Vikings Fantasy News

Saints to sign RB Latavius Murray

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:02pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Saints are giving former Vikings’ RB Latavius Murray a four-year, $14.4 million deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray will likely replace Mark Ingram as Alvin Kamara's backup. Kamara's should continue to see a major role in the offense and is one of the safest picks in the first round. $14.4 million is a lot of money for a running back so it seems that the Saints intend to use Murray going forward.

Jaguars hire John DeFilippo to run the offense

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 4:48pm - [Full Article]

Ex-Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is expected to become the Jacksonville Jaguars' new OC, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per sources informed of the situation. The team later confirmed the acquisition.

It's a vital hire for Jags coach Doug Marrone, who needed to inject some creativity into his ground-and-pound offense.

Fantasy Impact:

DeFilippo was replaced as the OC of the Vikings 13 games into the season because he wasn't calling enough run plays. As the Browns OC in 2015, his offense was 11th in pass attempts and 27th in rush attempts. The Vikings were 6th and 27th, respectively. This hire doesn't jibe with Tom Coughlin's conservative run-oriented mindset.

Gary Kubiak will join Vikings coaching staff

Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:31pm - [Full Article]

Gary Kubiak is back on an NFL coaching staff, but it's not in Denver.

The Minnesota Vikings hired the former Broncos and Texans coach on Monday, though his exact title is still to be determined, sources told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Fantasy Impact:

Kubiak interviewed earlier Monday in Minnesota and was scheduled to travel to Jacksonville to interview with the Jaguars on Tuesday. The Vikings apparently didn't let him out of the building. In addition to adding Kubiak to the coaching staff, Minnesota is bringing in his son, Klint Kubiak, to be its quarterbacks coach under new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.

Vikings make Kevin Stefanski full-time OC

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 2:36pm - [Full Article]

After missing out on the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job, Kevin Stefanski will return to Minnesota.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Stefanski is expected to return as the Vikings' full-time offensive coordinator, per a source informed of the situation.

Stefanski took over in Minnesota with three games left in the 2018 season after the Vikings jettisoned OC John DeFilippo. The Vikes offense got back to the ground game in the first two outings of the 36-year-old's play-calling career, compiling 320 rushing yards in back-to-back victories.

The Vikings offense, however, struggled brutally in the must-win season finale, compiling just 164 total yards in a loss to the Bears that dashed Minnesota's playoff plans.

Returning as full-time offensive coordinator, Stefanski will be tasked with unleashing an offense that vastly underperformed expectations in 2018. Despite a star running back in Dalvin Cook, two 1,000-plus-yard receivers in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, and an $84 million quarterback in Kirk Cousins, the Vikings were an inconsistent mess this season. If the Vikings can't finally figure out their offensive line issues in 2019, it likely won't matter who is calling plays.

Fantasy Impact:

After firing DeFilippo, HC Mike Zimmer demanded that Stefanski establish the run game. Under DeFilippo, the Vikings averaged 40.3 pass attempts and just 21.1 rush attempts, a 65.7% pass rate. In three games under Stefanski, Minnesota averaged 27.3 pass attempts and 27.7 rush attempts for a 49.7% pass rate. The team's offensive pace slowed from 61.4 plays per game under DeFilippo to 55.0 plays per game under Stefanski. Kirk Cousins and the passing game suffered in the final three games, as his fantasy PPG dropped from 17.6 PPG to 15.8 PPG. Meanwhile, Dalvin Cook's usage spiked--he averaged 14.9 touches per game under DeFilippo and 18.0 touches per game with Stefanski calling the plays. His PPG (PPR) was 17.7 over the final three games after averaging 12.9 PPG in eight games under DeFilippo. Adam Thielen's averages (21.8 vs. 8.0) took a major hit while Stefon Diggs' production (18.4 vs. 14.5) also dipped. Keep in mind that one of the three games was at home against the Bears, who own the top defense in the league. Still, the Stefanski full-time hire looks to be good for Cook and bad for Cousins, Thielen and Diggs.

Steelers fire running backs coach James Saxon

Monday, January 7, 2019, 6:41pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with running backs coach James Saxon.

Coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday that the team opted not to renew Saxon's contract for the 2019 season. Saxon spent five years with the Steelers after coming over from the Minnesota Vikings.

Fantasy Impact:

Pittsburgh's running backs thrived under Saxon, the story said. LeVeon Bell reached the Pro Bowl three times in his four seasons with Saxon. When Bell opted to sit out the 2018 season after declining to sign his one-year franchise tag, second-year back James Conner filled in capably, as did Jaylen Samuels. Conner ran for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns, but was limited in the second half of the season because of injuries.

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 3:35pm

Bears Inactives
Daniel Brown TE
Michael Burton FB
Rashaad Coward OT
Eddie Jackson FS
Aaron Lynch OLB
Allen Robinson WR
Nick Williams DT

Vikings Inactives
Chad Beebe WR
Tashawn Bower DE
C.J. Ham FB
Eric Kendricks MLB
Xavier Rhodes CB
Marcus Sherels DB
Kyle Sloter QB

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Vikings TE David Morgan (knee) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Bears WR Allen Robinson (ribs, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. Robinson won’t play, so look for Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller to see a larger role against the Vikings.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Vikings WR Chad Beebe (hamstring, out) missed practice again Friday and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Vikings RB C.J. Ham (elbow, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Vikings TE David Morgan (knee) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Vikings WR Chad Beebe (hamstring) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage (hip) took full practice reps all week. He was removed from the injury report so he’s good to go. Frank Gore is out for the remainder of the year, and it was Ballage—not Kenyan Drake—who took over as Miami’s primary runner last week against the Vikings, gaining 123 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He caught 64 passes in his final two seasons at Arizona State, so he’s a capable receiver as well. The matchup against the Jaguars isn’t great, though Jacksonville has yielded 160 yards rushing in six away games while giving up just 90 yards rushing in eight home games this season. Drake (shoulder) took full practice reps all week and will play on Sunday. But it doesn’t look like he’s going to lead this backfield in touches, even with Frank Gore out.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. One of the most durable QBs in the league, Stafford should be able to play through the back injury again this week. He’s not a good start against the Vikings.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) took full practice reps all week. He was removed from the injury report so he’s good to go. The just-officially-eliminated Packers have given up passing yards to the three competent quarterbacks they’ve faced in the last four weeks. Mitch Trubisky (235/2), Matt Ryan (262/2) and Kirk Cousins (342/3) all went over the 19.0-mark in fantasy points. Meanwhile, Darnold is coming off of 253/2 against the Texans, and he has at least 18.0 fantasy points in three of his last four home games. Throw in a budding rapport with Robby Anderson, and we have the makings of a solid fantasy outing.