Vikings Fantasy News

Vikings say that WR Cordarrelle Patterson has 'grown up a lot'

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:14am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

At the league meetings last month, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer tried his best to reason with a fan base clamoring for more of wideout Cordarrelle Patterson.

"There's no question he is, again there's another young guy that came out early and made a splash his rookie year because of his unique speed and his unique athletic traits," general manager Rick Spielman told The Star Tribune. "Sometimes you have to go through some growing pains where you have to realize it's more than just that. It's more than just relying on your athletic skill set and what it takes to be a great receiver in this league."

On the bright side, Spielman thinks Patterson has turned a corner in that respect.

"I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot," Spielman said. "I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we're very excited about the future with Cordarrelle."

Fantasy Impact:

Patterson will likely play behind Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace, at least. He didn't crack the 15 percent mark in snaps played over the final five weeks of the season.

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NFL officially reinstates Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 3:30pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The NFL's premier running back is officially back.

The league announced Thursday that Adrian Peterson will be reinstated Friday as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source involved, that Peterson will face no further suspension upon reinstatement. U.S. District Judge David S. Doty will decide in October how many game checks the Vikings star will lose, per Rapoport. It could be as many as three or as few as zero.

The Vikings released a statement Thursday indicating that they "look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings."

Fantasy Impact:

Throwing out his one-game season in 2014, Peterson never finished outside of the top 6 on a per game basis in standard formats (or outside the top 11 in PPR) in his previous seven seasons. He's now on the wrong side of 30, but his legs should be fresh after taking a full season off to deal with his criminal case last season. He and the Vikings have had a tumultuous relationship over the past eight months, and Peterson has made inferences that he'd like to play somewhere else in 2015. For their part, the Vikings say they want him back, and his contract makes him a very difficult player to trade. If he's back in Minnesota, then his 2.02 ADP in early drafts sounds about right. He has top 5 potential, but there is a lot of water that has to flow under the bridge at this point in his career.

'Good chance' that Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has a breakthrough season

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:12pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins beat writer Chris Perkins believes that WR Jarvis Landry is the player most likely to have a breakthrough season in 2015:

A breakthrough season would be improving on the 84 receptions for 758 yards and 5 TDs he had last year as a rookie. There’s a good chance that happens now that TE Charles Clay and WRs Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are gone. Tannehill is familiar with Landry, and Landry showed he’s got good NFL skills. He’s got good hands and can get YAC (Yards After Catch).

Fantasy Impact:

Landry was the #42 WR in standard formats and #30 in PPR, so as a high-volume slot receiver, he's going to have more value in PPR formats. The Dolphins lost four of their top six most-targeted players: Mike Wallace, Charles Clay, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. They have been replaced by Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should expand as well. He only played 62 percent of the snaps on the season, and didn't start playing consistent starter's snaps until Week 9. Over the final nine weeks, Landry was the #15 WR in PPR formats (and #23 in standard). He is currently the 24th WR off the board in early PPR drafts.

Monday, April 6, 2015, 8:03pm

Newsday - [Full Article]

In an attempt to improve his game, Jets QB Geno Smith turned to Tom Brady's quarterback guru.

The Jets quarterback has spent time in California this offseason working out with former major-league pitcher-turned-quarterback tutor Tom House, who also has worked with Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Matt Cassel and former Jet Tim Tebow.

"It wasn't a thing where I needed to change things," said Smith, who is 11-18 in two seasons. "It was basically just going out there to work out and get better, and that's what we accomplished."

"As of right now, I'm just focusing on getting better every single day and relishing every single opportunity that I have," Smith said on a conference call Monday after the team's first day of voluntary workouts. "Today's only Day 1, Phase 1."

Fantasy Impact:

Smith said he is "very pleased" with the progress he's made, but it remains to be seen what his new coaching staff thinks of him compared with the other quarterbacks on the roster, the story added. The Jets traded for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team has hinted they may want to add another quarterback.

Adrian Peterson, NFL to meet early on reinstatement

Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:30am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Peterson will meet with the NFL this week to discuss reinstatement, per a source informed of the situation.

The meeting is ahead of schedule for Peterson, who was supposed to be eligible for reinstatement on April 15.

Fantasy Impact:

Updated reports on Monday said the meeting will take place on Tuesday. Peterson, who agreed to a plea deal in November of no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault, is still on the Commissioner's Exempt List. Having some clarity on Peterson's situation could soon answer some of the lingering questions surrounding the face of Minnesota's franchise and if he'll play for the Vikings again since there has been a growing sentiment from Peterson's camp that he'd prefer to play elsewhere. The Cardinals and Cowboys have both been rumored destinations.

Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:22am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

It’s evident that the Ravens do have a lot of confidence in the development of young receivers like Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro, Kamar Aiken and Jeremy Butler.

The Ravens still will likely draft a wide receiver pretty early and they still are monitoring the markets of veteran free agents like Greg Jennings and Michael Crabtree. But by now, it’s pretty clear that they want to give every opportunity for their own young receivers to step into bigger roles.

Fantasy Impact:

With the departure of Torrey Smith to San Francisco, and Steve L. Smith another year older, a few of the young WRs mentioned above look like they will get a chance at more snaps in 2015. Still, the Ravens remain a run-first team, so in terms of fantasy value, a lot remains to be seen concerning these guys heading into fantasy draft season.

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 8:30pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Rex Ryan has stressed all offseason that the quarterback position will be an open competition in training camp for the Buffalo Bills. Should we believe him?

After all, it was just last August that Ryan and the Jets staged a faux competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick. The Jets stacked the deck so far in Smith's favor that Vick wouldn't even play along, publicly disagreeing with the coaching staff's notion that he was competing for a starting job.

Fast forward to present day, and Ryan is facing a familiar problem with a new team. EJ Manuel, like Smith, is a high 2013 draft pick who's struggled in his first two seasons and was benched in his second season. Matt Cassel, like Vick, is a 30-something veteran with past success.

"You look at Matt Cassel, obviously he's won in this league," said Ryan, according to The Buffalo News. "He's been a Pro Bowl-quarterback, so there's that experience that you have.

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan went on to say that he won't throw out Manuel after just two years and pointed out that Aaron Rodgers never took a snap for three years. From a coaching standpoint, Manuel may not have a lot of motivation if Cassel is named the starter at this point in the year, but it sure seems like that's where the team is heading.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins had surgery on his hip

Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:40pm

Josina Anderson, TwitLonger - [Full Article]

Sources: Bills WR Sammy Watkins had a surgical procedure on his hip area early this offseason. Watkins reportedly suffered a hip injury in the team's 26-10 victory over the Cleveland #Browns Nov. 30.

Fantasy Impact:

It was a tale of two seasons for Watkins, who averaged 4.8 catches for 74 yards and 0.63 TD in the first eight games; he was the #12 fantasy WR going into his team's Week 9 bye. Over the final eight weeks, he averaged 3.4 catches for 49 yards and 0.13 TD, and was the #48 WR from Week 10 to Week 17. The timing of his hip injury (Week 13 vs. CLE) is interesting, because Watkins was already in a slump, posting just 10 catches for 94 yards in the three previous games. Matt Cassel brings some stability at quarterback, but he's no better than Kyle Orton, so we're not expecting a huge jump for Watkins in OC Greg Roman's run-oriented offense.

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon is 'fully recovered' from back surgery

Friday, March 20, 2015, 10:04am

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Jerick McKinnon's undefined role hinges on whether Minnesota persuades Adrian Peterson to honor a $12.75 million contract in 2015 or trades his muddled status to another team -- abstractions that mean little to McKinnon, who refuses to dabble in Peterson politics.

He is hunting bigger game.

The ball carrier is fully recovered from back surgery that short-circuited his 2014 rookie season and eager to prove durable enough to produce over a 16-game NFL season.

"There's no doubt in my mind I can last the season," McKinnon said this week. "If that's something I have to prove, that's not a big deal for me. I'll prove it this year. I'm just really excited to get back out there with my teammates and coaches and show how far I've come since surgery."

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon was the team’s primary runner from Week 4 to Week 12, averaging 81.5 yards on 16.4 touches per game. During that span, he was the #25 RB in standard formats and #20 in PPR. However, he failed to score a touchdown while Matt Asiata found the endzone 10 times. If Peterson leaves town and McKinnon enters the season as the team’s primary back, then low-end RB2 numbers are within reach. In that scenario, Asiata would continue to serve as the team's goal-line back.

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 10:08pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings sign running back DuJuan Harris to one-year deal.

Vikings release WR Greg Jennings

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2:43pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings announced they have released WR Greg Jennings.

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings became expendable when the team traded for Mike Wallace. Jennings was the #42 WR in PPR formats, posting 59 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns in his second season with the team. He'll turn 32 in September and still has some gas in the tank.

Dolphins trade WR Mike Wallace to the Vikings

Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:26pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings traded 5th-round pick to Miami for WR Mike Wallace and 7th-round pick, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Starting with the Dolphins, this news is good for Jarvis Landry and the newly acquired Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron since Wallace's 7.2 targets per game are now up for grabs. In Minnesota, Wallace will likely start opposite Charles Johnson with Greg Jennings serving as the team's WR3. (Fantasy owners should not expect much from Cordarrelle Patterson in 2015.) We're wary any time a receiver changes teams, especially when he's not getting a promotion, which is the case here with Wallace. The acquisition is good news for Teddy Bridgewater, who averaged a solid 15.0 FP after his Week 10 bye. Those are QB2-type numbers, so with a year under his belt and Wallace in the mix, Bridgewater should be a good QBBC/streaming option in his second season.

Vikings reach one-year deal with RFA Matt Asiata

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 9:54am

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

The Vikings reached a one-year deal with restricted free agent Matt Asiata, according to a league source. The deal will give the running back an opportunity to make more through incentives.

Fantasy Impact:

Asiata's role will depend on what the Vikings do at the position this offseason. Adrian Peterson is still under contract and Jerick McKinnon showed good ability as a runner, while Asiata mainly worked in short yardage situations and in the passing game (44 receptions).

Jets expected to release WR Percy Harvin

Friday, March 6, 2015, 4:23pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets are expected to release WR Percy Harvin, sources say. Not a surprise given today’s Brandon Marshall trade. Will have an active market

Fantasy Impact:

In his final three seasons with the Vikings, Harvin averaged 16.3 fantasy points (PPR) and was dangerous in both the passing game (averaging 5.6-64-.35) and the running game (2.4 carries for 14 yards and 0.10 TD). In 14 regular season games with the Seahawks and the Jets, Harvin has averaged just 50 total yards and 0.14 TD per game, resulting in 9.6 PPR fantasy points. He turns 27 this summer and still has elite speed for his position, so he should be a hot commodity in free agency despite his poor production in recent years. There are character concerns, but if he lands in the right situation, he will be a fantasy factor in 2015.

Bills trade for QB Matt Cassel

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:42pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bills have traded for Matt Cassel, the team announced.

Fantasy Impact:

Cassel gives the Bills a veteran option if E.J. Manuel doesn't emerge as a viable starter.