Vikings Fantasy News

Vikings Beat: Cordarrelle Patterson should be back soon

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 1:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who left the team's Friday practice after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder following a diving catch, should be back relatively soon.

A league source said Saturday morning that Patterson's injury was "minor in nature," and added it shouldn't take Patterson too long to get back to 100 percent.

The news likely comes as a relief for the 2013 first-round pick, who again led the NFL in kick return average last season but didn't have his fifth-year option picked up this spring.

Fantasy Impact:

Patterson spent time with a route-running coach this offseason, though, and coach Mike Zimmer sounded encouraged by Patterson's approach during the Vikings' OTAs and minicamp this spring. If the receiver can get back on the field soon, he'll try to make the most of his opportunities to develop in the Vikings' offense, the story all said.

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 1:26pm - [Full Article]

Last season, the Vikings celebrated their first NFC North title since 2009. Now, Minny is rewarding the head coach responsible for the team accomplishing the feat.

The Vikings announced Thursday that they have extended the contract of Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer has racked up an 18-14 record in his first two years coaching in Minnesota, including a playoff appearance last season.

"Mike has instilled a very positive atmosphere over the past three years and our players have thrived under his tutelage and leadership," Vikings owner Zygi Wolf said in a statement. "His focus on helping our players develop and maximize potential, individually and collectively, is critical for our current and future success. We believe the continuity established with Mike leading our football team is a very positive step for our organization."

Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:11am

ESPN - [Full Article]

As Adrian Peterson prepares for his 10th NFL season, he's coming off his third rushing title in large part because of the unyielding work ethic that still has him training for three to four hours a day at his gym in Houston.

He's working to stay ahead of a young generation of running backs who were raised on Peterson highlights. And in the case of Melvin Gordon -- the San Diego Chargers back who finished second in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting and was selected 15th in last year's draft -- Peterson has a protege who has come to Houston this summer in the hopes of adopting some of the four-time All-Pro's tenacity.

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon, who ran for 641 yards, fumbled six times and missed two games because of a microfracture in his left knee during a trying rookie season. He contacted Peterson in February about training with him this offseason, the story said. Gordon has gone through some of the same drills, designed to improve his balance and proprioception after his injury.

Vikings Beat: Adrian Peterson must adjust to 'shotgun-centric offense'

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 2:05pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

Peterson, as he seemingly does every other offseason, has vowed to become a better pass-catcher. But what is more relevant in regards to his playing time is whether he will be able to adapt to the shotgun spread attack that better suits third-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson struggled running out of the shotgun early last season, so the Vikings started calling more under-center plays. They figure to go back to a more shotgun-centric offense this season, which means Peterson will have to make the most of his shotgun carries. He will finally get a chance to take some in contract drills during training camp.

Peterson remains the man in Minnesota, but McKinnon, his uber-athletic backup, reminded the Vikings late last season that he can make plays, too. Barring an injury to Peterson, McKinnon does not figure to get more than 75-100 carries this season. But if he has improved enough in pass protection, the Vikings will be able to unleash him in passing situations, when he can put his elite quickness to use.

Fantasy Impact:

Norv Turner is no dummy. If Peterson continues to struggle in the shotgun, Turner will adjust the offense to fit his strengths. Peterson finished the 2015 season as the #2 RB in both standard and PPR formats. It was a historically bad season for the position, so with the same point totals he would have finished in the #5-#6 range in 2013 or 2014. Peterson is entering his age 31 seasons, but is showing no signs of slowing down, registering a 4.5 YPC last year. He’s a solid pick, especially in standard formats, but it’s doubtful that he’ll finish #2 or higher in PPR formats again in 2016.

Vikings' third-down role 'could shift' to Jerick McKinnon

Monday, July 18, 2016, 1:55pm

1500 ESPN - [Full Article]

Jerick McKinnon’s elusiveness (5.2-yard average on 213 touches), combined with strong pass protection of Matt Asiata meant the Vikings made little change at running back even though the third-down role could shift. McKinnon (5-9, 205) sits at No. 2 on the depth chart after a strong finish to 2015 with a per-touch average of 8.1 yards in the final four games. He’s a productive change-of-pace back and quick receiver. His playing time could increase as the Vikings look to get more from the passing game.

Asiata (6-0, 219) re-signed on a one-year deal with a minimum base salary ($760,000). He’s a bruiser and served as the primary third-down back behind porous protection, though an improved offensive line could mean a lessened role.

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson is not particularly good as a receiver, so McKinnon could carve out a significant role and become a PPR RB3/RB4 even if Peterson stays healthy. In the 10 games over the last two seasons that McKinnon has played without Adrian Peterson, he has averaged 13.9 touches for 67 yards, or 9.4 points per game (PPR). That was with Matt Asiata getting most of the goal line work in 2014, but McKinnon out-touched Asiata by a 13-to-8 margin in the red zone in 2015. So if something were to happen to the 31-year-old Peterson, McKinnon and his 4.9 YPC would likely serve as the lead back and see enough red zone work to make him a worthwhile start on a weekly basis.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater showing an improved deep ball

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 10:56am

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

By all accounts, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been impressive in workouts the past couple of months. And one reason, perhaps, is the “Teddy Two Gloves Passing Academy.”

That’s what Bridgewater’s teammates are calling their week together in April, when he brought in his top pass-catchers for workouts in Florida. In attendance were Vikings receivers Stefon Diggs, Jarius Wright, Charles Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Adam Thielen, and tight ends Kyle Rudolph and MyCole Pruitt.

Coach Mike Zimmer said Bridgewater has shown plenty of improvement this spring, especially throwing the deep ball.

Zimmer says Bridgewater is winging it.

“I think we’re just focused on it a little more,” Zimmer said. “There was a play last week that kind of showed me the progression. … (Bridgewater) saw the safety bite a little bit and just hung it right down the middle of the field about 55 yards and a perfect strike. So those are the kind of things I see (that) two years ago or even early last year, I don’t think he would have done. … He just looks more comfortable and confident.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bridgewater played 16 games and finished #23 in QB scoring in his second season. If he has truly added a consistent deep ball to his arsenal, it will drastically improve his fantasy outlook.

Vikings WR Charles Johnson had a broken rib in 2015

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 5:25pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings receiver Charles Johnson said on Thursday he broke a rib last September against San Diego, while trying to come back for a ball that San Diego's Steve Williams intercepted. Johnson said it took him until the Vikings' win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 1 – during which the receiver made a critical 34-yard catch – to feel like he could play while managing the injury. "You can't sneeze, you can't move, laughing hurts," Johnson said. "But it's all good now."

Fantasy Impact:

This helps to explain his extremely disappointing production after a hot finish to the 2014 season. With Mike Wallace out of the way, Johnson should have a chance to compete for starter's snaps now that he's fully healthy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 11:17pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed backup running back Matt Asiata.

Vikings will release WR Mike Wallace

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 3:45pm

Tom Pelissero - [Full Article]

Vikings are releasing Mike Wallace, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Wallace had a very disappointing first season in Minnesota. He was outplayed by Stefon Diggs, who enters the offseason as the team's WR1. The Vikings are likely to address the position in the offseason. As for Wallace, the free agent WR market is weak, so it's likely that some team will overpay him based on his past success.

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 11:41am

Vikings Inactives

WR Charles Johnson
LB Brandon Watts
QB Taylor Heinicke
DT Kenrick Ellis
C Nick Easton
T Jeremiah Sirles
DE Zach Moore

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch won't play vs. Vikings, but 'did not suffer any kind of setback'

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 12:43pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In a surprise move, the Seattle Seahawks have downgraded running back Marshawn Lynch to out for Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Lynch has not played in a game since Nov. 15, and he underwent abdominal surgery Nov. 25. He had been rehabbing in San Francisco but rejoined the team for workouts and practices this week.

But following the team's final workout at its practice facility Friday, the Seahawks said, Lynch notified them that he could not play Sunday. He did not travel with the team to Minneapolis later in the day.

According to a source, Lynch did not suffer any kind of setback with his injury during Friday's practice.

Related players: Christine Michael, Bryce Brown

Fantasy Impact:

Over the past three games, Michael has seen 13.0 carries for 64 yards with a total of two catches for 14 yards. Brown has averaged 8.7 carries for 24 yards and scored a touchdown. In fact, he saw seven red zone touches over that span compared to just three for Michael. Fred Jackson led the Seattle running backs with eight catches for 66 yards over the three game span.

Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:38pm

Vikings RB Zach Line (illness) was removed from the injury report Friday.

Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:38pm

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 18. Peterson is good to go to face the Seahawks.

Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:38pm

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (hip, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18. Lockett is probable so he’s good to go to face the Vikings.

Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:38pm

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (shoulder, back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 18.

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