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Christian Ponder's Updated Fantasy Value After Josh Freeman's Injury

Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) warms up prior to the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2013

The revolving door of quarterbacks keeps spinning in the Twin Cities, as the Minnesota Vikings have recently announced that Christian Ponder may get the start in Week 8.

According to head coach Leslie Frazier, Josh Freeman suffered a concussion in Week 7 and has not yet been cleared to return.

NFL: Around the League noted that Frazier said it is “more than likely” that Ponder winds up under center on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Fantasy owners should stay away from this nightmare of a signal-caller situation in all but the direst circumstances. Ponder has proven time and time again to be unfit to run the Vikings’ offense with any efficiency or effectiveness.

While some desperate owners may have taken a gamble on Freeman in his first start for Minnesota against the New York Giants last week, they quickly realized their mistake when the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal-caller had a dismal outing.   

Replacing him with Ponder would be an even bigger blunder, and it would be wise to look elsewhere in almost every fantasy league format.   

The third-year quarterback has started three games in 2013 and has completed just 59 of 100 passes for 691 yards and two touchdowns. He’s thrown five interceptions and fumbled the ball away once, absolutely abysmal statistics for a starting-caliber quarterback in the modern NFL.

While a rib injury may to be blame for some of his shortcomings, Ponder hasn’t lived up to his billing as a first-round draft pick during his bumpy brief career. In three seasons, the 25-year-old has completed just 517 of 874 passes for 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He has added four scores rushing.

If you are somehow still thinking about scooping up Ponder from the waiver wire, this is a good time to stop. Avoid him at all costs. There are better options and he isn’t worth it as an injury replacement or bye-week alternative whatsoever.

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