Laquon Treadwell - WRPosted 4/28/16 11:13pm ET
The Minnesota Vikings selected Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: The Vikes jumped in on the back end of a three-WR run to nab Treadwell, rated by many analysts to be the draft's best wideout despite his slow 40 time. He'll now be paired with second-year wideout Stefon Diggs, and it'll be up to the Vikes to take the leash off Teddy Bridgewater and throw the ball more to get the full value out of their WR corps.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 4/21/16 10:19am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is unlikely to have his fifth-year option picked up for 2017. He's set to make $1.389 million in 2016.
Huddle Up: Patterson has largely disappointed as a receiver, though he's consistently among the league's best kick returners. His development as a pass-catcher this season will go a long way towards determining whether or not the Vikings hook him up for one more season--or beyond.
Charles Johnson - WRPosted 4/7/16 10:54pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ribs) said he broke a rib against the San Diego Chargers in September of last season. He added that it took until early November to feel like he could play while managing the injury. Johnson said the rib injury is good now.
Huddle Up: After coming on late in the 2014 season and looking like Teddy Bridgewater's top target entering last season, Johnson severely sputtered to the tune of nine catches for 127 yards and no TDs in 11 games last season, leaving his fantasy owners scrambling. Johnson's numbers certainly should improve if he's healthy, but with the emergence of rookie Stefon Diggs last season and the Vikes' reported interest in drafting a wideout, the fantasy outlook is still bleak for Johnson in 2016.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 3/29/16 1:56pm ET
The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed RB Matt Asiata to a one-year deal for $760,000 in salary with a $60,000 bonus. He also has a $500,000 playing-time bonus, as well as incentives for rush yards and receptions.
Huddle Up: With Adrian Peterson's return last season, Asiata went from 10 rushing/receiving TDs in 2014 to none last fall and will continue to be a No. 3 RB option behind AD and Jerick McKinnon.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 3/17/16 10:39am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata re-signed to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, March 16.
Huddle Up: Asiata is a capable backup who doesn't squawk, about not getting touches behind Adrian Peterson. Even if AP is out of the lineup Asiata is at best a complementary piece of the Vikings' backfield.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 3/16/16 10:26am ET
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace's two-year, $11.5 million deal includes 2017 as an option year that the team must exercise by the end of the 2016 league year.
Huddle Up: Wallace has bounced from Miami to Minnesota without much success since leaving Pittsburgh. In Baltimore he'll get to reprise the deep threat role Torry Smith vacated a couple years back, and his contract is structured so that if he doesn't regain at least some of the value he had as a Steeler the Ravens can part ways with him quite easily.
Rhett Ellison - TEPosted 3/16/16 10:26am ET
The Minnesota Vikings re-signed TE Rhett Ellison Tuesday, March 15, on a one-year deal worth $2.25 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Ellison suffered a knee injury late in the 2015 season so he may begin 2016 on the PUP. He's more of a blocker and special teams contributor than a fantasy helper, so this move barely registers on the fantasy radar.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 3/15/16 3:43pm ET
Free-agent WR Mike Wallace (Vikings) has struck a deal with the Baltimore Ravens. According to reports, Wallace agreed to a two-year contract worth $11.5 million.
Huddle Up: The overall fantasy benefactor here is QB Joe Flacco as his pass-catching corps have received a big boost this offseason with the un-retirement of Steve Smith, the expected return from injury of 2015 first-round pick Brashad Perriman and the free-agency additions of Wallace and TE Benjamin Watson. But as for Wallace, himself, fantasy GMs are best advised to take a wait-and-see approach as the WR's catch totals and yardage have declined in each of the last two seasons.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 3/8/16 9:01am ET
The Minnesota Vikings are expected to release WR Mike Wallace within the next 48 hours, according to national writer Jason La Canfora.
Huddle Up: The Vikings had talked about keeping Wallace around as a veteran presence for their young quarterback and receivers, but his bulky contract makes letting him walk a shrewd business decision. It's not a done deal yet, but the move would certainly come as no surprise. Wallace would have a better shot at fantasy relevance elsewhere anyway.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 3/8/16 4:39pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace was released Tuesday, March 8, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Wallace's disappointing one-year stay in the Twin Cities netted all of 39 catches for 473 yards and two TDs, clearing the way for Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright atop the WR depth chart. Also expect the Vikes to add another wideout this offseason, either via free agency or the draft.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 3/3/16 9:11am ET
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Matt Asiata is wanted back by the Vikings.
Huddle Up: Asiata is a solid backup who knows the system and hasn't complained about his role. With several more high-profile running backs also available in free agency, returning to Minnesota might be Asiata's best move.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 3/3/16 9:11am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon is expected to have a larger role in 2016 behind RB Adrian Peterson. 'I do feel good about McKinnon's role and being able to take some plays off [Peterson] because he's good and also [Matt] Asiata if we get him back,' head coach Mike Zimmer said.
Huddle Up: McKinnon can be the Vikings' receiving back, as that's a role Peterson does not fill well. He's also been successful when given a larger share of the workload, and given Peterson's age, injury history and fumbling issues the Vikings won't hesitate to give McKinnon more touches.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 2/28/16 2:34pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater's development has been slowed because the offense heavily features RB Adrian Peterson, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer added that he believes Bridgewater can take charge if needed, and the offense just needs time to mold together to use the strengths of both players.
Huddle Up: This is somewhat new as usually a strong ground game is promoted as a QB's best ally, but there may be some truth here as Bridgewater only has attempted 40 or more passes in a game four times in 29 career contests.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 2/18/16 7:32pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is entering what general manager Rick Spielman is calling a telltale year. Spielman said there's still some evaluating that has to be done to determine what Patterson will provide in the NFL.
Huddle Up: After logging 45 receptions and 12 rushing attempts in his rookie season of 2013, Patterson only has 35 catches and 12 rushes since. He did, however, lead the league with his 31.8-yard average and two TDs on 32 kickoff returns so the explosiveness and potential certainly remain.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/14/16 2:21pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was the only player to have more than 300 carries last year, and retired RB Emmitt Smith believes that if Peterson doesn't break the all-time rushing record, no one will.
Huddle Up: AD will turn 31 next month and is still nearly 7,000 yards away from Smith's record. And true to the all-time rushing king's word, the true workhorse back definitely is a disappearing breed.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 2/12/16 5:11pm ET
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman thinks QB Teddy Bridgewater will be aided by the move to an indoor stadium in 2016. In five career games indoors, Bridgewater is 2-3 with a 70.6 percent completion rate, 8.1 yards per pass, 258 yards passing per game, four touchdowns and three interceptions. 'I think it's just in general, quarterbacks playing indoors (play better),' Spielman said. 'If you look at Teddy's stats and how he performed when we were indoors, in Detroit or even out in Arizona, some of those ideal conditions, we feel he can take another step forward. But he still has to play outdoors.'
Huddle Up: To be a fantasy factor, Bridgewater is simply going to increase his TD production as he had only 14 scoring tosses this past season and his 3.1 percent TD percentage ranked ahead of only the Rams' Nick Foles (2.1) among quarterbacks with 10 or more starts.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 2/11/16 9:19am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace is likely to be cut in the offseason as he carries an $11.5 million salary for 2016.
Huddle Up: That's a lot of money for a run-first team to pay to an underachieving wideout. Expect Minnesota to clear cap space and Wallace to be shopping for a new team this offseason.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/12/16 9:18am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said his top priority this offseason will be working on cutting down on his fumbles. Peterson fumbled eight times this season and lost four of the fumbles.
Huddle Up: This would have been a smart move several years ago. Maybe he can consult Tiki Barber, who posted big numbers into his 30s and also overcame a fumbling problem.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/10/16 9:17pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 45 yards on 23 carries during the wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. He also added 13 yards on a pair of catches and lost a fumble.
Huddle Up: It was a marked improvement over his eight-carry, 18-yard effort against the Seahawks in Week 13, but give the statistical win to the league's top-ranked run defense once again.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/8/16 3:54pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) returned to practice Friday, Jan. 8.
Huddle Up: As expected, AD was back on the practice and should be good for his his normal workload Sunday -- and possibly even more -- as he looks to atone for his season-worst eight-carry, 18-yard outing against the Seahawks in Week 13.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/7/16 4:19pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) is out of practice Thursday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Not a real shocker here as AD's MO has been sitting out mid-week workouts, practicing on Friday and then playing on Sunday. See if the pattern repeats itself Friday.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/4/16 8:47am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) ran 19 times for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers, and he added one reception for just one yard. His production was good enough to secure his third-career NFL rushing title.
Huddle Up: Peterson's rushing title at age 30 puts him in rare company, among the likes of Marion Motley and Curtis Martin as veteran backs to win a rushing crown. Peterson also tied for the NFL lead with 11 rushing touchdowns.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/1/16 1:52pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder, ankle) returned to practice Friday, Jan. 1.
Huddle Up: As has been the trend in recent weeks, Peterson has practiced on Friday and played on Sunday so count on him Sunday night in the Vikes' NFC North showdown tilt with the Packers.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 12/28/15 10:09am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon rushed seven times for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 16 game against the New York Giants. He added two catches for eight yards.
Huddle Up: McKinnon filled the change-of-pace role to a T Sunday night, though much of that stat load came on one long touchdown run after the game was in hand and Adrian Peterson was safely encased in bubble wrap on the sidelines.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/25/15 3:56pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and he is listed as probable for the Week 16 game against the New York Giants.
Huddle Up: Exactly what Peterson owners needed to see Friday after the RB sat out Wednesday and Thursday. Keep checking up until game time, but pencil him in your lineups for now.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/24/15 8:00pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) sat out of practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: The Vikings have expressed optimism about Peterson playing Sunday night against the Giants, but if he doesn't practice again Friday, it'll be time to start giving the Plan B options some serious consideration.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/23/15 12:44pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) will continue to remain the focal point of the offense, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'I don't particularly see us as a team that's going to be throwing the ball every play,' Zimmer said. 'That's just not who we are right now.'
Huddle Up: Due to game flow and injuries, Peterson has averaged 16.3 rushes and 50 yards over the last three games, and his fantasy owners who are still alive in the postseason are going to need more production over the final two games.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/23/15 10:48pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: There's a chance that by the time the Vikings play Sunday night their game with the Giants won't have any playoff significance for them. If that's the case, the Vikings could decide to rest a banged up Peterson. AP owners should pick up Jerick McKinnon as insurance.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 12/22/15 10:37pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has completed 16 of his 18 third-down pass attempts over the last two games, but head coach Mike Zimmer said he is not planning to become a pass-first offense. 'We want to run the football,' Zimmer said. 'And we want to be efficient throwing the ball.'
Huddle Up: Bridgewater's last two games have definitely been the exception -- and not the rule -- with his 335 yards in Week 14 and his four TD passes in Week 15 marking only hissecond 300-yard game and second multi-TD pass games of the season.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/21/15 8:14pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) will be all right after suffering an ankle injury in Week 15, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: The injury limited AD to 63 yards on 18 carries Sunday, and he's been held to 69 yards or fewer in each of the last three games with only one TD -- not exactly helping the postseason chances of his fantasy owners.
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