|Offense||27th||146.4 (1st)||186.8 (28th)|
|Defense||9th||110.6 (18th)||223.5 (4th)|
|61||Berger, Joe||C||6-5||305||5/25/1982||11||Michigan Tech|
|36||Blanton, Robert||SS||6-1||200||9/7/1989||4||Notre Dame|
|95||Crichton, Scott||DE||6-3||273||10/30/1991||2||Oregon State|
|32||Exum, Antone||CB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||2||Virginia Tech|
|63||Fusco, Brandon||G||6-4||306||7/26/1988||5||Slippery Rock|
|6||Heinicke, Taylor||QB||6-1||210||3/15/1993||R||Old Dominion|
|99||Hunter, Danielle||DE||6-5||252||10/29/1994||R||Louisiana State|
|12||Johnson, Charles||WR||6-2||217||2/27/1989||3||Grand Valley State|
|92||Johnson, Tom||DT||6-3||288||8/30/1984||5||Southern Mississippi|
|98||Joseph, Linval||DT||6-4||329||10/10/1988||6||East Carolina|
|48||Line, Zach||FB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||3||Southern Methodist|
|31||McKinnon, Jerick||RB||5-9||205||5/3/1992||2||Georgia Southern|
|24||Munnerlyn, Captain||CB||5-9||195||4/10/1988||7||South Carolina|
|23||Newman, Terence||CB||5-10||197||9/4/1978||13||Kansas State|
|83||Pruitt, MyCole||TE||6-2||258||3/24/1992||R||Southern Illinois|
|29||Rhodes, Xavier||CB||6-1||218||6/19/1990||3||Florida State|
|21||Robinson, Josh||CB||5-10||199||1/8/1991||4||Central Florida|
|82||Rudolph, Kyle||TE||6-6||265||11/9/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|22||Smith, Harrison||FS||6-2||214||2/2/1989||4||Notre Dame|
|65||Sullivan, John||C||6-4||310||8/8/1985||8||Notre Dame|
|19||Thielen, Adam||WR||6-2||200||8/22/1990||2||Minnesota State|
|59||Trusnik, Jason||LB||6-4||250||6/6/1984||9||Ohio Northern|
|58||Watts, Brandon||OLB||6-2||231||1/21/1991||2||Georgia Tech|
|26||Waynes, Trae||CB||6-0||190||7/25/1992||R||Michigan State|
|72||Wentworth, Austin||G||6-4||315||5/10/1990||2||Fresno State|
|60||Bykowski, Carter (IR)||T||6-7||313||7/25/1990||2||Iowa State|
|57||Cole, Audie (IR)||MLB||6-5||248||6/1/1989||4||North Carolina State|
|71||Loadholt, Phil (IR)||T||6-8||345||1/21/1986||7||Oklahoma|
|59||Matthews, Casey (IR)||LB||6-1||242||1/16/1989||5||Oregon|
|25||Price, Jabari (IR)||CB||5-11||200||8/31/1992||2||North Carolina|
|93||Stephen, Shamar (IR)||DT||6-5||310||2/25/1991||2||Connecticut|
|76||Faciane, Isame||G||6-4||302||5/11/1991||1||Florida International|
|Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||280||9/5/1990||2||Concordia-St. Paul|
|Plummer, Terrance||LB||5-11||231||6/20/1993||R||Central Florida|
|Renaud, Blake||RB||6-1||252||10/6/1992||R||Boise State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Gray, who ran for 412 yards on 89 carries in eight games this season, had four carries for four yards in the AFC Championship game for New England. It was his first action in a game since Dec. 21 againt the Jets when he had six carries for five yards.
The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England Sunday.
It's not a good sign for Johnson's fantasy value that he was a non-factor in a game where Minnesota fell behind early and to throw the ball. It looks like Johnson won't have a significant role in the offense the rest of the season unless a few injuries strike the receiving corps.
The veteran saw his first action of the season Sunday, and actually led the Vikings to a game-winning field goal in overtime. It is unclear when Bridgewater will be able to return, but Hill is seemingly in line to start any games he misses. The Vikings will face off with a middling Raiders defense in Week 10, but Hill doesn't possess much fantasy potential, even in a starting role.
Blanton had lost out on the starting job and had a limited role off the bench as he didn't even play a snap on defense in Week 2. He should get a full workload Sunday with Sendejo out.
With Eric Kendricks back after a two-game absence due to a rib injury, Greenway returned a smaller role where he leaves the field in passing situations. Greenway had moved to middle linebacker and and played a full game with Kendricks hurt. He was back at weak-side linebacker Sunday.
After putting in three full practices this week, this news is no surprise. He'll be in the lineup at inside linebacker and look to slow down the Falcons rushing attack.
Cole got the start at middle linebacker with Eric Kendricks (ribs) ruled out prior to Sunday's game and the 26-year-old recorded two solo tackles before breaking his ankle. Jason Trusnik will take his place on the roster and provide depth at linebacker, but it remains to be seen who might start for the Vikings if Kendricks is held out of the lineup another week.
Ellis spent training camp with the Giants, but did not make the Week 1 roster. Three Giants defensive tackles were listed on the team's injury report Monday, so the team decided to bring back Ellis with just a couple days to spare before taking on the Redskins on Thursday night.
The big tight end led the team in targets, yards and receptions Sunday, accounting for nearly a third of the team's receiving yardage as the rushing attack took center stage. Rudolph has seen a noticeable uptick in usage over the last two games, but the inconsistent nature of the Vikings' passing game makes him difficult to trust on a weekly basis. Rudolph will look to keep his strong recent run of form alive when the Seahawks come to town in Week 13.
Sherels has just four tackles this season as his duties have been limited to punt returns and special teams. He'll be used as a defensive back only as a deep reserve.
Griffen will continue to power through an array of ailments, which haven't stopped him from taking down Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers in back-to-back contests. In nine games, Griffen has 6.5 sacks to his name among 29 tackles.
Wallace has almost disappeared in the Minnesota passing game the last four games as he's been targeted a total of just 14 times and has just two receptions over that Span. Meanwhile Stefon Diggs has been targeted 28 times over that same span. Wallace and Teddy Brigewater can't seem to connect on deep balls as there was another instance Sunday where Wallace was open but Bridgewater overthrew him.
Munnerlyn continues to work as the team's nickelback and has been more involved against the run the past three games with 17 tackles.
Exum has played just ten snaps on defense all season, so he may work as part of a committee at safety with Smith out.
Sunday was Asiata's second game of the season without a carry. While he has caught a pass in seven of 10 contests, he has failed to top 35 total yards in a game or score a touchdown this season. Asiata scored 10 total touchdowns with Adrian Peterson out of the lineup in 2014. There was some hope that he could at least take a series or two per game and a handful of touchdown from the aging Peterson in 2015, but that has not worked out. He is best served in the free agency pool.
Robinson was on the physically unable to perform list from the beginning of the preseason until Nov. 11. He'll have a reserve secondary role with Trae Waynes inactive with an ankle injury
The rookie managed his lowest yardage output of the season Sunday, as the Vikings effectively ran the ball to grind out a big road win. Diggs has certainly slowed from the historical pace he set through his first four games, as he has failed to reach 50 yards in three of the past four. Week 13 won't present Diggs with the best of bounce-back opportunities, as the Seahawks come to town.
Thielen got more playing time with Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright limited with a hand injury. Thielen was third on the team in targets as both he and Stefon Diggs had breakout games.
With Charles Johnson struggling even before the injury, there may be an opening for Thielen to get a larger role in the passing game.
Watts started at weak-side linebacker with Chad Greenway moving to middle linebacker while Eric Kendricks out with a rib injury. However, Watts has been coming off the field in nickel and passing situations, which limits his fantasy value.
"We looked at him as a defensive end and then when you watch his work out at the combine and you watch his work out at the pro day, he's an incredible athlete when we put him through drops and coverage," Spielman said, per the team's official website. "He is an Anthony Barr-type athlete, maybe not as fluid, but has the ability to do a lot of different things depending on how he develops and where our coaches see him."
The Vikings took Hunter in the third round with the 88th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The NFL's rushing leader bounced back from a quiet outing in last week's loss to Green Bay in a big way, posting his second-highest yardage output while scoring multiple touchdowns for the second time this season. Peterson has now scored five times in the last four weeks, and has gone over 100 yards rushing in four of the last five. The Vikings will host the Seahawks in Week 13, when Peterson will once again be the alpha and the omega on offense.
"He's excited to be able to play in the new stadium (the Vikings will open in 2016)," his agent, Tom Tafelski, said. "It's a great organization, a great sports city, a great quality of life. We're excited we got it done."
Berger started nine games at right guard last season. He could compete for a starting role next season depending on what else the team accomplishes in free agency and the draft.
Pruitt had his first catch in Minnesota's last game and is starting to get involved in the offense. He's not getting enough touches for viable fantasy value, but his role could grow later in the season.
After struggling in the preseason and in the team's first few games (missing two field goals and an extra point), Walsh has turned his season around the past three games. He's make all 11 field goal attempts the past three games including six from 40 yards or more.
Floyd missed three games following surgery to remove cartilage from his knee, but after building up his practice reps during the week, the defensive tackle will make his first appearance since Week 6.
After putting in three full practices this week, this news is no surprise. Barr will look to contain Tevin Coleman from getting to the outside on running plays and also put pressure on Matt Ryan.
Despite some talk early in the season from head coach Mike Zimmer that he wasn't happy with safeties playing next to Harrison Smith, Sendejo has kept the strong safety job and received the bulk of playing time.
The team maintained an open spot for Price on its roster after placing John Sullivan on injured reserve, so there is no need for a corresponding move.
"Jason is an experienced player who adds more competition to the linebacker position and has also been a special teams ace," coach Ron Rivera said. "I expect him to come in and be a leader. Even though he is new to us, he's got veteran savvy to him."
Trusnik made six starts while playing all 16 games with the Dolphins in 2014, racking up 48 tackles and intercepting one pass.
"First, I want to earn respect from my new teammates and coaches," Trusnik said. "It's a new team and I have to earn that. I want to continue to be the leader that I've been in the past and make plays, whether that be on special teams or on defense."
The second-year signal caller took a back seat Sunday, as the Vikings ran the ball effectively en route to a crucial road win. Bridgewater has now thrown for fewer than 200 yards in six games this season, and he failed to connect on a touchdown Sunday for the fourth time. Week 13 will bring a tough home matchup versus the Seahawks, and Bridgewater should once again play the role of game manager in the Vikings' run-heavy attack.
Robison doesn't have a sack in two games, but he's been disruptive enough in the passing game that the sacks will come.
Fusco plans to be ready for OTAs, while Loadholt vowed to be ready no later than training camp.
“I can use him as a gauge,” Loadholt said of his teammate. “He’s through everything I’m going through right now, so I’m just trying to stay on pace and get ready for the year.”
Marshall was the only player ruled out prior to Sunday. Both Cornick and Ward were listed as questionable. Cornick is dealing with a toe injury. Ward has a neck issue. Thompson was actually listed as probable, but will not play. He has both hip and knee injuries. Unrein was also listed as probable. He's dealing with an illness. The other two players listed are healthy scratches.
Wright got more targets than usual with the Vikings falling behind early. He also got more targets than Mike Wallace and it's possible Wright could get more touches if Wallace continues to struggle. Still, Wright doesn't get enough looks for viable fantasy value in most formats, but he's capable of a big play.
The team also announced Sullivan underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy Wednesday.
"As a player you never want to miss time," Sullivan said. "Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your absence, you feel guilty about not fulfilling your responsibility to your teammates, coaches, organization and fans by giving it your absolute best out on the field every Sunday.
"While I'm incredibly disappointed that I'll be missing the first portion of the 2015 season, I have full faith in the roster that our coaches and front office have put together. Joe Berger will step in and do a great job leading our offensive line, protecting the best young quarterback in football and opening up holes in the running game.
"In the meantime, I promise I'll be doing everything I can to recover and I'll be ready as soon as humanly possible to return to the field and help the Vikings win their first Super Bowl Championship."
Kalil also had injections to help manage joint pain. Both knees were scoped in January before having a Regenexx procedure performed on them in March. Kalil also had platelet-rich plasma therapy performed, too.
Throughout the procedures, Kalil has been working out and rehabbing at the Vikings' team facility.
McKinnon tallied 10 total touches with Adrian Peterson feeling under the weather in Week 7, but has just seven touches since. The second-year player split carries with Matt Asiata last season, but has been relegated to just 2.5 carries per game in 2015. Posing as a limited threat in the passing game, McKinnon provides little to a fantasy team so long as Peterson is healthy.
Newman is the third leading active player with 39 interceptions. His per-play tackle totals are down slightly from last season, but he continues to get plenty of snaps as a starting cornerback at age 37.
Ellison has become a larger part of the passing game the last four weeks with five receptions and seven targets, but that's not enough for viable fantasy value in most formats.
Smith sustained the injury early in last week's loss to Green Bay, but he played through the ailment for the better part of the contest. Despite practicing Friday, Smith has been ruled out, so the Vikings will likely turn to Antone Exum Jr. to fill the void.
Waynes is battling an ankle injury, the details of which are still mostly unclear. Regardless, he'll sit out Sunday, as well starting safety Harrison Smith, who is dealing with a left knee injury.
Patterson is rarely used outside of special teams as he has just two rushing attempts and has been targeted just two times as a receiver this season. However, he can still make a big impact on kickoff returns.
Floyd may have difficulty matching his output from a week ago, when he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week with 10 tackles (seven solo) and a half sack against the Rams. However, after his practice reps were somewhat limited during the week, he'll line up as one of the Vikings' defensive tackles.
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