Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 4/28/17 4:56pm ET
The Minnesota Vikings selected Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Cook should have a role in the offense as a rookie even though the team has Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon on the roster. Cook can be a No. 4 running back in drafts in 2017 and should be a popular pick in keeper leagues since he has a chance to be at least a No. 2 running back in upcoming years.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 4/26/17 6:43am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is unlikely to have his fifth-year option exercised by the May 2 deadline, according to sources. The Vikings could still re-sign Bridgewater, but they do not appear willing to guarantee his 2018 salary for north of $11 million for injury when the quarterback is still trying to make it back from a catastrophic knee injury that has derailed other NFL players' careers.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater is probably not someone you can expect to see the first half of the season, if at all in 2017.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/25/17 5:12am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) has agreed to an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, April 25.
Huddle Up: Peterson isn't expected to be the lead back with Mark Ingram expected to serve in that role. However, Peterson's presence will hurt Ingram's fantasy prowess as no more than an RB2. As for AD, he's little more than an RB3 in this situation. Both backs have a lengthy injury history of late, and if one went down, the other would benefit in a big way.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/25/17 5:41am ET
Updating an earlier report, New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson landed a two-year, $7 million deal. He's guaranteed $3.5 million in 2017, which includes a $1 million salary and a $2.5 million signing bonus. The 2018 compensation is $3.5 million, and none of which is guaranteed. It includes $2.4 million in total roster bonuses (which includes a $750,000 roster bonus earned on third day of free agency plus $1.65 million in per-game roster bonuses), a $1.05 million salary and a $50,000 workout bonus.
Huddle Up: Peterson will be the 1B fiddle to Mark Ingram, and neither back should be valued higher than an RB2 if both backs remain healthy. Peterson falls into the RB3 range because he doesn't catch many passes and is 32 years old.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 4/25/17 10:09am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) said there's no timetable for his return, but he's hoping to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Murray doesn't have a lot to fend off for touches in Minnesota, and if he can stay healthy, he's a solid RB2 option in fantasy.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 4/25/17 11:57am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) blames himself for the health issues he went through last year. He said he's taking steps this offseason to try to prevent himself from missing time again this year after missing three games in 2016.
Huddle Up: Diggs will remain the Vikings' No. 1 wide receiver even with the breakout season Adam Thielen had. Health is a concern, though, as Diggs has missed three games in each of his first two seasons. He has WR2 potential, but the poor health makes him more of a WR3 option.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 4/25/17 12:37pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) remains without a timetable as he continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and dislocated knee. General manager Rick Spielman did say that Bridgewater had a great first week of offseason activities.
Huddle Up: Whether or not Bridgewater will be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 season remains to be seen, but he may not even start even if he is ready. That being said, neither Sam Bradford nor Bridgewater should be drafted as QB1.
Sam Bradford - QBPosted 4/25/17 11:22am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford has not talked about a possible contract extension with the Vikings yet. Bradford added that he's not going to sweat his current status.
Huddle Up: We don't even know who will be starting for Minnesota next season between Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. It would be unwise for the Vikings to give an expensive extension to Bradford at this point as he could merely be their backup. Whoever starts will be in backup fantasy quarterback territory anyway.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/25/17 3:36pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson will blend well with fellow RB Mark Ingram and will have a clear role in the Saints' offense, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: That role remains unclear for now, but we are in the beginning stages of the offseason. Peterson has plenty of time to get used to his new offense and the like. The likeliest scenario is that Peterson will serve as more of a ground-and-pound back, while Ingram plays more of a pass-catching role (96 catches the last two years). Ingram does have the most fantasy appeal of the two, but his value clearly takes a hit with Peterson there. That said, view Ingram as an RB2 and Peterson as an RB3.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/24/17 12:41pm ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is coming close to a deal with the New Orleans Saints that would pay him $3 million this year, according to sources. The deal is not done, but it is looking optimistic.
Huddle Up: This move would definitely put a damper on Mark Ingram's fantasy value. Ingram has RB1 upside, but the addition of Peterson would put him into RB2 territory at least, although, Ingram could be used in more of a pass-catching role in this case. He has shown receiving prowess in previous seasons (96 catches the last two seasons). As for Peterson, he would be no more than an RB3 candidate at 32 years old and after missing nearly two full seasons in the last three years.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/24/17 1:56pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram would still be the lead running back even if free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) signed with the Saints, according to The New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill.
Huddle Up: Ingram's stock would take a hit, but he will remain the Saints' most appealing fantasy running back if the Peterson signing does come to fruition. As stated earlier, Ingram and Peterson should be viewed as an RB2 and RB3, respectively, if they are both healthy and if Peterson signs.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/23/17 6:49am ET
The New York Giants are one of several teams continuing to keep close tabs on free-agent RBs LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) and Adrian Peterson (Vikings), in the hopes that their salary demands will go down prior to the draft.
Huddle Up: Neither Blount nor Peterson should be viewed as prominent RB1 options in most fantasy formats. Blount is 30 and unlikely to duplicate his 18-touchdown performance from last season regardless of where he lands, while Peterson is 32 and has sustained multiple major knee injuries over the last three years.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/14/17 10:59am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) reportedly had a good visit with the New Orleans Saints earlier this week. Although he left without a deal, the door isn't closed on something happening down the line, according to the New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill.
Huddle Up: Underhill reports it is unclear whether the two sides talked money and warns Peterson may have to accept the same $3.7 million Mark Ingram is set to make in 2017 in order to sign in New Orleans. Furthermore, Underhill believes Peterson would begin the season as Ingram's backup. Look for AP's market to pick up a bit after the draft is over at the end of this month, but it is becoming increasingly likely his days of being a fantasy force are over.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/13/17 7:39am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) impressed the New England Patriots, appearing fast and explosive in a recent workout. The New Orleans Saints could seek to sign him before the NFL draft if the financials can be worked out.
Huddle Up: Peterson is at an advanced age for the position, and he hasn't been much of a receiver. Both of these really limit his fantasy value to the tail end of the RB2 range.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/13/17 10:25am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is not expected to sign with anyone before the NFL draft. Prospective teams will continue to monitor his status, however.
Huddle Up: It's hard to sign a 32-year-old running back who has practically missed two full seasons over the last three years. The upcoming running back draft class is stellar, too, which indubitably plays a factor in teams' interest in Peterson. Even if/when he signs, he'll be part of a committee. His days of being a prominent RB1 are likely gone.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/11/17 11:01pm ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) met with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, April 11. Although he did not sign a deal the visit went well, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, and the two sides will keep in touch.
Huddle Up: At this point it seems unlikely Peterson will find a home before the NFL Draft where teams will get a better feel for what their 2017 roster will look like. Obviously a backfield pairing with Drew Brees would be intriguing, but until AD signs somewhere on the dotted line it's all speculation.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/9/17 4:02pm ET
Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) participated in a workout during his visit with the New England Patriots Monday, April 3.
Huddle Up: Peterson has received interest from a few teams this offseason but has not signed a deal yet. He may not be able to handle a full workload like he did in the past but should receive a solid amount of carries for his new team. He likely would receive most of the carries if he signed with the Patriots and could be a No. 2 fantasy running back.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/6/17 12:19pm ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) will meet with the New Orleans Saints next week.
Huddle Up: This would certainly be an interesting addition to the Saints with Mark Ingram at the head of the running back group. Ingram and Peterson would indubitably form the head of a committee. This could just be another visit that fizzles, though, so keep even keel with both running backs' fantasy value.
Laquon Treadwell - WRPosted 4/6/17 8:45pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has the basics down but still needs to learn 'some of the subtleties' of playing receiver in the NFL, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Treadwell was a non-factor as a rookie. Injuries didn't help, and it sounds like he could need more time to really hit his stride. He is still a valuable piece in dynasty formats, but he is late-round material in redraft leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/3/17 11:13am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) has drawn interest from three to five teams, according to a source. Peterson does not have a set number for a possible contract and he has not turned down any offers.
Huddle Up: Peterson is easily the biggest name left on the free-agent market. His injury history and age are keeping teams away, but not all the gas has been expended. That being said, he will likely be part of a committee if/when he is signed, so don't expect him to reach RB1 status again. His value can be better gauged once we know where he'll be playing.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/3/17 1:12pm ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) left his visit with the New England Patriots without a deal Monday, April 3, according to sources. He could revisit at a later time, however.
Huddle Up: As stated earlier, it's tough to gauge Peterson's fantasy value until he signs with a team, but he will likely be part of a committee. For possibly the first time in his career, he should not be viewed as an RB1.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/2/17 2:58pm ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots Monday, April 3, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have not re-signed LeGarrette Blount at this point, so Peterson is an option to handle that role if he decides to sign with the Patriots. He likely would receive most of the carries but would not have a big role in the passing game. Peterson could be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues if he joins New England.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/1/17 8:38am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is almost certain not to end up signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. At minimum, Tampa Bay appears willing to wait to let a running back-laden draft play out before they make a decision on Doug Martin, according to Stroud.
Huddle Up: Speculation had increased recently Peterson was generating interest from Buccaneers after he was spotted working out with Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston. It makes sense why the team is passing at the moment, especially if we believe recent reports the 32-year-old Peterson was/is asking for $8 million per year. With AP's market remaining cold, he's likely going to need to accept a much lower salary than he wants and hope for a training camp injury to a running back in order to find a job in 2017.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/30/17 7:24am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) was pictured working out with Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston Tuesday, March 28.
Huddle Up: The Bucs have an opening with Doug Martin suspended for the first three games. Peterson is a high-end RB2 option in the right system, and Tampa would be a good one to feature him.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/27/17 5:40pm ET
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn would not say if the team is pursuing free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) but does believe Peterson can still play.
Huddle Up: The Lions have been using a committee at running back but do not have a running back like Peterson on their roster. He likely would receive most of the carries if he signs with the Lions but may not see much work in the passing game. Peterson could be a low-end No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues if he joins the Lions.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/25/17 6:04am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) said he is willing to wait to sign with a team because he is looking for the best fit for him and a chance to win the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Peterson has not met with any teams at this point and has not been linked with a lot of teams, so owners will need to continue to monitor the situation. It is not known what role he will have with his new team, but he could be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 running back if he receives most of the carries.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/24/17 9:34am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) was reportedly close to making a visit with the Green Bay Packers before they decided his initial asking price was too high, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: It's too bad, as Peterson would have been a nice fit as a powerful, early-down thumper for a Packers' attack who needs the element in their offense. Look for Green Bay to turn its attention to backs like Oklahoma's Samaje Perine and BYU's Jamaal Williams next month in the 2017 NFL Draft in order to fill the void. Peterson will almost certainly need the lower his asking price in order to get a job before training camp.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/24/17 11:42am ET
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) reportedly wanted more than $8 million in the first year of any contract he signed during the initial wave of free agency.
Huddle Up: If true, this report explains the main reason AP is still unemployed. Eddie Lacy landed a one-year deal worth $5.5 million and Latavius Murray's three-year contract averages out to $5 million per year, and both are considerably younger and more useful in the passing game than Peterson. With a draft class heavy in talent at his position, the 32-year-old will likely need to cut his asking price in half to get a bite in free agency.
Adam Thielen - WRPosted 3/23/17 8:43am ET
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen signed a four-year deal worth $19.246 million with $6.746 million in the first year.
Huddle Up: Thielen had a 69-967-5 year in 2016 as he emerged onto the fantasy radar. There will be some questions regarding whether he can build on it, but he's in the WR4 mix in fantasy.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 3/22/17 3:54pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) underwent ankle surgery Wednesday, March 22, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. The Vikings knew Murray would need surgery before they sign him.
Huddle Up: Murray likely will miss all of the offseason workouts but should be on the field for the first training camp practice. Murray should receive most of the touches in the running game next season and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues.
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