NFL fantasy football: Vikings are Christian Ponder’s team

Cassel says Ponder is starting QB: When the Minnesota Vikings signed Matt Cassel to a two-year contract, many people believed the veteran was brought in to compete with Christian Ponder for the starting quarterback job. That’s not so, says Cassel. The starting job belongs to Ponder for 2013, which hopefully gives the young QB a shot of confidence. What should also give Ponder some confidence is the addition of former Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings. While he’s not a one-to-one replacement for the departed Percy Harvin, it’s an upgrade from a possible starting WR duo of Jerome Simpson and Michael Jenkins. The news does solidify Ponder’s fantasy value for next season … and that value is as a lower-end No. 2 QB option.

Johnson and Johnson in Houston?: Since the Houston Texans released Kevin Walter, the team could use another receiver to line up opposite Andre Johnson. Seems like Dre has someone in mind — Chad Johnson. The latter Johnson had a disappointing 2011 with the New England Patriots, then missed all of 2012 after being cut by the Miami Dolphins. The veteran, who turned 35 in January, was wildly inconsistent on the field in his last few seasons and was increasingly becoming a headache off of it. If there’s any fantasy value, it would be a late-round risk/reward option. But he needs to draw interest from an actual team first and that seems like a longshot.

Best still wants to play: Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best hasn’t had a carry in an NFL game since October 2011 due to suffering multiple concussions. Yet the versatile rusher says he is still holding out hope that he can continue his NFL career. What’s standing in the way of that is clearance from doctors. While Best has been symptom-free for more than a year, he has yet to find a medical professional who will give him the go-ahead. If he is able to return, it could take time for him to re-establish any fantasy value after having been away from the field for so long. And it would likely happen in a new place since the Lions have added Reggie Bush.

— Marcas Grant
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