Vikings Fantasy News

Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (ribs, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19. With Nelson out, Geronimo Allison will likely pick up most of his snaps. He played 58% of the snaps against the Giants, and had a quiet game, but that was with Nelson playing 23% of the snaps. In the two previous games, with Randall Cobb sidelined, Allison played 73% and 81% of the snaps, posting 4-66 (on seven targets) against the Vikings and 4-91-1 (on six targets) against the Lions.

Zimmer: QB Sam Bradford earned right to start

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 2:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings don't yet know whether Teddy Bridgewater will be their starting quarterback again. Their future, instead, could be with Sam Bradford.

Coach Mike Zimmer said in his season-ending press conference that Bradford "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback" after a year during which he set a NFL single-season record with a 71.6 completion percentage. Bradford, who came to Minnesota in a trade Sept. 3 with the Philadelphia Eagles after Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL on Aug. 30, threw for a career-high 3,877 yards and passed for 20 touchdowns against five interceptions.

"I think Sam has played great this year," Zimmer said. "Right now all I'm worried about is Teddy getting better. He comes in here every single day, busts his rear end and I just want him to get better right now and so we'll worry about those things later. But Sam has done remarkable things this year, with all the things that he's had to do."

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford is signed through the 2017 season, and general manager Rick Spielman said before the season that the quarterback's contract was part of the reason the Vikings were willing to trade a first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford. He will have a $18 million cap hit next year, with $4 million coming in a roster bonus due in March, and the Vikings will eventually have to decide whether to sign Bradford to a long-term contract. Meanwhile, Bridgewater has not talked to reporters since his injury, and declined interview requests during the Vikings' final open locker room session of the season on Monday. The Vikings said on Sept. 9 that Bridgewater had a multi-ligament reconstruction of his left knee, but have not disclosed which ligaments Bridgewater needed repaired other than his ACL.

RB Adrian Peterson open to return to Vikings

Monday, January 2, 2017, 3:03pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Adrian Peterson said he'd love to finish his career with the Minnesota Vikings. Whether he'd be open to taking a pay cut to make that happen remains to be seen.

Peterson would not say Monday whether he would entertain a smaller deal from the Vikings, who have a team option on the running back for 2017 that includes a $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus. He sounded more open to the possibility than he has in the past but stopped short of saying he would accept less money from the Vikings after missing 13 games following a torn meniscus in September.

Fantasy Impact:

The Vikings have to decide on Peterson's 2017 option by the start of the league year, and they would owe him the $6 million roster bonus if he was on the team by the third day of the league year. A restructured deal, then, would need to be completed sometime before the new league year begins on March 9.

QB Sam Bradford makes his case for Vikings in 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The year that Sam Bradford has dubbed his most bizarre in the NFL also will go down as his best. The quarterback set an NFL single-season record by completing 71.6 percent of his passes. He threw for a career-high 3,877 yards, with 20 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions while playing behind eight different offensive line combinations in 15 starts.

"You always believe in yourself, and I think you always believe you can go out and play at a high level," he said. "This year, just in terms of the trade [from Philadelphia] and showing up Week 1, it's been crazy. But, it's been fun and I've enjoyed being a part of this locker room."

Fantasy Impact:

There seems little doubt Bradford will be a part of it in 2017, as the Vikings remain unsure of what they'll get from Teddy Bridgewater. What the Vikings will have to decide, though, is how they want to approach Bradford's long-term future. His base salary will rise to $14 million, after Bradford hit a $1 million salary escalator clause by playing more than 90 percent of the team's offensive snaps.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Vikings RB Zach Line (concussion) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 17. Cobb is trying to make his return in a crucial game against the Lions. If he plays, he isn’t close to the fantasy option that he was earlier in his career. If he sits, Geronimo Allison should see starter-type snaps again this week. He played 73% of the snaps last week against the Vikings en route to four catches for 66 yards on seven targets.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. With Diggs likely out, Adam Thielen can be dialed up as a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 against the Bears.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (illness) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Jeffery should be out there against the Vikings.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Vikings WR Charles Johnson (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell (ankle, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17.

Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow heads to IR

Monday, December 26, 2016, 7:38pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Chargers have been using rookie Kenneth Farrow as Melvin Gordon's replacement. But now, Farrow is also going on Injured Reserve. He suffered a shoulder injury during San Diego's loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns on Saturday and his season is over.

Gordon is still considered day-to-day with his injury, but with the Chargers' season all but over, it doesn't make much sense to risk further injury in Week 17. If he sits, San Diego will incredibly be without its top five running backs for the regular season finale.

Ronnie Hillman -- who was cut by the Broncos just before the start of the season, signed with the Vikings in late September and stayed there for two months before being released and then catching on with San Diego -- is the team's only healthy running back on the active roster.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't seem likely Gordon will play. The story mentioned a possible Andre Williams return since he was on the team's practice squad at one point this season. Looks like Hillman could be in store for a nice workload in what is a tough matchup, however.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) took full practice reps all week. Rodgers is no longer listed on the injury report, so he’s good to go to face the Vikings. He should be more mobile than last week.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Vikings RB Zach Line (concussion, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 16.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. With Peterson out, it's a clear bump for Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, who will form their usual committee in the backfield. McKinnon has been trending up of late, averaging 15.0 touches for 65 yards and 0.2 touchdowns in his last five games. Asiata has been dealing with an ankle injury but isn't on the injury report this week. Prior to Peterson's return in Week 15, Asiata had a rushing touchdown in four of his five previous games.

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