Minnesota Vikings Week 2 Fantasy Report: If Percy Plays, Play Percy

Dan NelsonCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings face off against the Miami Dolphins this week at Mall of America Field. The Vikings haven't lost at home since 2008, so expect a solid turnaround after their Week 1 loss.

Vikings fans love to pick their home-town boys for their fantasy teams, so here is your weekly Fantasy Report for the Vikings. Expect these to come out each week for the rest of the season before the first game kicks off.

We'll start with the most obvious player that is a must-start this week:

1. Adrian Peterson, RB

There is one player on the Minnesota Vikings you never have to worry about on your fantasy team. Oh wait, maybe you do.

The Vikings failed to get Peterson the touches needed to win against the Saints and to help your fantasy team. His low point total hurt a number of owners who trusted All Day with their first pick.

This week should be a different story, though. Brad Childress and Darrell Bevell will adjust after last week's disappointing game and feed Peterson the rock.

Expect a big game from Peterson who will easily eclipse 100 yards if he runs like he did last week.

Projection: 24 ATT/120 YDS, 2 TD, 4 REC/35 YDS.

Suggestion: Start him unless you're masochistic and love to lose.

2. Brett Favre, QB

Favre had a rough start to the season in Week 1 against the Saints. Don't expect a huge turnaround, but Week 2 should fare better for Favre.

Playing at home, we can expect Favre to improve, but not significantly. Last year, it was not until Week 3 that Favre began posting fantasy-starter type numbers.

After a rough training camp riddled with wide receiver injuries, this season will be no different. Wait until week 3 to start Favre unless you have no other viable options.

Projection: 20/35 220 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Suggestion: Marginal as a starter. Sit unless you have a poor backup.

3. Percy Harvin, WR

Apparently the migraines have been solved as doctors finally figured out that Harvin has sleep apnea. However, Harvin is on the initial injury report for Week 2 with a hip injury.

We'll know more later in the week, but expect Harvin to play. He only missed one game last year and that was because of the migraines. He's a tough kid who played through injuries during his entire college career.

This week, I expect Harvin to get back on the same page as Favre. Last year, Favre loved going to Harvin on 3rd down and in the red zone.

The Dolphins will have watched film from Week 1 and will thus blanket Shiancoe with a safety. Harvin should benefit most from that.

Projection: 5 REC/65 YDS, 1 TD

Suggestion: Start as a solid second receiver or flex.

4. Visanthe Shiancoe, TE

Shiancoe was Favre's favorite target in Week 1 and should continue to be a solid fantasy option in 2010.

However, the Dolphins will likely key on Shiancoe just like the Saints did in the second half last week. Though it may not be the best evidence, because it was against the Bills, the Dolphins didn't allow a reception by a tight end in Week 1.

Still, he's probably a must-start unless you drafted two good tight ends. Temper your expectations, though.

Projection: 4 REC/44 YDS, 0 TD

Suggestion: Start unless you have another stud TE.

5. Bernard Berrian, WR

Berrian looked downright awful in Week 1, prompting some to flat out drop him. He has never been a great No. 1 receiver, but he's still worth owning.

Berrian is still your best bet to snatch a 60-yard TD with his downfield speed, but he will likely be inconsistent.

This week should be just another ho-hum performance from Berrian.

Projection: 2 REC/23 YDS, 0 TD

Suggestion: Sit.

6. Greg Camarillo, WR

Camarillo is facing his former team in Week 2 after seeing limited action in Week 1.

He should develop as a favorite target for Favre, because he runs great routes and doesn't drop passes. Expect Camarillo to get the ball more this week.

Projection: 4 REC/45 YDS, 1 TD

Suggestion: Fringe starter if your league plays Three WR or if you are desperate for a flex player

7. Vikings D/ST

The Vikings defense looked pretty impressive on Thursday against the Saints. However, they did not force any turnovers and produced just one sack.

Against the Dolphins, expect a different story. The Dolphins don't have nearly the firepower of the Saints and Chad Henne is more apt to make mistakes than Drew Brees.

Projection: 13 points allowed, 280 YDS, 4 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FR

Suggestion: Start with confidence.

8. Ryan Longwell, K

Let's be honest, if you're carrying more than one kicker, you probably aren't doing so hot in your fantasy league.

If he's on your roster, start him. Longwell will be busy on the Dome turf.

Projection: 2/2 FG 40-49 yards, 4/4 XP

Suggestion: Start with confidence and never carry more than one kicker.


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