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The Minnesota Vikings are allowing 4.7 yards per carry to opposing rushers, the fifth-worst mark in the NFL.
The Minnesota defense has had an up-and-down start to the 2015 season in terms of defending the run. San Francisco and Denver combined for 5.9 ypc against the Vikings, while DC George Edwards' group held San Diego and Detroit to a combined 2.9 ypc average. Stud running back Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs are waiting for Minnesota after the Vikings enjoy their Week 5 bye, so the front-line defense of this defense will be tested once again. Oct 8 - 3:16 AM

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Minnesota has allowed just 64 rushing yards per game over the last two weeks.

After a horrendous Week 1, when the Vikings gave up 230 rushing yards to the San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota stuffed the Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers in consecutive weeks. Week 4 brings a matchup with the Denver Broncos, who are 31st among NFL offenses in rushing, averaging just 57 yards per game. Despite the potential for Minnesota to stifle the Broncos' running game, the Vikings D/ST will still be a middling Week 4 fantasy option on the road against Peyton Manning.
Oct 4 - 12:30 AM

The Minnesota Vikings will host the San Diego Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers, who has completed 80.9 percent of his passes through two weeks.

Rivers completed 66.5 percent of his passes in 2014, which was the second most accurate campaign of his career. This season, Rivers has been utilizing the short passing game with Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, keeping his completion percentage at a higher clip. Despite the accuracy, Rivers does have three interceptions through two games but the Vikings won't be a recommended Week 3 fantasy option against the San Diego offense that is third in the NFL in offensive yardage.
Sep 25 - 1:25 AM

The Minnesota defense was gouged for 230 rushing yards on Monday night in a 20-3 loss to San Francisco.

Running back Carlos Hyde did most of the damage, routinely ripping off chunks of yardage on his way to a 168 yard, two score evening on 26 carries. Minnesota now returns home to face the Detroit Lions and hopes to improve against running backs Joique Bell and Ameer Abdullah. Fantasy owners can leave the Minnesota D/ST safely on the waiver wire.
Sep 17 - 12:18 AM

Minnesota MLB Gerald Hodges is "pretty confident" that he will be a starter in 2015.

Hodges dished the bit of news to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune after Minnesota's Week 4 preseason game against Tennessee. The third-year linebacker started the final two preseason contests for the Vikings and will look to help the Minnesota D/ST unit that was near the bottom of the NFL in stopping the run last season. Hodges played 14 games and recorded 65 tackles and one interception in 2014.
Sep 5 - 12:54 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown on Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.

The athletic Patterson has largely been a disappointment for fantasy owners who were tempted by the receiver’s combination of size and wheels, but he could provide a boost in leagues where points are awarded for special teams contributions. Patterson returned two kicks for scores in 2013 and will likely stack up piles of return yardage this season. The Minnesota D/ST is not quite on the fantasy draft radar but bonuses like this from the return game could help make the unit worth considering as the season progresses.
Aug 30 - 2:08 AM

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QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Shaun Hill
3Taylor Heinicke
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Matt Asiata
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1Zach Line
WR11Charles Johnson
2Jarius Wright
3Stefon Diggs
WR21Mike Wallace
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Adam Thielen
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4Chase Ford
LT1Matt Kalil
LG1Brandon Fusco
C1Joe Berger
2Zac Kerin
3Nick Easton
RG1Mike Harris
2Jeremiah Sirles
RT1T.J. Clemmings
2Austin Shepherd
K1Blair Walsh