Vikings Fantasy News

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:56pm

Albert Breer on Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he is having an MRI tomorrow. Suffered a groin injury in the game.

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Matt Cassel has 'several fractured bones' in foot

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:55pm - [Full Article]

Vikings QB Matt Cassel was ruled out early in the second quarter of Sunday's 20-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints after suffering a toe injury.

Cassel was quickly carted to the locker room for tests. After the game, head coach Mike Zimmer said that Cassel had "several fractured bones" in his foot.

Fantasy Impact:

Zimmer confirmed that rookie Teddy Bridgewater will start for the foreseeable future. Bridgewater did well in his debut and didn't turn the ball over. He'll bring a new, much-needed element to the Vikings offense to hopefully pair up for WR Cordarrelle Patterson. He could have some value in certain matchups either as a QB2 or in a committee.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 3. Patterson should be fine to face the Saints. We’re expecting more usage with Adrian Peterson out, but it was puzzling that Patterson didn’t get a single carry in Week 2.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 3. Rudolph should be fine to face the Saints.

Vikings cut Jerome Simpson

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:24am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings cut ties with troubled receiver Jerome Simpson.

Simpson was arrested for possession of marijuana. He was already serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

Fantasy Impact:

Simpson has had his moments throughout his career, but hasn't been able to stay out of trouble off the field.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. Hopefully Patterson can practice fully on Friday. He’s a fantasy WR2 against the Saints.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Rudolph should be fine for Week 3. The Vikings will need all hands on deck if they hope to win in New Orleans.

Vikings Beat: Team may use 'hot hand' approach at running back

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:49pm

Chris Tomasson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings OC Norv Turner said will use both Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon and might use one more if he gets the hot hand.

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon's stock is rising. He's not startable yet, but he's definitely worthy of an add and stash.

Vikings Beat: RB Jerick McKinnon 'should be more of a factor' starting in Week 3

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 11:53am

1500 ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon, a third-round pick last May, is 5-foot-9, 208-pounds and can be used in the running and the passing game. He had two rushing attempts for 7 yards and two catches for 5 yards last Sunday.

He wasn't really part of the game plan and that was understandable. Turner likely spent last week working the running portion of the plan around Peterson before the back was indicted on Thursday and had to leave the team. Peterson was then inactive against the Patriots.

McKinnon is a fluid receiver and appears to have playmaking ability. He definitely should be more of a factor starting Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon is an athletic freak whom the Vikings drafted in the 3rd round to ultimately become the change of pace to Adrian Peterson (and possibly his successor). His ability is on display in this highlight video, especially during the run at the 2:00 mark. Matt Asiata is the RB1 for now, but it's not clear how long the team will live with his pedestrian 3.6 YPC. McKinnon has more upside.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Rudolph should be fine for Week 3. The Vikings will need all hands on deck if they hope to win in New Orleans.

Panthers place DE Greg Hardy on exempt/commissioner's permission list

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 2:47pm

Jason Cole, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Panthers followed the Vikings lead and placed DE Greg Hardy on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, which means he'll have to stay away from the team indefinitely. Unlike Adrian Peterson, Hardy has already been convicted of domestic assault.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a blow to the Carolina defense, but they played just fine without Hardy against the Lions, and have posted the 3rd-most fantasy points thus far.

Schefter: Vikings intend to eventually bring Adrian Peterson back

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:20am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Adam Schefter: "Whether Adrian Peterson plays again this year will depend on when legal case is resolved. But Vikings intend to bring him back, per sources."

Fantasy Impact:

The big question here is how quickly Peterson's case progresses through the Texas judicial system. His first hearing is not until Oct. 8, so he's unlikely to play again this season if it goes to trial. But he's a first time offender, so a quick plea deal may allow him to rejoin the team later on in the season, assuming he's able to avoid jail time. There's also the matter of a potential suspension from the NFL. There are a lot of moving parts here so owners may want to wait a week or two to see how things develop before dropping Peterson.

Vikings suspend Adrian Peterson indefinitely

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 2:07am

Sean Jensen, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Vikings have placed Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List, "which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved."

Fantasy Impact:

The team was under pressure from political and business leaders to suspend Peterson after its decision to activate him for Week 3. It looks like he will be away from the team until his legal issues are resolved. We don't expect him to play again for the Vikings this season. Matt Asiata is the clear RB1, though the team may try to get Jerick McKinnon more involved as the season progresses. Asiata out-touched McKinnon 18 to 4 in Week 2. We were expecting more rushes from Cordarrelle Patterson in Week 2, but that didn't transpire. Asiata is the player to target on waivers if he is still available. In deeper leagues, McKinnon is worth a stash as he is the more explosive player.

It's possible Vikings 'reverse course' on Adrian Peterson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 8:28pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Don't be surprised if Vikings reverse course on letting Adrian Peterson play this Sunday. Hearing that Monday's decision could change.

Fantasy Impact:

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. There's been a lot of backlash, including from the governor of the Minnesota, about the Vikings activating Peterson and potentially allowing him to play in Week 3. Reports say Peterson's case is under review by the league. At this point, owners are better off preparing to be without Peterson this week and letting things play out.

Pats say Rob Gronkowski making strides

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:58pm

Providence Journal - [Full Article]

After getting 38 offensive snaps (44 percent) in Week 1, Rob Gronkowski’s playing time went down last weekend in Minnesota. The tight end played only 28 snaps, or 42 percent of the offensive plays, against the Vikings in Week 2.

It's not completely unlike the way the Patriots used Gronkowski last year, when he rejoined the team after spending the first six weeks recovering from forearm and back injuries.

When he returned to the Patriots in Week 7, he played 48 snaps (64 percent). The next weekend, he played only 33 snaps (50 percent).
His playing time this season reflects the severity of the knee injury he suffered late in 2013.

“I think Rob’s making strides each week in terms of what he’s been able to do for us, in practice and on the field and during the games,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “I think a little bit of it last week was situational based. We used Cameron Fleming a little bit more in last week’s game in some different situations, and we kind of did that because we wanted to add a little size. That dictated the different personnel groupings on the field.

“I think Rob’s done a good job. He’s really working hard. These are his first two opportunities to get out there in a game this year, and I think every opportunity we have is just a better day.”

Fantasy Impact:

Through two games, Gronkowski has been targeted 17 times, catching eight passes for 72 yards. It’s not unusual to see players return looking somewhat slower after returning from ACL injuries, the story said. Gronkowski has been adamant that he’s getting more comfortable with his knee and out on the field. The good news is he seems to be on a similar path as last year so it should only be a matter of time before they increase his workload.