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

Oct 29, 02:43 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) is expected to practice all week, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Oct 27, 03:33 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) is out of his walking boot and is expected to be fine, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Oct 27, 10:36 AM Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon played 43 snaps Sunday, Oct. 26, while RB Matt Asiata played 27. McKinnon accounted for 61 percent of the offensive snaps, while Asiata played 39 percent.

Fantasy Impact: McKinnon continues to be the only back to use in Minnesota right now.
Oct 26, 10:22 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) left the locker room after the Week 8 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with his left foot in a walking boot, but he said Sunday, Oct. 27, that the injury isn't serious.

Fantasy Impact: It doesn't sound like a big deal but we'll keep you posted.
Oct 26, 11:43 AM The Minnesota Vikings have declared LB Brandon Watts, OG David Yankey, LB Gerald Hodges, TE Kyle Rudolph, DL Scott Crichton, OG Vladimir Ducasse, FB Zach Line inactive for Week 8.
Oct 24, 03:52 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and has been ruled out. LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring) was limited in practice and is doubtful. CB Josh Robinson (ankle) did not participate in practice and is questionable. OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee) and Antone Exum Jr. (ankle) fully participated and are questionable. TE Chase Ford (foot), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle), CB Jabari Price (hamstring), S Harrison Smith (ankle), C John Sullivan (concussion) and DE Corey Wootton (back) all fully practiced and are probable.
Oct 23, 05:46 PM Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (concussion) is still in the testing phase to be cleared for a concussion, but he has not been cleared to this point. Head coach Mike Zimmer thinks Sullivan will be ready for the team's Week 8 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Oct 23, 05:32 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) and S Antone Exum (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring), C John Sullivan (concussion), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle), CB Jabari Price (hamstring) and CB Josh Robinson (ankle) were limited, while DE Corey Wootton (back), OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee), SS Harrison Smith (ankle) and TE Chase Ford (foot) practiced in full.
Oct 23, 03:12 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) participated in the team stretch before practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Rudolph did some running off to the side with a trainer.
Oct 23, 02:42 PM Minnesota Vikings CB Josh Robinson (ankle) exited practice Thursday, Oct. 23, after suffering what appeared to be an ankle injury during the individual portion of practice.
Oct 23, 10:33 AM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) stretched with the team Wednesday, Oct. 22, and did some running on the side.
Oct 22, 05:13 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia), LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring) and C John Sullivan (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. DE Corey Wootton (back), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle), OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee), CB Jabari Price (hamstring) and S Antone Exum (ankle) were limited, while S Harrison Smith (ankle) and TE Chase Ford (foot) practiced in full.
Oct 22, 01:53 PM Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (concussion) passed his first concussion test, and head coach Mike Zimmer thinks Sullivan will be fine for Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee) is also expected to be fine.
Oct 21, 11:53 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon has rushed for at least five yards on 22 of his 60 carries this season, amassing 245 yards on those 22 attempts.
Oct 19, 06:02 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon carried 19 times for 103 yards in the Week 7 game against the Buffalo Bills, and he had two receptions which resulted in minus-2 yards.

Fantasy Impact: McKinnon continues to look good in a starting role. He could be a real factor for fantasy teams the rest of the way.
Oct 19, 06:02 PM Minnesota Vikings OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee) left the Week 7 game against the Buffalo Bills due to a knee injury, and C John Sullivan (concussion) exited due to a concussion. Both starting offensive linemen were unable to return.

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
 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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