Laquon Treadwell - WRPosted 2/21/17 9:11am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell was dogged by lower-body injuries all year long and finished his rookie season with only one catch for 15 yards. Nevertheless, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is hopeful the receiver can eventually prove he was worth the No. 23 overall pick last spring. (Treadwell) is going to be like any young player that's going from year one to year two. This is going to be an offseason that is very critical. ? He came in and kind of had little nagging things that kind of kept him from full-time early. ? He did well when he got in the game, he didn't get targeted often, but he blocked well and he competed. That's really the starting point for any young player,' Shurmur said.
Huddle Up: Treadwell doesn't turn 22 until mid-June, so it is far too early to be overly concerned about his long-term prospects just yet. He dealt with foot, hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the year, which ultimately cost him enough time to build any kind of trust or history with Sam Bradford or Shurmur. With Charles Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson both set to hit free agency next month, there will be an opportunity for Treadwell to get plenty of reps. For now, however, he is only worth consideration in dynasty leagues.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 2/21/17 8:46pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph led all tight ends this past season with 132 targets, converting that into career highs in receptions (83) and yards (840). He also registered seven receiving touchdowns.
Huddle Up: It's understandable if most owners were not aware of this. Luckily for Rudolph, he could be on track for a similarly heavy workload next year, as his role in the offense undoubtedly increased once star running back Adrian Peterson went down with injury. Peterson might not return to Minnesota, and if he's out of town, Rudolph should ideally pick up where he left off as one of Sam Bradford's most dependable targets in the passing game.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/20/17 2:55pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RBs Adrian Peterson and/or Jerick McKinnon could see increased usage in 2017 with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Shurmur wants to improve the offense as a whole, but he said the key and focal point of the offense will be to do a better job in the running game.
Huddle Up: Peterson's future with the Vikings remains unclear, but either he or McKinnon could be better used next season, with Matt Asiata remaining in a change-of-pace and passing role. No matter who Peterson plays for in 2017, drafting him will be playing with fire considering he's missed almost two full seasons in the past three years.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/19/17 7:20am ET
The New York Giants have not expressed interest in acquiring Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, even though the 32-year-old veteran has hinted that he wouldn't mind playing for the team if he doesn't return to the Vikings.
Huddle Up: Unless Peterson agrees to take a significant pay cut this offseason, his playing days in Minnesota could be over. He should receive the bulk of the carries wherever he lands and is still capable of being a solid fantasy contributor, although his age and recent injury history mean he should no longer be viewed as an RB1 in most fantasy formats.
Adam Thielen - WRPosted 2/18/17 6:33pm ET
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent WR Adam Thielen said there is 'something special' about playing for one franchise, and he hopes to stay with Minnesota if he receives an offer in his 'ballpark.'
Huddle Up: Thielen developed great chemistry with Sam Bradford and emerged as Minnesota's steadiest receiver. If he is a Viking in 2017, he should be a quality WR3.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 2/18/17 6:44pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is 'grinding' and doing all types of drills as part of his rehab from his knee injury, according to WR Charles Johnson.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater is likely to miss the entire 2017 season as he continues his recovery. Sam Bradford should continue to start in his place, but he is a low-upside QB2.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/16/17 6:41pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson tweeted Wednesday, Feb. 15, that the New York Giants have been 'making some interesting moves' this offseason.
Huddle Up: Peterson has already said he would have interest in joining the Giants, and with the release of Rashad Jennings, the Giants could be in the market for a back. Wherever Peterson ends up in 2017, he is likely to see enough carries to provide RB2 production.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/5/17 12:00pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be in play with the Dallas Cowboys as a potential free agent, according to league sources.
Huddle Up: Peterson is a Texas native, but this seems like an unlikely marriage from the Cowboys' perspective for multiple reasons. First and foremost, an aging Peterson isn't play much over Ezekiel Elliott. Secondly, 'All Day' isn't particularly strong in the passing game, so he wouldn't even be a third-down upgrade for Dallas. Additionally, Peterson isn't going to come cheap and probably wouldn't be all that open to accepting a pure backup role anyway.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 2/5/17 5:32pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson said his future in Minnesota depends on how he will be used. 'I need to know if I'm going to play or not,' Patterson said. 'If not, I'll take my talents elsewhere. If they want me back, they'll make a deal and get me back.'
Huddle Up: Patterson's role in the offense increased once Pat Shurmur took over as offensive coordinator, but his fantasy value is always going to be tied to big plays. His boom-or-bust style makes him more appealing in DFS formats than in season-long leagues.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 2/3/17 3:20pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said his play in 2016 is more up to his standards and expects to post similar stats moving forward. 'I talked about how my first five years were kind of disappointing to me, in terms of my standards,' Rudolph said. 'This season was more along the lines of what I expect for myself, and what I expect moving forward, to kind of be a springboard and a baseline for the rest of my career.' Rudolph finished the 2016 season with 83 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Rudolph posted career highs in receptions and receiving yards this season and was able to play all 16 games for the third time in his career. He should continue to be a main part of the passing game for the Vikings and can be a No. 1 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/3/17 8:08pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future with the team won't be decided until some 'tough analysis' is performed, according to president Mark Wilf.
Huddle Up: Peterson will likely have to agree to a pay cut to return to Minnesota, and there is a good chance he plays elsewhere in 2017. He days as a fantasy stud are likely in the past, but he will still be an intriguing option in 2017 if he lands with a strong offense.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 1/31/17 9:16am ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph ran routes on 58 percent of his snaps and was targeted on a career-high 23.7 percent of his routes last season, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Huddle Up: Unsurprisingly, he easily set career-highs in targets (132), catches (83), and yards (840). While Rudolph benefited from Vikings' shift from an Adrian Peterson-centric offense to a short-passing attack designed to camouflage the league's worst offensive line, it also helped Rudolph played all 16 games for only the third time in his six-year career. Since it is unlikely Minnesota can address all the holes it has up front in one offseason, Rudolph stands a great chance of posting high-end TE1 numbers again in 2017.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 1/27/17 10:15am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is expected to miss the entire 2017 season to continue his comeback from the torn ACL and dislocated knee he suffered during training camp last summer, according to a team source, which suggested the 'shortest recovery' time for a player with Bridgewater's injuries is 19 months.
Huddle Up: A 19-month recovery would put Bridgewater on the shelf until March of 2018. Sam Bradford will enter this summer as the clear starter in the final season of his two-year deal and should be considered a midrange QB2 in fantasy.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 1/26/17 9:29pm ET
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson said he would love to play running back next season and just wants the ball in his hand as much as possible.
Huddle Up: Patterson saw his role increase in the second half of the year, and if he ends up back in Minnesota, he will be worth a flier in the later rounds because of his big-play upside.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 1/25/17 7:17pm ET
Impending free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson told NFL.com's Conor Orr that he liked the way the offense evolved in the second half of the season under Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Patterson saw 46 targets over the nine games Shurmur was calling the plays as opposed to 24 targets for the first seven contests under former offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Huddle Up: Patterson is going to be hard-pressed to crack the starting lineup in Minnesota with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen stepping up over the last two seasons, but he seemed to find his niche as a player Vikings could use on reverses and bubble screens due to his explosiveness. He also is one of the league's top kick returners in the league, so it seems like a good bet Minnesota will try hard to lock him up before the start of free agency.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/19/17 9:37am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the New York Giants if he becomes available this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Giants have used multiple running backs over the last few years and may be interested in Peterson as their main back. Peterson should receive most of the carries wherever he goes and can be a No. 2 running back in most leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/19/17 9:31am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he becomes available this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Buccaneers may be looking for a running back this offseason with Doug Martin serving a suspension and Jacquizz Rodgers scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Peterson probably will be the starter if he joins the Bucs and could be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/19/17 9:24am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the Houston Texans if he becomes available this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Texans signed Lamar Miller to a lucrative contract last offseason, so they probably would not consider adding Peterson. Miller rushed for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns in 2016 and can be a No. 2 running back for fantasy owners. Peterson should be able to find a starting job with a team and could be a No. 2 back in fantasy leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/10/17 7:48am ET
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he tore 90 percent of the meniscus in his right knee earlier in the season. He returned in 12 weeks after a full repair.
Huddle Up: His future with the team, and his RB1 status in fantasy, is up in the air. He'll be 32 next season and didn't look good before the knee injury; albeit his offensive line had something to do with that. He presents a lot of risk as a low-end RB1, and it makes more sense to take him as a second back in hopes of one more big rushing season.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 1/10/17 7:42am ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph had a career-high 83 catches for 840 yards, and his seven touchdowns were the most since 2012. He reached a performance escalator of $375,000 on 2018 and 2019 salaries for surpassing 80 catches. His 132 targets were the most among tight ends this season.
Huddle Up: Rudolph rekindled his TE1 stature this season, and there's no reason to believe he can't build on the rapport with Sam Bradford next season. Rudolph will be a midrange TE1 option in drafts.
Adam Thielen - WRPosted 1/7/17 8:49pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen led all receivers by catching 70.4 percent of his targets that traveled 15 yards or more down the field this season.
Huddle Up: Thielen developed great chemistry with Sam Bradford, just missing out on a 1,000-yard season. He enters 2017 as a viable WR3 option.
Sam Bradford - QBPosted 1/3/17 11:53am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford has earned the right to be the starting quarterback of the Vikings, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Bradford may begin offseason activities as the starter, but Teddy Bridgewater won't be pushed over lightly. He'll be coming off a gruesome season-ending injury that ended his sophomore year before it even started. Bradford was a supremely efficient passer this season, leading the league with a 71.6 completion percentage. He's just not a reliable weekly fantasy starter.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/2/17 8:28am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he wants to stay with the Vikings in 2017, but he declined to say whether he would accept a pay cut.
Huddle Up: AD will be 32 in March, and it's probably 50-50, at best, that he stays in Minnesota. It'll be really hard to count on him as an RB1 next season with nearly 2,500 carries on his body, but the perfect situation could still give him that chance.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/2/17 10:02am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has told reporters he would like to stay with the team, although he declined to say whether or not he would accept a pay cut. He went on to say there are certain players, such as Tom Brady and Antonio Brown, in whom franchises should invest in more than others.
Huddle Up: This doesn't sound like a player willing to accept a pay cut. Given his age (32 in March) and the fact he is due $11.75 million in the final year of his contract next season, he is highly unlikely to return with that attitude. AP won't be out of work for long, but his days as an elite RB1 could very well be coming to an end, assuming they haven't already.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 1/1/17 9:22pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. He added three receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown on his four targets.
Huddle Up: McKinnon rushed for 539 yards with two scores, and he added 43 catches for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He proved he can be a solid PPR fantasy option in deeper leagues, but if Adrian Peterson is back at full speed in 2017 and wearing purple and gold, McKinnon once again takes a back seat.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 1/1/17 9:21pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted 11 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. He was targeted 15 times.
Huddle Up: Rudolph was a legitimate TE1 in all fantasy leagues down the stretch, posting four or more grabs in each of his final six games. Over the final four outings he had 29 grabs for 327 yards and two touchdowns.
Sam Bradford - QBPosted 1/1/17 9:20pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford completed 25 of his 33 pass attempts for 250 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. He finished with a 71.6 percent completion rate to set the NFL single-season record. He also established career bests for yards (3,877), interception percentage (0.9) and passer rating (99.3).
Huddle Up: Bradford was picked up in an emergency when Teddy Bridgewater went down, and it will be interesting to see how Bridgewater progresses and how the Vikings handle the QB situation. Bradford proved he can be a legitimate No. 1 QB and fantasy option when he stays healthy.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 12/30/16 4:35pm ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and is listed as doubtful for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Diggs probably will not play in Week 17, but owners should check the inactive list just to make sure. Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph probably are the only pass catches that owners should consider for their starting lineups. Thielen can be at least a No. 3 receiver, while Rudolph can be a low-end No. 1 tight end.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/30/16 4:26pm ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and has been ruled out for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will continue to share work at running back with Peterson sidelined. McKinnon probably has more value and can be a flex option in most leagues, while Asiata has some value in deeper leagues because of his touchdown potential.
Stefon Diggs - WRPosted 12/29/16 6:35pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: If Diggs is unable to suit up for Week 17, Adam Thielen will become an even stronger fantasy play.
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