There was some doubt as to whether Sidney Rice would make any contribution this season, but now it looks like he could be an impact player down the stretch.
Making his 2010 debut Sunday after hip surgery sidelined him for the first nine games, the Vikings' receiver led the team with three catches for 56 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers. Considering the minimal amount of offense Minnesota posted in the contest, Rice's effort shouldn't go overlooked.
The positive thing for fantasy owners is that the Pro Bowler played nearly the whole game yet said he felt fine afterward. That means his hip shouldn't be overly bothersome during the final six games, so he should be on the field for a large portion of the remaining contests.
QB Brett Favre still appears to trust Rice more than any of his other targets, so the pair should only improve as they get more time to work together. That is, of course, assuming that Favre remains the starter, which is still up in the air at this point. Minnesota could opt to go to Tarvaris Jackson with its playoff hopes all but shot. Add in the fact that Leslie Frazier has replaced the fired Brad Childress as head coach and it adds another element of the unknown to the equation.
Either way, though, Rice should continue to be an important part of the passing attack in what's left of the season. He has definite fantasy potential and is worth owning in all formats.