|Offense||31st||72.4 (32nd)||224.4 (25th)|
|Defense||3rd||103.5 (17th)||199.9 (4th)|
|64||Beavers, Willie||G||6-5||322||10/2/1993||R||Western Michigan|
|61||Berger, Joe||C||6-5||305||5/25/1982||12||Michigan Tech|
|76||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||7||Ohio State|
|57||Cole, Audie||MLB||6-5||248||6/1/1989||5||North Carolina State|
|63||Fusco, Brandon||G||6-4||306||7/26/1988||6||Slippery Rock|
|6||Heinicke, Taylor||QB||6-1||210||3/15/1993||2||Old Dominion|
|69||Hill, Rashod||T||6-6||309||1/12/1992||R||Southern Mississippi|
|99||Hunter, Danielle||DE||6-5||252||10/29/1994||2||Louisiana State|
|12||Johnson, Charles||WR||6-2||217||2/27/1989||4||Grand Valley State|
|92||Johnson, Tom||DT||6-3||288||8/30/1984||6||Southern Mississippi|
|98||Joseph, Linval||DT||6-4||329||10/10/1988||7||East Carolina|
|59||Lamur, Emmanuel||LB||6-4||245||6/8/1989||5||Kansas State|
|48||Line, Zach||FB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||4||Southern Methodist|
|21||McKinnon, Jerick||RB||5-9||205||5/3/1992||3||Georgia Southern|
|89||Morgan, David||TE||6-4||265||5/19/1993||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|24||Munnerlyn, Captain||CB||5-9||195||4/10/1988||8||South Carolina|
|23||Newman, Terence||CB||5-10||197||9/4/1978||14||Kansas State|
|29||Rhodes, Xavier||CB||6-1||218||6/19/1990||4||Florida State|
|82||Rudolph, Kyle||TE||6-6||265||11/9/1989||6||Notre Dame|
|22||Smith, Harrison||FS||6-2||214||2/2/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|19||Thielen, Adam||WR||6-2||200||8/22/1990||3||Minnesota State|
|26||Waynes, Trae||CB||6-0||190||7/25/1992||2||Michigan State|
|5||Bridgewater, Teddy (IR)||QB||6-2||215||11/10/1992||3||Louisville|
|95||Crichton, Scott (IR)||DE||6-3||273||10/30/1991||3||Oregon State|
|32||Exum, Antone (IR)||CB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||3||Virginia Tech|
|75||Kalil, Matt (IR)||T||6-7||317||7/6/1989||5||USC|
|72||Long, Jake (IR)||T||6-7||322||5/9/1985||9||Michigan|
|28||Peterson, Adrian (IR)||RB||6-1||220||3/21/1985||10||Oklahoma|
|25||Price, Jabari (IR)||CB||5-11||200||8/31/1992||3||North Carolina|
|71||Smith, Andre (IR)||T||6-4||325||1/25/1987||8||Alabama|
|30||Ham, C.J.||RB||5-11||235||7/22/1993||R||Augustana (S.D.)|
|81||Boehringer, Moritz||WR||6-4||225||10/16/1993||R||No College|
|83||Pruitt, MyCole||TE||6-2||258||3/24/1992||2||Southern Illinois|
|Roberson, Tre||DB||6-0||200||10/22/1992||R||Illinois State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
A workout superstar, Boehringer recorded a 4.43 40-yard dash and 39-inch vertical -- checking in at 6-4, 227 pounds -- at Florida Atlantic University's pro day in March. Even with those measurables, the 22-year-old German was always a better bet for the practice squad than the active roster, as his competition overseas didn't compare to NCAA Division 1 football.
Jayron Kearse got the start at strong safety with Andrew Sendejo out with an ankle injury, but he played just 15 snaps on defense after some early struggles. It looks like Harris could take over the starting job and get the bulk of playing time if Sendejo remains sidelined.
Hill was brought on to replace Jake Long (Achilles), who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. The rookie has spent the season on the Jaguars' practice squad but now has a real opportunity to become a starter on a depleted Vikings' offensive line.
Johnson played 26 snaps on offense as he likely got more opportunities with Stefon Diggs being eased back a bit from a knee injury. Unfortunately, Johnson had a bad drop when a ball hit his hands late in the game on what would have been a key first down. That drop may move him back to the bench next week with Diggs ready for a larger workload.
Bradford returned to play the second half, so Hill should remain on the bench next week against Jacksonville.
Greenway said he could miss Thursday's game at Detroit if his wife gives birth to the couple's fourth child before the game. He'll start but may not get significant playing time as he's likely to come off the field in passing situations with Eric Kendricks healthy.
Treadwell appeared to run an incorrect route on a pass that was thrown his way and went out of bounds, which could hurt his ability to get more playing time. He's had ten or more snaps on offense the past three weeks, so he's getting some opportunity - but he'll need to capitalize on small chances.
While the final stat line looks serviceable in both a real-world and fantasy football sense, it was notably helped by a two-minute drill that Bradford and the Vikings successfully ran to get within two points of the Cowboys with 25 seconds remaining. However, Bradford badly missed high on the subsequent two-point conversion attempt, and what looked like a missed call by the refs of a hit to his helmet as he let go of the ball sealed Minnesota's fate on the night. Despite his numbers being helped by the aforementioned final drive, the veteran quarterback's 5.49 YPA was actually his second-lowest figure in that category this season, and the Vikings will clearly need more from him down the stretch to keep their playoff hopes alive. He'll try to rebound in a Week 14 road tilt against the Jaguars.
Kendricks was able to participate in all activities during the week, so his hip injury doesn't appear to be a major concern.
Cole will not see the bulk of snaps however, as Chad Greenway will likely stay on the field in nickel and dime situations with Cole sitting out. Cole may not be an ideal IDP replacement for Kendricks as a result.
He suffered a broken bone in his right hand during training camp which hurt his chances to make the final roster.
After a downturn in involvement following former offensive coordinator Norv Turner's exit on Nov. 2, Rudolph has bounced back with a pair of double-digit target games. He's secured 15 of 22 looks for 109 yards over the last two contests, reclaiming his place as one of Sam Bradford's most trusted targets. Despite the largely conservative nature of the Vikings offense regardless of who's calling the plays, Rudolph still shapes up as one of the better fantasy options at the fickle tight end position for the balance of the campaign.
Sherels is tending to a fractured rib. Expect Adam Thielen to take over punt return duties for at least one more game.
Sankey spent the summer with the Titans and has since made stops in both New England and Kansas City. If something were to happen to Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata, expect the former second-rounder to receive a call from Vikings brass.
Minnesota's three-game losing streak and struggles on defense can't be blamed on Griffen as he has two sacks and 13 tackles the past three games. He has six sacks on the season.
Brothers was one of the more highly-regarded linebackers in the class heading into the Combine, but miserable pre-draft athletic testing pushed Brothers this far down the order. A bit undersized at 6-foot, 245 pounds, Brothers ran a 4.89-second 40-yard dash while logging problematic jumps -- 28.5 inches in the vertical and 110 in the broad jump. Still, he was quite productive at Missouri, posting 274 tackles over his last two seasons.
Rhodes' interception return for a touchdown was a huge turnaround as he picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it all the way for a touchdown. Rhodes has been a difference maker in the secondary when healthy this year, but he's missed two games and played through injuries in several more. He looks healthy and in top form for the final six games, however.
Stephen is mostly a run stuffer and gets time in the defense line rotation behind Linval Joseph, so don't expect many tackles or sacks.
Alexander was limited in practice all week and will be missing his first game of the season. His absence shouldn't impact the defense greatly.
With Terrence Newman (neck) out of commission, Munnerlyn could experience an uptick in snaps, despite Trae Waynes entering the starting lineup. As a result, the potential exists for Munnerlyn to muster more than his typical tackle count (4.0 per game).
Exum injured his leg in Sunday's preseason game and was waived in the days after. Now that he's cleared waivers he was eligible for placement on the IR and is done for the season.
Asiata ended a streak of three games without a touchdown, and unfortunately most of his fantasy value comes as a goal-line back. He got six carries while Jerick McKinnon had nine carries as Asiata continues to get slightly less than half the workload in the timeshare.
Johnson was a limited participant in practice heading into the weekend which left his status up in the air, but he'll be in the Week 9 lineup as Shamar Stephen's backup at defensive tackle.
Robinson started two games at linebacker with Anthony Barr hurt, but moved back to a mostly special teams role on Sunday.
Diggs was back in action after missing the Thanksgiving tilt versus the Lions and looked to be at full health while leading the team in receptions on the night. The second-year speedster is still hampered by the limitations of the Vikings offense overall, but has now reached the 75-reception mark on the season, while also breaking the 800-yard milestone with Thursday's production. The one major concern for fantasy owners is his significantly low touchdown equity, as Diggs has only visited the end zone twice in 2016, and not since Week 8 against the Bears. He'll look to break that string when the Vikings visit the Jaguars in Week 14.
Thielen continued his ascent fantasy-wise Thursday, but his early fourth-quarter fumble deep in Vikings territory directly led to a go-ahead eight-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant on the very next play following the miscue. On the bright side, Thielen now has 15 receptions on 20 targets for 139 yards over the last two weeks, and Thursday's solid numbers encouragingly came with Stefon Diggs on the field. He'll look to continue his emergence against the Jaguars in Week 14.
Crichton was waived with an injury designation on Tuesday, and has since cleared waivers. His placement on IR means the former third-round pick will be shut down for the season.
Heinicke returned to practice Oct. 19 and had to be activated within a 21-day window. The Vikings decided to bring him back at the last second, but he'll only be No. 3 on the depth chart, clearly stuck behind both Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.
Hunter has three sacks the past two games as Minnesota's pass rush bounced back Sunday after struggling in a four-game losing streak. Hunter now has seven sacks and continues to improve from the six sacks in his strong rookie season.
Peterson's workload at Tuesday's practice may not seem significant at first glance, but it is a sign that he has been cleared to resume running as he continues to work his way back from late-September knee surgery. Peterson will not be playing in this week's game against the Cowboys and will have to practice before he even has any shot to suit up again, but he appears to be making sound progress in his recovery and will at least have a chance to return to action before the season ends as the Vikings have hoped.
Lamur had played just six snaps on defense in eight games before Sunday, but saw action with Eric Kendricks out with a concussion.
Berger suffered a concussion last Thursday against the Lions and remains under protocol. In his place, Nick Easton projects to get the start at center.
The 23-year-old rookie out of Augustana finished with an unimpressive 2.9 yards per carry despite scampering in for a 10-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He's unlikely to make much noise behind superstar Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon at the running back position.
Long signed with the Vikings a little over a month ago after Andre Smith (triceps) and Matt Kalil (hip) were lost for the season. The Vikings' offensive line continues to be ravaged by injuries, with the team bringing in Rashod Hill to replace Long.
Weatherly has uncommon athleticism for a player at the 6-foot-4, 270-pound build, though he falls to this point for rawness reasons. Mike Zimmer is an ideal coach for him to land with, though.
Pruitt was released to make room for QB Taylor Heinicke (foot), who was activated from the non-football injury list. The Vikings still have three tight ends on their roster, with Rhett Ellison and David Morgan providing depth behind starter Kyle Rudolph. The 24-year-old Pruitt has just one catch for seven yards this season.
Floyd was unable to return to practice this week. His next chance to play will come in Week 14 against the Jaguars.
It was just his second sack of the season as Thursday was maybe the first game all season we've seen him be the distruptive force he was the previous two years. His tackle totals are also down significantly to 2.6 per game this season from 3.9 per game last year.
Sendejo was unable to suit up for Week 8's loss to the Bears, but he'll return to the starting lineup this week at strong safety opposite Harrison Smith. Anthony Harris figures to be Sendejo's primary backup if he experiences any kind of setback.
Kearse was essentially benched after missing a tackle and allowing Jordan Howard to have a long run early in the game. Anthony Harris played most of the snaps thereafter. It looks like Harris would start if Andrew Sendejo remains out with an ankle injury.
Fortunately, Minnesota has a deep enough secondary to absorb the loss of Price.
He'll take over placekicking duties from Blair Walsh, who was released Tuesday.
Sugarman said the quarterback is making good progress, regaining range of motion and strength in his surgically repaired left knee. Bridgewater still has a brace and is only eight weeks into a lengthy process, but it sounds as if he's right on schedule so far. The goal is to have him ready for Week 1 next season.
"It's great," Boone said. "It's different, obviously, [after] playing next to Anthony [Davis] all those years, now you move over play next to Joe [Staley]. Both great tackles. Footwork's a little diferent, handwork is a little different, but at the end of the day it’s come along real well."
Robison had gone five games without a sack, which corresponded with Minnesota's four-game losing streak. It looks like he and the defensive line are back on track.
The veteran guard suffered a concussion in the Vikings' final game before their bye week. It has not been reported that Fusco has passed the league's concussion protocol at this point, but his participation in practice Wednesday is a positive sign for his status heading into Sunday.
Wright looks buried on the depth chart as both Charles Johnson (22) and Laquon Treadwell (34) got more playing time with Stefon Diggs out.
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 actually found some decent running room on his limited opportunities, with his 4.6 YPC figure checking in as his highest since Week 4. His five catches were also a season high, and his nifty five-yard touchdown grab with 25 seconds remaining brought the Vikings within two. Despite a relatively productive fantasy night, McKinnon's rushing attempts have now been in in the single digits in four of the last five contests, and with news that Adrian Peterson continues to ramp up his activity in the hopes of a late-season return, the former's days as a viable fantasy asset could be numbered.
Newman was inactive last week but was able to practice in full on Tuesday and wasn't expected to be held out Thursday. It's unclear if he'll be limited at all, in which case Trae Waynes would likely see some extra snaps.
It was just Ellison's second rushing attempt of his career as he scored on a misdirection play. Ellison is mostly a blocker and will only get a touch or two per game on offense.
Smith was able to play a full game and had five tackles. He has some extra time off with the Vikings playing on Sunday next week at Jacksonville.
Waynes has had an inconsistent season with some big plays and frequent penalties. He'll likely get plenty of action from Detroit's passing game.
Patterson was a clear third option at receiver as he had 47 snaps on offense compared to 63 for Adam Thielen and 58 for Stefon Diggs. Patterson and Thielen have been getting about equal playing time behind Diggs, and Thursday's game likely doesn't change that equation much despite Patterson's slight decrease in snaps and fewer targets (nine for Thielen)
Joseph was sidelined the majority of practice this week but will take the field Sunday despite his shoulder aliment. The Vikings may limit the defensive tackle's reps, in which case Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen are likely to see increased playing time.