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

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins

Cousins draft day price tag heading into the summer is probably a bit on the high side. Many are excited about the prospect of Cousins in the Vikings offense, but going to a new team and a new system will likely mean some growing pains. He's relatively safe from a production standpoint, but he's a player to target when he falls, not one to chase. Additionally, if he starts slow in 2018, he makes a good quarterback to target in trades as the numbers should normalize over the course of the season.

Running Backs

Dalvin Cook

By all accounts Cook is healthy, but if the Vikings choose to throttle back his early workload as he returns from the ACL tear it could cut into his 2018 production. Still, he's the superior talent in the Minnesota backfield, and this is a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

Defenses

Minnesota Defense

Minnesota has been one of the more consistent defensive units in recent history and this year will be much of the same. They finished with 37 sacks, 14 interceptions, only one defensive touchdown, but allowed the fewest yards in the entire league. Now, it should be noted that some of their stats have declined from 2016 to 2017 in terms of quantity, but the consistency is still there. We know they are a defense first team, as they committed four of their eight draft picks to defensive players, three to the offense and one kicker. This is the fifth year the Vikings will be under their current head coach and defensive coordinator, so no major changes to worry about in the offseason. They still have one of the best cornerbacks in the league, Xavier Rhodes, who has shown time and time again he can shut down any opposing top receiver. The Jaguars and Rams look to have higher overall production, but you can't go wrong with the Vikings.

Player Updates

Injury Update Stefon Diggs, WR - Stefon Diggs (ribs) 'in doubt' for Week 9
3 Nov 2018 - 1:08pm

ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports Stefon Diggs (questionable, ribs) is in doubt for Sunday's game with Detroit. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Dalvin Cook, RB - Dalvin Cook (hamstring) ruled out for Week 7
19 Oct 2018 - 3:16pm

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Jets. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Dalvin Cook, RB - Dalvin Cook expected to play on snap count
14 Oct 2018 - 12:56am

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is expected to play Week 6 against the Cardinals, but he will be on a snap count. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Dalvin Cook, RB - Dalvin Cook (hamstring) expected out Week 5
7 Oct 2018 - 2:00am

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is unlikely to play Sunday at Philadelphia. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Dalvin Cook, RB - 'Possibility' Dalvin Cook plays against Rams
25 Sep 2018 - 4:08pm

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says there's a "possibility" Dalvin Cook (hamstring) plays Thursday against the Rams. - From Rotoworld.

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