The Minnesota Vikings began their OTA’s on Tuesday meaning football season is getting that much closer.
The team finished 7-9 which I feel was remarkable considering the injuries to Phil Loadholt, Brandon Fusco and Matt Cassel just to name a few. The other huge loss was the 15 game absence of Adrian Peterson. The NFL’s best running back is lost so what does the team do for a running back? The emergence of a two headed attack with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata did a spectacular job.
2015 is here and with that said Fantasy Football drafts are getting closer and it is with this Vikings roster I feel the team offers up players to think about.
Quarterback – I know Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees are just a few names that seem to be an automatic high pick in drafts but I feel the way Teddy Bridgewater finished the 2014 season that Teddy will not be ignored for long when it comes to Fantasy.
The one thing Teddy offers up is his athleticism which could lead to running the ball in. Teddy’s 64.9 percent completion percent is another factor to think about. He was starting to develop a better deep ball late in the season. The 2919 yards is also a fact to like and numbers will get better with time.
The key for Teddy will be offensive line because if they can do any type of protecting Teddy has the range and accuracy to be able to put big numbers up.
The question mark in Teddy’s game is the running back situation. The team played without AP and Teddy put up some great rookie numbers. If Adrian plays Teddy could have it all. If Adrian does not play, Teddy still good enough to get the team down the field and put up 6.
Running Back – The 2014 running backs saw Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon fill in and did they ever do a good job. The closer the ball got to the goal line it was just a matter of a hand off and Asiata would take it in, The 9 touchdowns Asiata scored was a career high.
I do not see McKinnon or Asiata 150-200 yards per game I do however see them more around the 100 yards which in some leagues is good for 6 while Asiata will be good to have on your roster for at least 1 touchdown a game.
Wide Receiver – Mike Wallace is going to be the guy you want on your roster. His career numbers are amazing with 375 catches for 5834 yards and the big number to look at is 47 touchdowns coming in his first 6 years. He will be catching balls from a guy who is accurate with short and deep balls. Wallace is a lock for a fantasy choice.
Sleeper – Jarius Wright I am prediction will put up surprising numbers. I can see him playing the slot position and Teddy throwing the short pass and allowing Wright to use his speed to make things happen. Wright has 90 catches for 1332 yards and 7 touchdowns including his long of 87 yards vs the New York Jets last season.
Tight End – Kyle Rudolph should be considered a top tight end for Fantasy purposes. He has struggled with staying healthy so if he can avoid injury in 2015 this man will be huge. In fact I feel he is the whole key to the Vikings offense.
The man is 6’7” and has hands of glue. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and was named Pro Bowl MVP. He is such a big red zone target. In his career he has 109 catches for 1055 yards and 15 touchdowns. I highly recommend Rudolph is your draft.
Special Teams – Blair Walsh can’t be overlooked especially with his booming leg. The man has 17 field goals over 50 yards in his first 3 seasons.
If I had to pick in order the Vikings it would be AP with my first choice and if he is not part of the team I would take Mike Wallace first followed by Kyle Rudolph. I would then go Blair Walsh followed by Teddy and last Asiata or McKinnon.
I love the Vikings and Fantasy football. It has been a while where the Vikings have more than just Adrian to think about for Fantasy.
Good luck to all you Fantasy Football fans and please think about taking some purple for your teams.
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