• Jerick McKinnon - RB
    Posted 9/27/16 2:34pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon played 35 offensive snaps in Week 3.

    Huddle Up: There's no question McKinnon is the lead back in Minnesota as Matt Asiata only received 19 offensive snaps, but McKinnon didn't do much in his first start after Adrian Peterson's injury. His next opponent, the New York Giants, has been a stalwart versus running backs, too, yielding just 222 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to running backs through the first three weeks of the season. McKinnon is still a flex option, but not much more than that for Week 4.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/26/16 9:25am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is focused solely on playing again this season, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

    Huddle Up: Peterson has to sit out until Week 11, but it would be mistake to rule him out for the season given his track record. Owners in deeper leagues or those with IR spots are advised to hold as long as possible in part because AP is one of the few true feature backs around, but Minnesota's offensive line has been so bad so far that he should be considered no more than a RB2 even if he does return. Jerick McKinnon will continue to serve as the lead back during his Peterson's absence.

  • Matt Asiata - RB
    Posted 9/25/16 9:13am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata will be the starting running back for the Vikings in Week 3.

    Huddle Up: Asiata should receive a decent amount of carries this week and likely will run between the tackles, while Jerick McKinnon will be used as a runner as well as a receiver out of the backfield. Both players are facing a tough Carolina Panthers defense but could still be flex options in fantasy leagues.

  • Kyle Rudolph - TE
    Posted 9/25/16 1:38pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught seven passes for 70 yards and one touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.

    Huddle Up: Rudolph has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games and has been targeted at least eight times in all three games this season. He should continue to be a solid option in Minnesota's passing game and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.

  • Jerick McKinnon - RB
    Posted 9/25/16 1:29pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon rushed for 45 yards on 16 carries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. He also caught one pass for two yards in the game.

    Huddle Up: McKinnon will continue to share work with Matt Asiata even though both struggled in Week 3. McKinnon probably will not be more than a flex option most weeks.

  • Matt Asiata - RB
    Posted 9/25/16 1:17pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed for 15 yards on six carries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. He also caught one pass for four yards.

    Huddle Up: Asiata was facing a tough Panthers defense and should play better moving forward. He will receive playing time as long as Adrian Peterson is sidelined but will not be more than a flex option in most leagues.

  • Stefon Diggs - WR
    Posted 9/25/16 1:43pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught four passes for 40 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.

    Huddle Up: Diggs recorded at least 100 yards in each of the first two games of the season but was held in check against the Panthers. He should be more involved in the passing game next week and should be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver for owners.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/24/16 3:50pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has told people in and around the organization that he believes he can be ready to play when he is eligible to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list in eight weeks, according to sources. It is believed that it will take at least one month before doctors will be able to tell whether an expedited return for Peterson is possible.

    Huddle Up: Peterson will miss at least half of the season because of the injury, but owners should monitor the situation to see if he will be able to play in the last few games. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share work while Peterson is out. McKinnon can be a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option in most leagues, while Asiata can be a flex option in deeper leagues.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/23/16 12:17pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Friday, September 23.

    Huddle Up: Peterson will miss the rest of the regular season. In his absence, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will control the Minnesota backfield, with the latter having a considerably higher ceiling. Asiata, though, has value, too, as he could vulture numerous touchdowns from up close like he did in 2014 when Peterson missed all but one game. Ronnie Hillman lurks as he learns the offense.

  • Stefon Diggs - WR
    Posted 9/23/16 12:24pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 23, due to a groin injury. Head coach Mike Zimmer called the absence 'precautionary' and the expectation is that Diggs will play Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers.

    Huddle Up: Diggs appears to be in no danger of missing Week 3 and is a prime DFS target this week. The league's leading receiver through two weeks is coming off a nine-catch, 182-yard, one-score demolition of a Green Bay Packers' secondary that was missing Sam Shields and should face similar competition - rookie James Bradberry and slot corner Robert McClain - for the bulk of Sunday's contest. Diggs is a high-end WR2 at worst in this matchup.

  • Stefon Diggs - WR
    Posted 9/23/16 5:10pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) is not on the injury report for Week 3 even though he missed practice Friday, Sept. 23.

    Huddle Up: Diggs appears to be ready to play in Week 3 and should be a focal point in the passing game. He is a bit of an injury risk because of the injury, but he should still be considered a No. 2 receiver in most leagues.

  • Kyle Rudolph - TE
    Posted 9/23/16 5:17pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

    Huddle Up: Rudolph should receive a decent amount of targets in Week 3 but is only a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.

  • Jerick McKinnon - RB
    Posted 9/23/16 5:11pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

    Huddle Up: McKinnon will share work with Matt Asiata but is expected to receive a majority of the playing time. He should be considered a No. 2 running back or a flex option in most fantasy leagues.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/22/16 7:14am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) had successful surgery to repair his torn lateral meniscus in his knee Thursday, Sept. 22. There were no additional injuries in or surrounding the knee joint.

    Huddle Up: Peterson is expected to be out until at least December, but he could come back quicker, or he could be done for the fantasy season. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata are expected to share the work, and they're flex considerations against the Carolina Panthers.

  • Stefon Diggs - WR
    Posted 9/22/16 4:03pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 2 after registering career highs of 182 receiving yards on nine receptions in the team's victory over the Green Bay Packers.

    Huddle Up: Diggs began his impressive ascension last season, and now with Sam Bradford under center, it's possible he could reach even greater heights. After all, as proven again in his first game as a Viking, Bradford loves to utilize his slot receivers, which should ensure Diggs has plenty of work in the weeks and months ahead. He has the potential to establish himself as an upper echelon WR2 this season.

  • Jerick McKinnon - RB
    Posted 9/22/16 7:03pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

    Huddle Up: McKinnon is expected to be the lead back in the wake of Adrian Peterson's injury. However, a tough matchup against Carolina in Week 3 makes him a flex candidate rather than a RB2.

  • Kyle Rudolph - TE
    Posted 9/22/16 7:00pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

    Huddle Up: A matchup with a stingy Carolina defense will cap Rudolph's upside in Week 3. At best, he is a low-end TE1 in 12-team leagues.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 6:11am ET

    Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is still soliciting opinions on how to proceed with his torn meniscus and figure out if he's capable of playing through the injury.

    Huddle Up: The injury usually requires a scope, which typically takes a month to recover from. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata figure to share the work if he's out. Asiata has been playing third downs, and they could opt to use McKinnon in the lead role. The line play has been awful, though, and both aren't much more than a flex play.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 8:18am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) plans to have surgery Thursday, Sept. 22, to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

    Huddle Up: The procedure usually requires four to six weeks to return, but there have been cases where a simple trim of the meniscus only cost a player two weeks. With the operation coming late in the week, a three-game absence is all but a given. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share the work, but McKinnon could wind up being the featured back with Asiata on third downs. Both are flex options while Peterson is out.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 8:40am ET

    Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has told two sources that he is having his meniscus repaired, not trimmed, which would require a longer recovery period.

    Huddle Up: On the bright side, Peterson has been a freak in his recovery from injuries in the past. However, it's highly unlikely he misses less than a month. The team has a bye in Week 6, and their Week 7 game is a month from tomorrow's operation. A target could be Week 8 on Halloween against the Chicago Bears. However, we won't know a firm target date until he has the operation. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata figure to share the work while he's out. Asiata has been playing third downs, and they could opt to use McKinnon in the lead role. Both are merely flex options against the Carolina Panthers this week.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 8:52am ET

    Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) could be out until December, at the earliest, with a return for a potential playoff run possible.

    Huddle Up: We'll know more once he has the operation, and Peterson has been a quick healer in the past. However, he's 31, and it's too early to peg a target date. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata figure to share the work while he's out. Asiata has been playing third downs, and they could opt to use McKinnon in the lead role. Both are merely flex options against the Carolina Panthers this week.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 9:07am ET

    Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will have surgery Thursday, Sept. 22, to repair a tear of his lateral meniscus in his right knee.

    Huddle Up: December was reported as a potential return date, but with him having the surgery to repair the cartilage instead of trimming it, his return date is up in the air. Peterson has healed quickly before, but he is 31 now. Anything you get from him in fantasy, sadly, would be a bonus right now. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share the work, but McKinnon could wind up being the featured back with Asiata on third downs. Both are flex options while Peterson is out.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 9:10am ET

    Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has what is known as a 'bucket handle tear' of his meniscus, which usually requires a three-to-four-month recovery and up to six months.

    Huddle Up: The more news that comes out, the more fantasy owners cringe after the believed optimism once ligament damage was ruled out. Anything you get from Peterson in fantasy the rest of the way should be seen as a bonus. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share the work, but McKinnon could wind up being the featured back with Asiata on third downs. Both are flex options while Peterson is out.

  • Matt Asiata - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 11:09am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon will be the starting running back with RB Adrian Peterson (knee) sidelined. He likely will play at least 60 percent of the snaps. RB Matt Asiata will also receive playing time and likely will handle the goal line carries.

    Huddle Up: McKinnon will be able to help out in the running and passing game over the next few months and should be a popular waiver wire addition. He can be a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option in leagues. Asiata will also have value and can be a flex option in deeper leagues because of his touchdown potential.

  • Kyle Rudolph - TE
    Posted 9/21/16 1:20pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

    Huddle Up: Rudolph should be able to play in Week 3, but owners may want to keep an eye on him for the rest of the week to see if anything changes. He has caught seven passes for 96 yards and one touchdown this season and could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 1:12pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

    Huddle Up: Peterson is expected to miss several months because of knee surgery, but owners may want to keep a hold of Peterson since he could return before the end of the season. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share carries while Peterson is sidelined and both could be flex options for owners.

  • Jerick McKinnon - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 1:27pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

    Huddle Up: McKinnon is expected to receive a majority of the snaps at running back with Adrian Peterson sidelined. McKinnon will be involved in the passing game in addition to the running game and can be a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option in most leagues.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 1:58pm ET

    Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has a torn lateral collateral ligament in addition to his torn meniscus, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Peterson is not expected to return until at least December and probably will miss the rest of the season with multiple torn ligaments in his knee. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will split snaps for the next few months. McKinnon can be a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option in all leagues, while Asiata can be a flex option in deeper leagues.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/21/16 2:28pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings officials say that RB Adrian Peterson (knee) does not have a torn lateral collateral ligament, but other sources have said that he does have a torn ligament.

    Huddle Up: Peterson is still expected to miss several months because of his torn meniscus, but he would need more time to recover if he has a torn lateral collateral ligament. Jerick McKinnon is expected to receive a majority of the work at running back with Peterson out and can be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB
    Posted 9/19/16 5:06am ET

    Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will have an MRI on his right knee Monday, Sept. 19, but those close to him believe he avoided major structural damage. 'He might miss a week. I don't know if he will or not,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we'll see.'

    Huddle Up: Peterson has been borderline useless through two weeks of fantasy with very little room to run. Matt Asiata has seen most of the third-down work, but Jerick McKinnon could see the bulk of time if Peterson is out. Both Asiata and McKinnon are worth grabbing for low-end flex consideration.

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