Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
NFC North | 3-1-0
Avg PTS
21.5
Rank: 15th
Avg Yds
359
Rank: 18th
Avg PYds
261
Rank: 11th
Avg RYds
98
Rank: 21st
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Posted 9/30/2022 3:58 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) was taken off the Week 4 injury report Friday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: Cook is good to go for Week 4 and should be viewed as a mid-RB1 in fantasy lineups.
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Posted 9/28/2022 10:00 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Huddle Up: Cook probably will not do much during practice this week but still has a chance to play in Week 4 if he wears a harness on his shoulder. Fantasy players will know more later in the week.
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Posted 9/26/2022 8:08 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson received "some variation of a double" team on all but eight or nine snaps in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions, according to head coach Kevin O'Connell.
Huddle Up: Jefferson's 14 yards receiving goes down as the worst effort of his career, while the three catches were his fewest since Week 9 last season. His fantasy managers were already reeling from a 6-48-0 line in Week 2. Better days are certainly ahead for Jefferson, but it will be up to Adam Thielen, Irv Smith Jr. and the Vikings' running game to make opponents pay for committing so much attention Jefferson's way. Managers should expect a significant rebound from Jefferson in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints.
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Posted 9/26/2022 7:54 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is considered day-to-day with the dislocated shoulder he suffered in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: This is at least the fourth significant shoulder injury Cook has suffered in his NFL career. According to head coach Kevin O'Connell, the expectation is that Cook will wear a brace and play in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints in London. While it is possible fantasy managers will see a little bit more of Alexander Mattison than usual, it appears as if Cook can be started in fantasy leagues as he normally would.
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Posted 9/25/2022 7:37 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury during the Week 3 game and will not return.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see how long Cook will be sidelined because of the injury. Alexander Mattison would be the starting running back if Cook misses time and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back or flex option.
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Posted 9/13/2022 5:20 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith will play "a major role for us," but his Week 1 usage was based on game plan and not health, according to comments made by head coach Kevin O'Connell. "Those guys all know how we operate. We're a game-to-game, week-to-week operation," O'Connell said.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Fantasy managers immediately assumed Smith's usage (19 snaps) in the opener had more to do with the time he missed in camp due to his injured thumb, but that appears not to be the case. While the expectation should be that he is much more involved beginning in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles, O'Connell's current stance makes it almost impossible to start Smith with any confidence. As such, he belongs on fantasy benches for now.
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Posted 9/10/2022 7:15 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (thumb) said his thumb is 100 percent healthy and he expects to have no issues catching the ball in Week 1.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: After sitting out all of last season with a torn meniscus, Smith's offseason got off to a bad start after undergoing thumb surgery, but he appears to be past that now. He may have to shake off a little rust to start the season, but Smith should return TE2 value in 2022.
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Posted 9/02/2022 5:13 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (thumb) has been catching balls for "several days" and is expected to be ready for Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers after undergoing thumb surgery on Aug. 1.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Smith and Kirk Cousins should not struggle for chemistry, but it has been a while since the two have worked together consistently after Smith missed all of last season with a knee injury. Working in Smith's favor this year is the arrival of new head coach Kevin O'Connell's offense, which promises to be more pass-heavy than anything Minnesota has seen in years. Assuming Smith can stay healthy this year, he should have little problem serving as a low-end TE1 for his fantasy managers.
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Posted 8/31/2022 6:23 pm GMT
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor is being traded to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2023 seventh-round pick and a 2024 conditional fourth-round pick that becomes a fifth-round selection if certain statistical marks are not met, per sources on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: The first-round bust now joins the superstar wide receiver he was taken one pick ahead of, Justin Jefferson, a selection that will haunt the Eagles and their fans for years to come. Reagor now gets a fresh start but is immediately behind at least Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn in the wide receiver pecking order. He isn't a viable fantasy option entering 2022.
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Posted 8/23/2022 4:29 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR K.J. Osborn has "been great in camp this summer" and "enters year three with a legit chance to be a 1,000-yard receiver," NBC Sports' Peter King wrote on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: After a 2021 campaign that saw him tally 655 yards and seven scores, and following a strong camp, Osborn has the No. 3 job locked down. But with Adam Thielen (32) entering the twilight of his career, there's a chance he could move up to No. 2 before year's end. For now, Osborn is a boom-or-bust WR4 with upside.
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Posted 8/20/2022 2:03 pm GMT
An unidentified NFC team and an unidentified AFC team expressed recent interest in trading for Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor, according to Geoff Mosher of InsideTheBirds.com.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: If Reagor remained on the Eagles' roster, he would be buried behind WRs A.J. Brown, Devonta Smith, Quez Watkins and possibly Zach Pascal on the depth chart. The former first-round draft pick has been a major disappointment throughout his career, catching only 33 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 2021 despite being active for every game. He should not be viewed as a viable fantasy option regardless of where he plays.
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Posted 8/18/2022 4:33 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (thumb) is on track to be available for Week 1, according to head coach Kevin O'Connell on Thursday, Aug. 18.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: With the hope that O'Connell brings more of a pass-first mentality, Smith could be in for a decent target share in the offense. He's still the third-best option in the passing game but has the upside to be a low-to-mid TE1.
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Posted 8/11/2022 8:13 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 11, because of an illness, and his status for the first preseason game is uncertain.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Cousins probably will only be sidelined for a few days and likely will play in at least one preseason game. He has a good group of receivers to work with in the passing game but probably will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in most leagues.
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Posted 8/11/2022 1:10 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison said he is "not aware" of any contract extension talks, and Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press does not expect the Vikings to extend Mattison.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Given Dalvin Cook's injury history, Mattison will remain one of the most valuable backups in redraft leagues in 2022. He could also be worth trying to acquire in dynasty formats in case he does hit free agency and land a starting gig next season.
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Posted 8/06/2022 5:59 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (thumb) had ligament damage in his thumb, which led to his having surgery recently, head coach Kevin O'Connell said on Saturday, Aug. 6. O'Connell also noted that Smith has already switched from a hard cast to a softer one.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: After missing all of last season, Smith's continued issues with injuries remain a concern. However, Smith, who is expected to be ready for the start of the season, is far and away the best tight end on Minnesota's roster and should see plenty of snaps as long as he's healthy. Pencil him in as a TE2 with upside.
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Posted 8/05/2022 2:04 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR K.J. Osborn is "making a strong case" to fill the No. 3 receiver role this season, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Osborn finished with 50 catches for 655 yards and seven touchdowns last year, and he was able to step up when Adam Thielen dealt with injuries. If Osborn secures the No. 3 role in Minnesota's pass-heavy offense, he will be an injury away from consideration as a weekly fantasy starter. He is a great depth option.
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Posted 8/02/2022 6:07 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (thumb) underwent surgery on his injured thumb Tuesday, Aug. 2. Smith is expected to be recovered in time for the season opener.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Missed practice time for Smith is a bummer after he missed the entire 2021 season due to injury. With that said, there does not appear to be much concern he will miss significant time. As long as he is able to get a week or two of practice under his belt before Week 1, he should still be viewed as a high-upside TE2 in fantasy this year.
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Posted 8/01/2022 2:07 am GMT
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor is "battling for a spot," head coach Nick Sirianni said on Saturday, July 30.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Reagor has totaled a disappointing 695 yards and three scores over two seasons and actually took a step back in 2021 in terms of production. Reagor isn't a viable fantasy option in 2022.
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Posted 7/29/2022 1:52 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (knee) said he feels quicker and leaner following his recovery from knee surgery. "I feel like I got faster, honestly, through this process," Smith said.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: The knee injury put the brakes on what was supposed to be a coming out party for Smith last season, but he is once again looking at a prominent role in the Minnesota passing attack. He is a bit of an unknown, but Smith has legitimate TE1 potential.
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Posted 7/26/2022 5:19 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (knee) will be a "full-go" for training camp, according to head coach Kevin O'Connell.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: After enduring a knee injury that ended his 2021 campaign before it could start, Smith has a grand opportunity to make a big impression in an offense that figures to throw significantly more often than it ever did during the Mike Zimmer era. Set to turn 24 years old next week, Smith should be able to push for 60 or 70 targets as defenses focus most of their energy on slowing down Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook. A top 10 finish at his position is well within the range of outcomes for Smith.
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Posted 6/24/2022 4:11 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson said the new offense under head coach Kevin O'Connell is going to focus more on the passing game much more than in recent seasons. "Our offensive style, it's not a run-first offense anymore. Just us being able to put different people in different positions and distribute the ball, really. I'm so excited in this offense. Us just being in OTAs, learning the plays, going through it with our defense, and stuff."
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: The Vikings ranked 11th with 604 pass attempts in 2021 but 27th with 514 pass attempts in 2020. O'Connell's offense comes from the Sean McVay tree so it wouldn't be a surprise if they leaned more on the pass. Jefferson is already an elite talent, but if he's seeing more targets in a pass-heavy offense, we might need to view him as the overall WR1.
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Posted 6/23/2022 2:36 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (knee) was a full participant during minicamp and saw reps with the first-team offense.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Smith's 2021 campaign was derailed by a knee injury, but it appears he is close to full strength heading into training camp. Smith is expected to take on more of a featured role in the offense and could finish as a low-end TE1.
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Posted 6/03/2022 5:18 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson recently told USA TODAY Sports that the Vikings had an "old-style offense" last year. He added that "adding new things to the offense definitely allows us to ... work in different areas of the field" and be "very less predictable." "For so long, the game kind of became this condensed game where everybody was building things, the marriage of the run and the pass. But as times kind of moved forward, I think spreading the field out (and) not playing the game in a phone booth has been a productive thing for some offenses. Putting the game in the quarterback's hands a little more, trying to run some premier plays versus premier looks. And really, when in doubt, trust space-rhythm-timing of offenses to hold you true to your core and what you're trying to get accomplished," head coach Kevin O'Connell told USA TODAY Sports Jori Epstein.
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Huddle Up: Jefferson figures to benefit as much as any Viking from this change and should be considered the odds-on favorite to be the overall WR1 in fantasy this year. The 23-year-old is expected to assume many of the same responsibilities Cooper Kupp has now (O'Connell was the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams over the last two seasons). Kirk Cousins could also be in a position to have a career year, while Dalvin Cook is in great position to set a personal best in catches (53 in 2019).
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Posted 6/01/2022 2:30 am GMT
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen says he's feeling "fresh" and "energetic" ahead of the 2022 season. "I feel fresh, I feel energetic, I think the culture that's been created here is just a breath of fresh air," he said. "It just makes it exciting to be here and work."
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Thanks to injury and the emergence of Justin Jefferson, Thielen has seen a drop in production the past three seasons following monster 2017 and 2018 campaigns. The veteran (32 in August) is getting long in the tooth but remains a WR2 when healthy.
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Posted 5/18/2022 11:33 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith will be a major part of the team's offense this season, according to head coach Kevin O'Connell.
SOURCE: Not available

Huddle Up: Smith was posting decent numbers before his injury last season and could have a lot of fantasy value if he is one of the main options in the passing game. He has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/18/2022 4:57 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been lining up in bunch wide receiver sets in multiple formations during the team's organized team activities, The Athletic's Chad Graff reported on Tuesday, May 17.
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Huddle Up: Cook is normally very involved in the passing game, but lining up at wide receiver would be a new wrinkle. Cook is an elite RB1 in all formats no matter where he catches passes from.
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Posted 5/18/2022 4:49 pm GMT
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (knee) did some work during the team's workout on Tuesday, May 17, and is making progress in his rehab for a torn meniscus. "He's little by little every single day doing more and more," head coach Kevin O'Connell said.
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Huddle Up: Smith's current goal is to be ready by training camp. Assuming he's healthy, Smith is far and away the favorite to lead the Vikings' tight ends room in 2022 after the departure of Tyler Conklin in free agency. Smith will start out as a TE2, but could work his way into the TE1 conversation as the season progresses.
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