Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
NFC North | 10-6-0
Avg PTS
25.4
Rank: 9th
Avg Yds
357.4
Rank: 23rd
Avg PYds
230.2
Rank: 23rd
Avg RYds
127.2
Rank: 7th
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Posted 7/28/2020 6:31 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook showed up at the team facility Tuesday, July 28, for his first COVID-19 test, according to sources. Cook reporting effectively ends any idea of a holdout.
Huddle Up: There goes any legitimate fear over Cook holding out, so continue to draft him among the top four or five picks in 2020.
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Posted 7/27/2020 9:50 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson (illness) was placed on the COVID-19 list Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: It is not known if Jefferson has tested positive for the virus, but he will be held out for the time being. He is expected to have a big role in the passing game if he is ready to play in Week 1 and can be a late round pick in most leagues.
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Posted 7/25/2020 2:13 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is unlikely to hold out during the 2020 season because of new rules within the collective bargaining agreement, according to ESPN.com's Courtney Cronin. He would stand to be fined $50,000 for each day of camp missed and he would be unable to recover those funds even if an extension is worked out. In addition, Cook would not accrue a year of service toward free agency if he doesn't appear at camp by the mandatory reporting date or if he leaves the team after that date. Cook is slated to earn $1.3 million during the final year of his rookie contract.
Huddle Up: Cook, who will turn 25 next month, had a career-best 1,135 rushing yards, 53 receptions and 13 touchdowns in 14 games last season, while earning Pro Bowl honors for the first time. He should be viewed as an RB1 in all fantasy formats.
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Posted 7/22/2020 6:45 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson agreed to terms Wednesday, July 22, on a four-year, $13.123 million rookie contract. He receives a $7.104 million signing bonus, and Jefferson will count $2.386 million against the 2020 salary cap. Per NFL rules, since Jefferson was a first-round pick, Minnesota has the option to add a fifth year to his contract.
Huddle Up: Jefferson is in competition to replace Stefon Diggs as a starter, but there's going to be competition from Bisi Johnson and possibly Tajae Sharpe. Adam Thielen is still the top dog in this aerial game, and the system will be overly dependent on the running game when compared to the NFL average. Should Jefferson lock down the starting spot, he's a speculative flier as a WR4 in PPR leagues. The 2020 season could be a rough go for rookie wideouts.
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Posted 7/18/2020 4:50 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins earned a 84.1 Pro Football Focus passing grade on throws outside the pocket in 2019 which ranked second among quarterbacks.
Huddle Up: Cousins is underrated on the move, and he's ranked in the fantasy QB top 15 in each of his two seasons with Minnesota. He's now without WR Stefon Diggs, but he's still a low-end QB2.
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Posted 7/09/2020 9:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins led the NFL with an average depth of target of 19.2 yards on touchdown passes in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Cousins could see a dip in this department in 2020 following the offseason trade of WR Stefon Diggs, but it bodes well for rookie WR Justin Jefferson, who is the most likely replacement across from WR Adam Thielen. Cousins relies heavily on efficiency and is a low-upside QB1 in a run-first offense.
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Posted 6/27/2020 1:43 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Olabisi Johnson and WR Justin Jefferson are 'strong candidates' for the No. 2 receiver role in 2020, according to Eric Smith of Vikings.com.
Huddle Up: Johnson may have the early edge based on experience, but Jefferson will likely take over the role sooner rather than later. Even if he enters the season as a starter, Johnson is a depth option, at best, for fantasy owners.
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Posted 6/22/2020 11:28 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is expected to hold out if he does not receive a contract extension, but the Vikings are interested in reaching an agreement with Cook before training camp, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if Cook will participate in training camp or wait until the start of the regular season. He was fourth in the NFL with 13 rushing touchdowns in 2019 and should receive plenty of touches again this season. He should be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/18/2020 4:19 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook's potential holdout is of little concern to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. During a Wednesday, June 17, talk with reporters, Kubiak said 'That's part of the business. We all understand that. Those guys will do their job,' Kubiak said in reference to the front office negotiating with Cook's representation. 'We have to stay focused on our job as a football team moving forward.' Kubiak added, 'He's got as good a grasp at what we do and how we go about it. He could teach class (on our system) because he's that bright and that smart of a football player.'
Huddle Up: Cook's possible holdout should be of slight concern to fantasy footballers, too, and everyone can be confident in knowing the team wants to get something done. Cook is asking for reasonable money, which also adds to the optimism. The offense goes as he does, so it would be a surprise if he wasn't on the field in Week 1. Lock him in as a quality RB1 in all scoring formats.
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Posted 6/17/2020 9:17 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson likely will receive a lot of snaps as the slot receiver, according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Huddle Up: Jefferson has a chance to have a significant role in the passing game since the team traded Stefon Diggs this offseason. Fantasy players should monitor his progress during training camp because he could be a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/16/2020 8:33 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw five interceptions on 165 pass attempts without RB Dalvin Cook on the field in 2019, according to Next Gen Stats. Cousins threw just one interception on 279 pass attempts when Cook was on the field.
Huddle Up: Cook rushed for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns on 250 attempts last season, and he caught 53 of 63 targets for another 519 yards. When he's healthy and on the field, he's a high-end RB1 and Cousins can be a low-end QB1 in pass-friendly matchups.
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Posted 6/15/2020 1:25 am UTC
The Minnesota Vikings are 12-3 when RB Dalvin Cook finishes with at least 100 yards from scrimmage and 6-9-1 when he falls short of that mark.
Huddle Up: Cook was an every-down force in 2019, finishing with 1,654 yards from scrimmage and 53 catches. He will be the centerpiece of the offense again in 2020, and as long as he stays healthy, Cook should be able to finish as a top-five fantasy back.
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Posted 6/08/2020 9:55 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook wants a contract extension and will skip all of the offseason meeting and training camp until he receives a reasonable extension, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Cook is entering the final year of his contract and is looking for a lucrative contract. He was one of the top running backs in the NFL in 2019 and finished with 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns. Fantasy players should monitor the situation to see if Cook will be extended or if he will continue to hold out. He should be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues if he is ready for Week 1.
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Posted 6/04/2020 2:47 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings first-round pick WR Justin Jefferson had an 85.2 percent catch rate last season, which was the highest of any eligible receiver in the draft. He led the country with 111 receptions and had the second-most touchdowns in SEC history with 18.
Huddle Up: Jefferson does a lot of his work from the slot, and there will be some growing pains. However, his value in PPR leagues, is at the very least a top WR3 option.
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Posted 5/31/2020 8:38 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith amassed a mere seven scoreless catches on eight targets over his first six NFL games in 2019. Beginning in Week 7 when WR Adam Thielen suffered a hamstring injury - an ailment that limited him to three receptions and three games the rest of the regular season - on his only catch of the game, Smith totaled 29 catches on 39 targets and scored two touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Smith's averages of 3.9 targets and 2.9 catches in his last 10 games are hardly eye-catching, but his prorated totals over that span work out to 46 receptions for 349 yards on 62 targets - not exactly bad numbers for a rookie tight end. With Stefon Diggs now in Buffalo, it's entirely possible Smith's big-play ability will be needed more than last year. Especially considering Minnesota's front office saw visions of Jordan Reed in Smith when they drafted him, a 50-catch season is a strong possibility in 2020.
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Posted 5/19/2020 10:58 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen received a Pro Football Focus grade of 95.4 against Cover 1 defense on a target depth of 10-19 yards over the last three seasons to rank second among all wide receivers. Only New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas received a higher grade.
Huddle Up: Thielen is now the Vikings' unquestioned top target following the trade of WR Stefon Diggs this offseason. He's likely to face the No. 1 corner against all opponents, and he's also likely to face more double teams. He could prove to be a fantasy disappointment if drafted as a WR1 this season.
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Posted 5/16/2020 1:32 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson has a 'chance to be a pretty impactful rookie,' according to general manager Rick Spielman.
Huddle Up: The offseason trade of Stefon Diggs leaves a big void across from Adam Thielen, and it sounds like Jefferson will be given the opportunity to step into the role. He is worthy of a first-round pick in rookie drafts, and he will have WR3 upside in standard leagues if he secures the No. 2 receiver gig.
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Posted 5/12/2020 3:46 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook was credited with a run between the guard and the tackle 129 times (eighth-highest total in the NFL) and a league-high 68 times outside of the offensive tackle in 2019.
Huddle Up: Cook is one of the more explosive players in the league and runs in an offense that was heavily influenced by Gary Kubiak, who has long been a proponent of outside zone runs and will serve as his offensive coordinator the season. The former second-round pick is entering the final year of his contract in 2020 and could be poised for a career year if he can stay healthy for 16 games for the first time in his pro career. Owners should be thrilled to land him as their RB1 this summer.
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Posted 5/11/2020 1:08 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen has just two 100-yard receiving efforts in his last 18 games since opening the 2018 season with eight straight games of 100-plus yards.
Huddle Up: Injuries played a role in his drop in production in 2019, and Thielen still managed six touchdowns in 10 games last year. Throw in the offseason trade of Stefon Diggs, and Thielen should deliver WR2 numbers as the go-to option in Minnesota's passing attack.
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Posted 5/08/2020 12:37 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins offered up his thoughts on his team's Christmas Day game against the New Orleans Saints, noting the peculiarity of having to play on a Friday. 'I haven't played on a Friday since high school. That will be interesting,' Cousins said.
Huddle Up: The Week 16 game projects to be a marquee matchup in a rematch of the 2019 wild-card game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Late in the season, all players should be in a groove with fantasy managers having a strong idea of what to expect, but the day of the game may cause some sluggishness and lead to some disappointing fantasy performances in the championship week.
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Posted 5/02/2020 2:34 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has become the 'face of the franchise' and is 'next in line' for a big contract extension, according to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Health has been an issue, but when he's on the field, Cook has been an explosive, every-down workhorse. He should be the focal point of the Minnesota offense again in 2020 and a top-five fantasy option at his position.
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Posted 4/29/2020 6:02 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings rookie WR Justin Jefferson, a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, is a 'great route runner' with 'great hands' and a 'big-time playmaker,' according to Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. 'His skill set fits us perfectly,' Spielman added. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Jefferson will 'fit in well' with the Vikings, noting he's a tough, competitive receiver who makes a lot of contested catches. Jefferson said he played outside most of his life until sliding inside to the slot role last year, which is a position often occupied by WR Adam Thielen. Jefferson said he'll play wherever the Vikings want him to moving forward.
Huddle Up: The Vikings had a big void at receiver after trading WR Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills and it appears Jefferson will step right into his starting role. The offseason activities are unique this year, which could slow his progress some, but he has WR3 potential immediately, with extra value in PPR leagues and dynasty formats.
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Posted 4/27/2020 12:14 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will participate in the virtual period of their voluntary offseason program despite wanting a new contract.
Huddle Up: Cook put it all together last season and should be a top-five back in drafts again this year.
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Posted 4/09/2020 10:17 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook said Thursday, April 9, he'd like to stick with the team for the foreseeable future. 'I definitely love Minnesota,' said Cook. 'I love everything the state has to bring. Being a kid, I was drafted (in 2017) from Miami (his hometown), so I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I actually am happy where I'm at, and I would like to be in Minnesota long term. ... It's all about what the person believes in, what the owners believe in, the GM believes in, and I firmly think the Vikings believe in me.'
Huddle Up: Cook said in the same interview he considers himself to be the best running back in the NFL. Entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, the 24-year-old has yet to play a 16-game season. He rushed for a career-high 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns across 14 games in 2019 while adding 519 yards as a receiver. He's a strong RB1 in all formats, whether or not the Vikes add a top receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft.
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Posted 4/06/2020 8:22 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith could have a bigger role in the passing game next season because of the trade of WR Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Smith had a decent rookie season with 311 yards and two touchdowns. He should receive more targets next season and could be a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 4/06/2020 2:21 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook was tied for second in the league and tops among running backs with seven drops in 2019.
Huddle Up: Cook was 13th in targets at the position, and he caught 53 balls for 519 yards and no touchdowns. So he'll need to clean the drops up a bit. Otherwise, he was a stellar RB1 in PPR formats.
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Posted 4/05/2020 2:12 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith could see his target share increase in 2020 following the trade of WR Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills and the hiring of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, in the opinion Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. In Kubiak's 21 seasons as a coach or coordinator, tight ends have received an average of 23 percent of the targets.
Huddle Up: Smith had a pedestrian rookie year, finishing with 36 catches for 311 yards. Those numbers should improve in 2020, but as long as fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph also remains in the mix, Smith's upside is going to be limited. He's more of a dynasty asset at this point.
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Posted 3/25/2020 3:51 pm UTC
Unrestricted free-agent WR Tajae Sharpe (Titans) is signing a one-year deal Wednesday, March 25, with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source. Financial terms were undisclosed. He likely will be the No. 2 receiver opposite WR Adam Thielen.
Huddle Up: It is unclear whether the bit about being No. 2 is from Rapoport or his source, but it stands to reason the mostly untested Sharpe will see some competition, likely from second-year WR Bisi Johnson. Watch this one play out in the offseason, but for now, Sharpe's name can be stashed away as a potential sleeper WR3.
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Posted 3/17/2020 6:13 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has had some talks with the team regarding a contract extension as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. Those discussions are expected to get more serious later in the free agency period, according to sources Tuesday, March 17.
Huddle Up: The Vikings handed out an extension to QB Kirk Cousins Monday, March 16, but the offense is fully expected to keep running through Cook. He ran for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns over 14 games last season, while adding 53 receptions for 519 yards. He's a mid-level RB1, and his role should only grow following the trade of WR Stefon Diggs.
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Posted 3/16/2020 2:29 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins agreed to a two-year contract extension Monday, March 16, according to agent Mike McCartney. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Cousins threw 26 touchdowns and only six picks, but he was 19th in fantasy points among quarterbacks. He'll be a high-end to midrange QB2 in fantasy drafts.
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