Vikings Fantasy News

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. Patterson has been a big disappointment this season. We’re benching him until OC Norv Turner proves he has some idea how to use him. Don’t be surprised if he has a monster game at some point, we just don’t know when that will happen.

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Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Riddick’s fantasy value dried up with Reggie Bush’s return, but he gave a taste of what he’s capable of against the the Vikings in Week 6.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) took full practice reps again Thursday. Patterson has been a big disappointment this season. We’re benching him until OC Norv Turner proves he has some idea how to use him.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) missed practice again Thursday.

Vikings Beat: Jerick McKinnon will be 'given a chance to settle in' as the RB1

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:06pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

While head coach Mike Zimmer said yesterday that he wants Matt Asiata to remain involved in the running game, it looks as if Jerick McKinnon, who has quickly climbed atop the depth chart, will be given an chance to settle in as the starter.

“[It has been] a whirlwind,” McKinnon said after today’s morning walkthrough. “Everything happened so fast. I think I prepare myself to be ready for whatever happens. There has definitely been a lot thrown my way, just from a rookie standpoint, going through a whole bunch of different things. But I think it’s helped me in my progression to become a better NFL running back.”

McKinnon rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries against a formidable Lions defensive front in his first start and caught a team-high six passes for 42 yards. His 5.0 yards-per-carry average is inflated by his performance against the Falcons, but McKinnon has brought the threat of explosive plays back to the backfield, something that has been lacking since Peterson was shut down indefinitely.

Fantasy Impact:

Asiata will probably see more work than he did in Week 6, but we're still expecting McKinnon to get most of the touches, which makes him an intriguing RB2 type, especially in PPR formats.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) practiced fully Wednesday. Patterson has been a big disappointment this season. We’re benching him until OC Norv Turner proves he has some idea how to use him.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) practiced fully Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) did not practice Wednesday. Rudolph is not expected to return for a few weeks.

Vikes RB Jerick McKinnon not guaranteed to start Week 7

Monday, October 13, 2014, 10:17am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Viking rookie running back Jerick McKinnon found out last week he would be making his first career NFL start on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, and the Georgia Southern product proved to be the Minnesota Vikings' most effective weapon on Sunday, in a game where the team had few of them.

McKinnon carried 11 times for 40 yards, catching another six passes for 42 yards and becoming the first Vikings rookie running back to lead the team in receptions since Mewelde Moore on Oct. 17, 2004.

"Whether I start or don’t start I always prepare myself to be ready, as if I was a starter," McKinnon said. "I found out earlier in the week. So I was just trying to be on top of my P’s and Q’s and really dial in this week during practice even more. Make sure I am prepared, and I think that I was really prepared coming into the game."

Fantasy Impact:

Coach Mike Zimmer said McKinnon wasn't necessarily guaranteed to start next Sunday against Buffalo, adding the Vikings would evaluate the position this week and saying they "didn't run the ball effectively" on Sunday, the story added. The piece went on to say that of the running backs on the Vikings' current roster, McKinnon's speed and elusiveness make him more likely than Matt Asiata to eventually take over for Adrian Peterson as the featured back (though it seems possible the Vikings will keep using the two in tandem for now). The team just recently said that McKinnon isn't ready to carry the load, but he's definitely trending in the right direction while Asiata looks to be heading the other way. McKinnon now looks to be worth grabbing if he's on your wire.

Cordarrelle Patterson: 'I don't feel like I'm 100 percent'

Monday, October 13, 2014, 10:08am

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said he wasn’t feeling 100 percent, dealing with a lingering left hip injury in the 17-3 loss against the Lions on Sunday.

Patterson rotated with wide receiver Charles Johnson on drives to remain fresh. It didn’t appear that Patterson needed to be attended to on the sideline with the injury, but he didn’t remain on the field throughout the game.

“I don’t feel like I’m 100 percent,” Patterson said. “I should be next week. Just keep getting treatment and keep grinding in treatment and do what it takes.”

Patterson initially injured the hip last week against the Packers, missing most of the second half in the 42-10 loss.

Patterson waived off Johnson midway through the fourth quarter on the Vikings only scoring drive – a 40-yard field goal from kicker Blair Walsh. On the 11-play, 45 yard drive, Patterson had first catch in the game and wanted to stay in with the adrenaline flowing. He finished with two catches for 15 yards on eight targets and one carry, a halfback toss, for two yards.

“I’m going to be out there,” Patterson said. “I don’t feel like I need to let my teammates down. Thursday, I sat out the whole second half. I can’t let that happen again.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's been a struggle for Patterson owners this year who feel like they need to keep putting him in their lineups after likely spending a pretty nice pick on him in drafts. In his defense, it was a tough matchup against a very good Lions defense that was putting the pressure on rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater. The good news is things get a little easier for Bridgewater, Patterson and the rest of the Vikes with three friendly matchups right up to the Week 10 bye.

Reggie Bush expects to be back Week 7

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 8:41pm - [Full Article]

Lions RB Reggie Bush said he expects to be available next week when the New Orleans Saints visit Ford Field.

"Next week for sure," Bush said. "100 percent."

Bush suffered an ankle injury last week against the Bills and did not dress for Sunday's 17-3 win at TCF Bank Stadium against the Vikings. It was the third game he's missed due to injury since signing with Detroit last year.

Fantasy Impact:

If we can trust Bush, it means he'll be back to split work with Joique Bell in Week 7 against the Saints. Bell rushed for 74 yards and added a TD and Theo Riddick did his damage in the passing game adding a long receiving TD. Riddick was also injured but is expected back in Week 7 as well, but would likely take a backseat to Bush if he in fact does play.

Doug Martin feels breakout game coming soon

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:56pm - [Full Article]

Doug Martin hasn't found the right footing since his breakout rookie campaign in 2012. After missing most of last season with a shoulder injury, Martin missed two games for the Buccaneers this year with a knee injury. In the time he has been on the field he hasn't looked great.

Martin hasn't had a 100-yard outing in his past seven games, and this season he has fewer than 50 rushing yards in all three contests he's participated in. The problem hasn't been just the Buccaneers' blocking. Martin has caused just three missed tackles on his 37 carries and six receptions this season. That low percentage ranks him 39th out of 43 running backs with at least 25 percent of a team's attempts.

Still, Lovie Smith said this week he plans to stick with Martin, and the young runner has shown positives the past two weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

Martin believes that a much-needed breakout game is coming soon. Martin said he's been "close" to busting out, and that he "can't wait until it happens." Owners probably feel the same way. Unfortunately, Martin will find the sledding tough again this week against a stingy Baltimore Ravens run defense. But softer defenses are on the horizon after a Week 7 bye: Vikings Week 8, ranked 21st in allowing fantasy points to RBs; Browns Week 9 ranked 23rd and the Falcons Week 10 ranked 32nd.