Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/1/14 3:41pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) could be a game-time decision in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Oct. 2. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the team doesn't want to put him at risk for the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: Going by Zimmer's comment, it certainly doesn't sound promising for Bridgewater and his fantasy owners, who are going to have be on top of the situation during tomorrow's pre-game to see if the rookie or Christian Ponder gets the starting call at Lambeau.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 10/1/14 4:10pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, and is probable for Week 5.
Huddle Up: The rookie has been a hot waiver-wire commodity since his 19-touch, 152-total-yard outburst last Sunday and now has a n extremely favorable Week 5 matchup against the Pack who are allowing the fourth most fantasy points to opposing RBs. Definitely don't hesitate to start him.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 9/30/14 4:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon ran for 135 yards on 18 carries in the team's Week 4 win over the Atlanta Falcons, but head coach Mike Zimmer is hesitant to call him an every-down back, with RB Matt Asiata also in the mix. Zimmer prefers a committee approach at running back, because it poses more problems for defenses. Asiata is more of a between-the-tackles runner, while McKinnon presents a change of pace with his speed and quickness on the edges. McKinnon also isn't very polished in pass protection.
Huddle Up: Asiata had 23 touches to McKinnon's 19 last week, and it's reasonable to expect roughly the same ratio going forward here with the 2 backs. Asiata, though, deserves the fantasy edge, as the short-yardage back who's displayed a nose for the end zone (4 total TDs) so far.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 9/30/14 7:23pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) was limited in practice again Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: McKinnon only totaled nine touches for 21 yards in the Vikes' first 3 games but broke out big time with a 19-touch, 152-yard effort Sunday. He's in a timeshare with Matt Asiata, but it's certainly a favorable matchup against the Packers' run D Thursday night. He should be able to play if you need him.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/1/14 9:50am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) and head coach Mike Zimmer are 'hopeful' that the quarterback can play in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Oct. 2. Bridgewater sprained his left ankle early in the fourth quarter in Week 4, but Zimmer said an MRI exam came back negative. Bridgewater was feeling much better Monday, Sept. 29. He threw for 317 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in his first start.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater looked good feasting on a terrible Falcons defense. He has another good matchup this week against Green Bay but he's still a QB2 at this point until we saw a larger sample size from him.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/29/14 7:21pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 29. QB Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense during practice.
Huddle Up: It's short week with the Vikes playing Thursday night, so the rookie will have to get on the field over the next few days to have a decent shot at playing in Green Bay. See what develops.
Jarius Wright - WRPosted 9/29/14 7:21pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright said he created a solid chemistry with QB Teddy Bridgewater during the preseason, which is why he caught eight passes for 132 yards in Week 4. 'Teddy knew where to put the ball to me on a couple throws,' Wright said. 'I kind of knew where to expect the ball. Our reps paid off. A lot of trust.'
Huddle Up: Wright, who entered the contest with only 6 targets and 3 catches for 37 yards, was targeted on a full third of Bridgewater's 30 passes Sunday, but a key immediate question is what happens to the wideout's production if the rookie QB can't play Thursday night?
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/29/14 12:42am ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) said Sunday, Sept. 28, that his ankle is 'just a sprain' and he expects to play in the Week 5 game Thursday, Oct. 2 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Sprains are tricky and Bridgewater has a short week to get ready. However, the good news is Bridgewater hasn't suffered a serious injury coming off his impressive NFL debut. If you're looking for QB help, Bridgewater is a waiver wire target this week.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 9/24/14 10:27am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list, Wednesday, Sept. 24, which ends his season.
Huddle Up: It was only a matter of time until Teddy Bridgewater took over, and Cassel's season-ending injury expedited the process.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 9/24/14 4:51pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) could return in time to avoid going on the short-term Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Vikings who haven't had a lot it of this season, but it's of little consolation to a good many of Randolph's fantasy owners who couldn't afford to allocate an extra roster space for the TE, who wasn't producing much even before the injury.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/22/14 8:51am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will take over as the team's starting quarterback in Week 4 after QB Matt Cassel (foot) suffered fractured bones in his foot in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater will get the rest of 2014 to show the Vikings what he can do. If nothing else, Bridgewater's mobility in the pocket should give the struggling Minnesota offense a boost.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/22/14 10:41am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants his representation to accelerate his trial date for child-abuse charges, with the goal of getting it set for 2014, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The broader goal will be to resolve the charges in time for Peterson to return to action for the Vikings this year. He would need to resolve the charges in a way that doesn't expose him to a potential suspension without pay under the personal-conduct policy.
Huddle Up: Plenty of scuttlebutt about Peterson's future, with many opining that he's played his last game as a Viking. There's also word that his legal team wants to force the Vikings' hand by getting Peterson reinstated this season. From a strictly fantasy football perspective, only those banking on Matt Asiata aren't hoping for a quick resolution as to the availability of one of the league's elite backs.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 9/22/14 7:03pm ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) will undergo surgery for a sports hernia. He is expected to miss about six weeks.
Huddle Up: Rudolph owners are in a bind with bye weeks coming up. The Vikings will roll with Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray but neither is a viable fantasy option right now. If you lost Rudolph, Niles Paul, Travis Kelce or Dwayne Allen are possible replacement options.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 9/19/14 6:01pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Rudolph, tied for the team lead in targets (12) and receptions (7), should be able to play, but his fantasy owners are going to need to double check his status Sunday morning to make sure.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/17/14 8:57am ET
The Minnesota Vikings announced RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list Wednesday, Sept. 17, which will keep him away from the team indefinitely.
Huddle Up: The time-table for Peterson's return now falls to the legal process - which is likely to take a while. His first court hearing isn't even scheduled until October 8th. The Vikings will now roll with Matt Asiata as their starter in the backfield, but don't sleep on the talented Jerick McKinnon.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/16/14 4:05pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson doesn't have the support of Minnesota governor Mark Dayton. Dayton thinks the Vikings should suspend Peterson after the team announced Monday that he's cleared to play in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. Peterson was indicted Friday, Sept. 12, on charges of negligent or reckless injury to a child, and he sat out in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Even though the Vikings have made their announcement, don't be the least bit surprised if the suddenly image-conscious NFL intervenes this week and suspends Peterson.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 9/15/14 10:48am ET
Despite throwing four interceptions in a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, Sept. 14, Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will remain the starter. "As I've said before, I'm going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "And I also said I wasn't going to have a quick hook. Matt needs to play better. It's pretty obvious he needs to play better."
Huddle Up: Cassel wasn't the only issue for the Vikings in the Week 2 loss, but if they are to be without Adrian Peterson for any length of time it would likely expedite the rebuilding process--in which case no reason for Teddy Bridgewater not to get some on the job experience.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/15/14 1:27pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to play in Week 3 following his deactivation in Week 2, the team announced Monday, Sept. 15. He will participate in practice fully this week.
Huddle Up: Peterson was activated on Monday and he'll start Sunday against the Saints. He obviously resumes his place as a Top 5 fantasy RB.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/13/14 5:06pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's trial for reckless or negligent injury of a child will likely occur in 2015. Peterson was released from jail on $15,000 bond Saturday, Sept. 13, after being arrested for a felony charge involving his son.
Huddle Up: We'll know more about Peterson's future next week. As of right now, Matt Asiata should be picked up in all leagues with rookie Jerick McKinnon being more of a long-term stash.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/12/14 12:00am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 11. Peterson wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Huddle Up: Just a rest day for AD, who on Sunday will be looking to improve on his Week 1 rushing numbers (21 carries for 75 yards).
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/12/14 6:43pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas for reckless or negligent injury of a child, according to a person with knowledge of the case. Peterson reportedly used a switch to spank his son. He'll have to return to Texas to post bond, but there is no timetable for that to happen. Peterson returned to practice Friday, Sept. 12, after being absent Thursday, Sept. 11. The team is gathering information regarding the legal situation.
Huddle Up: Troubling news -- particularly in light of the ongoing Ray Rice controversy -- but at this time, there's no indication as to how this will affect Peterson's immediate availability. You'll have no choice but to stay tuned here.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/12/14 7:45pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been deactivated for the Week 2 game against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Peterson has been sidelined after being indicted on child abuse charges. Matt Asiata will start against the Patriots, while rookie Jerick McKinnon will be the No. 2 RB. Peterson's future is unclear right now, so Asiata should be added in all leagues until further notice. He's a RB3/flex play this week against New England.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/12/14 7:57pm ET
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson admitted in a police report that he did 'whoop' one of his children last May when he visited him in Houston. When the 4-year-old boy returned home, his mother took him to a doctor, and the boy told police Peterson had hit him with a branch from a tree. The doctor said the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs and bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand. Peterson regarded it as a normal spanking when he was questioned by investigators. A grand jury earlier this summer decided not to charge Peterson, but a second grand jury is now indicting him.
Huddle Up: Peterson has been deactivated and won't play on Sunday. Owners of Peterson should be concerned about his availability beyond this week.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 9/12/14 11:50pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata figures to get a majority of the touches in Week 2 against the New England Patriots with RB Adrian Peterson deactivated. RB Jerick McKinnon is also expected to see touches.
Huddle Up: Asiata will see the majority of the carries this week, while McKinnon has long-range upside. With Peterson's future unclear, both backs are on the fantasy radar. Asiata will get his shot first to be the primary ball carrier but if he struggles, the talented McKinnon is waiting in the wings.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 9/8/14 11:01am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson had a 67-yard touchdown run in the Week 1 game against the St. Louis Rams, and he finished with 102 yards on three carries while also snagging three passes for 26 yards.
Huddle Up: The Vikings are using Patterson in much the same way they used to use Percy Harvin; perhaps Patterson's size advantage over Harvin will allow him to stay healthy, something Harvin has struggled to do.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 8/29/14 11:27pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a solid training camp and likely saved his job with significant work and production in the preseason finale. He might have some value if the team is not ready to put QB Teddy Bridgewater onto the field and they need someone to fill in for QB Matt Cassel.
Huddle Up: Ponder may end up sticking with the Vikings but it's unlikely the team will turn to him if they bench Cassel. Bridgewater also played well this preseason and if Minnesota makes a move at QB, it will be to the more talented Bridgewater.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 8/28/14 3:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly had a phone conversation with Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones in June where he stated he would be interested in joining the Cowboys when his time with the Vikings is over. Jones said he has not talked with Peterson since the phone call and does not believe that the call should be considered tampering. Peterson, a Texas native, denied the report. 'This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings,' Peterson said in a statement. 'I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.'
Huddle Up: AD's current deal runs through the 2017 season, but Peterson is closing in on 30 and despite his wishes, you'd have to think the Vikes would explore the possibility of trading him should his play not match the paychecks the next few seasons.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 8/25/14 10:34am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel was named the team's starting quarterback over QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Huddle Up: This is how the Vikings preferred things to play out, and Cassel has looked solid through the preseason. While Bridgewater is most definitely the Vikings' future at the position, Cassel is more than capable of keeping Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph, and even Greg Jennings fantasy relevant.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 8/22/14 2:11pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is the team's No. 2 quarterback, and the team is confident with him there. QB Christian Ponder could be traded if he performs well enough.
Huddle Up: At this point, Bridgewater only has significant value in keeper and/or dynasty leagues unless you believe starter Matt Cassel is going to flop right out of the gate.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 8/21/14 6:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (personal) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: As usual, it's another wash of a preseason for AD, whose mind is on the Sept. 7 season opener in St. Louis.
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