Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
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Posted 6/13/2019 4:06 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins owns a 34-37-1 record as an NFL starter, and said Wednesday, June 12, that his goal is achieving more team success in terms of wins. 'The next level really is all about winning,' Cousins said. 'I'm pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far, and I don't think that's where you want to be, and that's not why you are brought in or people are excited about you. If I don't play well, if I don't have gaudy statistics, but we win multiple playoff games, the narrative will be I went to the next level.'
Huddle Up: Cousins threw for 4,298 yards and a career-high 30 TD passes in 2018 -- his first season in Minnesota -- but the Vikings finished 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs. It sounds like the Vikings want to be more balanced this coming season, and if so, Cousins' current low-end QB2 ranking will certainly be justified.
Posted 6/11/2019 4:06 am UTC
The Minnesota Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a four-year extension worth $36 million on Monday, June 10.
Huddle Up: Rudolph racked up 64 grabs, 634 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games last season, and he has at least four scores in each of the past four seasons while playing every games since the start of the 2015 season. Rudolph is a nice low-end TE1 in most fantasy leagues, and the durability factor is a huge plus.
Posted 6/01/2019 6:06 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Jordan Taylor is the 'one to watch' for the team's third receiver spot, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Andrew Krammer, who notes Taylor's familiarity with assistant head coach Gary Kubiak, who is helping offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski overhaul the offense.
Huddle Up: There's a void on the Vikings depth chart after Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, and Taylor might be the one to fill it. He has good size and experience under Kubiak, and QB Kirk Cousins recently called him a "diamond in the rough." We're a long way from Week 1, but Taylor is a name to watch as we draw closer to the 2019 opener.
Posted 5/22/2019 7:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he has received a five-year contract extension offer from the Vikings, and head coach Mike Zimmer is confident that Rudolph will remain with the team since the two sides are talking.
Huddle Up: Rudolph's situation has been in question the entire offseason, but it seems the two sides are working on a new deal. Rudolph can be considered a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues if he remains with the Vikings.
Posted 5/22/2019 7:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs was not present for organized team activities Wednesday, May 22.
Huddle Up: Diggs should participate in at least the mandatory minicamp and will continue to be a main target in the passing game. Diggs can be a solid No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues in 2019.
Posted 5/20/2019 10:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he plans to participate in practice Tuesday, May 21, even though his future with the team is uncertain.
Huddle Up: Rudolph has been part of trade rumors this offseason, so it is not known which team he will play for in 2019. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end no matter where he plays.
Posted 5/19/2019 5:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is entering his second season with the team and along with that come higher expectations. 'I think a year under his belt here in Minnesota and his familiarity with everything is going to bode well,' Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday, May 19. 'He's doing great. We expect a lot out of him as well as our whole team.'
Huddle Up: After three consecutive top-10 fantasy QB finishes in Washington, Cousins finished 13th in his debut season in the Twin Cities, but a some of that was due to his one rushing TD after posting at least four over the previous three seasons. Draft him as a rock-solid QB2.
Posted 5/17/2019 9:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been offered a five-year contract extension, but the two sides have not made much progress in talks, according to a source. Rudolph would be paid among the top tight ends in the NFL if he signed the extension.
Huddle Up: Rudolph's status with the Vikings is still uncertain at this point, so fantasy players should continue to monitor the situation. Rudolph can be a solid No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Posted 5/16/2019 2:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph declined to take a pay cut, but he hopes to remain with the team. 'No, I won't,' Rudolph said. 'I'm too young for that.'
Huddle Up: Rudolph can be a decent backup as a TE2 in fantasy, but his upside is minimal in the offense. If he's cut and winds up somewhere like New England? He could receive a spark.
Posted 5/14/2019 1:05 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he hopes to remain with the Vikings but would like a decision on his status with the team in the near future.
Huddle Up: The Vikings do not have a lot of salary cap space available, so Rudolph could be released or traded in order to make cap space. He has recorded 19 touchdowns over the last three seasons but has been held to under 650 yards in each of the last two seasons. He probably should be considered a No. 2 tight end in most fantasy leagues no matter where he plays.
Posted 5/12/2019 6:05 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen led the league with 68 receptions out of the slot last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Signed to a four-year, $64 million extension last month, Thielen ranks fourth in the league with 204 receptions over the last two seasons combined. While it is fair to wonder if the Vikings desire to run the ball more often will cut down on his opportunities a bit, Thielen has established himself as a supreme route-runner capable of getting open against almost any cornerback. Owners should feel confident in him as a low-end fantasy WR1 in 2019.
Posted 5/10/2019 5:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been discussing a contract extension with the team, but those talks broke off Friday, May 10, according to sources. Trading Rudolph very much remains a possibility for the Vikings, and there is interest around the league.
Huddle Up: Rudolph has been a top-10 fantasy tight end in each of the last three seasons, but the writing is on the wall with the Vikings drafting Irv Smith in the second round and Rudolph due $7.5 million this season. A situation to definitely keep an eye on ...
Posted 5/01/2019 2:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph could remain a factor in the offense after the team selected TE Irv Smith with the 50th selection in the NFL draft. Last season, the team ran 20 percent of its plays out of 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends, two receivers), and the team thrived in it. QB Kirk Cousins had a 120.8 passer rating, and the team rushed for 4.2 yards per carry. Rudolph had 13.8 percent of Cousins' targets last year while notching 64 receptions for 634 yards (9.9 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Rudolph has been an inconsistent fantasy option, and his days as a TE1 are probably numbered. However, he should still provide a PPR punch as a TE2 in some matchups.
Posted 4/27/2019 4:04 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph's status with the team has not changed despite the selection of TE Irv Smith, according to GM Rick Spielman, who classified them as 'two different types of tight ends.'
Huddle Up: This comes on the heels of some trade speculation regarding Rudolph, and those rumors are likely to intensify no matter what the team says publicly. For fantasy owners, a change of scenery might be the best thing for Rudolph, who would almost certainly lose some of his already marginal value to Irv Smith if both suit up for the Vikings in 2019.
Posted 4/25/2019 9:04 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph could receive some trade interest from the New England Patriots if the Patriots do not select a tight end in the 2019 NFL Draft, in the opinion of SI.com's Albert Breer.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are looking for a new starting tight end, and Rudolph is coming off a solid 2018 season. He would see a solid amount of targets in the passing game if he joins the Patriots and could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy option.
Posted 4/20/2019 2:04 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook said he hasn't 'scratched the surface' of his potential yet. 'I'm getting back to how I used to feel,' Cook said. 'My confidence is out the roof. I feel great. I've had a great offseason.'
Huddle Up: After a knee injury cut his rookie year short, Cook battled a hamstring issue last year. Still, he has flashed his upside when healthy, and he should enter 2019 as the lead back for the Vikings. He's a RB2 with a lot of upside.
Posted 4/12/2019 9:04 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with the Vikings Friday, April 12, worth $64 million. The deal includes $35 million in guaranteed money and could be worth as much as $73 million.
Huddle Up: Thielen was one of the top receivers in the NFL this past season and finished with 113 receptions, 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns. He will continue to be a main part of the passing game for the Vikings and can be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/19/2019 2:03 pm UTC
Free-agent PK Dan Bailey (Vikings) re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 19, on a one-year, $1 million deal. The deal could be worth $2 million with incentives.
Huddle Up: Bailey kicks in a dome on a decent team, and he'll be an upper-middle option at kicker.
Posted 3/11/2019 12:03 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has not been asked to take a pay cut, according to his agent Brian Murphy, and Murphy said the Vikings want Rudolph to remain with the organization for 'years to come.'
Huddle Up: You obviously need to take anything a player's agent says with a grain of salt, but if Rudolph is back with the Vikings in 2019, he can he a low-end TE1.
Posted 3/10/2019 8:03 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is expected to be more involved in the passing game under offensive advisor Gary Kubiak, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Treadwell has posted only 517 yards and one touchdown since entering the league, but the team may be looking for a No. 3 receiver. Owners can monitor the situation over the offseason to see if he will see more targets in 2019.
Posted 2/25/2019 2:02 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen finished the 2018 season with 113 catches and 1,373 yards, becoming just the third undrafted player with at least 100 receptions and 1,300 yards in a season.
Huddle Up: Although Thielen cooled after an incredible start to the year, he was still able to deliver a career year and establish himself as a WR1.
Posted 2/22/2019 2:02 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph and Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate could be options for the Denver Broncos if they are cap casualties this offseason, according to Bill Barnwell, and Barnwell also believes the Broncos could target a tight end with an early pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: After making the move to acquire Joe Flacco, finding a reliable tight end would make sense. Flacco's love for throwing underneath to tight ends once resulted in Dennis Pitta catching 86 passes, so a veteran like Rudolph or Brate should be able to deliver TE1 production as the primary tight end in Denver.
Posted 2/15/2019 1:02 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell averaged 5.7 yards per target last year, the fourth-worst mark among receivers with at least 50 targets, and Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com expects Treadwell's fifth-year option to be declined.
Huddle Up: The former first-round pick has been a bust, and he didn't show any signs of righting the ship despite a bigger role in 2018. Even in dynasty formats, it may be time to give up on Treadwell.
Posted 2/09/2019 2:02 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins called the 2018 season a disappointment and plans to 'make amends' next year.
Huddle Up: Cousins faded in the second half after a strong start, but he still finished as a low-end QB1. He has the weapons in the passing game to finish as a QB1 again in 2019, but fantasy owners have to be concerned about his week-to-week consistency.
Posted 1/03/2019 5:01 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has the backing of head coach Mike Zimmer who spoke at a news conference Thursday, Jan. 3. 'I have a lot of confidence in Kirk Cousins,' said Zimmer, who predicted the quarterback will play well next year.
Huddle Up: Cousins finished ninth among fantasy quarterbacks this season, thanks largely to a strong start. But after notching four 300-yard games and six with 20 or more fantasy points in the first half of the season, he only had one 300-yard outing and two with 20-plus fantasy points in his final eight contests.
Posted 12/31/2018 3:12 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught eight of his 10 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in a 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Diggs went over 100 receptions and 1,000 yards on the year, and his numbers keep trending up. He should be a safe bet for WR2 production in 2019.
Posted 12/31/2018 3:12 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed 11 times for 39 yards and caught four passes for 24 yards in a 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 17.
Huddle Up: It took a while for Cook to find a rhythm this year, but last year's knee surgery and a hamstring injury likely played a role. If he enters 2019 healthy, Cook could rebound in a big way. He's worth targeting as a RB2.
Posted 12/31/2018 3:12 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 20 of his 33 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and added a seven-yard run in a 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Cousins couldn't generate any plays down the field, and Minnesota saw its playoff hopes come to and end. The Vikings didn't live up to their loft expectations, but Cousins topped 4,000 yards and threw 30 touchdowns. He should be a low-end QB1 again in 2019.
Posted 12/23/2018 10:12 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs managed two grabs for just 10 yards in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions but at least he was able to score a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Diggs hasn't posted a 100-yard game in a season-high five straight, but at least he has touchdowns in back-to-back games, and a touchdown of eight touchdowns this season. The Vikings wrap up the regular season against the Bears in Week 17.
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