Fantasy football players I like

Larry Fitzgerald will have a better QB in Carson Palmer to throw him the ball. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL season. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: What does Christian Ponder have to show in his third season for the Minnesota Vikings to commit to him as their franchise QB? Does he need to lead them to the playoffs? -- Josh (Maine)

A: He has to show improvement, Josh. He has to show that he is growing as a quarterback, getting better on a season-to-season basis, that there’s a reason for the Vikings to believe in him. I’m not sure he has to get the Minnesota to the playoffs again this season, but he does have to play well. If he struggles, my sense is the Vikings wouldn’t hesitate to go to Matt Cassel. There are people around the league who believe Cassel is underrated -- despite what many Chiefs fans might think -- and that if given the opportunity, he would fare well in Minnesota. It’s Ponder’s job, and it’s his to lose. But keep an eye on Cassel.

Q: Adam, are you a big fantasy football player? Who are a couple guys you really like this season? -- Rose (New York)