Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 11/13/15 6:15pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 13, and is fully expected to play in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. However, Bridgewater hasn't yet been cleared to return to action by doctors. Zimmer said he doesn't 'have any doubts.' Bridgewater is officially listed as questionable.
Huddle Up: It all looks good here from afar, but with the concussions there is always the chance for a late-week setback so keep monitoring his situation up until game time.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 11/12/15 7:13pm ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) participated fully in practice Thursday, Nov. 12.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater jumped from limited participation Wednesday to full workouts Thursday, the surest sign yet that he'll be able to start Sunday's game in Oakland. Check back Friday to make sure there have been no setbacks.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 11/11/15 5:52pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) was cleared and practiced Wednesday, Nov. 11 on a limited basis.
Huddle Up: Great sign for the Vikings' QB who literally was knocked out out of Sunday's game against the Rams, and barring a setback, he's on track to start Sunday in Oakland.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 11/9/15 4:07pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) should be able to play in Week 10 after passing his first test in the concussion protocol, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: It's good news that Bridgewater passed his first test but he'll still have to be cleared to play. Right now owners should tentatively expect Bridegwater to be under center this week.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 11/6/15 5:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 6, and is probable for the Week 9 game against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: Sounds like the Vikings' rookie will be good to go Sunday against the Rams as he looks to build on his hot start (25-419-2 in his first four games).
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 11/5/15 6:39pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 5.
Huddle Up: The rookie wideout took a step in the right direction after sitting out Wednesday entirely, and his level of participation Friday should reveal a lot more about his status Sunday.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 11/4/15 11:06pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Huddle Up: The injury doesn't appear to be serious but hamstrings can always be tricky. It will be something to be concerned about if Diggs misses practice on Thursday.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 10/30/15 4:10pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (finger, hip, ankle) is expected to face the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 1, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson participated in practice Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game.
Huddle Up: As expected, Peterson was back on the field Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and will be looking for his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing game against the Bears on Sunday.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 10/29/15 7:23pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (finger, hip, ankle) did not practice for a second straight day Thursday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: Although there was no official word, it looks to be just a second straight rest day for Peterson. If he's still out Friday, then it's suddenly time to get concerned.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 10/24/15 9:38pm ET
Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (illness, finger) is still likely to play Sunday, Oct. 25, if his illness doesn't get worse.
Huddle Up: Peterson's status will be updated on Sunday but it looks like he'll be in the starting lineup against Detroit. Owners will want to have another option ready just in case but plan on Peterson playing.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 10/23/15 12:05am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs is expected to remain in the starting lineup even when WR Charles Johnson (ribs) returns to action. Diggs has received first-team repetitions this week in practice ahead of Johnson.
Huddle Up: The fifth-round pick has been targeted 18 times -- resulting in 13 receptions for 216 yards -- over his first two games as a pro and look for the Vikings to keep rolling with what's hot. What's not, meanwhile, is Johnson who caught only six passes for 46 yards before missing the last two contests with the rib injury.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 10/19/15 9:01pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs was one of the starting wide receivers in the team's Week 6 game, but head coach Mike Zimmer said he is not sure if Diggs will keep the starting job.
Huddle Up: The rookie Diggs has been targeted a team-most 18 times in his first two games and has led the team with 13 catches for 216 yards during that span. With Charles Johnson missing the last two contests due to a rib injury and struggling before that, Diggs is going to be tough to unseat.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 10/14/15 6:43pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace said he injured his knee in Week 4 but should be able to play in the Week 6 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: This is new revelation as Wallace has missed the team's two practices this week, and his fantasy owners are going to need to closely monitor his progress over the next two days.
Charles Johnson - WRPosted 10/6/15 5:46pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ribs) left practice after the team stretch Tuesday, Oct. 6. Johnson did not play in Week 4 against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Between his rib injury, the Vikings' run-first shift with the return this season of Adrian Peterson and the productiveness of newcomers Mike Wallace and fifth-round rookie Stefon Diggs, Johnson hasn't been close to living up to his mid-round draft stock. Keep him around if you can spare the roster space in 12- and 14-team leagues to see if something might rekindle, but definitely move on if you need immediate WR help.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 10/5/15 9:01am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs posted six receptions for 87 yards in the Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos. He was targeted 10 times in his season debut.
Huddle Up: Diggs played because Jarius Wright was injured and provided Teddy Bridgewater with a reliable option down the field. His success suggests his role in the Minnesota offense will increase going forward.
Charles Johnson - WRPosted 10/1/15 10:49pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (rib) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: Johnson's disappointing season now has been compounded by his rib issue, and even if he does manage to play, Sunday's matchup with the Broncos' strong secondary is far from ideal and the best spot for him might be on your bench.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/29/15 6:45pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has a tough Week 4 matchup against the Denver Broncos. Denver has allowed just one passing touchdown and only 176.3 passing yards per game through the first three games of the season, which are both league-best marks.
Huddle Up: As covered in this week's Targets, Touches & TDs, the Vikings are, far from shockingly, much more of running team in Bridgewater's second season with the return of a certain former-MVP running back, attempting the fewest passes in the league and throwing only TD pass so far. So just by sheer volume alone, Bridgewater's fantasy value has taken a hit, and this week's brutal matchup just compounds things.
Charles Johnson - WRPosted 9/28/15 8:05pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson's (ribs) status for the Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos is uncertain at this point.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who was a trendy mid-round pick following his strong finish to the 2014 season, only has received eight targets with six receptions for 46 yards in the Vikes' first three games. We'll of course have to wait and see how the WR's week of practice plays but all Minnesota pass-catchers are being limited right now by the team's run-centric approach as Minnesota is averaging the fewest pass attempts (24.7) per game in the league through three weeks.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/17/15 10:26am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was limited to 10 carries by game flow in Week 1, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'You're always trying to get the ball to your best player,' Zimmer said. 'But sometimes game situations dictate other things that happen, so it's just the way that games go sometimes, I think.'
Huddle Up: With all due respect to those who coach in the NFL, it's not rocket science. Getting the ball to Peterson just 10 times in Week 1 was a complete fail. You have to believe that will be rectified in Week 2; otherwise why are the Vikings paying Peterson so much money?
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/16/15 2:13pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 503 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions in two games against the Detroit Lions last season.
Huddle Up: The second-year QB also will need to settle down following this year's opener as he's admitted he was too amped up for the Week 1 Monday-night contest in San Francisco, in which he finished a disappointing 23 of 32 for 231 yards and an interception.
Jarius Wright - WRPosted 9/10/15 1:26pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright signed a four-year, $14.8 million extension Thursday, Sept. 10, according to a source. He's guaranteed $7 million.
Huddle Up: Wright set career highs with 62 targets, 42 receptions and 588 receiving yards last season to go along with five rushes for 71 yards and two total TDs but he likely ranks fourth on the Vikes' fantasy WR totem pole behind Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Joe Banyard - RBPosted 8/31/15 8:32am ET
The Minnesota Vikings cut RB Joe Banyard Sunday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: With Adrian Peterson back in the mix Banyard was fighting an uphill battle for a roster spot, let alone playing time. At least with an early release he'll have an opportunity to latch on with another team that's significantly less crowded at running back.
Blair Walsh - PKPosted 8/23/15 1:29pm ET
Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh missed three field goals and an extra point during the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: It's been nothing short of a struggle this preseason for Walsh, who's misfired on two of his six field-goal attempts overall. Walsh was fantasy's fourth-ranked kicker as a rookie in 2012 but has fallen off in the two seasons since.
Phil Loadholt - OTPosted 8/15/15 10:28pm ET
Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon on the second play of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, Aug. 15, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's a big loss for the Vikings' running game and Adrian Peterson. Loadholt is a road grader on the right side of Minnesota's offensive line. Peterson is still worthy of a top fantasy pick but his success running to the right could suffer with Loadholt out.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 8/11/15 8:13pm ET
Updating a previous story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson left practice with a bruise Tuesday, Aug. 11, but it is not considered to be anything serious.
Huddle Up: Hey, it's Peterson, who's assumed the No. 1 overall position atop many sets of fantasy rankings despite his 2014 troubles and subsequent missed season, so he's going to make the headlines. Still with the RB slated to sit out the team's entire exhibition slate for the fourth straight season, he should have more than enough time to get right for the games that count.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 8/9/15 1:39pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the Hall of Fame game Sunday, Aug. 9, and likely will not receive many reps during the preseason.
Huddle Up: Some anticipated that Peterson would get more work after missing the majority of last season, but it sounds like it's going to be par for the preseason course for the RB.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 7/30/15 10:04am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has worked with the second team through the start of training camp, although head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, July 29, that he has seen some improvement from the wide receiver.
Huddle Up: The Vikings still love Patterson's athleticism and game-breaking ability, but he remains raw as a receiver and that makes it difficult to find ways to get him the ball. He'll need to make some major strides in camp to be more than just a dynamic return man.
Jarius Wright - WRPosted 7/28/15 9:58pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright said he's prepared to see more time in the slot this year. 'I've been outside a lot with the Vikings,' Wright said, 'but I can definitely transfer over and play the slot.' Head coach Mike Zimmer said Wright has already shown he can succeed there. 'The best things that Jarius did were when he was in the slot,' Zimmer said. 'We keep working him outside but we know he has big value for us in the slot, as well.'
Huddle Up: Last season, Wright finished fourth on the team in targets (62), third in receptions (42) and second in receiving yards (588) and certainly has intriguing upside at age 25. But on the flip side, the Vikes added WR Mike Wallace during the offseason, have TE Kyle Rudolph healthier, possess a good-looking fifth-round pick in WR Stefon Diggs and figure to run more this season with Adrian Peterson back in the fold, so Wright's career-high figures that were just discussed have a good shot of remaining atop his best list for another year.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 7/27/15 3:22pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants to rush for 2,500 yards this season.
Huddle Up: Peterson always sets lofty goals for himself. As a consensus Top 3 pick in fantasy drafts, owners will be happy with 1,500+ rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns from AP.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 7/27/15 11:10pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata was a fantastic contributor in goal-line situations last season, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday, July 27, that RB Adrian Peterson will be leaned upon in the situations this season. 'Obviously, we're going to have to spell (Peterson) at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know?,' Zimmer said.
Huddle Up: Asiata finished 2014 with the league's seventh-most carries (23) and wound up with the third-most TDs (nine) inside the opponents' 10-yard line in 2014, but Peterson never has a season with less than 10 rushing scores when he's played at least 12 games, and he's back in his lead-dog role in the Twin Cities, bumping all the other pups aside.
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