Week 8 Waiver Wire: Why Christian Ponder Is a Must-Have

J FCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2011

Week 8 Waiver Wire: Why Christian Ponder Is a Must-Have

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    As we enter the midway point of the fantasy football season, there have been some major changes in the landscape of the NFL.

    Several new starters debuted on Sunday, and a few current starters went down with injury.

    However, what was most surprising was Christian Ponder's performance against the undefeated Green Bay Packers.

    Here are four reasons why the rookie quarterback is a must-have heading into Week 8.

He's a Playmaker

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    Christian Ponder nearly led the Vikings to an upset victory over Green Bay and put up over 200 yards passing and two touchdowns on the Pack's secondary.

    He also revealed excellent mobility as he gathered 31 yards rushing.

    The Vikings have to be pleased with what they saw, and fantasy owners should be optimistic as well.

He Plays with Adrian Peterson

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    Adrian Peterson is still one of the best backs in the league, and that gives Ponder a big boost because he knows he isn't required to carry the offense.

    Any quarterback can benefit from an effective play-action and a top-notch running game.

    With the help of AP, Ponder will be able to move the ball and rack up some fantasy points.

He's Playing the Panthers

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    The Panthers defense isn't horrible, but I would like to think it's a big step down from that of the defending champions.

    Ponder played much better than expected against the Packers, and he should have an easier time in Week 8 against Carolina.

    He has more experience in the offense, and he won't have Charles Woodson to worry about. After all, he's taken hits from Clay Matthews. It looks like he can handle the pressure and anything the Panthers can throw at him.

He Can Only Get Better

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    The Vikings claim that Ponder will finish out the season as a starter, and he looks to be their future at the quarterback position.

    After traveling to Carolina, he'll have the advantage of a bye week, but then he gets to go to Lambeau Field.

    Nevertheless, his future is bright and he can only get better. It would be very wise to pick him up, because he just might be on the verge of taking off.