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If you listen to Brad Childress, the Vikings have a "kick-ass offense." But, as the preseason guides and fantasy football forecasts start being released, the Vikings players being ranked look more like "ass-kick" than "kick-ass."

If you're a fantasy football player, you already know that the Vikings aren't exactly front-burner draft-day buzz material. Following a year in which the Vikings offense didn't produce much in the way of offense, fantasy football – played on the concept of scoring and yardage – don't have the Vikings rated as being players you want on your team.

Fantasy Football Weekly will be releasing its annual 2007 guide at a release party at Champs Sports Bar in Minneapolis Friday afternoon and, if you're hoping to see the Vikings get a lot of love, keep on waiting.

At quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson is rated No. 28 and, under the team quarterback concept, the Vikings are rated No. 30 – ahead of only the Dolphins and Raiders.

At running back, Adrian Peterson is rated No. 24, followed by incumbent starter Chester Taylor at No. 31. Those rankings find Peterson one spot behind fellow rookie Marshawn Lynch and Taylor, and one spot behind Titans rookie Chris Henry.

Perhaps the low point is at wide receiver. You won't find a Viking ranked until No. 56, where rookie Sidney Rice is given the first nod for Vikings players. Anticipated starters Troy Williamson and Bobby Wade make the list at Nos. 66 and 78, respectively, neither ranking likely to have them even drafted in most larger leagues.

At tight end, free-agent signee Visanthe Shiancoe is listed at No. 25, which also would likely preclude him from ending up on a roster in a 12-player league.

Even worse, perhaps, is at kicker, where Ryan Longwell is rated No. 19 overall – one spot ahead of undrafted free agent kicker Charlie Brown, whose bio lists him as 4-foot-2 and 75 pounds.

While FFW is the first in a series of magazines and on-line projectors who are hoping to help fantasy football players rate and grade players, they won't be the last to warn people to downgrade the Vikings on draft day. While Brad Childress might be convinced the Vikings have a kick-ass offense, the fantasy football crowd isn't buying it.

* The revolving door at wide receiver for the Vikings continued Wednesday as the team signed former University of Minnesota wide receiver Paris Hamilton. Hamilton, who spent the 2005 season on the Lions practice squad, was released during the 2006 preseason.

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