Minnesota Vikings

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 8-8 9-7 7-9 3,327 1,711 62.23% 37.77% 38%
2015-16 11-5 13-3 4-11-1 2,928 2,211 51.28% 48.72% 38%
2014-15 7-9 10-6 6-10 3,244 1,804 57.90% 42.10% 39%
2013-14 5-11 8-8 12-4 3,427 2,081 58.24% 41.76% 36%
2012-13 10-6 9-7 7-9 2,758 2,627 51.55% 48.45% 36%

Season Outlook

Sam Bradford produced one of the best statistical seasons of his six-year career, leading the league with an astonishing 71.6 completion percentage to go along with an exceptional 20:14 touchdown to interception ratio. However, Bradford wasn't penciled in as the team's starter entering 2015 training camp. Vikings starting QB Teddy Bridgewater dislocated his knee and tore his ACL before the season started and is currently placed on the Physically Unable to Participate (PUP) list. If fantasy owners are looking for a steady production of fantasy points while not using a high draft pick, Bradford's a terrific option. WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs formed an elusive duo for the Vikings last season and were a vast part of Bradford's success. Thielen quietly led the Vikings in receiving yards (967) while averaging 14 yards per reception. Stefon Diggs led the team in receptions with 83, turning those receptions into 903 yards and three touchdowns. Both receivers do most of their damage in the middle of the field, but the lack of touchdown potential Diggs and Thielen possess hinders their respective value to a low-tier WR2. TE Kyle Rudolph was a fantasy monster last season, posting career-high's in yards (840), receptions (83) and a team leading seven touchdowns. He saw the lions share of Bradford's targets ending the season with 132 while leading the team with seven touchdowns. It's uncertain whether or not Rudolph can reproduce his 2016 campaign, but he's worth taking a chance on as a TE1. The Vikings solidified their RB woes this offseason by signing former Raiders' RB Latavius Murray, a reliable RB2 over the past couple of seasons. Murray registered 788 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, which will be welcomed with open arms by the Vikings basement dwelling rushing offense that registered 1,205 total yards. With offensive coordinator Norv Turner fired, Zimmer hired Pat Shurmur and is beginning to piece together a new-look offense, which is likely going to consist of West Coast philosophies with some modern day routes and plenty of deep throws.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis


Sam Bradford Injury Update

Traded to Minnesota after the injury to Teddy Bridgewater, Bradford set an NFL record last season with a 71.6% completion percentage. It's sort of comical given that he never topped 65.0% in any of his first five NFL seasons, but makes some sense when you consider all the short passes he threw playing behind one of the league's worst offensive lines and a running game that never got going. In fairness, he didn't turn the ball over, but let's not pretend he was marching the offense up and down the field. A former top overall pick, Bradford has been a complete bust to date. He should stay the caretaker of the position for 2017, but expect the Vikings to try to get a better handle on Bridgewater's future before they get serious about an extension for Bradford, who is entering his age 30 season and the final year of a contract that will pay $17 million this season.

Teddy Bridgewater Injury Update

Predicting Bridgewater's future after last pre-season's devastating knee injury is all but a guessing game at this point. There's still no timetable for his return, and at best he probably sees some time backing up Sam Bradford late in the season. Even with a healthy Bridgewater this team still has some glaring holes and is a year or two away from being a legitimate contender. It's likely Bradford stays under center for most, if not all of 2017, and if Bridgewater can get back to where he was then he will take over next season. His updates are worth keeping an eye on in dynasty leagues, as some owners aren't going to be interested in waiting out another lost season.

Running Backs

Latavius Murray Bust

Perhaps no player saw a post-draft tumble in value as much as Murray. Signed as the presumptive starter this offseason, he projected to get the bulk of the work running behind an improved Vikings offensive line. Instead, the Vikings traded up to draft Dalvin Cook, who has a serious opportunity to be an every down back. Offseason ankle surgery has actually put Murray behind Cook to start with, as he's yet to see the field in any offseason workouts. A best case scenario may just have the former Raider holding down the backup job with the addition of short yardage and goalline work.

Jerick McKinnon

A perennial breakout running back candidate, McKinnon has long been a favorite of the fantasy community due to his crazy high SPARQ score coming into the league. And despite flashing upside at times, the fourth year pro has largely been a disappointment despite a seemingly endless string of opportunities. After Adrian Peterson's injury McKinnon finished the year as the starter, but the signing of Latavius Murray and the drafting of Dalvin Cook is a clear indicator that the organization doesn't view McKinnon as a lead back. He should open the season third on the depth chart and any fantasy value will be closely tied to how quickly Cook picks up the offense or how much he struggles in pass protection.

Dalvin Cook Injury Update Top Rookies

The Vikings never expected Cook to fall as far as he did in the second round of this year's draft, but when it happened they weren't shy about making a move to get him. Despite signing Latavius Murray to replace Adrian Peterson, Minnesota clearly sees Cook as the long-term answer in this backfield, and with good reason. After a highly productive college career Cook failed to wow at the combine-in fact, he was downright terrible in some often telling measurables. But Minnesota obviously believes the college tape over the combine times, and on full display at Florida State was a three down back that showed patience and burst, excellent receiving ability, and an above average penchant for pass protection. Already the early returns seem to indicate that Cook could render Murray nothing more than a short yardage and change of pace option before he even makes his way off the PUP list. Cook is not without risk however, as ball security has always been a bit of an issue. Still, he continues to be on the rise in dynasty drafts and could legitimately approach 300 touches even as a rookie.

Wide Receivers

Stefon Diggs

A space player, over his first two seasons Diggs has been wildly inconsistent and prone to big swings in production from week to week. At 6 and less than 200lbs, Diggs doesn t possess elite size or speed. What he does boast are good hands and some nice run after the catch ability in the open field. A shifty runner, the Vikings have utilized him on short to intermediate routes in the conservative passing game they run under Sam Bradford. A more valuable PPR asset, Diggs should once again be in line for 80-90 receptions, but until those start to turn into better yardage and touchdown totals, he s more of a WR2/3 for fantasy purposes. An upgrade at the quarterback position is his best bet to climb the fantasy ranks in the near term.

Tight Ends

Bucky Hodges

A solid dynasty prospect with far more long-term than immediate appeal, the former quarterback is a freak athlete but still very inexperienced at the position. At Virginia Tech Hodges was a highly productive receiver and served as more of an oversized wideout than a traditional tight end so his development will take time. Hodges future in Minnesota is staked to showing enough in camp to make him worth including on the 53 or squirreling away on the practice squad, but the upside is undeniable.

Kyle Rudolph Injury Update

Rudolph finally surpassed 500 receiving yards for the first time since entering the league in 2011. Last season, Rudolph became a threatening tight end in the pass game and was the Vikings leader in receiving yards in more than one game last season. He has low TE 1 appeal sitting alone atop the Vikings depth chart and was targeted by Vikings' QBs 132 times. The receiving corps is extremely young, with flashy slot receiver Stefon Diggs and sophomore WR Laquon Treadwell penciled in as the starters for Minnesota come training camp. Rudolph will want to make his presence known on the field as a veteran and post similar numbers to last season.


Minnesota Defense

The Vikings defense was the leagues top scoring D/ST unit last season and is filled with defensive playmakers, ranking sixth or better in fumble recoveries with 13, and shutting down opposing offenses to just 207.9 passing yards per game. They surrendered just 19.2 points per game while facing the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions potent offenses for four of their 16 regular season games. They quietly sent LB Anthony Barr, DT Linval Joseph, DE Everson Griffin, DB's Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith - all under 29 years of age - to the pro bowl this past season and posses promising young starters at other key positions in 24 year-old LB Eric Kendricks and 22 year-old DE Danielle Hunter. Their defense is expected to turn the ball over a lot with Rhodes intercepting opposing QBs five times on 10 passes defended. The unit will hurt on special teams with Cordarrelle Patterson joining the Oakland Raiders this offseason, but surely Stefon Diggs will get some opportunities to return punts, which is always exciting for fantasy owners to watch. They will be one of the first defenses off the board, so you may have to be willing to surrender a mid-round draft pick for one of the leagues best defenses.

Player Updates

Injury Update Kyle Rudolph, TE - Vikings to be without Kyle Rudolph Wk 15
15 Dec 2017 - 4:12pm

Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is out for Week 15 against the Bengals. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Case Keenum, QB - Case Keenum will start Week 12
21 Nov 2017 - 2:09pm

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Case Keenum will start Thursday against the Lions. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Case Keenum, QB - Vikings confirm Keenum will start Week 11
15 Nov 2017 - 1:39pm

Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Case Keenum will start Week 11 against the Rams. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Sam Bradford, QB - Bradford to I.R., Bridgewater coming off PUP
8 Nov 2017 - 11:36am

Vikings placed QB Sam Bradford on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Teddy Bridgewater, QB - Vikings to activate Bridgewater in Week 10
5 Nov 2017 - 12:14pm

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Vikings will activate Teddy Bridgewater (knee, PUP) in Week 10. - From Rotoworld.

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