Vikings Fantasy News

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:58pm

Ohio.com - [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.

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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.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 12. It now looks like Jennings will play against his old team, but he has not had much success against the Packers. He has just 69 yards — total — in three games against Green Bay.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Vikings WR Jarius Wright (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 12. Wright should play against the Packers, though he’s no sure thing given the questionable tag.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Rudolph seems to be getting close to 100 percent, though we wouldn’t recommend him after his goose egg last week.

Vikings OC: Despite addition of Ben Tate, Jerick McKinnon is 'our running back'

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:43pm

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Jerick McKinnon need not worry; the Vikings claim they didn't bring sign Ben Tate to be the starting running back.

Minnesota picked Tate up on waivers Wednesday and he practiced Thursday, two days after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Tate was signed for insurance because McKinnon was the only regular running back able to practice at all this week.

"We're in a situation where (Wednesday) we had one back that could practice, so the timing of (Tate) being released and the opportunity for us to add a back ... was good timing," Turner said. "We're excited about Jerick and what he's done, and I see him as our running back. He's been limited in practice last week and couldn't practice (Wednesday), so you've got to protect yourself."

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon may see an extra large workload this week with Matt Asiata likely out and Ben Tate trying to get up to speed in the offense.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Asiata may not be able to play this week, which has prompted the Vikings to acquire Ben Tate via the league’s waiver process.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. 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.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Browns WR Josh Gordon (not injury related) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Gordon is currently ranked as our #13 WR for Week 12. Last year, after being suspended for the first two games, Gordon returned (with QB Brian Hoyer) in Week 3 and caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. It’s very difficult to bench him in a great matchup with the Falcons even if he is a bit limited in his first game back.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) missed practice again Thursday. Consider Jennings very iffy to play against his old team. Charles Johnson is on the radar, though Jarius Wright returned to practice on Thursday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Vikings WR Jarius Wright (hamstring) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. It looks like Wright is back on track to face the Packers.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. Rudolph seems to be getting close to 100 percent, though we wouldn’t recommend him after his goose egg last week.