Sunday's game against the Lions. The Vikings quarterback is completing over 70% of his passes through three games, with 713 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT. Tight end Kyle Rudolph returned to practice Thursday, but was limited.

Fantasy Take: It might be time to start penciling in Ponder as the breakout second-year player in the NFL, while other young QB's begin to struggle. He was excellent against the defense of the 49ers, completing 60% of his passes for 198 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT. The Lions have a very suspect pass defense and it's possible that Ponder would be a sneaky top ten play for his position this week, just as long as he gets healthy in time. Check back tomorrow for Friday's injury report.

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