Minnesota Vikings news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:48:47 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Peterson is unhappy with his contract, and wants guaranteed money, but it appears he will be with Minnesota in Week 1. He has fresh legs after missing a huge chunk of 2014, and he will be a top-notch fantasy option again in 2015 as long as he can remain healthy. Remember, last time he was out for a long stretch he came back with a vengeance.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:09:26 -0700
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he's learned from his mistakes and is ready to move forward following an extended absence. Peterson said he's focused on what's in front him and wanted to get back to the team.
Fantasy Tip: It sounds like Peterson is ready to get down to business after his stalemate with the organization. Assuming he's fully healthy and maintains full health, he's a candidate for the No. 1 fantasy running back heading into the 2015 season.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 05:20:01 -0700
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson plans to report to organized team activities Tuesday, June 2. "I decided to come back just to get around my teammates and the coaching staff," Peterson said. "There's never been any love lost with those guys. Basically it's time for me to come in and test the waters and re-familiarize myself with our offense and the direction they're trying to go in."
Fantasy Tip: Peterson rates as a midrange RB1 if he doesn't lose too many touches to Jerick McKinnon in the offense.
Sun, 31 May 2015 23:30:08 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and RB Adrian Peterson have apparently cleared the air of their differences. Although Peterson still has reservations about returning to the Vikings, his relationship with Zimmer is strong.
Fantasy Tip: Peterson should be a solid RB1 selection even though he has been sidelined for one entire season. It will be even better if Peterson can smooth things over so this isn't a distraction entering 2015.
Fri, 29 May 2015 16:23:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bridgewater had some solid outings in the second half of the 2014 season and is looking to improve his play. Bridgewater could be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback this season and could be a starting option against certain opponents. Wallace will be a start for the Vikings and could have more fantasy value if the team throws more deep passes. Wallace could be an option in the middle rounds of drafts.
Thu, 28 May 2015 15:59:14 -0700
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants the Vikings to honor his seven-year contract worth $96 million that goes through 2017. Peterson took to Twitter to vent that it takes both sides to fulfill a contract. Peterson desires guaranteed money into the 2016 season and beyond. There is currently no guaranteed money left in his current contract.
Fantasy Tip: There's plenty of time for Peterson and the Vikings to settle this dispute before training camp and the regular season begin. The good news is that Peterson has also said he doesn't want to be traded; he simply wants more security with his contract. Assuming health and happiness, Peterson is a perennial candidate for the No. 1 fantasy running back.
Thu, 28 May 2015 09:34:08 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace feels at home in Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner's vertical passing system, comparing it to his time in Pittsburgh. Wallace is currently working at flanker and expects to move all over the field. He is expected to serve as the deep threat of the passing game, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer likes Wallace's explosiveness from any route, including screen passes.
Fantasy Tip: Wallace has struggled to consistently post strong fantasy numbers, which is a trend owners can expect to continue in 2015. However, he is in the best situation we've seen in some time for the easily disgruntled wideout. When happy, he tends to be productive. Consider Wallace a WR3 in non-PPR and a fourth in reception-rewarding formats.
Thu, 28 May 2015 05:37:38 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was given a public ultimatum by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer Wednesday, May 27, saying he has to either play for the Vikings or not play at all. Peterson said Wednesday on Twitter he did not want to be traded and was looking for financial security by not attending organized team activities. Peterson has three years remaining on his current contract and is due $46 million.
Fantasy Tip: Peterson really has no leverage in this situation, so returning to the team sooner than later would behoove his outlook. As this saga continues to wear on, his conditioning will become a mild concern. Draft him in the top five of all fantasy formats.
Wed, 27 May 2015 19:15:53 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Peterson could skip all of the offseason workouts but probably will be ready to play at the start of the regular season. It is still not known who Peterson will play for in Week 1, but he should be a first-round option in most drafts.
Mon, 25 May 2015 11:33:18 -0700
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.
Fantasy Tip: This could be one step leading to a Peterson holdout. If he's willing to forfeit his workout bonus and miss significant time with teammates, he must really want a change of scenery. However, the Vikings have already said they aren't trading Peterson. This seems to be an immovable object meeting an unstoppable force. Stay tuned.
Sun, 24 May 2015 18:16:25 -0700
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed head coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the optional practices that begin Tuesday, May 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Fantasy Tip: Peterson is trying to force a trade, but a deal doesn't appear to be coming. While he may not like his current situation, it would be a major surprise if he went as far as to sit out games during the regular season. Happy or not, Peterson is a RB1 option in 2015.
Sat, 23 May 2015 21:40:45 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson once again has drawn praise from Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer -- this time for his route-running improvements. Patterson has worked extensively this offseason to become a better receiver from a technical standpoint.
Fantasy Tip: Patterson was a popular breakout candidate in 2014 but barely saw the field in the second half of the season after falling out of favor with Zimmer due to his limited knowledge of nuanced routes. The explosive third-year receiver could be an undervalued WR4 draft target if he continues to turn heads and finds a way to earn regular playing time.
Fri, 22 May 2015 19:04:20 -0700
Minnesota Vikings TE MyCole Pruitt was praised for his versatility and ability to create mismatches by general manager Rick Spielman, and Pruitt could be the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart behind TE Kyle Rudolph as a rookie.
Fri, 22 May 2015 06:42:15 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.
Fantasy Tip: Peterson remains among the elite fantasy football options in Round 1, and an upset Peterson could be a very productive one. Zimmer is likely referring to training camp, since Peterson will be fined if he doesn't show, but this situation will feel tenuous until AD steps foot onto the field in Week 1 wearing a Vikings jersey.
Thu, 21 May 2015 15:33:38 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Walsh struggled last year, hitting 26 of 35 field goal attempts. He's not in starting fantasy kicker territory.
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