Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
NFC North | 8-7-1
Rank: 19th
Avg Yds
Rank: 20th
Avg PYds
Rank: 10th
Avg RYds
Rank: 28th
Posted 8/21/2019 7:08 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison has been the talk of training camp and the preseason, according to national writer Jay Glazer. 'I mean, to a man, couldn't stop preaching his gospel,' Glazer said of the Vikings.
Huddle Up: Mattison has been coming into the preseason games ahead of Mike Boone, who has also been pretty strong in his play. Right now Dalvin Cook is the obvious starter, but if you're looking for a handcuff, look to Mattison in the later rounds. Even if you don't own stock in Cook, Mattison is also worth adding for running back depth in the later rounds, as it might take one Cook injury to thrust the rookie into the spotlight.
Posted 8/18/2019 9:08 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in a 25-19 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Smith will have a tough time making a big impact in 2019 as long as Kyle Rudolph is still around, but he figures to be have a shot at being the starting tight end as soon as next season. He's one of the top young options at the position in dynasty leagues.
Posted 8/15/2019 11:08 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings rookie TE Irv Smith has been surprising coaches with his blocking, according to assistant head coach Gary Kubiak, Thursday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Kyle Rudolph remains the Vikings lead tight end, but Smith could work his way into more pass-catching opportunities by earning playing time via blocking. He could be a key waiver add should Rudolph miss any time.
Posted 8/13/2019 5:08 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook says he's a three-down running back who's ready for a full workload in the 2019 season. 'Yeah. I love catching the football and love making plays, so anyway I can get the ball in my hands and change the scoreboard or change the (first down) markers, I'm willing to do that,' Cook told a writer from the team's website. 'Any way possible. Catching the ball, running the football ... I'm willing to do it. So yeah, I consider myself a three-down back.'
Huddle Up: If he can stay healthy after missing 17 of a possible 32 games his first two seasons , look for a breakout RB1 season for Cook.
Posted 8/06/2019 2:08 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 5, because of a minor ailment, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: It appears like Rudolph probably will miss a few days of practice. He should receive a decent amount of targets this season and can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 8/01/2019 3:08 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins said Wednesday, July 31, he's feeling much more confident working with TE Kyle Rudolph in their second training camp together. 'I've done a better job this camp ... of just trusting him more and throwing it to him even when he's covered,' Cousins told reporters Wednesday. 'I think today there were probably two or three examples of him catching the ball with the defender draped over him or pretty close to him. He is just such a trustworthy target, so little things like that, building a chemistry with him, you would've loved to say I did that last year, but I don't think I did enough.'
Huddle Up: Rudolph caught 64 passes for 634 yards but just four touchdowns last season in his first year working with Cousins. More familiarity with his 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end could help Cousins improve a red-zone offense which scored on just 54 percent of trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line last season.
Posted 6/25/2019 4:06 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is a strong candidate to have a 2019 breakout season, in the opinion of NFL Network analyst Terrell Davis. Knowing (new Vikings offensive coordinator Gary) Kubiak's history, Cook should get a lot of opportunities this season, far more than the 133 carries he had in 2018,' David wrote on NFL.com 'The third-year pro has the natural ability to be a top-10 running back, and we've seen glimpses of his talent in the last two seasons. Unfortunately, injuries (ACL in 2017; hamstring in 2018) have prevented him from staying on the field for a full season. With a healthy offseason and more than a year removed from his knee injury, Cook will be a major player in the Vikings' offense in 2019.'
Huddle Up: T.D. hit on the key, and that's Cook's health as he's missed 17 of a possible 32 games in two seasons so far. The rest of the ingredients are there, though, so don't hesitate in selecting him as a high-end RB2.
Posted 6/14/2019 3:06 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Chad Beebe is a possible front runner for the No. 3 wide receiver spot.
Huddle Up: Beebe is a bit of a project, and he'll need a good camp to carve out a role, but the team likes to spread the ball around. Take a wait-and-see approach for now, but he could be worth a WR5 flyer.
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.
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