Top Five Fantasy Questions: Minnesota Vikings

In this new feature, looks at the top five questions for all 32 teams that fantasy football participants will have to face in their drafts this summer. In this edition, we look at the Minnesota Vikings, a team with many changes coming into the 2005 season.

1. Will QB Daunte Culpepper still be as good fantasy-wise without WR Randy Moss?
That's probably one of the biggest issues for fantasy football participants coming into this season.

You're looking at taking 15-20 touchdowns out of their passing offense this season so the loss of Moss is bound to hurt, but the question is how much.

While third-year WR Nate Burleson came on strong last season, he'll now be asked to be their top receiver, which is going to be a big challenge for him. And after Burleson, the team has a lot of questions at the position and not a whole lot of answers.

Overall, it's hard to see how Culpepper will be able to match his usual passing numbers without Moss in the lineup.

2. Is this the year RB Michael Bennett puts it all together?
It better be for his sake because he's on the last year of his contract. The good news he's healthy going in to training camp.

With the season-long suspension to RB Onterrio Smith, Bennett remains the clear starter and he'll have every opportunity to put up big fantasy numbers. You never really know if he can stay healthy, but he certainly has every incentive to do so.

3. Will Burleson be worthy of drafting as a top-flight fantasy starter without Moss on the other side?
That's yet another issue their offense presents coming into training camp.

Burleson did plenty of damage last season when Moss was hurt so at least he has shown he can handle the role as the top passing option. However, asking him to do it over a 16-game season is a lot for a young receiver. The good thing is he also enters the season on the final year of his rookie contract (set to make only $380,000) so he has a lot of incentive to post big numbers.

Drafting Burleson as your top fantasy receiver might be a little risky, but drafting him as your second option makes a whole lot more sense.

4. Can TE Jermaine Wiggins repeat last year's success?
There are plenty of fantasy football owners who thought Wiggins' numbers were a fluke last season. However, consider he put up good numbers with or without Moss in the lineup. Now with Moss gone for good, someone will have to make up for the missing production, meaning Wiggins should still be pretty involved in the passing game.

5. Is their fantasy defense worth drafting as a starter or backup?
They've been very inconsistent the past few seasons because of a lack of talent. However, this off-season, they added plenty of key players via free agency and the draft.

You probably would be better off watching how the defense progresses in training camp and selecting them as your backup rather than your starter at this point, but the potential is there for them to be in your lineup most weeks if things work out right and they stay healthy.

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