Vikings A Fantasy Heaven

While some in the media don't think much of the Vikings as a team, the fantasy experts like the offensive potential of the purple's 2001 edition.

Are the Vikings going to be an offensive juggernaut this season? If you play fantasy football and believe in Pro Football Weekly, you might agree. While VU has been at odds with some of PFW's predicitions in the past -- most noteably picking the Vikings last or close to last every year and having Daunte Culpepper and Robert Smith rated extremely low last season, it looks like the Chicago gang is back on the Vikings bandwagon.

QUARTERBACK -- After listing Culpepper at No. 20 last season, he's now No. 3 -- behind only Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner. What a difference a year makes.

RUNNING BACK -- Committee Shmamittee. PFW (like VU) is convinced Michael Bennett will be given the opportunity to be a breakaway scoring threat and may even have more confidence in him than we do. They have Bennett ranked at No. 11 among running backs -- ahead of Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, Terrell Davis, Jamal Anderson, Warrick Dunn, Jerome Bettis and fellow rookies LaDanian Tomlinson and Deuce McAllister.

WIDE RECEIVER -- Can you feel the love? Randy Moss is rated No. 1 and Cris Carter is rated No. 5. While St. Louis and Denver also have two WR's in PFW's top 10 rankings, the Vikings dynamic duo is by far rated the highest.

TIGHT END -- Byron Chamberlain has made an impression, moving into the No. 11 slot ahead of Green Bay's Bubba Franks and, for that matter, every other tight end in the NFC Central. While Chamberlain may not get a lot of ink, he's made an impression on fantasy football players anyway.

KICKER -- Gary Anderson is listed at No. 12, which is about right for leagues that reward long field goals. However, he'll go higher if any of these other predictions prove true, because, if the QB, RB, WR and TE positions are scoring fantasy points, so is the kicker.

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