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Fantasy Football Week 8 Advice: Christian Ponder Is A Sneaky Bye Week Option

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Week eight in the NFL sees several top Fantasy quarterbacks on their bye. Aaron Rodgers, Josh Freeman, Jay Cutler, and Matt Ryan are all off this week, so several fantasy owners are likely looking for another quarterback to play this week. One viable option is Christian Ponder of the Minnesota Vikings.

the rookie quarterback had a solid debut last week against the Packers in his first NFL start. he had 219 yards on just 13 completions with two touchdowns against a solid Packers defense. This week he faces a Carolina Panthers defense that gives up 225 yards passing per game and only has four interceptions. The Panthers have also given up nine touchdown passes on the year, so Ponder should have some options.

The Panthers also rank 24th in the NFL in sacks with just twelve on the year. The Panthers are awful against the run at 133 yards per game, so Ponder will get plenty of help from Adrian Peterson on the ground.

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