Vikings Fantasy News

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Asiata should continue to carry the load for Minnesota. He has a so-so matchup with Miami on Sunday.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Vikings WR Greg Jennings (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) missed practice again Thursday. Consider Rudolph very questionable for Week 16.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Asiata should continue to carry the load for Minnesota. He has a so-so matchup with Miami on Sunday.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Vikings WR Greg Jennings (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jennings should be fine to face Miami.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Rudolph questionable for Week 16.

Lions Beat: Joique Bell is team's lead RB

Monday, December 15, 2014, 9:03am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Joique Bell is the Detroit Lions starting running back.

Sure, Reggie Bush's name is still on top of the team's unofficial depth chart, but Bell plays significantly more snaps and gets significantly more touches than his veteran teammate.

Because of poor offensive execution, the Lions played 27 percent fewer snaps than average in the team's 16-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Bell worked two-thirds of the plays. Bush, who continues to deal with nagging injuries played just 14 snaps, while Theo Riddick received the game's first carry, but played just one more rep the rest of the way.

Fantasy Impact:

The story points out the Lions are leaning on Bell for good reason. He's been running with authority in recent weeks, averaging better than four yards per carry in five of the past six games. He's also seeing an increase in pass-game production, catching a combined nine balls for 91 yards in wins over Tampa Bay and Minnesota. Bell has a very friendly matchup in Week 16 against the Bears before closing with the Packers in Week 17.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:10pm

Vikings Inactives
Anthony Barr OLB
Robert Blanton S
Carter Bykowski T
Sharrif Floyd DT
Charlie Johnson G
Zach Line FB
David Yankey G

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 15. Bush gained a meager 34 yards on 12 touches in Week 14, but the workload gives him some flex appeal (especially in PPR formats) against a shaky Minnesota rush defense. Joique Bell is expected to carry most of the rushing load against the Vikings. The Lions play late on Sunday.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hamstring, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15.

Adrian Peterson's appeal has been denied

Friday, December 12, 2014, 5:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson's appeal of a league suspension for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy has been denied, the league announced Friday.

Peterson's appeal was heard by former NFL executive Harold Henderson last week in Washington, D.C. Henderson was appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell as independent arbitrator to hear the sides' cases and issue a ruling.

In upholding the NFL's initial ruling, Henderson concluded that Peterson "has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent." Wrote Henderson: "He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline."

Peterson is now expected to appeal the decision in federal court.

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson should not be rostered in redraft formats. Barring a miracle, he's not going to make a fantasy impact this season.

Zimmer: Matt Asiata 'probably had a few too many carries' in Week 14

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 11:25pm

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Coach Mike Zimmer said he's looking for Tate and Joe Banyard to get more carries in Sunday's game at Detroit. Since being picked up on waivers Nov. 19 from Cleveland, Tate has just eight attempts for 30 yards.

In last week's 30-24 overtime victory over the New York Jets, Tate carried five times for 15 yards. Matt Asiata started the game and had 14 attempts for 52 yards, and Banyard finished with two carries for eight yards.

"(Banyard will) probably get some more carries," Zimmer said. "I think Matt probably had a few too many carries. We'd like to get Ben a few more carries this week.

Fantasy Impact:

This doesn't sound good for Asiata, who has been a RB3/flex type simply due to a relatively heavy workload of 18-22 touches in the past two weeks. Now it sounds like Zimmer would like his workload scaled back.

Week 15 status of WR Percy Harvin (ankle) uncertain

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:49pm

Newsday - [Full Article]

What's Percy Harvin's status for Sunday's game in Tennessee? Well, it depends on whom you ask.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said it would be "a stretch" for the multifaceted receiver to play this weekend after Harvin suffered an ankle sprain against the Vikings. Though Ryan said the swelling in Harvin's ankle has gone down "quite a bit," he didn't practice Wednesday.

Harvin, however, said, "I feel pretty good. I definitely think I'll be playing this week."

Fantasy Impact:

This is a situation to monitor. Harvin would have a nice matchup against the Titans and is coming off a productive game. If he doesn't play. Eric Decker would be a Sneaky Start as the team's primary pass catcher. In the seven games in which Geno Smith attempted at least 15 passes, Decker has averaged 4.3-58.8-.43, or 8.5 fantasy points. That’s about what Sammy Watkins has averaged this season.

Reports says Percy Harvin (ankle) could be lost for season

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:30pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin played one of his best games in two years, but he could be lost for the remainder of the year after injuring his left ankle late in the fourth quarter of the New York Jets' 30-24 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium.

"I can't talk too much about the injury other than it will be evaluated here in a little bit," he said after torching his first NFL team for 124 yards on six receptions, including a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:

The story added that Harvin left the stadium on crutches afterward. Harvin also said, according to the story, that he was going for tests.

Vikings place Jerick McKinnon (back) on injured reserve

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 5:14pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Jerick McKinnon's promising rookie season is over.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Saturday that the rookie running back has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a nagging lower back injury.

McKinnon, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia Southern, was leading the Vikings in carries (113), rushing yards (538) and yards per carry (4.8). Among rookie backs, he ranks third in rushing yards, behind Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason.

The runner will have a procedure done on his back with a recovery time of about eight weeks, ESPN.com's Adam Caplan reported.

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon is still a nice dynasty/keeper value for next season given Adrian Peterson's up-in-the-air status with the Vikings. Peterson could win his appeal and be reinstated as soon as Week 15, assuming the Vikings want to welcome him back when there's not much to play for. Matt Asiata figures to continue as the lead back for now, with Ben Tate and Joe Banyard in the mix.