Vikings Fantasy News

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It looks like Asiata may be on his way back. He’ll vie with Ben Tate and Joe Banyard for touches behind Jerick McKinnon.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) did not practice Wednesday. McKinnon played through the injury last week and should do so again this week. He has a nice matchup with the Panthers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) practiced fully Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Patterson’s injury should keep Charles Johnson’s sleeper status alive and well.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings WR Jarius Wright (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings TE Chase Ford (hamstring, foot) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Rudolph’s Snap % was 88% in Week 12, so it’s time to start thinking of him as a high-end TE2/low-end TE1 in Norv Turner’s TE-friendly offense.

Schefter: Redskins bench RG3 in favor of Colt McCoy

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 2:21am

Adam Schefter, Facebook - [Full Article]

Washington is planning to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday at Indianapolis, per a team source.
While Griffin is not a part of Washington's plan for Sunday's game, he still appears to be a significant part of the Redskins' long-term plan, per another source.

Yet right now, Washington is hitting the reset button, though it might not last long, a source cautioned.

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy has played a game and a half of football this season, relieving Kirk Cousins in the second half of Week 7 against the Titans. In that game he threw for 128 yards, which included a 70-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon. He started the following week in Dallas, throwing for 299 yards and an interception, while also rushing for 16 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, the Redskins beat the Cowboys, 20-17. The thing that jumps out about McCoy is his YPA, which is 10.2 on 42 attempts. This is a rather small sample size, but it is an encouraging sign for McCoy backers. The move may be good for DeSean Jackson, who had six catches for 136 yards in McCoy's start against Dallas. Jackson had a nice Week 8 game with Griffin against the Vikings, but only caught six passes for 74 yards combined in the last two games. McCoy doesn't have a bad matchup the rest of the way.

Packers still monitoring Eddie Lacy's GI illness

Monday, November 24, 2014, 8:33pm - [Full Article]

Packers running back Eddie Lacywas still battling a stomach ailment on Monday after his 125-yard rushing performance the previous day in Minnesota.

“He’s fighting through a GI illness,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He was in today for a ‘re-gen’ workout. It’s something we’re still monitoring.”

Fantasy Impact:

McCarthy said he was aware of Lacy’s illness prior to Sunday’s contest, but when it didn’t seem to affect his game, it didn’t affect the offense’s approach either. Lacy carried the ball a season-high 25 times, including 10 times on two fourth-quarter drives, in the 24-21 victory over the Vikings. His 125 rushing yards were also a season best, and he scored twice, on a one-yard plunge and a 10-yard shovel pass.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7:19pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was slow to get up after he was dragged down on his 42-yard kickoff return in the third quarter and sustained knee and ankle injuries on the play.

But Patterson said he thought he'd be fine and added he didn't want to give up kickoff-return duties because of the injury risk.

"Of course it's always risk-reward every time you get back there on a kickoff return," Patterson said. "But it's my job. Being back there, I have to take full advantage of it."

Fantasy Impact:

Patterson was able to return to the game. Outside of a few games this season, Patterson hasn't been much of a fantasy factor, and we had a news story this week where head coach Mike Zimmer said it may take a while until Patterson gets it. Patterson continues to struggle with route running.

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:58pm - [Full Article]

There are several reasons to believe Browns WR Josh Gordon, 23, will provide a significant boost for the offense.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan won’t radically change his scheme or philosophy because of Gordon’s return. His offense will continue to be predicated on a running game fueled by zone blocking and a passing attack largely dependent on play-action fakes.

But Gordon, who led the NFL last season with 1,646 receiving yards despite playing only 14 games, gives Shanahan opportunities to ambush defenses in different ways.

“I don’t know how much [the offense] changes,” Shanahan said. “I think it makes things easier. It gives you some different options. Sometimes it can change what coverages you see, and when you see different coverages, then you do have to change schematically with what you’re attacking. You try to get guys who are good players the ball, but also when coverages take them away, it helps other guys get the ball.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that Shanahan’s plays have been able to get receivers open all season, so the possibilities should be endless with Gordon. One positive note to consider, as the story pointed out, when Gordon returned from a two-game suspension last year, Hoyer targeted him 19 times. The All-Pro receiver responded with 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 31-27 road win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Vikings RB Ben Tate struggling to adjust to new team

Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:18pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

“I just got here; I don’t even know if I’ve been here for six hours yet,” new Vikings RB Ben Tate said after practice when asked about his new teammates. “You’re asking me questions I really can’t answer.”

Tate practiced for the first time since the Vikings claimed him off waivers Wednesday from the Browns, which came as a surprise to him. He’ll have only three days to get acclimated to a new scheme before his first game in purple against the Packers on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

“It was tough,” said Tate, describing the past two days. “After being claimed, I’ve got a girl and a little boy so it’s definitely tough trying to get situated with that. Just traveling, not much sleep and not much eating. I’m starving.”

The 26-year-old might be relied on because of injuries to running backs Matt Asiata, who missed his second consecutive practice going through the league’s concussion protocol, and Jerick McKinnon, who was limited because of a lower back injury.

Tate has never played in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s system, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he’s not sure if Tate will be active Sunday.

“He practiced some today,” Zimmer said. “He got some reps and was in the blitz pickup. He was in everything, so we’ll see how fast he gets. It was a quick day for him.”

Fantasy Impact:

This doesn't sound like a player who is going to cut into Jerick McKinnon's workload this week. With Matt Asiata already ruled out, owners should start McKinnon with confidence.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:49pm

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson clearly is pressing.

"I've been thinking too much, want to make too many plays. When you start doing stuff like that, you start messing up," he said. "I've messed up a lot this year. This week I'm going to just try not to think -- have fun and enjoy, just try to get a touchdown."

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. With Asiata out, look for a heavy dose of Jerick McKinnon since Ben Tate is still trying to learn the playbook.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 12. McKinnon played through the back injury last week and should do so again in Week 12. Of greater concern is the arrival of Ben Tate, whom the Vikings picked up via waivers. McKinnon’s workload should be safe this week, but the long-term impact of Tate’s arrival likely won’t be positive for the rookie.