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VIkings fantasy report: Week One

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By William Del Pilar

Here's a look at the Vikings' top fantasy football options for Sunday's game at San Diego.

The Vikings travel to San Diego with a new quarterback in Donovan McNabb. His last game against the Chargers came when he was with the Eagles back in November 2009. He produced a slice of fantasy heaven with 35-of-55 passing for 450 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Look for him to go deep to WR Bernard Berrian to open it up underneath, something QB Brett Favre failed to do last season. Despite this, McNabb's a fantasy bench this week.

RB Adrian Peterson might struggle against a Chargers run defense that allowed only 93.8 rushing yards and 0.9 rushing touchdowns per game. However, in 2007, Peterson went off on the Bolts, rushing for an NFL-record 296 yards and three touchdowns. Look for him to be the Vikings' battering ram again this week. He's always a start.

WR Bernard Berrian was a forgotten man by QB Brett Favre. However, new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave worked on going deep to him this past preseason. Musgrave wants to open up things underneath, so watch Berrian as he's a future waiver-wire pick up if the team is successful.

Rookie TE Kyle Rudolph is a deep sleeper with solid hands and the ability to become a solid route runner. Visanthe Shiancoe is the starter but might not be 100 percent coming off a hamstring injury. Watch how the team uses Rudolph — if Shiancoe struggles, the Notre Dame product is the future. However, expect Shiancoe to see most of the playing time this season.

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