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Vikings | Mike Zimmer, Adrian Peterson speak

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater working with new WR

Fri, 29 May 2015 16:23:22 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he has been spending extra time with WR Mike Wallace and working on the routes they used during practice.

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Vikings | Adrian Peterson upset with contract

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Marc Sessler

Vikings | Mike Wallace digs new offense

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Vikings | Mike Zimmer gives Adrian Peterson edict

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press - Jon Krawczynski

Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants guaranteed money

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:15:53 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would like guaranteed money in 2016 from the Vikings. Peterson is not participating in organized team activities but is not looking for a trade.

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Vikings | Adrian Peterson still wants trade

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

Vikings | Adrian Peterson not attending OTAs

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press

Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson praised

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Chris Wesseling

Vikings | MyCole Pruitt could have sizeable role

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: 1500ESPN.com - Andrew Krammer

Vikings | Mike Zimmer talks Adrian Peterson

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Conor Orr

Vikings | Blair Walsh contract talks

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:33:38 -0700

Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh said there has been some communication between the team and his agent regarding a contract extension, but nothing has been finalized.

Fantasy Tip: Walsh struggled last year, hitting 26 of 35 field goal attempts. He's not in starting fantasy kicker territory.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Vikings | MIN offense not performing to standards

Wed, 20 May 2015 13:15:29 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings' offensive starters make $58,402,407, according to spotrac.com. That's third most in the NFL behind the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins. The Minnesota offense averaged a meager 315.5 yards per game last season -- 27th in league.

Fantasy Tip: Last year may have been an anomaly with Adrian Peterson missing 15 games. Peterson makes $15.4 million of the Vikings' 2015 salary cap. With an ideal core of Teddy Bridgewater, Peterson, Mike Wallace, Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson, the Minnesota offense should bounce back in 2015 and start paying dividends.

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Vikings | Norv Turner opening up offense

Sun, 17 May 2015 19:39:36 -0700

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has opened up the playbook to give receivers more chances to make explosive plays, head coach Mike Zimmer said at rookie minicamp.

Fantasy Tip: If Turner does open things up a bit, it would be good news for Teddy Bridgewater and the receiving corps. However, the talk of a more pass-friendly playbook may or may not amount to much when the season begins. For now, the fantasy value of Bridgewater and the rest of the Vikings' offensive players remains unchanged.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Sid Hartman

Vikings | Coach happy with Cordarrelle Patterson

Thu, 14 May 2015 10:25:09 -0700

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been impressive during offseason workouts, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. "He's really done well," Zimmer said. "He's running routes good; he's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed with the things that he's done."

Fantasy Tip: Patterson saw a drop in all of his stats this past season and likely will enter the 2015 season as a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver. Owners in deeper leagues could consider selecting Patterson in one of the late rounds in drafts.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

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