2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Minnesota Vikings
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Vikings could surprise this year. A new coaching staff should help the team, especially the offense. You can never count out a team with Adrian Peterson on it to do big things. Peterson can carry the offense all by himself if needed. The defense is just alright, though, which is another concern. They won't shut down the opposition and the offense lacks some firepower because of question marks at quarterback. Minnesota is likely to finish below .500 again but should be better than last season. Things are going the right direction for this team.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was used sporadically as a rookie but made a lot of big plays with his few chances. He had a knack for scoring and picking up big chunks of yards. He has a great skillset, doing well on making a short play into a big one and stretching the field with his top speed. He'll be the No. 1 receiver for the Vikings and should get a ton of chances from day one this year. He can be a top 15 fantasy receiver and finish with more than 1,000 total yards and near double-digit scores. Patterson is the real deal at receiver.
FANTASY DUD
Quarterback Matt Cassel is likely to open the season as the starter but probably won't be able to keep the job from rookie Teddy Bridgewater all season. Cassel is just keeping the set warm for the rookie. Even when playing, Cassel isn't a huge fantasy threat. He does well managing the offense but won't be able to carry the offense most weeks if called on.

Team Notes

Sep 20, 01:22 PM The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Charles X. Johnson to their 53-man roster from the Cleveland Browns practice squad Saturday, Sept. 20.
Sep 20, 12:42 PM Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib) said he hopes to be able to play in Week 3 but will be a game-time decision. He is listed as questionable for the game.
Sep 19, 05:32 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is questionable for Week 3.

Fantasy Impact: Rudolph should be ready to play but keep an eye on the inactives to be sure.
Sep 19, 05:22 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is probable for Week 3.
Sep 19, 05:22 PM Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (shoulder), LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib) and LB Brandon Watts (knee) all were limited in practice and are questionable for Week 3. OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) was limited in practice and is probable. LB Michael Mauti (foot), CB Xavier Rhodes (groin) and WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) all fully practiced and are probable.
Sep 18, 07:52 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's case for child abuse could take six to 18 months to go to trial, according to a source. Peterson is on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list and is out indefinitely.
Sep 18, 07:02 PM The Minnesota Vikings have released WR Jerome Simpson Thursday, Sept. 18.

Fantasy Impact: The troubled receiver might have a hard time finding work.
Sep 18, 06:42 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

Fantasy Impact: Patterson should be ready to go for the Week 3 game.
Sep 18, 06:42 PM Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 18. LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib), OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) and LB Brandon Watts (knee) were limited. LB Michael Mauti (foot), CB Xavier Rhodes (groin) and WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) were full participants.
Sep 18, 06:42 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.
Sep 17, 05:23 PM The Minnesota Vikings intend to bring RB Adrian Peterson back after his legal issues are resolved.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a surprise. Peterson isn't going to be back on the field until all this legal stuff is resolved.
Sep 17, 04:53 PM Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (shoulder), LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib) and OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. CB Xavier Rhodes (groin), WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) and LB Brandon Watts (knee) were limited, while LB Michael Mauti (foot) practiced in full.
Sep 17, 04:53 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Fantasy Impact: He should be ready to go for Week 3.
Sep 17, 12:43 PM Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (hand) is dealing with a broken hand, but the team hopes he is still able to play Week 3, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Sep 17, 12:43 PM Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) will miss practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, because of an ankle injury.
Sep 17, 03:43 AM The Houston Texans worked out DT Fred Evans on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Linval Joseph, DT; Corey Wootton, DE; Captain Munnerlyn, CB. 

Losses:
Jared Allen, DE; Toby Gerhart, RB; Josh Freeman, QB; Chris Cook, CB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  9 Anthony BarrLB
 # 1  32 Teddy BridgewaterQB
 # 3  8 Scott CrichtonDL
 # 3  32 Jerick McKinnonRB
 # 5  5 David YankeyOL
 # 6  6 Antone ExumDB
 # 6  8 Kendall JamesDB
 # 7  5 Shamar StephenDL
 # 7  8 Brandon WattsLB
 # 7  10 Jabari PriceDB
 Undrafted AC LeonardTE

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at St Louis
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     New England
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at New Orleans
4     Sep 28 4:25PM     Atlanta
5     Oct 2 8:25PM     at Green Bay
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Detroit
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Buffalo
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Washington
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Chicago
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Green Bay
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Carolina
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     New York Jets
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Detroit
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Miami
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Chicago
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