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Fantasy Football 2013: Redskins at Vikings Week 10 Preview

Washington Redskins (3-5) at Minnesota Vikings (1-7)

Thursday, November 7, 2013: 8:25 PM (ET)

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Even though their records aren’t much to get excited about, we should be getting a pretty competitive game from the Vikings and Redskins in the Week 10 edition of “Thursday Night Football.” Washington (3-5) pulled out a crucial overtime win against the Chargers in Week 9, while Minnesota (1-7) dropped another close one at the hands of the Cowboys.
There are fantasy considerations galore in this one, so let’s check out some of the noteworthy names on both sides to see if we can get a feel for what’s in store for our rosters. 

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Griffin let his teammates do most of the heavy lifting during their Week 9 win, and the result was a ho-hum statistical performance. He finished with 291 pass yards and an interception on 23-of-32 passing, then added 17 yards on six rush attempts. That’s the first time he’s finished without a TD since October 13 against the Cowboys, and he has just 24 rush yards in the past two weeks. That said, if you’ve got Griffin on your roster he’s likely your go-to-guy, and this matchup looks pretty good.

Fantasy Football 2013: Redskins at Vikings Week 10 Preview

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Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Ponder actually played pretty well against the Cowboys, racking up 236 yards passing on a 25-of-37 line, resulting in a passing score and another on the ground (29 rush yards). What killed his value were his two fumbles (one lost) and interception. Even so, if you’re looking for a bye-week filler, Ponder isn’t a bad choice. The Redskins’ defense should bend enough for him to fill up the stat sheet.

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: Morris owners are likely fuming over the TD-vulturing that happened in Sunday’s game, but overall should be happy with his line. He managed 121 yards and a score on 25 rush attempts, however he did have three touchdowns stolen by seldom-used fullback Darrel Young, which was a scenario no one anticipated. Still, Morris is an elite fantasy talent, and he’s got at least 80 rush yards in his last four games. He’s a no-duh start on Thursday.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Speaking of no-duh starts, here’s AP. Even though the Vikes lost against the Cowboys, there was no stopping Peterson. He bounced back from a series of sub-par performances with a huge 177-total-yard effort that yielded a rushing touchdown. Over the previous three weeks, he hadn’t gotten past 62 yards on the ground. We can only see his high value holding steady, as this is another good matchup.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: The vast majority of Griffin’s passing yards went toward Garcon, as the familiar pair hooked up for 172 yards on seven completions. The yardage is great, but the fact that Garcon didn’t get into the end zone isn’t really a surprise. He has just one TD over the past five weeks. Still, you’re not taking him out of your lineup for any reason. He’ll be fine.

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: There’s not much to like within the Vikings’ receiving corps, and the group has been further devalued by the team’s quarterback carousel. Simpson was virtually nonexistent against the Cowboys, posting just two catches for 24 yards. Realistically, he’s only had two good games this season, and hasn’t scored a touchdown all year. For that reason, Simpson--and pretty much all Vikes receivers--is a deep-league play only.

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