Vikings Fantasy News

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bridgewater is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Thursday night’s game against the Packers. It’s not a particularly good matchup, so owners should look elsewhere if possible.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Vikings RB Jerome Felton (knee, probable) practiced fully Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. McKinnon had earned more touches after a monster Week 4 effort, though the Vikings used Matt Asiata more on passing downs, so if the team falls behind, McKinnon may not see as much playing time on Thursday night.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Hester could be a Sneaky Start if Harry Douglas (foot) remains out. Hester has three quality fantasy starts in four games, including 5-70-1 against the Vikings in Week 4.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Vikings WR Rodney Smith (hamstring, probable) practiced fully Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin, out) did not practice Wednesday. Rudolph will remain out for a while after having sports hernia surgery.

Aaron Rodgers has struggled against Mike Zimmer-coached defenses

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 1:28pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

For what it’s worth, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers faced Vikings HC Mike Zimmer’s defenses in Cincinnati twice. The Packers went 0-2 while Rodgers completed 57.3 percent of his passes for an average of 252.5 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions and a 74.8 passer rating.

Last year’s 64.5 rating in a 34-30 loss at Cincinnati was Rodgers’ third-lowest rating since 2009.

“I have a lot of respect for [Zimmer] and the job he does,” Rodgers said. “He’s always well prepared and very confusing at times with their schemes.”

“It gives you some similar works and they run different things out of it,” Rodgers said. “Different blitz schemes, different coverages behind it. They give you some issues with the protections, obviously. And his defenses in Cincinnati always covered very well with a lot of talented corners, much like Minnesota does.”

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting better numbers from Rodgers in this meeting, though the prep time is reduced on the short week. The Vikings don't have the defensive talent that Zimmer had in Cincinnati.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Coach Mike McCarthy tried and tried to get the Green Bay Packers running game going with Eddie Lacy last Sunday at Soldier Field, neglecting James Starks in the process.

It was the second time in four games this season that Starks failed to carry the ball.

"James Starks should touch the football every single game," McCarthy said Tuesday. "That will not happen again."

Fantasy Impact:

Expect Starks to have some kind of role in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Considering he has averaged 5.0 yards per carry on his limited (15) attempts this season, perhaps that could jump-start a running game that has sputtered through the first four games. Lacy did score a TD last week but carried 17 times for only 48 yards. His schedule starts to ease a little so now looks to be the time for Lacy to step up.

Teddy Bridgewater 'doing much better'

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 2:55pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings have not committed to Teddy Bridgewater playing at Green Bay on his sprained left ankle. Two days after his injury, however, the quarterback is ''doing much better,'' according to coach Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer said Bridgewater's participation in practice Tuesday would be more mental than physical. The team planned to have Bridgewater try running on the ankle he hurt against Atlanta in his first career start. Bridgewater said he had yet throw the football.

The Packers have said they're preparing for Bridgewater to play Thursday.

Zimmer said he doesn't have doubt about Bridgewater's availability, but he also said he's taking the rookie's status ''one day at a time.''

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like Bridgewater will be ready to play but will he be prepared is another story. The rookie would be making just his second start, coming off an ankle injury on a short week no less.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings are still hopeful tight end Kyle Rudolph, who had sports hernia surgery last Tuesday, will be back on the field in fewer than eight weeks, the time Rudolph would have had to miss if the Vikings had put him on injured reserve with a designation to return this season.

A league source said last week that Rudolph would miss six weeks with the injury, and Rudolph said Monday he was able to walk without crutches after his surgery in Philadelphia last week.

"I'm moving around a lot better," Rudolph said. "I'm excited to get the recovery process going. Now, I'm almost a week in. It's just doing everything I can to get better every day."

Rudolph said the injury first surfaced during the first week of training camp, when he noticed pain on the right side of his abdomen.

Vikes don't see RB Jerick McKinnon as every down player 'right now'

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:31pm

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings rookie running back Jerick McKinnon had a break-out game yesterday, showing off his wheels while rushing for 135 yards in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. But today, head coach Mike Zimmer pumped the breaks a little bit on the notion that McKinnon is ready to be an every-down back.

Zimmer said that as a defensive-minded coach, he likes the challenge that a committee approach can pose to defenses. Besides, there are only a handful of true all-situation backs in today’s NFL.

Starter Matt Asiata is more of a physical, between-the-tackles runner. Meanwhile, McKinnon, a third-round pick in May’s NFL draft, has the quickness needed to get around the edge and the speed and shiftiness to be a big-play threat when he gets into the open field. But while McKinnon has some pass-catching skills, he is not polished when it comes to things like pass protection.

“I think he’s a change-of-pace back for us,” Zimmer said. “We’ll worry about next year [then]. I hope we can continue to grow his role but I don’t think he’s going to be an every-down player right now.”Vikes

Fantasy Impact:

Even before the Adrian Peterson child abuse case, there were rumors Peterson's cap hit was going to be too much to handle next season, so it's very possible McKinnon was drafted with the intent on playing a bigger role next season. As for this year, we'll see how he progresses against defenses that aren't the Falcons. Right now it looks like third-down duties and a change of pace back as part of a committee, but if he keeps putting up numbers it will be hard for the Vikes to not give him more work. For now, he's worth a pickup if you need RB help. While it's probably best to wait and see this week, we should get a good indication of where this RB committee stands against a much better defense in Green Bay Week 5.

Teddy Bridgewater's MRI negative, could play Thursday

Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:39pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings got some good news, as an MRI came back negative on rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's left ankle.

Bridgewater sprained the ankle during Minnesota's 41-28 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. Bridgewater had a stellar first start, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown. He was complimented on offense by running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, who gashed the Falcons repeatedly.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer addressed reporters about Bridgewater's MRI and said that there's a chance he could be ready for Thursday night's game against Green Bay.

Fantasy Impact:

After the game, Bridgewater claimed he'd be fine and ready to go for Thursday night against the Packers. He looked good against a poor Atlanta defense in Week 4, but the Pack present a much tougher challenge in Week 5. Bridgewater could make for a decent QB2 option this week if he's in the lineup. Reports say he did not practice Monday with Christian Ponder getting the first team reps.

Bucs WR Mike Evans to miss 2-3 weeks

Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:46pm

Mike Garafolo on Twitter - [Full Article]

Buccaneers rookie WR Mike Evans out an estimated 2-3 weeks with a groin strain suffered yesterday, source says.

Fantasy Impact:

It would make a lot of sense for the team to keep him out right through the bye in Week 7 and then return in Week 8 against the Vikings. Evans caught his first TD in the NFL from Mike Glennon Sunday as the Bucs showed some life on offense for the first time this season. Louis Murphy, who had six catches for 99 yards Week 4, could see more time as a result of Evans being out. Robert Herron and Russell Shepard could also seem more snaps.

Viking RBs Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon nearly split snaps Week 4

Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings RB Matt Asiata is listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart behind Adrian Peterson, but his grip on the main job may be loosening after rookie Jerick McKinnon exploded for 135 rushing yards in his fourth career game.

Asiata (44) and McKinnon (32) swapped series, with the rookie outgaining Asiata 152-100 in total yards.

Fantasy Impact:

This was all against the struggling Falcons defense so it's probably best to wait and see how snaps shake out against a better defense. And we'll find out quickly as the Vikings play Thursday night against the Packers. Still, McKinnon is worth adding in any format if he's still on your wire.

Vikes QB Teddy Bridgewater ankle issue 'just a sprain'

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:15pm - [Full Article]

QB Teddy Bridgewater left the Minnesota Vikings' game against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return to the team's 41-28 victory.

He walked off under his own power but was carted to the locker room for X-rays.

Bridgewater tells NFL Media's Omar Ruiz that his ankle injury "is just a sprain." The rookie signal-caller says he will be fine and expects to play Thursday against the Packers.

Fantasy Impact:

Bridgewater looked impressive in the win over Atlanta but the Falcon defense has made many look impressive this year. While Bridgewater said he expects the play, it would be hard to take his word right now, especially with a quick-turnaround, Week 5 game Thursday night. Bridgewater is worth owning, but if he plays against the Packers Thursday night it will be a big test on the road, and owners should probably temper expectations for another performance like Week 4. Christian Ponder would get the start if Bridgewater can't go.