Vikings Fantasy News

Giants sign Josh Freeman
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:10pm

Mike Garafalo, Twitter - [Full Article]

Done deal with the Giants and QB Josh Freeman. He's agreed to terms, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Freeman will provide depth behind Eli Manning. He didn't get much of a chance to succeed in Minnesota.

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Kyle Rudolph (foot) running since mid-February
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:06am

Ben Goessling, Twitter - [Full Article]

Kyle Rudolph said he's had no foot problems, has been running since mid-Feb.

Fantasy Impact:

Rudolph was the #13 TE through Week 9 prior to a season-ending fracture in his foot. He was 15th in targets per game during that span, so there’s some opportunity in the workload department, especially with new OC Norv Turner in town. Turner isn’t necessarily as TE-friendly as his old boss Rob Chudzinski, but he featured Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron heavily while with the Chargers and Browns.

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling suggests Adrian Peterson will play more on third down this year with Toby Gerhart out of the picture:

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could find himself on the field in passing situations more often this year, getting asked to chip a defender before releasing on a pass route, he's probably not going to just be sitting in the backfield picking up blitzes.

Rob Gronkowski (ACL) on track in his recovery
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:09pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski visited Dr. James Andrews this week. He's right where he should be. Will start jogging soon.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. He was injured on Dec. 8, and we’re not sure why he waited a month to have the surgery. Regardless, it typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a major risk in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:15pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Vikings added a little more pass catching depth on Tuesday, announcing the signing of former Texans wide receiver Lestar Jean.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:44pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Guys like Curtis Painter, Charlie Whitehurst, Luke McCown and Derek Anderson found work, while free agent Josh Freeman is wondering what happened to his once-promising career.

The Oakland Raiders were Freeman's best bet before free agency, but they preferred Matt Schaub. Freeman might have to wait until after the draft to find a team.

Fantasy Impact:

Last year at this time Freeman was poised for a big year but it obviously never panned out.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 12:37pm

CBS Cleveland - [Full Article]

After nearly 5 months of rehab from a torn right ACL, Browns QB Brian Hoyer is ready to prove himself yet again to a new coaching staff led by Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer, knowing full well that they are considering replacing him with a rookie quarterback in May.

Fantasy Impact:

Hoyer threw for five TDs in two-plus games before getting hurt for the season. The Browns had liked him heading into last year, but needed to give Brandon Weeden a chance as the starter. But when Weeden got hurt, Hoyer moved past QB2 Jason Campbell on the depth chart to start against the Vikings in Week 3. Hoyer threw 3 TDs that game but also 3 INTs. However, there's a new coaching staff in town and the Browns appear poised to draft a QB in April, so the former Tom Brady backup is going to have to earn the job.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:21pm

St. Paul Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Adrian Peterson is getting hit too much, and Mike Zimmer vows to do something about it.

After watching plenty of film on Peterson since taking over as Vikings coach in January, Zimmer said the team needs to do more to get the star running back into the open field.

“He’s such a great player, a hall of fame player, one of the best ever,’’ Zimmer said Tuesday in an interview with ESPN at the NFL owners’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. “I think you always got to use those kind of guys. We’d like to run him into a few less bodies, so there’s not 11 of them meeting him at the (line of scrimmage).’’

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, the second most in NFL history. However, last year he fell off to 1,266 yards and missed two games in December due to injury. Peterson underwent surgery on his groin in January, but general manager Rick Spielman recently said he will be “fine’’ once offseason workouts get underway in April. He's still going to be a top fantasy RB on our board, but it would be nice if the Vikes could get him some help on offense.

Eddie Lacy's snaps may rise
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:18am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The reigning offensive rookie of the year who rushed for a Packers' rookie record 1,178 yards last season, Eddie Lacy will be the workhorse back once again. In fact, he could be on the field even more than he was last season, when he played 60.5 percent of the offensive snaps. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at last month's scouting combine that he wants Lacy to become a three-down back. Last season, he often gave way to fullback John Kuhn on third down.

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy finished as the #7 RB in his rookie season and did it in essentially 14 games. Removing Week 2 (where he was concussed and only carried the ball once), Lacy averaged 14.9 fantasy points, which is the 6th-best average, just behind Adrian Peterson. He is a great talent and plays in a potent offense that should be even better in 2014 with a (hopefully) healthy Aaron Rodgers under center.

Friday, March 14, 2014, 3:24pm

Master Tesfatsion, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Jerome Simpson signed a one-year deal with the Vikings.

Bradley: Toby Gerhart is 'going to have a great opportunity'
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:49pm

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley talked about Toby Gerhart as a back that could regularly see between 15-20 touches a game.

Bradley said he likes Gerhart’s toughness and that it was great Gerhart is an experienced pro with limited career carries.

“He seems like a guy that the more he handles the ball the stronger he gets,” Bradley said. “He’ll pop one. He can make people miss. He has a toughness you can count on, can catch the ball and he’s great on third downs. He’s going to have a great opportunity.”

Fantasy Impact:

Toby Gerhart has touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and has averaged low-end RB1 numbers (12.6 FP) with that type of workload. The former Heisman candidate will likely start for the Jaguars, though Jordan Todman could offer up some competition (assuming Maurice Jones-Drew signs elsewhere). Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back.

Jaguars sign RB Toby Gerhart
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:38pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars just reached agreement with former Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Gerhart has touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and has averaged low-end RB1 numbers (12.6 FP) with that type of workload. The former Heisman candidate will likely start for the Jaguars, though Jordan Todman could offer up some competition (assuming Maurice Jones-Drew signs elsewhere). Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back.

Report: Vikings sign Matt Cassel to a two-year deal
Friday, March 7, 2014, 11:03pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Vikings will sign QB Matt Cassel to a two-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Cordarrelle Patterson is justifiably a popular breakout candidate, but this signing is good news for Greg Jennings, who averaged 5.9-70-.57 (fantasy WR2 numbers) in seven games where Cassel played heavy snaps. Cassel will be a sleeper/QBBC type if he's the starter under new OC Norv Turner.

Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:11pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Cardinals are paying TE John Carlson $4.65M over two years, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact:

Rob Housler takes a hit with this news. Carlson was good (#5) for a four-game stretch from Week 10 to Week 13 after Kyle Rudolph went down, but isn't much of a fantasy option in Arizona.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:04pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings have tendered exclusive rights free agent running back Matt Asiata at third-year minimum salary.