Vikings Fantasy News
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 11:20am
Coach Leslie Frazier said the decision to shift Webb to receiver was made after the draft, when the team selected receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round and also because the Vikings had signed free agent quarterback Matt Cassel.
“We had been talking about it for a while, and we made the decision that this was the way to go after we had our draft,” Frazier said.
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Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:20am
"It's going to take time. It's going to take a patient coach. There's going to be a lot of teaching," said an AFC personnel executive who studied Patterson closely before the draft.
"There's going to be a lot of walkthroughs. He's going to need to see it and then physically do it. It's going to take repetition and reinforcement in the classroom. He's going to need what we would call 'the full process.'"
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:33pm
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is a raw route-runner who probably will need many of his touches manufactured out of the gate, not unlike Percy Harvin did the past four seasons. That leaves Jerome Simpson as the starting split end and Greg Jennings as the flanker, with Jarius Wright a situational threat in the vertical passing game.
Carroll: Russell Wilson is going to "bust out" in 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013, 1:18pm
“I think it’s going to be Russell Wilson,” Carroll said. “I think he’s going to really do well this year. He’s going to bust out and will benefit tremendously from his first year. It may be hard to imagine he’s going to get any better, but I think he’s going to get a lot better, being he was a first year starter, first time in the League.”
Overshadowed by Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, Wilson had arguably the best season of any rookie QB (ever) not named Cam Newton. He accounted for 30 total TDs (26 pass, four rush) and rushed for the third-most yardage among all QBs in 2012. Wilson averaged 20.2 fantasy points in his final eight games after averaging 11.3 FP in the first half of the season. Even if we remove W15 (where he rushed for three TDs after not rushing for a score all year), he averaged 18.0 FP in the second half of the season. With the addition of WR Percy Harvin, Wilson is looking like a solid starting fantasy QB in 2013. Like the other rookies and first-year starters, there's always the possibility that defenses will be able to scheme against them, and Wilson's average passing yardage (195 per game) won't help his fantasy value weather a regression in touchdowns.
Patriots sign Michael Jenkins
Friday, March 29, 2013, 11:25am
The New England Patriots typically bring a ton of veteran wide receivers into training camp, and then let them battle it out for a roster spot. On Thursday, they brought another familiar name aboard.
Not much to see here, as Jenkins' best days are behind him.
RG3's recovery "way ahead of schedule"
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 12:11pm
James Andrews, the noted orthopedic surgeon who operated on Griffin's two torn knee ligaments in January, calls Griffin "superhuman" in an interview with ESPN.
"He wants his recovery to be fairly private, but I can tell you he's way ahead of schedule. His recovery has been unbelievable so far," Andrews told ESPN.
"RGIII is one those superhumans. First patient I ever had like that was Bo Jackson. And recently I, of course, had Adrian Peterson, who is also superhuman. They have an unbelievable ability to recover, whereas a normal human being may not be able to recover."
Griffin turned in a wonderful rookie season, racking up 27 total TDs (20 passing, seven rushing) to go along with 3,211 yards passing and 833 yards rushing. RG3 belongs in the top tier when he's playing, but like Michael Vick before him, his lack of bulk and propensity to take hits make him an injury risk. His questionable status for Week 1 has been dragging down his ADP.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1:22pm
During his visit to Winter Park, WR Greg Jennings watched film with coordinator Bill Musgrave and receivers coach George Stewart, who showed him places they'd like to put him in the offense. The plan for now is to start Jennings at the "Z" (flanker) -- the same spot Harvin played, although the way that position operates figures to be vastly different.
Jerome Simpson remains the starting "X" (split end) by default for now, a $2.1 million insurance policy if whatever outside receiver the Vikings select high in next month's draft comes along slower than hoped. Jennings figures to play some there and plenty in the slot, too, depending how Musgrave incorporates Jarius Wright and others into the scheme.
Jennings figures to be targeted heavily in Minnesota's offense, though he probably won't be as efficient as he was in Green Bay.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:15pm
Spielman: "Nope. No. No. It's purely we felt he was our best option to get a veteran backup quarterback that would fit from not only our needs as to, if something does happen to Christian, having a guy that's capable of going in there and winning ballgames, but also the right chemistry fit for Christian, too, which was very important."
Ponder's job appears to be safe at this point, but that doesn't make him a good fantasy option.
Vikings steal Greg Jennings away from Green Bay
Friday, March 15, 2013, 7:25pm
If Jennings can stay healthy, he should be able to post nice numbers as the Vikings' main weapon (along with Kyle Rudolph) in the passing game. He'll benefit from playing against defenses that will be focused on stopping Adrian Peterson, but he won't enjoy the benefit of playing in the Packers' potent passing attack (with QB Aaron Rodgers). So expect more targets and lower efficiency. He looks like a low-end WR2 at this point. This is an upgrade for Christian Ponder, who could certainly use the help. (It's also an upgrade for Peterson.) In Green Bay, Jennings' departure means that Jermichael Finley will likely be around another season. Expect good numbers from Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones. All four players should be startable in most formats.
Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:31pm
It's natural to wonder whether the addition of wide receiver Percy Harvin signals a shift in offensive philosophy for the Seahawks, who attempted the most rushes and fewest passes of any NFL team last season.
Coach Pete Carroll was asked that question when he joined "Brock and Salk" on Wednesday.
"No, it doesn't at all. We're gonna do exactly what we wanna do with continuing to send the message about how physical we are, how we attack with the running game and fit off that," he said. "What I hope happens when we throw it and catch it we just make more yards, we have more spacing. I'm expecting Golden [Tate] to have a huge year, Doug [Baldwin] to have a huge year and Sidney [Rice] to fit in together.
"This is not a change at all."
With the addition of Harvin and the maturation of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks are likely to throw more regardless of what Carroll is saying in March. While Marshawn Lynch may see fewer carries, defenses will have to respect the passing game even more in 2013, so he should see fewer defenders "in the box."
Chiefs release Matt Cassel; Vikings sign Matt Cassel
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 5:03pm
The Chiefs mercifully put an end to the Matt Cassel era on Thursday, releasing the quarterback into the wild of free agency. And just a few hours after he became a free agent, the Vikings pounced on him, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.
It's a move that simultaneously makes sense for Minnesota and brings into question their faith in incumbent starter Christian Ponder.
The Vikings jumped at the chance to add Matt Cassel so it's possible that he'll have a chance to compete with Christian Ponder for the starting job. Cassel was pretty solid from 2008 to 2010 in one season with the Patriots and two with the Chiefs. He threw 64 TDs and 34 INTs in that span. In the past two seasons, he threw 16 TDs and 21 INTs. Given the current state of the Minnesota receiving corps, neither QB is shaping up to be even a fantasy QB2 in 2013.
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 10:33am
NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that Avril has agreed to terms to join the Seattle Seahawks. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night the deal is for two years and $15 million.
Avril turned down a three-year, $30 million contract extension with the Detroit Lions last year.
The Seahawks arguably had football's best defense last season, and now they add the top edge rusher on the open market. Two days after acquiring wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings, the Seahawks are establishing themselves as a favorite in the NFC.
The Seahawks defense is going to be scary in 2013.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 3:05pm
Vikings just released CB Antoine Winfield.
Winfield played well in 2012, but declined a pay cut, so he was released.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 1:03pm
Simpson was a big disappointment in 2012, but he did struggle with injuries at the start of the season and never really looked like himself. The Vikings have a lot of work to do at the receiver position, so Simpson should have an opportunity to earn some snaps.
Seahawks trade for Percy Harvin
Monday, March 11, 2013, 1:08pm
Percy Harvin wanted out of Minnesota, and got his wish. He joins a WR corps of Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin and figures to lead the group in targets in 2013. This is great news for QB Russell Wilson, who is getting a big boost at WR. In standard formats, Harvin finished in the top 11 in the last two years in fantasy PPG, and will once again be a fringe WR1, especially if he can stay healthy. Harvin's usage may drop a bit in Seattle, but this should be offset by additional red zone opportunities. Seattle's OC, Darrell Bevell, was the Vikings OC in 2010. That year, Harvin averaged 7.7 targets per game. The move leaves the Vikings with possibly the worst WR corps in the league (though Jarius Wright is a sleeper), so downgrade Christian Ponder even further.