Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 6/19/17 8:14am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook flashed his speed in minicamp last week and is a fast, long strider in the open field.
Huddle Up: Cook will try to eat into Latavius Murray's touches, and Murray has dealt with injuries the last couple of years. Cook might be an upside RB3 in PPR leagues if he continues to ascend.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 6/18/17 9:17am ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is doing a better job as a blocker, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Following a two-year stretch in which he played a total of 17 games, Rudolph has put together back-to-back full seasons and broke out last year with 83 catches for 840 yards - both career highs - and seven touchdowns. However, he graded out poorly as a run blocker, so this is a good sign for his current and future owners, as any improvement in that area should keep him on the field more than he already is. He is a midrange TE1 in fantasy.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 6/16/17 8:27pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd said Thursday, June 15, that he still has plenty of work to do in order to be comfortable with the offense before training camp begins in July.
Huddle Up: Floyd is trying to claim the No. 3 receiver role, but even if he wins the job, he is unlikely to have any consistent value in Minnesota's limited passing attack.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 6/15/17 12:31pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Murray's injury, recovery and the presence of Dalvin Cook make him an iffy fantasy player for 2016. While Murray will be involved in a committee with Cook, assuming he's healthy, he can't be viewed as more than a weekly flex option.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 6/15/17 2:37pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has a chance to be a special player, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring,' Zimmer said.
Huddle Up: Cook is only in his first NFL offseason, but the potential is apparent. He'll be part of a committee with Latavius Murray, at least to start the season, but Cook is the favorite to be the Vikings' most valuable fantasy running back. The rookie has low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 appeal.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 6/8/17 12:40pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is out of his walking boot and is expected to begin running unassisted in about a week. Murray said he feels great and that already dealing with the same surgery earlier in his career has helped his rehabilitation. The newly acquired running back anticipates being ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Murray was acquired this offseason to kind of take over for Adrian Peterson, but Dalvin Cook is favored by many pundits to be Minnesota's main back. It will be a committee, assuming Murray is healthy, but Cook does have more upside. Drafting the rookie as an RB3 isn't ludicrous, while Murray is more of a flex selection.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 6/1/17 9:12pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs stated he was 'never the same' after sustaining a groin injury in Week 4 last season. 'Stuff like that is on me, staying healthy,' he admitted Wednesday, May 31.
Huddle Up: Despite this, Diggs still managed to post some impressive performances, especially during a three-game stretch from late-October into mid-November in which he logged a whopping 34 catches for 320 yards and a score. Diggs will enter the new campaign with notable potential, being quarterback Sam Bradford's most-targeted receiver. If he stays healthy, he can be a very consistent weapon in fantasy.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 6/1/17 1:55pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray's (ankle) goal is to be recovered well enough from his ankle surgery that he is able to participate in training camp. Murray said he's going to trust the process, not rush the process, and that he is on track to return for camp at some point.
Huddle Up: Murray's stock really took a hit this offseason with the injury, surgery and Dalvin Cook being drafted. If Murray isn't able to get back to full health by the time the regular season starts, he could be taken over by Cook sooner rather than later. Either way, Murray will be splitting time with Cook and can't be trusted as more than an RB3 or flex.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 5/31/17 2:13pm ET
Minnesota Vikings second-round draft choice RB Dalvin Cook signed his four-year contract Wednesday, May 31. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Cook likely will not start as a rookie but should have a solid role in the offense in 2017. He probably should be considered a No. 4 running back in standard fantasy leagues but will be a popular pick in keeper leagues since he should be the starter in the near future.
Laquon Treadwell - WRPosted 5/30/17 5:32pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has pronounced himself fully healed and 'looks healthy' according to CB Xavier Rhodes, one season after Treadwell battled foot, hamstring and finger injuries. 'He looks healthy. (He's) coming out of his breaks good, moving his weight really well, turning his hips when he needs to turn his hips. Breaking down, not taking too many steps in his break. He?s turned around tremendously,' Rhodes said.
Huddle Up: Treadwell has been running with the first-team offense in camp and drawn his fair share of praise from coaches and teammates alike. The 2016 first-round pick has work to do with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen seemingly locked into starting jobs, but the Vikings have room on their offense for a big receiver who can dominate in the red zone. Treadwell could easily surprise and be useful as a WR4 or WR5 in fantasy this season.
Adam Thielen - WRPosted 5/29/17 8:40pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen said he is dedicated in proving his breakout performance this past season wasn't a fluke. 'I'm waiting until I'm done playing to reflect,' Thielen said at the club's organized team activities last week. 'I've got too much to work on, too many big goals, to reflect on anything. I'm just going to come out here every day and try to get better and bring the same mindset I've brought since I got to the league.'
Huddle Up: Thielen had only 20 catches combined in his first two seasons prior to recording 69 receptions for 967 yards and five touchdowns during the 2016 campaign, so this is certainly encouraging to hear that he won't be content with that. He's a fine bet to keep it going through next year as one of Sam Bradford's most trusted targets, especially if Stefon Diggs is hampered by injury issues again.
Laquon Treadwell - WRPosted 5/25/17 11:36am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is having a good offseason so far, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Treadwell has been 'on point' from a mental standpoint. He has done well route-running, catching the ball and blocking, too. Shurmur said he's pleased with the progress Treadwell has made from a year ago.
Huddle Up: Treadwell will be playing behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and will have to fight off Michael Floyd and Jarius Wright for playing time. On top of that, he's in one of the more underwhelming passing offenses in the NFL. The second-year receiver is no more than a late-round flier.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 5/25/17 8:50pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook isn't working with the first-team offense yet but is fitting in nicely, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. 'He's a very instinctive runner,' Shurmur said. 'He'll get his foot down and gets up the field. He's actually pretty instinctive when it comes to who to block in pass protection and he catches the ball extremely well.'
Huddle Up: Murray should be a first-round pick in rookie drafts, but competition from Latavius Murray will make him more of a RB3 in redraft formats with more upside in PPR formats.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 5/25/17 11:37pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd's one-year deal that contains no guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. That means the team has no financial commitment to Floyd should he fail to make the final cut.
Huddle Up: Floyd teased for years in Arizona as part of a much better passing attack. There are certainly opportunities to earn snaps in Minnesota, but it's unlikely Floyd will do enough to return meaningful value. He's best left on waivers.
Laquon Treadwell - WRPosted 5/24/17 9:36pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has reported the run with the first-team offense alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen during OTAs, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune's Matt Vensel.
Huddle Up: Treadwell is likely getting the nod over Michael Floyd given his experience in Pat Shurmur's system and the fact he is last year's first-round pick. The Vikings obviously want to see Treadwell succeed following his injury-ravaged rookie campaign, but Floyd will get his shot if things don't fall into place for Treadwell in 2017. Dynasty leaguers should hold Treadwell for now, but redraft owners are advised to pass.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 5/23/17 3:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) participated in some drop back passes during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23. Bridgewater's injured knee was in a brace and as he continues to rehabilitate from surgery.
Huddle Up: There's no telling when Bridgewater will be back to full health and be able to take the field again. In the meantime, Sam Bradford will continue to start. And while he is coming off a career year, Bradford's numbers just aren't good enough for him to be considered a QB1.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 5/21/17 7:34pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd won't have any issues picking up the offensive system, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Even if Floyd earns steady playing time, he is going to have a tough time providing much fantasy value as part of a Minnesota offense that relies on shorter throws. You can leave him on the waiver wire.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 5/18/17 6:49pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd will begin practicing next week after having the remainder of his 96-day house arrest transferred from Arizona to Minnesota, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Floyd could claim the No. 3 receiver job in Minnesota, but being the third or fourth option in a dink-and-dump passing game doesn't translate to a lot of fantasy appeal. He is just a late-round flier.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 5/10/17 7:39pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RBs Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook are expected to engage in a 'heated competition' and, eventually, forge an established committee to replace Adrian Peterson, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Andrew Krammer.
Huddle Up: The competition can't begin in earnest until training camp, when Murray is expected to be ready after undergoing ankle surgery in March. Based on talent alone, Cook should be considered the frontrunner, but Minnesota was more than happy having Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata share touches last season. Cook will most likely lead the backfield in touches, but Murray will probably be the change-of-pace and preferred goal-line option, making both flex options at best.
Dalvin Cook - RBPosted 5/6/17 8:44pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has impressed head coach Mike Zimmer during rookie minicamp. 'He showed acceleration, good feet, good vision, a lot of the same things we saw on tape,' Zimmer said.
Huddle Up: Cook will likely compete with Latavius Murray for touches this season. He is a RB4 in redraft formats, but his long-term upside makes him worth a first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 5/5/17 12:01pm ET
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer did not shed any light on the identity of his team's starting running back - expected to be a two-man battle between Latavius Murray and rookie second-rounder Dalvin Cook - when asked about it Friday, May 5.
Huddle Up: Nor should he. Zimmer is an old-school coach in the first place and naming a starter - or even a leader in the clubhouse - now serves no purpose when he wants his players to earn the job in camp. Murray will almost certainly begin camp atop the depth chart, but Cook figures to reduce his role to more of a short-yardage hammer and goal-line back early in the season. Cook has low-end RB2 upside as a rookie, while Murray may struggle for flex value.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 5/4/17 8:34pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) posted a video of himself going through agility drills Thursday, March 4.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater is still working his way back from a devastating knee injury, and he may not be ready to play at all in 2017. Look for Sam Bradford to open the year as the starter, but he is a mediocre QB2 for fantasy owners.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 5/1/17 12:47pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option will not be picked up, according to a source. Bridgewater is expected to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and will be reevaluated in October.
Huddle Up: The Vikings are Sam Bradford's team going forward. Bradford is coming off a career year in which he threw for 3,877 yards and 20 touchdowns while throwing only five picks. The numbers don't jump off the page, but he was extremely efficient. That being said, Bradford just doesn't produce enough to warrant QB1 consideration.
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.
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