Fantasy NFL
Minnesota Vikings Player Notes
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Ben Tate, RBCold12/24/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: The Minnesota Vikings have waived running back Ben Tate.
Insight: It wasn't that long ago that fantasy owners we excited about Ben Tate leading the Cleveland running attack (preseason ADP 58.6 at fantasyfootballcalculator). That was an epic fail as was his time in Minnesota.
Greg Jennings, WR12/21/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings had a team-high 56 receiving yards during Sunday's loss to Miami.
Insight: He did so on three receptions. Jennings hauled in a touchdown as well. He will be a candidate for release during the offseason.
Matt Asiata, RB12/21/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata scored two touchdowns on Sunday.
Insight: Asiata rushed 16 times for 58 yards, so the two scores were major for fantasy owners.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB12/21/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 259 yards and two scores during Week 16's loss to the Dolphins.
Insight: He was 19-of-26 and also rushed for 13 yards. Bridgewater will be an interesting option for the 2015 season.
Chad Greenway, LB12/21/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: Vikings LB Chad Greenway left Sunday's game with a knee injury.
Insight: The extent of the injury is not yet known. Consider Greenway questionable to return.
Kyle Rudolph, TE12/21/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle/knee) is officially out for Week 16.
Insight: He was not a great option as is. Rhett Ellison will start in Rudolph's place.
Greg Jennings, WR12/15/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings caught three balls for 43 yards and a touchdown against Detroit.
Insight: Jennings has now caught a touchdown pas in three of the past four games. He's still not posting any good yardage totals, but if he can keep finding the end zone he can be a WR3.
Kyle Rudolph, TE12/15/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught a season-high seven balls for 69 yards.
Insight: Rudolph seems all the way back from sports hernia surgery. He will be a borderline TE1 the rest of the way.
Charles Johnson, WR12/15/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Vikings receiver Charles Johnson led Minnesota in receiving yards with 72 on five receptions in Week 15.
Insight: He had four receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown in Week 13, but had a tougher time against Detroit, which was to be expected.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB12/15/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 315 yards and a touchdown, but was hurt by two interceptions.
Insight: He also rushed for 30 yards. Bridgewater has dramatically improved since the start of the season, but still has to cut down on the errors.
Matt Asiata, RB12/15/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata led the team with 11 carries for 36 yards in Week 15.
Insight: At least he found the end zone and caught seven balls for 50 yards to crack into double-digit fantasy points. Asiata is a low end value only because Jerick McKinnon is done for the season. We don't expect him to be a viable fantasy option in 2015.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR12/14/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is active despite a knee issue.
Insight: Now if he can just start playing like last season, fantasy owners and fans might start paying more attention to him. He's been as horrible fantasy option since Week 2.
Adrian Peterson, RB12/12/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's appeal of league suspension has been denied.
Insight: There was little hope of him returning this season, but now it is official. Peterson should be back on the field to start next season.
Charles Johnson, WR12/7/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Charles Johnson had another nice game on Sunday.
Insight: He had four receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. He is turning into a solid WR3.
Jarius Wright, WR12/7/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Jarius Wright had the game-winning touchdown in overtime on Sunday.
Insight: It was an 87-yarder, and Wright finished the day with four catches for 123 yards. He is not a fantasy option.
Matt Asiata, RB12/7/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata had 19 carries for 54 yards in Week 14.
Insight: He also had three catches for 10 yards, and maintains his RB3 status.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB12/7/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for two touchdowns in Sunday's overtime win against the Jets.
Insight: He had 309 yards, including the game-winning 87-yarder to Jarius Wright. Bridgewater did have an interception, but has drastically improved since the start of the season.
Jerick McKinnon, RB12/6/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (back) has been placed on injured reserve.
Insight: His season is officially over, but owners who are in dynasty leagues may want to hang onto McKinnon, as Adrian Peterson's status continues to be up in the air.
Adrian Peterson, RB12/6/2014 2:11:00 PM
Description: The NFL and the NFLPA could still reach a settlement regarding Adrian Peterson's season-ending suspension according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.
Insight: The independent arbitrator is encouraging the two sides to work out a deal, but neither side has bugde yet. Any settlement would have to come before the arbitrator issues his ruling and since it is reported by Peter King that Peterson is likely to win the appeal, it seems more likely a settlement is coming. Either way, it is still a long shot Peterson plays, and even if he does, it might be difficult to play him with a championship fantasy on the line.
Matt Asiata, RB12/5/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata should see the bulk of the work against the Jets on Sunday.
Insight: Jerick McKinnon will sit out a second consecutive game. Last weekend, Asiata rushed 14 times and was targeted four times which is a solid touches total.
Jerick McKinnon, RB12/5/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon has been ruled out for Week 14 against the Jets
Insight: When he didn't play in Week 13, Matt Asiata got the lion's share of the workload with Ben Tate as his backup. Expect a similar share of the rushing attempts against New York.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR11/30/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is active despite a knee issue.
Insight: Now if he can just start playing like last season, fantasy owners and fans might start paying more attention to him. He's been as horrible fantasy option since Week 2.
Jerick McKinnon, RB11/30/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon said he would not play in Week 13 versus Carolina and was true to his word as he's been declared inactive.
Insight: Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and Ben Tate will get the chance to show what they can do against a mediocre Panthers run defense.
Jerick McKinnon, RB11/28/2014 2:22:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon said he would not play in Week 13 versus Carolina.
Insight: Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and Ben Tate will get the chance to show what they can do against a mediocre Panthers run defense.
Phil Loadholt, OT11/24/2014 2:59:00 PM
Description: Vikings tackle Phil Loadholt suffered a a torn pectoral, and is done for the season.
Insight: Loadholt has been a reliable offensive lineman, but this won't change much in the Minnesota game plan.
Greg Jennings, WR11/23/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings caught a team-high four passes on Sunday.
Insight: Jennings had only 38 yards. Charles Johnson led the receivers with 52 yards and a touchdown, while Cordarelle Patterson had just two catches for 18 yards. All wideouts should be avoided in Minnesota.
Kyle Rudolph, TE11/23/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph had 50 yards in Week 12.
Insight: He did so on three catches, as Rudolph is making his way back from sports hernia surgery. He will be a borderline TE1 for Week 13.
Jerick McKinnon, RB11/23/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon did not do much during Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
Insight: He had 15 carries for 54 yards and three receptions for nine yards. McKinnon has trouble finding the end zone, making him more of an RB3.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB11/23/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for two touchdowns for the first time in his career.
Insight: Bridgewater had 210 passing yards and 32 rushing yards, along with one interception. He is no more than a QB2 for the rest of the season.
Kyle Rudolph, TE11/23/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia) is active for Sunday against Green Bay
Insight: Rudolph looks recovered and will eventually be a borderline TE1, but has to work his way back into playing shape.
Greg Jennings, WR11/21/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings left Sunday's game against the Bears with a rib injury, but after practicing on Friday is expected to play Sunday versus his old Packers team.
Insight: Jennings hasn't done much this season (36-463-2) and had just two catches for 31 yards in their previous meeting. He isn't likely to be a factor this weekend.
Matt Asiata, RB11/20/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata (concussion) did not practice again Thursday.
Insight: He is in the first stage of the concussion protocol and with Minnesota claiming Ben Tate off of waivers, there seems to be more than a hint that Asiata could miss Week 12. Jerick McKinnon would see a nice bump in value since Tate still doesn't know the playbook.
Jerick McKinnon, RB11/20/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon should still be the No. 1 option in Minnesota despite the addition of Ben Tate, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: At least for the near future, until Tate knows the plays and the blocking assignments. Tate's more likely to steal Matt Asiata's workload.
Matt Asiata, RB11/19/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: He is in the first stage of the concussion protocol, and with Minnesota claiming Ben Tate off of waivers, there seems to be a hint that Asiata could miss Week 12. Jerick McKinnon would see a nice bump in value.
Ben Tate, RB11/19/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: The Minnesota Vikings have claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers from the Browns.
Insight: The move makes sense for the Vikings, with Adrian Peterson officially unavailable for the rest of the season. However, there is no telling how much action Tate will see, and owners should expect almost nothing for Week 12.
Rhett Ellison, TE11/16/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Vikings tight end Rhett Ellison caught his second-career NFL touchdown on Sunday against the Bears.
Insight: Ellison made just one catch, which was a 7-yard touchdown. He isn't fantasy relevant.
Matt Asiata, RB11/16/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata had just four touches for 14 yards against the Bears.
Insight: That's a huge disappointment after his three-touchdown day two weeks ago. Fantasy owners were likely hoping Asiata would take advantage to the matchup, but the Chicago offense held Minnesota to just 46 offensive plays and no attempts at the goal line.
Jerick McKinnon, RB11/16/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon had eight carries for 38 yards versus the Bears on Sunday.
Insight: He also caught four passes for 20 yards. The Bears defense was a lot better than expected versus the Vikings, and the Chicago offense had nearly 39 minutes of possession. That did not allow the Vikings offense to get into rhythm.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB11/16/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 158 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Week 11 against the Bears.
Insight: It did not help Bridgewater that he lost Jarius Wright and Greg Jennings during the game due to injury. He was also hurt by the fact the Vikings offense only ran 46 total plays, 30 of them being pass attempts.
Greg Jennings, WR11/16/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings left Sunday's game against the Bears with a rib injury.
Insight: He is questionable to return. Jennings had one catch for four yards on two targets before he exited.
Jarius Wright, WR11/16/2014 2:44:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Jarius Wright is questionable to return on Sunday due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: As the No. 3 wide receiver in Minnesota, Wright isn't in too many fantasy lineups. He had one target and did not catch it before he left.
Kyle Rudolph, TE11/14/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia) is expected to play Sunday, according to coach Mike Zimmer.
Insight: After getting in a limited practice on Wednesday, was a full participant in both Thursday and Friday's practice. Rudolph looks fully recovered, and should be a safe bet to suit up on Sunday. He will be a borderline TE1 against the Bears.
Jerick McKinnon, RB11/14/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer stated running back Jerick McKinnon (lower-back injury) returned to full practice status Friday and is fine for Sunday.
Insight: He should be a safe bet to play Sunday versus Chicago.
Jerick McKinnon, RB11/13/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon has been added to the injury report with an apparent lower-back injury.
Insight: While being added to the injury report mid-week is never a good sign, we feel that McKinnon is dealing with just some general soreness. Owners should make sure they check on his status throughout the rest of the week, but he should be a safe bet to play Sunday versus Chicago.
Kyle Rudolph, TE11/13/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia) practiced in full on Thursday.
Insight: After getting in a limited practice on Wednesday, Rudolph looks fully recovered, and should be a safe bet to suit up on Sunday. He will be a borderline TE1 against the Bears.
Adrian Peterson, RB11/13/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will have his grievance hearing on Monday.
Insight: It can then take up to five days for an answer. That means if everything goes his way he could be eligible to play in Week 12. Stash him if you have the room.
Kyle Rudolph, TE11/12/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia) returned to practice on Wednesday.
Insight: It was in limited fashion, but Rudolph will now have a chance to play Sunday against the Bears. He would be a borderline TE1, if he can suit up.
Adrian Peterson, RB11/10/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson would be welcomed back to the team, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Insight: Zimmer did say the decision is in the NFL's hands, and did not have a timetable for his return. It is looking unlikely Peterson will return for Week 11, but he should be picked up everywhere, as it is looking likely that he will be reinstated at some point this season.
Kyle Rudolph, TE11/10/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia) may have a chance to play in Week 11.
Insight: Coach Mike Zimmer is not committing to anything, but Rudolph did go through a limited practice on Monday. If he is able to progress throughout the week, Rudolph will have a good chance to play on Sunday. He should be considered a borderline TE1 for the remainder of the season.
Adrian Peterson, RB11/6/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Fantasy owners clinging to hope that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will play again this season are still unsure of the running back's status.
Insight: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Peterson's paid leave is "not considered discipline" by the NFL, so a suspension should be on its way. Other reports suggest the NFL and Peterson could reach a settlement where Peterson pays a fine and returns to the field. Either way, the decision isn't coming fast enough for Peterson owners.
Adrian Peterson, RB11/5/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Peterson plans to play Week 11 and hopes the NFL moves quickly to decide whether or not to reinstate him according to NBC Sports.
Insight: Peterson reached a no-contest plea deal to reduce his charge and avoid jail time. The running back obviously wants to return to the field, and since he paid his dues in the legal system, he should be allowed to. But will the Roger Goodell agree and how long will it take for the commissioner to decide remains to be seen. Regardless, Peterson needs to be claimed in all leagues.
Chase Ford, TE11/2/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Vikings tight end Chase Ford caught his first touchdown pass of the season on Sunday.
Insight: Ford had six catches for 61 yards last week. This week, he had five receptions for 66 yards and a score. Keep an eye on him.
Greg Jennings, WR11/2/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings had six catches for 76 yards versus Washington on Sunday.
Insight: Jennings led the team with 10 targets. It is clear that he is the best receiving option on Minnesota for fantasy teams.
Matt Asiata, RB11/2/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata scored three touchdowns on Sunday against the Redskins.
Insight: Asiata remains fantasy relevant as a goalie-vulture. He had 10 carries for just 26 yards. Once again, fantasy owners are unsure which Vikings running back is the better guy to start.
Jerick McKinnon, RB11/2/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon led the team with 14 carries and 54 yards, but Matt Asiata vultured the goal line carries once again.
Insight: McKinnon did not have a great game, but did have a much better second half than first half. Over the past few weeks, McKinnon has proved to be the more talented back, but once again, Asiata scored all the rushing touchdowns.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB11/2/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 268 yards and a touchdown against Washington.
Insight: Bridgewater continues to get better as he completed 26-of-42 passes on Sunday. He also led the Vikings back to beat Washington, 29-26.
Jerick McKinnon, RB11/1/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon will continue to be part of a two-back system, according to coach Mike Zimmer.
Insight: It will be interesting to see if the Vikings stick by this statement, as McKinnon is a far superior back to Matt Asiata. With a nice matchup against the Redskins, McKinnon will be an RB2 for Week 9.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR10/27/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had his best receiving day of 2014, but left the stadium in a walking boot, according to a St. Paul Pioneer Press report.
Insight: He had six receptions for 86 yards, and one carry for 10 yards. he said it was just precautionary, but fantasy owners should watch him this week in practice.
Greg Jennings, WR10/26/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings scored his second touchdown of the season, during Sunday's win.
Insight: He will never produce the way he did in Green Bay, as Jennings had only three catches for 38 yards. He is a WR4 at best.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR10/26/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had his best receiving day of 2014.
Insight: He had six receptions for 86 yards, and one carry for 10 yards. However, Patterson's inconsistent play will result in him being a low-end WR3.
Jerick McKinnon, RB10/26/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon had another nice outing during Sunday's overtime victory over Tampa Bay.
Insight: He racked up 83 yards on 16 carries, and is cemented as an RB2, heading into next week.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB10/26/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had arguably his best start as a pro.
Insight: He was 24-of-42 for 241 yards and one touchdown, but will remain a QB2 for the foreseeable future.
Kyle Rudolph, TE10/23/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia) did a little stretching and running Wednesday, according to a FOX Sports report.
Insight: It's the first we have heard of his rehab progress. He was expected to miss 6-8 weeks after the late-September surgery.
Greg Jennings, WR10/19/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings led the team with six catches, seven targets and 77 yards on Sunday.
Insight: The Minnesota offense continues to frustrate fantasy owners. At least Norv Turner has figured out Jerick McKinnon is better than Mass Asiata, but he is still featuring Jennings more than Cordarrelle Patterson. That is fine with Jennings' owners, but for owners thinking about picking up Jennings, it is hard to start him with any confidence.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR10/19/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson scored his first touchdown since Week 1.
Insight: That should be an encouraging sign, but since he still only received three touches and four targets, we are pretty much done with dealing with the headache that comes with Patterson. He is a tremendous talent, but the Vikings do not seem to care to feed him the ball.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB10/19/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater regressed a little bit in his development at Orchard Park on Sunday.
Insight: Bridgewater was 15-for-26 with 157 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Vikings lost its third game in a row.
Chad Greenway, LB10/17/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Vikings LB Chad Greenway hasn't played since Week 3 against New Orleans, but after practicing all week should be ready to go in Week 7.
Insight: Greenway's return will certainly be a boost to the Minnesota defense which is 22nd against the run and 11th against the pass.
Matt Asiata, RBCold10/15/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he would like to get running back Matt Asiata more touches and rookie Jerick McKinnon fewer touches this week according to WGR.
Insight: Why? Besides the game against the Falcons where Asiata scored three touchdowns, he has not done much to help the team. And even in that game, McKinnon outgained Asiata yardage wise. Asiata has averaged 3.5 yards per carry versus McKinnon's 5.0. The biggest reason for putting Asiata on the field more than the 15 snaps he saw in Week 6 were to help in pass protection. Asiata could continue to score on occasion, but McKinnon is still the back to owe in Minnesota.
Greg Jennings, WR10/13/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings had only 33 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Jennings produced only three catches as well, and is more than a WR4 moving forward.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR10/13/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had only two catches for 16 yards Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: Everyone's favorite breakout candidate has failed to deliver. Patterson has zero receiving touchdowns on the season, and with so much uncertainty in Minnesota, owners need to consider benching him, until we see production.
Jerick McKinnon, RB10/13/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon saw a lot more work than Matt Asiata and is obviously the guy to have on your roster.
Insight: McKinnon rushed 11 times for 40 yards and caught six balls for 42 yards. Not great, but better than the 13 combined yards Asiata put up.
Matt Asiata, RBCold10/13/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: It's clear that Vikings running back Matt Asiata is no longer the focal point of the running game after seeing just 15 snaps and two carries Sunday versus the Lions.
Insight: Asiata was dealing with a groin injury but that had not kept him out of practice. At this point Jerick McKinnon is the guy to roster.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB10/12/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was terrible Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: He was 23-of-37 for 188 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. Bridgewater was also sacked eight times. Things are not looking good in Minnesota.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB10/12/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is active Sunday versus Detroit.
Insight: After missing Week 5, Bridgewater is back in the fold, and ready to roll. He is a QB2 against the Lions.
Matt Asiata, RB10/9/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata is listed on the Week 6 injury report, but he is practicing this week.
Insight: Asiata has a groin injury but that has not kept him out of practice. He has a tough matchup in Week 6 against the Lions, but he can still be a viable FLEX start.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB10/9/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is fully practicing this week.
Insight: Bridgewater missed Week 5 against the Packers but that was mostly due to the fact the game was on Thursday. The quarterback could not get ready on a short week. We expect him to start against the Lions. He will be a steady No. 2 quarterback the remain of the year, but this week is a tough matchup.
Adrian Peterson, RB10/9/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Vikings suspended running back Adrian Peterson is facing a possible arrest for violating terms of his bond.
Insight: Peterson admitted to marijuana consumption, before taking a madatory drug test on Wednesday, according to court records. His trial date has been set for December 1st, and it remains unclear if this will have any effect, but is still troubling to hear nonetheless. The chances of Peterson returning to play in 2014, grows smaller and smaller by the day.
Jerick McKinnon, RB10/8/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon is fully practicing this week.
Insight: McKinnon's ankle injury is not a concern for his status in Week 6. McKinnon and the Vikings, however, have a tough matchup against the Lions.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB10/7/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) returned to the practice field Tuesday.
Insight: The short week hurt fantasy owners as we think Bridgewater would have played had the game been on Sunday. Expect the rookie back under center against Detroit.
Chandler Harnish, QB10/3/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: The Vikings activated practice squad quarterback Chandler Harnish doe thursday night's game, but on Friday cut him.
Insight: That has to mean they are confident Teddy Bridgewater will be ready to go next weekend.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WRCold10/3/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson injured a hip in Thursday night's game, but should be fine and ready to go in nine days.
Insight: Minnesota still needs to utilize him more, as he was targeted just four times and caught to balls for eight yards. Where is the breakout receiver we were expecting this season?
Christian Ponder, QB10/2/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder will get the start Thursday versus Green Bay.
Insight: It wasn't enough time for Teddy Bridgewater to heal, so Ponder gets the call. It will be the Vikings' third starting QB this season, already. Ponder is not a recommended play.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB10/2/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is out tonight against Green Bay, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: The short week hurt his chances of playing, and when Minnesota promoted Chandler Harnish this afternoon, all signs pointed towards Bridgewater missing Thurday's game. Christian Ponder gets the start, but there is a good chance Bridgewater will be back under center for Week 6.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB10/2/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) didn't practice this week and here's the bad news - Minnesota activated Chandler Harnish from the practice squad.
Insight: Bridgewater did everything fantasy owners could have hoped for in his debut start, but the short work week is likely to force Christian Ponder into a starting role for one game. If true, it lowers all fantasy values for Vikings players.
Chandler Harnish, QB10/2/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: The Vikings have activated practice squad quarterback Chandler Harnish.
Insight: This can't be good for fantasy owners who want to start Teddy Bridgewater.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB10/2/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) didn't practice this week and according to Adam Schefter the signs all point to him not playing Thursday night.
Insight: Bridgewater did everything fantasy owners could have hoped for in his debut start, but the short work week is likely to force Christian Ponder into a starting role for one game. If true, it lowers all fantasy values for Vikings players.
Jerick McKinnon, RBHot9/30/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon was limited in practice on Tuesday due to an ankle injury.
Insight: McKinnon is not in danger of missing Week 5 even on a short week. The Vikings are just resting him after he had 19 touches in Sunday's victory over the Falcons.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB9/30/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not practice Tuesday.
Insight: Bridgewater hopes to at least be part of tomorrow's walk-through on this short work week. He did everything fantasy owners could have hoped for in his debut start, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown in leading Minnesota to a win. The Vikings play Thursday at Green Bay.
Teddy Bridgewater, QBHot9/29/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: The latest word from coach Mike Zimmer is Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's MRI came back fine and he is expected to start Thursday against the Packers.
Insight: Bridgewater did everything fantasy owners could have hoped for, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown in leading Minnesota to a win. He injured the ankle in the fourth quarter. He'll only have a short time to heal and prepare for Thursday night's game.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WRCold9/29/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was a non-factor in Sunday's win over Atlanta.
Insight: Minnesota needs to utilize him more, as he only saw four targets all day and no rushing attempts. The only thing he contributed was two kickoff returns, one for 49 yards. He's got too much talent to be used this way.
Jarius Wright, WRHot9/29/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Vikings backup receiver Jarius Wright led the team in targets (10), receptions (8) and yards (132) against Atlanta.
Insight: The targets total was more than double any other receiver. It will be interesting to see whether this continues or was a one-time thing. He's really only the team's third-best receiver behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Teddy Bridgewater, QBHot9/29/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: If you started Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater because of the bye week situation pat yourself, and your quarterback, on the back.
Insight: Bridgewater did everything fantasy owners could have hoped for, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown in leading Minnesota to a win. He did leave in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, but X-rays were negative and hopefully he'll be ready for Thursday versus Green Bay.
Jerick McKinnon, RBHot9/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Backup RB Jerick McKinnon showed big-time talent Sunday against Atlanta and may force the Vikings to use a shared situation in the backfield.
Insight: McKinnon rushed 18 times for 135 yards and showed the explosiveness that starter Matt Asiata doesn't have.
Matt Asiata, RBHot9/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata scored three times from in close to make fantasy owners who stuck by him extremely happy.
Insight: Besides the three touchdowns, Asiata also ran for 78 yards and caught three for 22 yards. That's the good news. The bad news is that rookie running back Jerick McKinnon played so well the Vikings backfield is destined to be a shared situation.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB9/28/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left the game in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.
Insight: Bridgewater played well, throwing for 317 yards and left with a 35-28 lead.
Greg Jennings, WR9/21/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings manages 70 receiving yards in Minnesota's Week 3 loss to the Saints.
Insight: He had five catches on seven targets, and will be no more than a WR4 moving forward.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR9/21/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has somewhat productive day.
Insight: Minnesota needs to utilize him more, as he only had five total touches. Patterson was only given five targets in the passing game, but caught four of them for 61 yards. Until there is more stable QB play, he remains a WR3 with upside.
Matt Asiata, RB9/21/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata has poor game versus New Orleans.
Insight: He had 12 rushing attempts for only 35 yards, and it is evident how much Minnesota is missing Adrian Peterson. Asiata did chip in three catches for 36 yards, but it was not enough as the Vikings fell to the Saints. Backup Jerick McKinnon was also unable to make his presence felt, totaling eight yards on four touches.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB9/21/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater came in relief for the injured Matt Cassel Sunday against the Saints.
Insight: He was not put in any dangerous positions by the coaching staff, and completed 12 of his 20 passes for 150 yards. Bridewater also had six carries for 27 yards. He will be under center for the forseeable future, and possibly the rest of 2014.
Matt Cassel, QB9/21/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel has suffered a broken foot.
Insight: It was originally thought to be a toe injury, but the news is much worse for Cassel. He will be out an extended period of time, leaving Teddy Bridewater with the keys to the castle.
Matt Cassel, QB9/21/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel left the game with a left toe injury.
Insight: Teddy Bridgewater is now under center, and while Cassel was able to limp off, he was then carted off into the locker room. Officially Cassel is questionable to return, but looks like his day his through.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR9/18/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was added to the injury report on Thursday.
Insight: Patterson was limited in practice with a chest injury. "Chest" is rather vague, but we do not expect Patterson to miss Week 3. He is a good WR2 choice against the Saints this Sunday.
Matt Asiata, RB9/18/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he will use both Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon in Sunday's game against the Saints according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Turner added that he might use one back over the other if someone gets a hot hand. Asiata will have the first opportunity to get the hot hand as he will more than likely be the starter. Asiata gained 99 yards on 21 touches against the Patriots last week, but it might be difficult for the 27-year-old to reproduce those numbers. Asiata is the safer start this week, but McKinnon is the better add long term.
Matt Asiata, RBHot9/16/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: ProFootballTalk reports that it should not be a surprise if the Vikings reverse their decision to activate running back Adrian Peterson for Week 3.
Insight: That means Matt Asiata has a decent chance to start again against New Orleans. He rushed 13 times fo 36 yards and caught five passes for 48 yards with a touchdown versus New England in Week 2. In a pinch, he is a viable FLEX or RB2 option in 12 or 14 team leagues.
Adrian Peterson, RB9/16/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Profootballtalk reports the Vikings could still reverse the decision to reinstate running back Adrian Peterson.
Insight: Although it is extremely unlikely Minnesota releases Peterson like Baltimore did to Ray Rice, the call for Peterson's head in the press will not be ignored. The governor of Minnesota is calling for "All Day" to be suspended and Radisson suspended its sponorship of the Vikings due to Peterson's indictment for child abuse. Do not drop Matt Asiata yet as there is at least a 50/50 chance that Peterson will again be inactive in Week 3.
Greg Jennings, WR9/16/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings managed only one catch for 4 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to New England.
Insight: Jennings caught six for 58 yards and a score in Week 1, but could not duplicate his performance on Sunday. He is a WR4 moving forward.
Kyle Rudolph, TE9/16/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was a candidate to break out in 2014, but has shown no signs of doing so, thus far.
Insight: He has totaled seven catches for 69 yards and no touchdowns through two weeks. With inconsistent QB play, it will be very difficult for Randolph to be a TE1 this season.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR9/16/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could not duplicate his performance from Week 1, against the Patriots.
Insight: He did lead the Vikings in receiving with four catches for 56 yards, but did not have any carries in Week 2. Patterson is one the top game-breakers in the NFL, so Minnesota needs to make sure he is heavily involved every week. With questions at the QB position, consider him a WR3 with WR2 upside.
Adrian Peterson, RB9/15/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Minnesota Vikings ownership announced that running back Adrian Peterson will practicewith the team and is expected to play this weekend.
Insight: It's another case of waiting until the judicial system plays itself out. At least for Week 3, AP's fantasy owners will have him in the lineup, though there are no guaranteed down the road.
Matt Asiata, RBHot9/14/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Minnesota backup running back Matt Asiata isn't Adrian Peterson. OK, you already knew that.
Insight: Still, he wasn't horrible even in the 30-7 blowout. He managed 36 yards rushing and 48 yards and a touchdown receiving for a solid double-digit afternoon. Rookie Jerick McKinnon was not a factor.
Matt Cassel, QBCold9/14/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel was ugly in his second start of the season (19-of-36 for 202 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs.).
Insight: He doesn't have to win games, but he can't lose them like he did today, if he doesn't want to find himself watching the rookie Teddy Bridgewater.
Matt Asiata, RB9/14/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Minnesota backup running back Matt Asiata takes over as the starter with Adrian Peterson sidelined by legal issues.
Insight: Asiata rushed for 115 yards in the season finale last year and should be a viable fantasy option. Rookie Jerick McKinnon should slot in as the change of pace back and receiver 6-8 attempts.
Jerick McKinnon, RB9/14/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Third string Jerick McKinnon moves up a spot with starter Adrian Peterson sidelined with legal issues.
Insight: McKinnon might actually have more talent than Matt Asiata, but expect Asiata to get the bulk of the work with McKinnon the change of pace guy. Six-to-eight attempts for McKinnon is likely.
Adrian Peterson, RB9/13/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: The NFL confirmed that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could face league discipline under the league's personal-conduct policy.
Insight: Peterson is already not playing on Sunday against the Patriots, and he could possibly miss more games. This is a disaster for Peterson owners. Matt Asiata will start in Week 2. Pick him up before Sunday.
Adrian Peterson, RB9/12/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings have deactivated Adrian Peterson for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Insight: A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted Peterson on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. There is no other news about how long he will be out at this point. Matt Asiata will likely be the starting running back for Minnesota this week, and Jerrick McKinnon will receive some carries as well.
Adrian Peterson, RB9/12/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: FOX 26 reports Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Houston for reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Insight: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the arrest stems from "the disciplining of a son with a switch." ESPN would not confirm if it was indeed Peterson's son on Pardon the Interruption. It is unclear whether Peterson will play on Sunday and if not, it is also unclear who the starter will be, Matt Asiata or Jerrick McKinnon.
Matt Cassel, QB9/12/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel led his team to an easy Week 1 win over the St. Louis Rams which should keep the rookie (Teddy Bridgewater) on the bench for a little while longer.
Insight: Cassel didn't put up fantasy-worthy numbers because of the big lead, but went 17-of-25 for 170 yards and a pair of scores. At some point this season the rookie will get a chance to start, but not this weekend.
Greg Jennings, WR9/12/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings was targeted a team-high seven times in Week 1 and could be in line for a repeat against the Patriots in Week 2.
Insight: Jennings caught six for 58 yards and a score. With Darrelle Revis set to play against Cordarrelle Patterson, Jennings should be a viable fantasy option.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR9/12/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will apparently have Patriots' top cornerback, Darrelle Revis, as his shadow in Week 2.
Insight: Fantasy owners aren't going to sit Patterson even with this news, but expectations should be lowered.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WRHot9/7/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson caught just three balls for 26 yards, but he was still a fantasy stud.
Insight: That's because Patterson RAN for 102 yards and a touchdown. The man is just multi-talented and he's going to be a mismatch most of the time.
Jerome Simpson, WR8/29/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games for a last November DUI arrest.
Insight: Simpson isn't likely on fantasy radar screens as he's fallen to No. 4 on the Minnesota depth chart behind Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, and Jarius Wright. he had 48 receptions for 726 yards and one touchdowns last season.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB8/28/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 4-of-9 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' preseason finale Thursday night.
Insight: Bridgewater wraps up the preseason 30-of-49 for 283 yards, five touchdowns and no picks. But despite Bridgewater's 111.2 passer rating, Matt Cassel remains the starter. The rookie, however, has proved that he could see some action at some point this season.
Matt Cassel, QB8/25/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: The Vikings have named Matt Cassel the starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Rams.
Insight: Cassel is just keeping the seat warm for Teddy Bridgewater. The 32-year-old was respectable last year for the Vikings, completing 60.2 percent of his passes, averaging 7.11 yards per attempt and posting an 11/9 TD/INT ratio. Minnesota OC Norv Turner was able to get 4,372 yards and 26 touchdowns out of Cleveland's trio of Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer last season, so he should be able to build a decent passing offense with Cassel under center. Cassel starting shouldn't hurt the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph or Cordarrelle Patterson.
Matt Cassel, QB8/18/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will start Minnesota's third preseason game against Kansas City on Saturday according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Insight: That means Cassel will have started all three preseason games so far. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played well in the second preseason game, completing 16 of 20 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, but the third starting nod for Cassel would indicate he is clearly ahead in the competition. Cassel is 17-for-22 with 239 yards and a touchdown this preseason.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB8/17/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater showed off some of his considerable talent late Saturday night, throwing for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Bridgewater was 16-for-20 with no interceptions in leading Minnesota to a comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals. A healthy Matt Cassel will still be the opening day starter, but this performance keeps alive hopes Bridgewater will eventually grab the starting role.
Adrian Peterson, RB8/14/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson won't play in Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
Insight: We told you he might not play at all this preseason, but don't worry he still knows how to run the football. Peterson followed up his MVP 2012 campaign with a still respectable though not up to expectation 1,266 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.
Mistral Raymond, S8/9/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Vikings strong safety Mistral Raymond suffered a concussion in Friday night's preseason opener.
Insight: Minnesota was 31st in passing yards allowed (4,595) and can ill-afford any injuries on that side of the pall.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR8/9/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson caught three of for targets in the preseason opener.
Insight: Patterson only played one quarter, but he's proving to be the Vikings' No. 1 receiving option.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB8/9/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: It's worth noting that while Matt Cassel started the game, rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did play some of the game with the starters.
Insight: It wasn't a particularly great showing for Bridgewater, going 6-for-13 for 49 yards, but it showed he's in the mix to start this season.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB7/30/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, Teddy Bridgewater is closing the gap between himself and Matt Cassel in the competition for the Vikings' starting QB job.
Insight: Jay Glazer reported earlier this week that Bridgewater has been more impressive than the Vikings expected. If Bridgewater can emerge as a viable NFL starter this season, it would be great for the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR7/30/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) practiced without limitations on Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Patterson dealt with a foot injury early in camp, but it was nothing serious. The second-year receiver's ADP has skyrocketed in the past month up to the middle of the fourth round, but he could be worth the risk due to his top-10 upside.
Kyle Rudolph, TE7/28/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: The Vikings and Kyle Rudolph have agreed to a five-year contract extension, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
Insight: Rudolph has breakout potential in Norv Turner's offense, which made stars out of Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron. The 24-year-old has huge upside for his ninth-round ADP, which ranks 10th among tight ends.
Adrian Peterson, RB7/28/2014 2:04:00 PM
Description: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson isn't expected to see much action in the preseason, perhaps none at all, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Peterson followed up his MVP 2012 campaign with a still respectable though not up to expectation 1,266 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. He doesn't need much to be ready for the regular season and is still a top-five fantasy selection.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB7/27/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel have been "pretty much splitting reps" so far in camp, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
Insight: According to Glazer, Bridgewater has been more impressive than the Vikings expected. If Bridgewater can emerge as a viable NFL starter this season, it would be great for the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR7/23/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to return kicks this season even though he's expected to have an expanded role on offense, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Patterson picked up 1,393 yards and two touchdowns on 43 kick returns last season in addition to putting up 627 yards and seven touchdowns from scrimmage. His ADP continues to rise and is up to 41.4, 15th among receivers, in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, so he's turning into a high-risk, high-reward player.
Matt Cassel, QB7/21/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel is expected to be the starter for Game 1, according to former Vikings beat reporter and USA Today's Tom Pelissero.
Insight: Whether he keeps the job all season is another story, but the veteran should get the nod early on.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR7/4/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has dramatically improved his route running and defense recognition, according to quarterback Matt Cassel.
Insight: Patterson should be the star of the passing game and may not need gadget plays to get the ball. The multi-talented Patterson had three rushing touchdowns, two kick return scores and four TD receptions last year, but may be able to produce from a standard playbook in 2014.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR6/23/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Vikings veteran wideout Greg Jennings said it will be young receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, not Jennings, that will be the focal point of the passing game in 2014.
Insight: The multi-talented Patterson had three rushing touchdowns, two kick return scores and four TD receptions last year. When he develops his receiving skills, he's going to be a top-five fantasy wide receiver. That could be sooner rather than later if Minnesota can fix their quarterback situation.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB5/11/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he "hopes" Teddy Bridgewater will emerge as the team's starting quarterback next season.
Insight: Minnesota's other option at QB is the eternally mediocre Matt Cassel so it shouldn't be much of a contest. Expect Bridgewater, the 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year, to be the Vikings' Week 1 starter.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB5/9/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Minnesota closed out the first round by taking Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd pick. SOURCE: Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Insight: Bridgewater comes with plenty of question marks; he was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat at his pre-draft physical and he didn't have a very good pro day. But with the last pick of the first round, the reward outweighed the risk for Minnesota, a team that desperately needed a playmaker on offense. Bridgewater may be a work in progress but he's also an intriguing fantasy possibility.
Jared Allen, DE3/20/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Ed Werder, All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen is finalizing a deal with Seattle.
Insight: The 31-year-old has recorded 11 or more sacks in each of his last seven seasons. The Seahawks were tied for eighth in the league in sacks in 2013 and should be even better this year with Allen anchoring the pass rush.
Jared Allen, DE3/12/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Defensive end Jared Allen said he'll retire if teams don't meet his salary demands this offseason. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: Well, that seems a bit dramatic. Allen, who turns 32 in April, is still a big time contributor and nowhere close to the end of his career. It may not be today or even tomorrow, but we think Allen will eventually get the contract that he's looking for.
Matt Cassel, QB3/7/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: The Vikings have agreed to re-sign quarterback Matt Cassel.
Insight: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's a two-year, $10 million deal. Cassel's return will squash any rumors about a Mike Vick signing. Cassel's 60.2 completion percentage this season was his highest since 2008. That was the season Cassel started in place of Tom Brady (torn ACL).
John Carlson, TE3/5/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Minnesota released tight end John Carlson on Tuesday.
Insight: Carlson saw some action while Kyle Rudolph was hurt last season but that only lasted until he got injured himself (concussion in Week 14). Carlson will be 30 in May and it's fair to wonder how much he has left in the tank.
Adrian Peterson, RB2/21/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson (groin surgery) is on track to be ready for April OTAs.
Insight: Peterson followed up his MVP 2012 campaign with a still respectable though not up to expectation 1,266 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. If the Vikings can find a passing offense to balance it out, he should be good for a few more years.
Matt Cassel, QB2/5/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Matt Cassel is opting for free agency. SOURCE: ESPN 1500 Twin Cities
Insight: He has until Friday to opt out of his contract with Minnesota and apparently that's exactly what Cassel plans on doing. Cassel probably would have started for the Vikings next season had he decided to stay. Of course, that's still an option for Cassel if the two sides are willing to work something out. The Browns, Texans and Jaguars are all expected to have openings at quarterback though all three will have a chance to address that issue on draft day if they choose to.
Adrian Peterson, RB1/23/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson underwent groin surgery on Thursday. SOURCE: Vikings.com
Insight: He should be good to go in about six weeks. Peterson followed up his MVP 2012 campaign with a respectable 1,266 rushing yards and ten touchdowns in 2013.
Adrian Peterson, RB1/22/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Vikings halfback Adrian Peterson will have groin surgery this offseason. SOURCE: Josina Anderson, ESPN
Insight: The doctor who will be performing the surgery also performed Peterson's sports hernia operation last offseason. He should be back in plenty of time for the start of training camp.
Adrian Peterson, RB1/19/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Minnesota halfback Adrian Peterson may require groin surgery later this offseason. SOURCE: Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Insight: Peterson missed two of the team's last three games though neither absence was related to a groin injury. Even if Peterson does undergo surgery, he should be back in plenty of time for the start of the 2014 regular season.
Josh Freeman, QB12/31/2013 8:25:00 PM
Description: Soon-to-be free agent Josh Freeman was late for "numerous meetings" during his tenure with the Vikings. SOURCE: USA Today
Insight: We're not sure what happened to Freeman. Once considered one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the league, Freeman's career has gone into a complete free-fall over the last several months. He was exiled from Tampa Bay before signing with the Vikings and falling all the way back to third on the quarterback depth chart by season's end. His days as a starting quarterback in this league could be over if he doesn't get his act together soon.
Matt Asiata, RB12/29/2013 6:45:00 PM
Description: Minnesota halfback Matt Asiata ran for a career-high 115 yards on 14 carries Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: He did lose a fumble but other than that, Asiata was phenomenal in his second start of the season. Obviously, he won't be of any use next season when Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart (depending on if Minnesota re-signs him) are both healthy again.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WRHot12/29/2013 1:38:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson ran 50 yards for a score Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: The multi-talented Patterson has two rushing touchdowns, two kick return scores and three TD receptions this year. When he develops his receiving skills, he's going to be a top-five fantasy wide receiver.
Matt Asiata, RB12/29/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata, who was a huge surprise in Week 15, touching the ball 33 times and coming away with three touchdowns, could once again be a factor in Week 17.
Insight: The Vikings put both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart on the inactive list.
Adrian Peterson, RB12/28/2013 5:13:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (foot) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Insight: After missing Week 15 due to a foot sprain, Peterson had 45 yards on 11 carries and saw just one touch after halftime in Week 16 at Cincinnati. The Vikings have no reason to play Peterson in Week 17 with nothing to play for. Matt Asiata will start at running back and is a solid flex option having scored three TDs in place of Peterson two weeks ago.
Toby Gerhart, RB12/27/2013 1:55:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring) will miss Week 17, according to Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Gerhart missed Week 15 and had zero carries in Week 16 despite being active. The 26-year-old's injury cost him a valuable opportunity to prove he can be a starting running back in the NFL while Adrian Peterson was down with a foot sprain. Instead, Matt Asiata received 30 carries and had three TDs in Week 15 and will start in Week 17. Gerhart will be a free agent after the season.
Adrian Peterson, RB12/27/2013 1:53:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (foot) is doubtful for Sunday's game, according to Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.
Insight: After missing Week 15 due to a foot sprain, Peterson had just 45 yards on 11 carries and saw just one touch after halftime Sunday at Cincinnati. The Vikings have no reason to play Peterson in Week 17 with nothing to play for.
Adrian Peterson, RB12/27/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (foot) hopes to play Sunday against the Lions, but he'll need to see how he feels the next few days. SOURCE: Chris Scoggins, Star Tribune
Insight: After missing Week 15 due to a foot sprain, Peterson had just 45 yards on 11 carries and saw just one touch after halftime Sunday at Cincinnati. The Vikings have no reason to play Peterson in Week 17 but if he thinks he can go he'll be out there against Detroit.