|Offense||29th||138.2 (4th)||183.0 (30th)|
|Defense||13th||109.2 (16th)||234.9 (12th)|
|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|
|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|
|91||Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||280||9/5/1990||2||Concordia-St. Paul|
|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||252||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|
|25||Price, Jabari (IR)||CB||5-11||200||8/31/1992||2||North Carolina|
|32||Exum, Antone (IR)||CB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||2||Virginia Tech|
|57||Cole, Audie (IR)||MLB||6-5||248||6/1/1989||4||North Carolina State|
|59||Matthews, Casey (IR)||LB||6-1||242||1/16/1989||5||Oregon|
|60||Bykowski, Carter (IR)||T||6-7||313||7/25/1990||2||Iowa State|
|71||Loadholt, Phil (IR)||T||6-8||345||1/21/1986||7||Oklahoma|
|85||Ellison, Rhett (IR)||TE||6-5||250||10/3/1988||4||USC|
|93||Stephen, Shamar (IR)||DT||6-5||310||2/25/1991||2||Connecticut|
|95||Crichton, Scott (IR)||DE||6-3||273||10/30/1991||2||Oregon State|
|76||Faciane, Isame||G||6-4||302||5/11/1991||1||Florida International|
|Plummer, Terrance||LB||5-11||231||6/20/1993||R||Central Florida|
|Renaud, Blake||RB||6-1||252||10/6/1992||R||Boise State|
|Singleton, Alex||LB||6-2||235||12/7/1993||R||Montana 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.
Harris got the start with Harrison Smith out. He could start again next week if Smith remains sidelined.
Johnson turned in full practices all week, but his status on the fringe of the Vikings' receiving corps will keep him in street clothes in Week 16. Instead, Teddy Bridgewater will rely upon Mike Wallace, Stefon Diggs, and Jarius Wright to support the passing attack.
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.
The Vikings are still missing Harrison Smith (hamstring) for Sunday's game, but with Andrew Sendejo (knee) returning to action, it looks like any avenue to the starting lineup will close for Blanton, who saw just six snaps a week earlier. Sendejo and Anthony Harris look to be in line to serve as the starting safety tandem.
The veteran linebacker was able to hold up through the season after injuries shortened his 2014 campaign. While he didn't register the gaudy tackle numbers he has in the past, Greenway was still a relatively effective cog in the Vikings' defensive scheme. Still, Greenway will be a 33-year-old unrestricted free agent this spring and with the Vikings continuing to get younger on that side of the ball, he could very well need to take another bargain-level contract to remain with the club.
The rookie out of UCLA capped off his debut season with another solid outing Sunday, bumping up his tackle total on the year to 92. He was especially effective in the run game against the Packers as he recorded two stuffs for a total of three yards lost. Kendricks finished the regular season ranked fourth in tackles among rookies behind the likes of Stephone Anthony, Landon Collins, and Kwon Alexander and helped the Vikings improve from 25th in run defense in 2014 (121.4 YPG) to a more palatable 109.3 per game, which put them 17th in the league in 2015. He and fellow former UCLA star Anthony Barr have injected some much-needed youth and skill to the Vikings' linebacking corps and there's no reason to believe Kendricks can't continue to improve in his second season.
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.
Rudolph became less and less of a fixture in the Viking offense down the stretch, being targeted a mere seven times over his last four contests including the playoffs. Part of his lack of production can be attributed to a run-heavy approach to the offense that saw quarterback Teddy Bridgewater average just 22 passes per game in that final stretch, although it is important to note that Rudolph was third on the team in targets and led the team in receiving touchdowns with five. Although he didn't post the kind of numbers that he did in his breakout 2012 campaign, it's encouraging that Rudolph was able to play in all 17 games this year after a pair of seasons derailed by injury. At just 26 years of age, Rudolph still may have some of his best days ahead of him if he's able to stay healthy and Bridgewater continues to progress as a passer.
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.
Coming off back-to-back double-digit sack campaigns, Griffen may have difficulty bringing down the ever-elusive Russell Wilson. Nevertheless, Griffen has notched 22.5 sacks over the last 31 games during the aforementioned stretch.
The third-year corner out of Florida State plucked his first interception of the season in Sunday's finale to help the Vikings wrap up the division crown. He posted career-highs in tackles (58) and passes defensed (11) this season in addition to recording his second career interception. However, his lack of interceptions and passes defensed relative to other IDP options in the secondary have made him a middling option thus far in his career. Still, Rhodes is a talented enough player to where he can begin translating his natural abilities into quantifiable fantasy value next season, which would be perfect timing given it will be the final year of his rookie contract.
Wallace's first year in Minnesota finished with a thud Sunday as he was held to one catch for the fourth time this season. In fairness, Sunday's game took place in brutally cold conditions, meaning that it was unlikely for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to be taking deep shots all afternoon against Seattle's secondary. However, the fact remains that Wallace caught just 40 of his 73 total targets this season with the Vikings, a catch rate of just 55 percent. Wallace hadn't been targeted under 100 times in a season since he was a rookie, when he still outproduced his 2015 campaign with 39 catches on 72 targets (all regular season) for 756 yards and six touchdowns. Barring a major change to Minnesota's offensive philosophy, Wallace will likely continue to be a misused entity in the Vikings' system.
Munnerlyn continues to work as the team's nickelback and has been more involved against the run the past three games with 17 tackles.
The Vikings have dealt with a ridiculous string of injuries at the safety position over the past few weeks, allowing Exum to make a couple of starts. The team is now left with Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring), Robert Blanton (knee), Andrew Sendejo (knee) and newly-signed Anthony Harris.
Minnesota was in position to pound the ball and run out the clock for much of the second half after taking control of the game early. When those opportunities came behind Adrian Peterson, it was Jerick McKinnon who both got the bulk of the back-up opportunities, besting Asiata in touches nine to five, and made the most out of them, tallying 97 total yards and two scores. Minnesota has a division crown to play for in Week 17, meaning that Peterson will, again, be relied on to carry the load. When he needs a breather against Green Bay's so-so run defense, expect McKinnon, not Asiata, to be next in line.
Johnson is having a second consecutive strong season in Minnesota with five sacks as he's gained more playing time in the rotation on the defensive line.
Robinson started two games at linebacker with Anthony Barr hurt, but moved back to a mostly special teams role on Sunday.
Robinson opened the year on the physically unable to perform list with a torn pectoral muscle and never got his season off the ground, as he appeared in just five games and made only two tackles. He recorded five interceptions, 15 passese defended and 151 tackles from 2012-2014, so there might be enough there for another team to take a chance on him.
With Seattle dropping into deep zones, Diggs was able to make some plays underneath while leading the team in both catches and targets. Despite seeing no action during the season's first three weeks, Diggs still managed to lead the Vikings in catches, targets and receiving yards. The rookie's value was hampered, however, given the Vikings 31st-ranked pass offense. Expect the Vikings to be a little more pass-focused next year with an aging Adrian Peterson in a new domed stadium.
The majority of Thielen's rushing yardage came on a 41-yard scamper on a fake punt early in Sunday's contest and he added 26 yards on a reverse in the fourth quarter. Thielen did suffer a shoulder injury in Sunday's game, according to the Pioneer Press, but he believes he'll be available Sunday's Wild Card matchup with the Seahawks.
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.
Hunter played 37 of 61 snaps on defense as he's become a key part of the defensive line rotation. His six sacks are second among NFL rookies.
Stymied for much of the game, Peterson lost a critical fumble in the fourth quarter that set Seattle up to take the lead. Later, on Minnesota's second-to-last drive of the game, it was Jerick McKinnon, not Peterson, on the field trying to help lead the comeback. Fumbles come with the territory for Peterson, who led the league in the unfortunate stat this year and has fumbled at least thrice in six of his eight full seasons. What doesn't normally come with the territory is a lack of production, and that's what Peterson began to show toward the end of the season. In five of his last six games of the year, including Sunday, Peterson was held to 3.5 yards per carry or less - the lone exception being a matchup against the hapless Giants defense. Peterson still managed to score three touchdowns during those games, but given that he'll be 31 next season, Peterson may be showing signs of fatigue that could result in a less dominant share of carries in 2016.
"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 hauled in both of his targets Sunday to post his second-best receiving output of his rookie season. With Kyle Rudolph in the fold as the team's top tight end, Pruitt only saw 16 passes thrown his way in the regular season as a reserve-type option. That said, with Rudolph's lengthy injury history, the Vikings will need to continue developing Pruitt into a viable tight end should Rudolph find himself on the inactive list at any point next season.
Walsh finished out the year having made 12 consecutive field goals dating back to Minnesota's Nov. 29 win over Atlanta and was a perfect 4-for-4 from 50+ yards in that span. He made a league-high 34 field goals this season and showed consistent ability to convert from long range as he converted 12-of-15 FGA from 40 yards or more, making him one of the more valuable kickers in 2015. Perhaps more importantly, Walsh demonstrated the ability to bounce back from a shaky 2014 season in which he converted a league-worst 74.3 percent of his field goals.
Floyd made his mark in Sunday's contest with one sack and one run stuff from his defensive tackle spot. His overall production on the season was a bit of a disappointment following a 2014 campaign in which he posted 4.5 sacks and five run stuffs, but it's important to note that he did miss three games this season due to knee and ankle injuries. When healthy, Floyd has shown himself to be a quality complimentary player on the interior to defensive end Everson Griffen, though his production may not be able to be fully measured by the box score alone.
Barr capped off a solid sophomore season with a respectable five combined tackles but he was unable to generate much in the way of a pass rush. In all, there was a slight statistical dropoff from Barr's rookie season when he racked up 70 tackles, four sacks, five run stuffs, and two forced fumbles in just 12 games; he had 68 tackles with 3.5 sacks and four run stuffs in 2015. Still, Barr has exhibited plenty of upside in his first two years in the league and has shown to have a nose for the ball with five forced fumbles. He may not deliver the tackle volume an IDP league owner would want out of a linebacker, but if Barr can become a greater pass rush threat next season he could be a legitimate option in such leagues.
Sendejo started at safety and played 57 of 61 snaps on defense. After missing two games due to a knee injury, he has returned to his every-down safety role the past two games.
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."
Bridgewater put the Vikings in place for the win in the game's closing minutes, completing a clutch 24-yard completion to tight end Kyle Rudolph to put the team in field goal position. Looking toward next season, Bridgewater will need to show that he is a better play-maker in order to be anything more than a mid-grade fantasy backup. He show flashes of potential during the season's final four games, during which Minnesota went 3-1. In that span, Bridgewater completed 67 percent of his passes, averaged 208 passing yards per game, ran for a touchdown and threw six of his 14 touchdowns on the season versus just one pick.
He was also called for a roughing the passer call when it wasn't clear whether Russell Wilson was down that would have been a third sack. Robison has just three sacks this season, but has been disruptive in the passing game.
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 finished off the regular season with 34 receptions for 442 yards and no touchdowns--all of which were slight drop-offs from his 2014 campaign. That said, his target total fell from 62 to 49 due in part to the additions of rookie Stefon Diggs and veteran deep threat Mike Wallace. In all, Wright had a fine year relative to his role, but serving as the third receiver in a run-heavy offense doesn't bode particularly well for his fantasy value in 2016.
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 may not have made any big plays during Sunday's loss, but it is important to note when he played. Following Adrian Peterson's fumble, McKinnon stepped in for Minnesota's second-to-last drive while they were trying to regain the lead. For years, being the No. 2 back to Peterson has been like backing up Peyton Manning or Tom Brady - opportunities are few and far between. However, with Peterson slowed late in the year, McKinnon had his best three games of the season in Weeks 15 through 17, averaging nine touches per game for 77 total yards per game and three touchdowns. As Peterson enters his age-31 season in 2016, don't be surprised if McKinnon is given a larger share of the load, particularly on passing downs.
Newman moved to safety with rookie Trae Waynes getting the start at cornerback in Newman's usual spot. Newman will likely return to cornerback when Harrison Smith or Andrew Sendejo return from injury.
Ellison suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right leg during Sunday night's win over the Packers. The 27-year-old has 11 receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown through 15 games this season. While his numbers aren't spectacular, Ellison is a viable asset to the Vikings' offense, as he serves as a tight end and fullback, making him a premiere pass and run blocker. In his absence, rookie MyCole Pruitt could see an increase in action.
Smith returned after missing three of the last four games with hamstring issues, and he provided a big boost to the Vikings' defense. The fourth-year safety picked off his second pass of the season to help the Vikings beat the Giants 49-17. Assuming smith is healthy, he'll be a solid IDP play next Sunday in Green Bay.
Waynes could get another start next week if safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo remain sidelined with injuries.
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.
This shouldn't come as any surprise, given that Joseph dealt with a foot injury throughout the entire second half of the season. He missed Weeks 12-16, but with 56 tackles in just 12 games, Joseph cemented his reputation as one of the league's better run-stopping interior linemen. He only has 12.5 sacks in 81 career games.
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