McNabb’s draft value rises in Minnesota

Adrian Peterson, it looks like you’ve got some welcomed help in the Vikings’ backfield.

Pending a new contract, Minnesota has agreed to a deal with the Redskins that will land them Donovan McNabb. That gives the Vikes a veteran quarterback to bridge the gap between now and the Christian Ponder era. It also allows fantasy owners to select the likes of Peterson and Percy Harvin in drafts with far more confidence.

A.D., the top-ranked player on NFL.com, no longer has to be concerned about the stacked fronts that would have resulted with Ponder being at helm. Instead, he’ll now have a pass attack to keep defenses honest. What’s more, Harvin will have a quarterback who can get him the ball without enduring the typical rookie growing pains. Veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe will also see a rise in value, though he’s still no more than a No. 2 option in fantasy land.

While McNabb isn’t the same signal-caller he was during his salad days with the Eagles, he can certainly still chuck the football at the age of 34. In fact, he was on pace to record the first 4,000-yard passing season of his career in 2010 before being benched in favor of Rex Grossman. That demeaning situation in D.C. could also serve as motivation for McNabb, who said that “2011 is going to be a special season” in a recent interview.

That remains to be seen, but he’s now well worth a look in the late rounds as a No. 2 fantasy option — and overall, McNabb’s presence in the Twin Cities is good news in the world of fantasy football.

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