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

Feb 28, 03:22 AM Free-agent FB Jerome Felton (Vikings) has not ruled out a reunion with the Minnesota Vikings in 2015 if RB Adrian Peterson returns to the club.
Feb 28, 03:22 AM Free-agent FB Jerome Felton (Vikings) has not ruled out a reunion with the Minnesota Vikings in 2015 if RB Adrian Peterson returns to the club.
Feb 27, 02:42 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a trade target for the Indianapolis Colts. QB Andrew Luck hasn't had a successful running game behind him so far in Indianapolis. However, Colts running backs not named RB Trent Richardson averaged close to 5.0 yards per carry in the last two seasons.
Feb 27, 02:42 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a trade option for the Arizona Cardinals with QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald nearing the end of their careers in the desert. The Cardinals are built to win now, and The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers said he wouldn't be surprised if general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians elect to pursue Peterson.
Feb 27, 02:32 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be an option to be traded to the Dallas Cowboys. Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, which is between Dallas and Houston, and he's acknowledged a desire to finish his career with the Cowboys. 'If a blockbuster deal opens and a team wants to give them something they can't turn down,' Nelson Peterson, Adrian's father, added, 'they're going to have to take a look at it.'
Feb 27, 02:02 PM Minnesota Vikings OG Charlie Johnson was released Friday, Feb. 27.
Feb 26, 05:52 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension was overturned by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty Thursday, Feb. 26. However, the NFL also announced that they will appeal the ruling, and Peterson will return to the Commissioner's Exempt List. 'Judge Doty's order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner's longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer,' the league said in a statement.
Feb 26, 03:32 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension being vacated by a judge is expected to be appealed by the NFL.
Feb 26, 12:32 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension has been overturned after a judge granted a motion from the NFL Players Association to vacate the suspension.
Feb 23, 06:13 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's father denied a report that Peterson no longer wants to play for Minnesota. Peterson's father said Peterson is still open to a return to the Vikings. Peterson himself said earlier this month that he feels uneasy about returning to Minnesota because he felt there were some people in the organization who wanted him off the field last season. It was also previously reported that Peterson's agent and members of the Vikings' front office had a heated exchange during the NFL Scouting Combine this week.
Feb 23, 02:52 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's situation with the team worsened during the NFL scouting combine as his agent and members of Minnesota's front office had a heated verbal altercation, according to sources. Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, reportedly said that Peterson would never play for the Vikings again.

Fantasy Impact: Not good. It is looking like Peterson coming back to the Vikings is not going to happen.
Feb 22, 11:53 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has not asked for a trade to the Dallas Cowboys and has not had any conversations with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Feb 20, 08:52 AM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson hasn't softened his stance, despite general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer reaching out to him. Peterson wants a fresh start somewhere else. Peterson said lack of trust is a major issue in his uneasiness to return. The team has no intentions of cutting him, so a trade would be the only option.
Feb 19, 02:53 AM Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel (Vikings) has not been told yet whether Vikings general manager Rick Spielman wants to bring Cassel back in 2015.
Feb 18, 02:53 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson is 'far and away our best receiver,' according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Johnson emerged as QB Teddy Bridgewater's No. 1 target in the second half of last season, ending with 31 catches for 475 yards. Turner has high hopes for Johnson in 2015 with his knee injury even further behind him.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has a chance to play a big role next season. Put him on your sleeper list for the coming season.
Feb 18, 12:43 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson continues to have the support of the team, and general manager Rick Spielman said, 'We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our football team' next season. President Mark Wilf said earlier this week that the team would welcome Peterson back with open arms. Peterson can't be reinstated until April 15, but the NFL Players Association is suing the league in federal court to expedite his return. It's unknown if Minnesota would keep Peterson on his current contract with a base salary of $12.75 million for 2015.

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
 # 7  5 Shamar StephenDL
 # 7  8 Brandon WattsLB
 # 7  10 Jabari PriceDB
 # 7  33 Ahmad DixonDB
 Undrafted Henry JoseyRB
 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 4:25PM     at Detroit
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Miami
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Chicago
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