Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
NFC North | 7-9-0
Avg PTS
26.9
Rank: 11th
Avg Yds
409.2
Rank: 1st
Avg PYds
266.6
Rank: 12th
Avg RYds
142.7
Rank: 4th
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Posted 7/25/2021 11:22 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Dede Westbrook (Jaguars) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, July 25. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Westbrook had been linked to the Vikings throughout much of the offseason, but while he lands in a better offense, he will likely be the fourth or fifth option, at best, when it comes to targets. Westbrook will need an injury ahead of him to have any serious fantasy appeal.
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Posted 7/24/2021 10:38 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Dede Westbrook (Jaguars) plans to sign a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Westbrook likely will compete for the No. 3 receiver job for the Vikings and could see a decent amount of targets if he wins the job. He has a chance to be a late round pick in deeper leagues.
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Posted 7/23/2021 6:54 pm GMT
Free agent WR Dede Westbrook (Jaguars) in in Minneapolis to work out for the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, July 24, according to post on Westbrook's Instagram account. Westbrook reportedly has three teams interested in him but will likely sign with the Vikings if all goes well Saturday, according to a source.
Huddle Up: If healthy after recent knee issues and he winds up signing in Minnesota, Westbrook has a real shot at becoming the Vikings' No. 3 wideout, albeit behind studs Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
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Posted 7/15/2021 5:31 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith is no longer sharing time with TE Kyle Rudolph and is expecting a big jump in production. 'I have very high expectations, especially for myself,' Smith said Thursday, July 15 on NFL Network. 'I don't want to put an exact number out there because I don't want to say 'I'm gonna score 15 touchdowns or however many,' but it's gonna be a lot. I'm going to be scoring a lot, making a lot of plays and helping my offense in any way, helping my team.'
Huddle Up: Rudolph averaged 55.7 targets, 43.7 targets and 3.3 TDs over his final three seasons with the Vikings, and Smith, who caught 30-of-43 targets for 365 yards and five TDs last season, could see an 33-percent increase or more in those numbers now as the clear TE1 in the Twin Cities. Value him as a high-end TE2 with upside for fantasy.
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Posted 7/03/2021 1:02 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith showed up to OTAs in 'phenomenal shape' after changing his diet, according to offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak. 'I want him to be himself, and now he's going to have more opportunities, and I'm excited to see what he does with it,' Kubiak said.
Huddle Up: The departure of Kyle Rudolph this offseason makes Smith the top tight end in Minnesota. He will still be competing with two star receivers and running back Dalvin Cook for targets and touches, but Smith is positioned to be a TE1 candidate.
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Posted 6/28/2021 2:49 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins was on target on 81.3 percent of his throws in 2020 - the best mark among quarterbacks with at least 50 pass attempts - according to Pro Football Reference.
Huddle Up: It should be noted Cousins was on target on 79 percent of his throws in 2019, which netted him a fifth-place finish that season. Cousins is a highly underrated low-end QB1 who can usually be had at a QB2 price and a savvy pick for those fantasy owners who like to stock up at other positions first before investing in a signal-caller.
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Posted 6/20/2021 12:51 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook leads all players with 47 touches from inside the 5-yard line over the past two seasons, and he also leads all players with 19 touchdowns from inside the 5-yard line in that span.
Huddle Up: Cook's status as an every-down back from goal line to goal line gives him as much upside as any RB1 candidate heading into 2021. The only concern with Cook is his injury history, but the reward is worth the risk. He should not make it out of the top five in any draft.
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Posted 6/14/2021 4:08 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter will report for mandatory minicamp, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Hunter is one of the better DLs in fantasy, but he missed all of last season with a neck injury. He had 14.5 sacks in each of the previous two seasons. He just doesn't do a lot beyond the sack column.
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Posted 5/01/2021 1:37 am GMT
Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 66th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Mond will likely have to play behind Kirk Cousins for a year or two, but he should have a chance to prove he can be the long-term answer under center. Mond's scrambling ability gives him some fantasy upside, and he is worth stashing in dynasty formats.
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Posted 3/09/2021 3:45 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson compiled 450 yards after the catch in 2020 - the fifth-highest total for a rookie receiver since 2006 - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: The only four receivers (Deebo Samuel, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Thomas and A.J. Brown) to produce more after the catch as a rookie than Jefferson are generally considered studs at the position or close to reaching that status. Minnesota got itself a keeper in Jefferson last spring, and fantasy owners can feel confident he'll be a strong WR1 option for the foreseeable future.
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Posted 3/02/2021 1:00 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook ran for 13 of his 16 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone in 2020 - tied for the second-highest total in the league - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Cook finally put together the kind of high-volume season fantasy owners have been hoping for since he arrived as a second-round pick in 2017. The Vikings are hoping a smooth transition from father (Gary Kubiak) to son (Klint) at offensive coordinator can lead to another such season, but caution is warranted. Fantasy owners can't expect Klint to be the same great play-caller Gary Kubiak was in his first shot as an NFL offensive coordinator, and Cook's durability remains a huge question mark.
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Posted 3/01/2021 4:05 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has missed just one of his last 96 games due to injury.
Huddle Up: Cousins was 11th in fantasy points at the position last year. Honestly, for the unheralded nature of his 35-touchdown season, that might come as a surprise to some. Cousins is a solid fantasy quarterback, but he keeps getting pushed down the pecking order as these more dynamic athletes become more polished.
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Posted 2/28/2021 6:53 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins was on the field for every offensive snap this season.
Huddle Up: Cousins has thrown at least 30 touchdowns in two of his three seasons with the Vikings but has thrown at least 10 interceptions in five of his last six seasons. He has a terrific set of receivers to work with but probably should only be a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues next season.
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Posted 2/18/2021 11:28 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson posted 23 receptions of at least 20 yards this season, which is the most by a rookie since 2006.
Huddle Up: Jefferson ranked in the top five in receiving yards with 1,400 and averaged 15.9 yards per catch during his rookie season. He will continue to be a main option in the passing game for the Vikings and will be a weekly fantasy option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 2/07/2021 11:11 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins' 2,410 passing yards and 20 touchdowns from Week 10 to Week 17 were both the second most of any quarterback.
Huddle Up: Cousins suffered through an uneven start to the season, but he became a QB1 in the second half of the year. With Justin Jefferson fortifying the receiving corps, Cousins could be a solid fantasy starter in 2021 for those who wait until the later rounds to address the position.
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Posted 2/01/2021 7:01 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins 'is a name to keep an eye on' as a potential trade candidate, according to sources. Per those sources, the San Francisco 49ers will push hard to acquire Cousins if the Vikings are open to dealing him.
Huddle Up: Cousins played for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in his first two NFL seasons in Washington after getting drafted out of Michigan State in the fourth round in 2012. The idea of the two reuniting has been floated multiple times since then, although it is fair to wonder how much of an upgrade he would be over Jimmy Garoppolo.
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Posted 2/01/2021 3:27 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 1,557 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2020, becoming the 17th player in league history to finish with at least 1,500 rushing yards and 16 scores and the fourth player to accomplish the feat in 14 or fewer games.
Huddle Up: Cook has never played more than 14 games in a season, but he has been an every-down workhorse with a nose for the end zone when healthy, scoring 30 touchdowns in 28 games over the past two seasons alone. He's a top-five fantasy back in any format.
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Posted 1/22/2021 3:58 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson's 2.66 receiving yards per route ranked second to Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams among receivers who ran 150 or more routes this season.
Huddle Up: Jefferson turned in a historic rookie season, stepping in for the departed Stefon Diggs and becoming an immediate starter for fantasy owners. He should be locked into a similar role in 2021.
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Posted 1/04/2021 5:50 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson broke the Super Bowl era record for receiving yards by a rookie with 1,379. The record was previously held by then-Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin, who had 1,377 receiving yards in 2003. Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers still holds the NFL record with 1,473 yards back in 1960.
Huddle Up: Jefferson didn't become a starter until Week 3 so who knows if he might've surpassed Groman had he started from Week 1 on. Regardless, Jefferson established himself as a strong WR2 in just his first season, though his tendency to beat up on lesser opponents and struggle against better ones will bear watching entering 2021.
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Posted 1/03/2021 10:08 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins went 28-for-40 for 405 yards and three touchdowns against the Detroit Lions in Week 17. He also recorded a rushing touchdown during the game. RB Alexander Mattison rushed for 95 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries and also caught three passes for 50 yards and one touchdown. WR Justin Jefferson caught nine passes for 133 yards on 12 targets and WR Adam Thielen caught four passes for 57 yards on five targets.
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Posted 1/01/2021 11:25 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Mattison appears to have been cleared to play his week and should receive most of the snaps at running back. He should have success against the Detroit Lions and can be a No. 2 running back or flex option in leagues.
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Posted 1/01/2021 11:22 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and has been ruled out for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Alexander Mattison should receive most of the work at running back with Cook out and can be a No. 2 running back or flex option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 1/01/2021 7:09 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (personal) on Friday, Jan. 1, was officially ruled out of the team's Week 17 game Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: Cook is in Florida following the death of his father earlier this week, and he'll finish his elite RB1 season with career highs in rushing yards (1,557), total yards (1,918) and total TDs (17).
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Posted 12/31/2020 11:52 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Mattison likely will receive most of the work at running back if he is cleared to play, so fantasy players will need to keep an eye on his status. He can be a No. 2 running back or flex option if he is active for the game.
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Posted 12/30/2020 9:51 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation because Mattison likely will receive most of the work at running back if he is cleared to play. He can be a starting option in all fantasy leagues if he is active for the game.
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Posted 12/30/2020 4:35 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (personal) left the team due to a family emergency Tuesday, Dec. 29, and will be unavailable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Alexander Mattison will have to clear concussion protocols, but he should be picked up in all formats. Expect him with some Ameer Abdullah mixed in. Mattison would be an RB2 against the Detroit Lions.
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Posted 12/26/2020 1:29 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson caught six passes for 85 yards against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16. He was targeted 10 times during the game.
Huddle Up: Jefferson has been targeted at least 10 times in four of his last five games and has posted at least 70 yards in six of his last seven games. He has had a breakout rookie season and should be a starting option in all leagues next week.
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Posted 12/26/2020 1:29 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith caught six passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16. He was targeted nine times during the game.
Huddle Up: Smith has become a bigger factor in the passing game over the last several weeks and his nine targets were a season high for him. He should have a favorable matchup next week and can be a No. 1 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/26/2020 1:27 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught eight passes for 97 yards and one touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16. He was targeted nine times during the game.
Huddle Up: Thielen has caught at least one touchdown in 10 of his 14 games this season and has recorded eight receptions in three of his last five games. He will continue to be a focal point in the passing game for the Vikings and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues next week.
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