Latavius Murray - RBPosted 8/20/17 6:34am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is expected to play in the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 27, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. He had missed both of the team's first two exhibition contests.
Huddle Up: Murray will split time in the backfield with Dalvin Cook this season and is expected to be used primarily as a ball carrier. He should be viewed as a RB3 or flex option in most fantasy formats.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 8/19/17 8:42am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught four of his five targets for 65 yards versus the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Diggs took advantage of a busted zone coverage to break off a 39-yard catch-and-run, but it was clear he was the primary target for Sam Bradford in this one. The third-year receiver broke out in 2016 with 84 receptions despite missing three games and is well on his way to becoming a consistent 100-catch receiver if he can stay healthy. He is a high-end WR2 in PPR leagues despite an inability to find the end zone only seven times thus far in his career.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 8/18/17 10:25pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed seven times for 40 yards Friday, Aug. 18, in a 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: A strong Seahawks defense was largely the thing that held the Vikings running game in check, with just 71 yards on 17 carries. Cook was drafted with the idea he would break the running game open, and he should be considered as a mid-range RB2 candidate. He will have some solid outings.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 8/11/17 12:17pm ET
Minnesota Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook has impressed the team with his receiving skills throughout the spring and during training camp. '(Cook's work in the passing game has) been tremendous throughout (training) camp, and I think it?s something that we noticed pretty early on during (spring drills). He continued to show it throughout the camp, and I think he?s going to be a valuable asset, not only in the run game, but I think we?re going to be able to utilize him in the pass game,' quarterback Sam Bradford said.
Huddle Up: Cook was bottled up as a runner in his preseason debut Thursday (five carries, 13 yards), but his four catches for 30 yards bodes in just over a quarter of work is a tangible sign Minnesota likes what he can do as a receiver. He is an incredibly explosive rusher to boot, so he should have no problem breaking off a few long runs during the season even if his line only shows a modest improvement over last year. Cook should be viewed as a high-end RB2 in all formats.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 8/10/17 5:04pm ET
Minnesota Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook rushed five times for 13 yards and finished with four catches for 30 yards before calling it a day in the team's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Cook was featured as Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon were held out, and he did nothing to disappoint, even if the rushing numbers are on the low end. The Vikings have been consistent in saying they want a committee backfield, but Cook could potentially turn himself into a feature back with a strong preseason. Cook is a value pick at his current fourth-round ADP and possess RB1 upside if he can run away with the job.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 8/8/17 8:48pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Latavius Murray (ankle) was limited during practice Tuesday, Aug. 8, and said he is not traveling with the team for their preseason game Thursday, Aug. 10. He said he is not sure if he will play in the second preseason game but knows he will be ready for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Murray just started practicing this week, so it is not known when he will be able to play in a game. He is expected to share playing time with Dalvin Cook this season and probably will be used mostly as a ball carrier. Murray could be used as a No. 3 running back or flex option this season.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 8/7/17 12:57pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 7.
Huddle Up: Look for the Vikings to take it easy with their new running back leading up to the regular season. Dalvin Cook has impressed so far and should stay ahead of Murray, but Murray is ideal for short-yardage and goal-line situations. That being said, Cook has low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 potential, with Murray slotting as more of a flex play.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 8/7/17 2:52pm ET
Minnesota Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook is listed as the starting running back on the Vikings' initial depth chart.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, especially with Latavius Murray just coming off the PUP list. If he can maintain his starting status and be involved in the passing game, there's no reason Cook can't end his first season as an RB2.
Laquon Treadwell - WRPosted 8/7/17 7:03pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell (leg) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 7, and has missed five straight practices.
Huddle Up: Owners should keep an eye on the situation to see when Treadwell will be able to return to practice. Treadwell is expected to have a bigger role in the offense this season but probably will be behind several other pass catchers in terms of targets. Treadwell probably can be a No. 5 receiver for owners in most leagues if healthy.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 8/4/17 9:26am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has stood out in a number of areas throughout training camp, and one area he has stood out the most is pass protection, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. 'He has a really great foundation coming from Florida State, so he understands the big picture, he understands our terminology as to who we?re blocking and he really has a good feel for the game. I don?t see any elements of running back play that he can?t be very good at, and pass protection is one of them,' Shurmur said.
Huddle Up: The Vikings' plan entering the season was to use Latavius Murray, Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon in a committee, but Murray has yet to take the field for any practice since he signed while the rookie continues to create separation from McKinnon. Cook seems poised for at least 200 touches the season and should be considered strongly among the top 15 backs in fantasy.
Laquon Treadwell - WRPosted 8/3/17 4:56pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell (leg) missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, Aug. 3, because of a leg injury. Treadwell said he suffered the injury when he was running routes and not when he was involved in a fight with S Antone Exum during practice earlier this week.
Huddle Up: It appears Treadwell is dealing with a minor injury and probably will return to practice in the near future. He had a disappointing rookie season with one catch for 15 yards but will have a bigger role in the passing game this season. Owners probably should consider Treadwell as a No. 5 receiver at this point.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 8/3/17 4:41pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) said he has two encouraging individual workouts this week and believes he is close to taking part in practice. Murray has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list since the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Murray is expected to be a part of a committee at the position with Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon also on the roster. Murray probably will be used mostly as a ball carrier and will only see a few targets in the passing game. Owners will need to keep an eye on his role during the preseason to see how he will be used. He could be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back depending on his role.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 8/3/17 5:06pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (leg) fully participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: McKinnon is expected to be behind Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray on the depth chart this season and will see limited playing time. Owners probably can avoid McKinnon in all leagues.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 7/31/17 11:42am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) does not have a specific timetable for when he will return from the Physically Unable to Perform list, although he did say it would be before the regular season starts.
Huddle Up: The longer Murray is on the PUP list the more of a concern his availability is. Cook gains value every day Murray isn't activated. Cook is expected to start anyway, but expect Murray to vulture some touchdowns and to be used more as he becomes healthier.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 7/30/17 8:45pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook saw a majority of the first-team reps in practice Saturday, July 29, and head coach Mike Zimmer said Cook 'has shown a lot of really good things so far.'
Huddle Up: Cook continues to earn high marks, and with Latavius Murray battling an ankle injury, Cook could end up being the Week 1 starter. At this point, he has enough upside to grab as a RB2, especially in keeper formats.
Adam Thielen - WRPosted 7/28/17 7:21pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (undisclosed) practiced Friday, July 28, after leaving Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury.
Huddle Up: Thielen emerged as one of Sam Braford's favorite targets last year and nearly reached 1,000 yards. Consider him a WR4 candidate with flex potential in PPR leagues.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 7/28/17 7:35pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (leg) did not practice Friday, July 28.
Huddle Up: Minnesota added Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook to the backfield, so McKinnon could struggle to find a meaningful role this year. He is merely a late-round flier at this point.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 7/24/17 8:46am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) isn't doing much at camp Monday, July 24.
Huddle Up: Murray's offseason ankle surgery has slowed him and allowed rookie Dalvin Cook to potentially usurp him atop the depth chart. Both with be in the RB3 category in fantasy drafts.
Sam Bradford - QBPosted 7/23/17 3:09pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford said he is in a better situation this season than he was last season because he had an entire offseason to practice with the team and has a better understanding of the offense.
Huddle Up: The Vikings acquired Bradford a week before the start of the 2016 season, but he still had a decent season with 3,877 yards and 20 touchdowns. He will have a chance to improve on those stats in 2017 since he will know the offense better. Owners probably should consider Bradford as a No. 2 quarterback as most fantasy leagues.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 7/23/17 7:26pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was one of the veterans to show up with the rookies for an early start to training camp Sunday, July 23. 'It'll be helpful for me just being here,' Murray said. 'I'm happy to be able to dive back into the playbook, and again, I want to learn it as much as I can, inside and out, so when I'm back on the field I'm able to play fast.'
Huddle Up: Murray has been limited this offseason by an ankle injury, which could allow rookie Dalvin Cook to close the gap. Both backs should be viewed as RB3 candidates for now, but Cook has the higher ceiling.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 7/18/17 6:46pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook may be a candidate to return kicks if special teams coach Mike Priefer has his way, although Priefer acknowledges the decision ultimately lies with head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: It is very uncommon for a lead back - much less a potential featured one - to play on special teams, so if reports begin to surface he is returning kicks during camp, it would be a clear sign Minnesota intends to use a split backfield. That is unlikely to happen, however, so Cook should be targeted as a high-upside RB2.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 7/16/17 11:31am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook broke loose for a run of 50 or more yards 10 times during his Florida State career, and while the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Matt Vensel believes the Vikings might not ask him to take on 300 carries as a rookie, Vensel will also not rule it out.
Huddle Up: Much will depend on how quickly Cook is trusted in pass protection, because projected backup Latavius Murray has a reputation as a good blocker. The No. 41 overall pick in April has allowed his coaches and teammates alike thus far and seems very much on track to be the Week 1 starter. Cook should be considered a strong RB2 with low-end RB1 upside.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 7/14/17 1:18pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Floyd has had some off the field problems over the last year and will miss the first month of the season because of the suspension. Floyd had some value when he signed with the Vikings but probably can be avoided in fantasy leagues now. Adam Thielen could see more targets this season and can be a No. 3 receiver in leagues.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 7/13/17 11:17am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has been working out without a brace on his surgically repaired knee. The extent of Bridgewater's workout regimen and timetable has not been fully disclosed, however, and he could begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater will have to watch Sam Bradford quarterback the Vikings until he is fully recovered. That may be later this season or that may be next season. Either way, Bridgewater's value in the fantasy realm is nil right now.
Sam Bradford - QBPosted 7/12/17 7:31pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford had the highest adjusted completion percentage on deep passes of 20 yards or more in 2016, converting on 57.4 percent of such throws. Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (57.1 percent) and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (56.1 percent) finished second and third, respectively.
Huddle Up: A common misconception about Bradford is that his completion percentage is only so high because he throws so many short passes, but this stat should disprove that. Either way, the fact remains that the former No. 1 overall draft pick had a really good showing in his first year with the Vikings, and shouldn't be overlooked by owners who elect to choose their QB1 late in deeper drafts.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 7/11/17 8:50am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook, a versatile, quick back is built to succeed under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Shurmur has leaned toward using one back more than a committee style in his career. With RB Latavius Murray (ankle) still recovering from offseason ankle surgery, Cook is in a prime position to usurp him as the lead back.
Huddle Up: This will be one of the most interesting competitions to watch moving forward. Murray was inked to a three-year, $15 million deal in the offseason to be the guy. However, Cook slid in the draft, and the team moved up to take him in the second round. Cook has the tools and the opportunity to be the lead back, but Murray still has some say in the situation. Murray has likely fallen into the RB3 mix with Cook, but if push comes to shove, Cook has to be the better option for fantasy purposes due to upside.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 7/11/17 8:51am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is losing his grip on the starting job due to the addition of RB Dalvin Cook. Murray has missed the entire offseason recovering from ankle surgery, and Cook's blend of speed and versatility coincides with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's stylistic history at the position.
Huddle Up: Murray was an RB2 when he signed in the offseason, but Cook's arrival has to demote Murray into the RB3 range in fantasy. Cook has upside in the system as an RB3, but Murray has the advantage in experience. This will be a battle to keep a close eye on moving forward.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 7/11/17 5:34pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph finished with 24 targets inside the red zone last year, including 10 inside the 10. Both marks were the best among tight ends.
Huddle Up: To put Rudolph's numbers inside the 20 and 10 into perspective, he saw more targets than Odell Beckham Jr. from both distances (24-21 and 10-9), caught more such passes than OBJ (14-9 and 6-4) and matched him at both levels in touchdowns. Perhaps the Vikings' talent upgrades along the offensive line will reduce their need to throw so quickly and lessen their dependence on Rudolph outside the 20, but he is a solid midrange TE1 and should remain the team's top option in the red zone.
Sam Bradford - QBPosted 7/8/17 7:22pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford was the most accurate passer under pressure and most accurate on throws over 20 yards last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: While those statistics are encouraging, it doesn't change the fact that he plays in a dink-and-dump passing attack. Bradford projects as a low-upside QB2.
Laquon Treadwell - WRPosted 6/30/17 8:59pm ET
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur believes he can utilize his weapons more effectively with a full offseason in his role, and Conor Orr of NFL.com thinks WR Laquon Treadwell could be one of the main beneficiaries.
Huddle Up: Treadwell has yet to make an impact in the NFL, but the former first-round pick has enough potential to take a chance on as a WR5.
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