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Position
QB
 
Jersey
7
Name  Christian Ponder
Born  2/25/1988
Height  6-2
Weight  229
College  Florida State
10/2/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder will get the start Thursday versus Green Bay.
Insight: It wasn't enough time for Teddy Bridgewater to heal, so Ponder gets the call. It will be the Vikings' third starting QB this season, already. Ponder is not a recommended play.
 
12/6/2013 2:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder (concussion) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Ponder's injury will put Matt Cassel in line to be the quarterback. Adrian Peterson owners will be happy as he's averaged 175 ypg with Cassel under center. Cassel also gets the ball to Greg Jennings better than Ponder or Josh Freeman so his value could climb a little.
 
12/5/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder (concussion) missed another practice Thursday and its probably unlikely that we will see him ready for Sunday's game.
Insight: Ponder's injury should put Matt Cassel in line to be the quarterback. Adrian Peterson owersn will be happy as he's averaged 175 ypg with Cassel under center. Cassel also gets the ball to Greg Jennings better than Ponder or Josh Freeman so his value could climb a little.
 
12/1/2013 2:44:00 PM
Description: Christian Ponder suffered a concussion at the end of the first half and will not return.
Insight: Ponder is not a very good quarterback, slow of foot and weak of arm. A bad combination. Matt Cassel will be the quarterback the rest of the way.
 
Cold11/20/2013 2:42:00 PM
Description: Despite another rough outing in Week 11, Christian Ponder will once again draw the start Sunday against the Packers. SOURCE: Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: Ponder is not a very good quarterback but the team's other options (Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel) are just as bad if not worse. Even with four teams on bye this week, he isn't a good option.
 
11/17/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: The Vikings yanked Christian Ponder after he threw an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday at Seattle.
Insight: This could be the end of the Ponder era in Minnesota, though with Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel as the alternatives we wouldn't rule out seeing him again this season. Ponder completed 13-of-22 for 129 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a lost fumble against the Seahawks.
 
11/15/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Minnesota QB Christian Ponder has been practicing and expects to play Sunday against Seattle. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Ponder has had a little over a week to recover from a dislocated shoulder. He's the team's best option at quarterback but that's not saying much.
 
11/13/2013 3:48:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (shoulder) is practicing Wednesday.
Insight: Ponder exited last Thursday's game in the third quarter due to a dislocated non-throwing shoulder. He's expected to start in Week 11 at Seattle but is not a worthwhile fantasy option even in two-QB leagues.
 
11/8/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's left shoulder dislocation is considered minor and could possibly start Week 11.
Insight: Ponder exited Thursday's game in the third quarter due to the injury, which he suffered while diving toward the goal line. We'll know by Wednesday whether or not Ponder will be able to start. He played well against the pitiful Redskins defense Thursday but will have to play at Seattle next if he's healthy.
 
11/7/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder left Thursday's game against Washington with a left shoulder injury in the third quarter and will not return, according to NFL Network's Alex Flanagan. Matt Cassel has entered the game.
Insight: Ponder threw a pick on Minnesota's first drive but played well after that, completing 17-of-21 for 174 yards and two scores. Ponder suffered his injury trying to dive for a touchdown. He went to the locker room and was ruled out for the rest of the game shortly thereafter.
 
11/4/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder will start in Week 10 against Washington ahead of Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel, according to coach Leslie Frazier
Insight: Ponder put together a solid effort, despite the loss, going 25-of-37 for 236 yards 1 TD, 1 INT. He also rushed for 29 yards and a score. It should be noted that the Cowboys have yielded up four 400-yard passers this season, so they aren't a great test.
 
11/1/2013 2:04:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder will start in Week 9 against Dallas ahead of Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel.
Insight: It's been musical chairs at QB for Minnesota with none of the team's three options giving fantasy owners much value. Avoid the Vikings' passing game until further notice.
 
10/28/2013 2:18:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder will be in the mix for Week 9's starter, but coach Leslie Frzier would not declare him or Matt Cassel or Josh Freeman next week's starter.
Insight: It's musical chairs with none of the three giving much fantasy value. At least the team won a game with Cassel under center - the other two guys can't say that. Avoid the Vikings passing game.
 
10/25/2013 2:04:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder will start Sunday's game against the Packers with Josh Freeman declared out.
Insight: Freeman's first start in purple was a disaster. Ponder's career numbers against the Packers aren't very flattering (68.0 QB rating, 47.9 percent completion rate in four starts). Even with six teams on bye, Ponder shouldn't be a popular fantasy choice in Week 8.
 
10/23/2013 1:07:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder could be in line to start Sunday's game against the Packers.
Insight: Josh Freeman's first start in purple was a disaster and now ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that he may have suffered a concussion. Ponder's career numbers against the Packers aren't very flattering (68.0 QB rating, 47.9 percent completion rate in four starts). Even with six teams on bye, Ponder shouldn't be a popular fantasy choice in Week 8.
 
10/3/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: The broken rib Minnesota QB Christian Ponder suffered in Week 3 was close to his heart. SOURCE: Judd Zulgad, ESPN 1500 Twin Cities
Insight: Obviously the injury is a significant one and it should keep Ponder out for 3-to-4 weeks at the minimum. If backup Matt Cassel impresses over the next few games, Ponder could be holding a clipboard upon his return.
 
9/28/2013 6:59:00 PM
Description: The Vikings are treating Christian Ponder's rib injury as "week to week." Ponder has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: It's likely that Matt Cassell will start the next two games before the team's bye week in Week 5. A strong performance by Cassel might cost Ponder his job.
 
Cold9/27/2013 1:41:00 PM
Description: Apparently Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's rib injury was worse than originally thought as the team has announced that Matt Cassel will start against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Ponder has led the team to an 0-3 record with two touchdown passes and five picks this season so if Cassel does anything good he could take the job permanently.
 
Cold9/26/2013 3:16:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (rib) was able to take the majority of the team's practice snaps Thursday, but if his injury is still limiting him after Friday's practice, Minnesota could name Matt Cassel the starter for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Insight: Ponder has led the team to an 0-3 record with two touchdown passes and five picks this season. Cassel was terrible the last two seasons as Kansas City's starting quarterback, so we aren't hopeful that any Minnesota receiver will yield fantasy value this year.
 
Cold9/25/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder finished the game Sunday against Cleveland, but revealed afterwards that he is dealing with a rib injury. SOURCE: Pioneer Press
Insight: Ponder (25-for-42, 228 yards, one INT last week) has thrown five interceptions this season against just two touchdown passes. If Ponder's injury gets worse, the Vikings have a solid backup in Matt Cassel.
 

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