Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
NFC North | 7-9-0
Avg PTS
26.9
Rank: 11th
Avg Yds
409.3
Rank: 1st
Avg PYds
266.6
Rank: 12th
Avg RYds
142.7
Rank: 4th
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Posted 1/04/2021 5:50 am UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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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Posted 12/26/2020 1:26 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 73 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16. He also caught two passes for 12 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Cook failed to rush for 100 yards for the first time in four games but extended his touchdown streak to three games. He is one of the better running backs in the NFL when healthy and should be a must-start option next week.
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Posted 12/26/2020 1:24 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins went 27-for-41 for 291 yards and three touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Cousins has thrown for three touchdowns in four of his last six games and has thrown for at least 270 yards in five of those games. He will be facing the Detroit Lions next week and could be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/25/2020 12:08 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 24, and has been ruled out for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Dalvin Cook will receive most of the snaps at running back with Mattison sidelined and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/24/2020 6:28 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) on Thursday, Dec. 24, was ruled out of the team's Week 16 game Friday against the New Orleans Saints with a foot injury.
Huddle Up: Rudolph will miss his third straight game, putting Irv Smith on the TE2 radar again. Smith has caught 7-of-8 targets for 100 yards and a TD over the last two games.
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Posted 12/24/2020 2:48 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson used an expletive while shouting at QB Kirk Cousins on an incompletion during the Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears, and the complaint was audible on the FOX broadcast. However, the rookie reached out on social media to defend his actions, and several teammates spoke about it as well. 'One of the most selfless people that I've been around as a receiver. Just goes out there, handles his job, grinds, competitive,' WR Adam Thielen said. 'Obviously wants the football, wants to help the team win, but man, he's a great teammate.'
Huddle Up: Jefferson has registered 1,182 receiver yards, first in the NFL among rookies, and he will join RB Dalvin Cook as one of two Vikings to make the NFC Pro Bowl roster. He has set a franchise single-season rookie record with 73 receptions, and he has two games left to break the receiving yards mark of 1,313. Jefferson has emerged as a must-start fantasy option in all formats.
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Posted 12/21/2020 2:39 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught two of his three targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in a 33-27 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 15.
Huddle Up: Thielen's reception and yardage totals have fluctuated more than usual this season, but he has shown a nose for the end zone. He has scored 13 touchdowns in 13 games, scoring at least once in nine separate contests. Thielen's touchdown potential should keep him in starting lineups in all formats.
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Posted 12/21/2020 2:35 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed 24 times for 132 yards and a touchdown and caught all five of his targets for 27 yards in a 33-27 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 15.
Huddle Up: The workhorse back went over 100 yards for the third straight game and eighth time this season, and Cook has topped 60 rushing yards in every game since the opener. Even with a tough New Orleans defense looming in Week 16, Cook has the potential to a carry a fantasy lineup.
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Posted 12/21/2020 2:29 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson broke Randy Moss' single-season franchise record for receptions by a rookie, finishing with eight catches on 11 targets for 104 yards in a 33-27 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 15.
Huddle Up: It was Jefferson's sixth 100-yard effort of the season, and he has reached 70 receiving yards in five of his last six games. He draws a tough matchup against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16, but the rookie will still offer WR2 upside.
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Posted 12/19/2020 12:50 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 18, but is listed as questionable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Mattison has a good chance to play this week but probably will see limited touches during the game. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/19/2020 12:48 am UTC
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 18, and has been ruled out for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Irv Smith should see a few more targets with Rudolph sidelined and has played well recently. Smith can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in some leagues.
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Posted 12/18/2020 1:50 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (illness) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: Mattison appears to have a decent chance to be available for the Week 15 game. He would see a handful of touches if he plays and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/18/2020 1:48 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: It appears like Rudolph will miss another game, so Irv Smith will see a decent amount of targets against the Chicago Bears. Smith is coming off one of his best games of the season and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in leagues.
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Posted 12/16/2020 10:00 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (illness) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Huddle Up: Mattison hasn't played since Week 12 and has a total of five carries for just 16 yards in his last three games. He isn't a factor when Dalvin Cook is in the lineup, despite some strong performances in the middle of the season.
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Posted 12/14/2020 2:32 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson registered four grabs for 39 yards on a team-high eight targets in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: The rookie had emerged as a reliable fantasy receiver in most formats, but this was a mediocre performance when fantasy owners definitely needed him the most. He can still be trusted as a WR3 or flex fantasy option heading into Week 15 against the Chicago Bears.
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Posted 12/14/2020 2:29 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen had just three grabs for 39 yards on four targets in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Thielen's performance was a major bummer for fantasy owners who have ridden him to three straight outstanding showings. He remains a must-start heading into Week 15 against the Chicago Bears, especially for PPR owners. He had four grabs for 43 yards and two scores in the first meeting in Chicago back in Week 10.
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Posted 12/14/2020 2:27 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. had four receptions for a game-high 63 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Smith was filling in for the injured Kyle Rudolph (foot), and he showed what he can do as a starter and it was quite impressive. Smith is the future in Minneapolis, and he could be a sneaky fantasy play in seasonal leagues and DFS heading into Week 15 against the Bears if he starts again.
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Posted 12/14/2020 2:23 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed 22 times for 102 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he added two grabs for eight yards on four targets.
Huddle Up: Cook visited the end zone for the first time since Week 11 against the Cowboys, which was good news. He also didn't fumble for a second straight game after some buttery finger in a three-game stretch in November. He remains an obvious fantasy must-start heading into Week 15 against the Chicago Bears.
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Posted 12/14/2020 2:20 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 24-of-37 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he rushed five times for 41 yards.
Huddle Up: Cousins crushed fantasy owners who banked on him staying hot, as he entered with three straight 300-yard games and three touchdowns in each outing. He should still be treated as more of a QB2 heading into Week 15 against the Chicago Bears. He had 292 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting in Week 10 in Chicago.
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Posted 12/13/2020 5:18 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) is not active for Week 14's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Rudolph had been listed as doubtful on the injury report after being unable to practice at all during the week, so it is little surprise that he will not play versus the Bucs. TE Irv Smith (back) will be active for the game but will be performing at less than 100 percent, so fantasy owners should look elsewhere for more reliable options this week.
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