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Jerick McKinnon (ankle) was limited in Monday's practice.

It's not a serious issue. After running through the Falcons on Sunday, McKinnon should handle 10-15 touches as Matt Asiata's complement and change-of-pace. McKinnon needs to be owned across the board in all formats.
Sep 29 - 7:00 PM

Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not practice Monday.

Not surprising. Bridgewater just sprained his ankle yesterday, so the Vikings are going to give him some time. Coach Mike Zimmer remains hopeful and optimistic Bridgewater will play Thursday against the Packers at Lambeau.
Sep 29 - 6:05 PM

The Vikings expect Kyle Rudolph (sports-hernia operation) to beat his eight-week timetable.

That's why he's been held off injured reserve/designated to return. Rudolph also admitted the injury had been bothering him since early August. It's good news that the Vikes are optimistic about his status, but at the bare minimum, we'd still expect Rudolph to miss another month of action. He shouldn't be expected back before Week 11. The Vikings are on bye in Week 10.
Sep 29 - 1:39 PM

Speaking at Monday's presser, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer called Jerick McKinnon a change-of-pace back.

Zimmer alluded to 2015 when asked about McKinnon becoming an every-down back. We wouldn't expect Zimmer to say anything else after primary between-the-tackles option Matt Asiata rang up three touchdowns on Sunday, but McKinnon should finally be a fixture in the Vikings' offense. If he can get at least 10-15 weekly touches, it could be only a matter of weeks before he supplants Asiata. The talent differential between the two players is a canyon. McKinnon should be 100 percent owned in 10-12 team leagues.
Sep 29 - 1:26 PM

Vikings WLB Chad Greenway (ribs, hand) is expected to miss Week 5.

Greenway doesn't have enough time to get healthy on the short week. He remains week to week. Gerald Hodges will continue to fill in against the Packers.
Sep 29 - 1:21 PM

Teddy Bridgewater's (ankle) MRI came back "fine," and he's expected to start Thursday's game against the Packers.

According to coach Mike Zimmer, Bridgewater was "doing a lot better" Monday morning. It's obviously encouraging news, but Bridgewater's status can't be taken for granted with the Vikings on a short week. His uncertain health coupled with the short turnaround makes Bridgewater a risky streaming option for Week 5, even though Thursday could be a high-scoring game.
Sep 29 - 1:17 PM

Jarius Wright played on 42-of-79 snaps (53.1 percent) in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Wright was the clear No. 3 receiver as Greg Jennings got 76 snaps and Cordarrelle Patterson got 70. But Wright was the apple of Teddy Bridgewater's eye as the Vikings used more three-wide sets than they did all season, in part thanks to Kyle Rudolph's injury. The result was a team-high 10 targets that yielded eight catches and 132 yards. Wright and Teddy clearly have chemistry after spending so much time together on the second unit, putting him on the WR4/5 radar for Thursday's game against the Packers.
Sep 29 - 10:28 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson has played on 121-of-136 offensive snaps (88.9 percent) over the last two weeks.

The snaps are there for Patterson, but the usage is not. During these two weeks, he has a total of six catches on nine targets and just one rushing attempt. On Sunday, the Vikings chose to force-feed Jarius Wright -- who has spent a ton of time with Teddy Bridgewater as part of the second-stringers over the past few months. Patterson has a nice matchup at Green Bay on Thursday night, but will be boom-or-bust.
Sep 29 - 10:06 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson caught 2-of-4 targets for 38 yards in the Vikings' Week 4 win over the Falcons.

Patterson hasn't done much of anything since shredding the Rams in the opener. We're not sure what the reason is, but the Vikings aren't featuring Patterson, instead opting to work the ball to Jarius Wright in this one. Wright was targeted 10 times mostly on screens and short passes, turning them into 132 yards. Patterson would have likely done that and more if given the same workload. After four games, Patterson is on pace for a 52-724-0 receiving line. He also isn't getting many carries. For now, Patterson is a boom-or-bust WR3.
Sep 28 - 8:29 PM

Greg Jennings caught three passes for 72 yards in the Vikings' Week 4 win over the Falcons.

Jennings was targeted just four times in Teddy Bridgewater's first career start. He was left open in the middle of the field on all three of his grabs against Atlanta's bottom-barrel defense. Jennings is a good fit for Bridgewater's skill set as a solid intermediate option. Through four games, Jennings is on pace for a 60-816-4 line. He's a WR4 no matter who is under center for the Vikings.
Sep 28 - 8:22 PM

Jarius Wright caught eight passes for 132 yards in the Vikings' Week 4 win over the Falcons.

Wright led the team with 10 targets, six more than the next Viking on the list. Teddy Bridgewater was consistently hitting Wright on screens and quick passes. Wright broke one for 52 yards before getting caught from behind in the red zone. He was also overthrown by Bridgewater on a deep bomb that would have been a 75-yard touchdown. We'd like to chalk this up as a bit of a fluke. Wright would ideally be the third or fourth option in the passing game. But Wright is certainly worth monitoring into a Week 5 date with the Packers.
Sep 28 - 8:16 PM

Matt Asiata rushed for 78 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in the Vikings' Week 4, 41-28 win over the Falcons.

Asiata got the start and had touchdown runs of three, six, and one yards. The Falcons can't stop anyone on the ground, but give Asiata some credit. He likes to run against bad defenses, as we saw with his three-TD effort against the Eagles last season. Asiata and Jerick McKinnon were a lethal combination on Sunday, totaling 252 yards on 42 touches. They'll be the foundation of Minnesota's offense for the foreseeable future. The duo gets another favorable matchup against the Packers on Thursday. Asiata is a touchdown-dependent RB2/3.
Sep 28 - 8:06 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed for 135 yards on 18 carries in the Vikings' Week 4, 41-28 win over the Falcons.

He added one catch for 17 yards on three targets. After playing just 17 snaps last week, McKinnon was a major part of the offense against Atlanta's sieve-like defense. A big-time athlete, McKinnon's freakish ability showed on a number of plays. On his long run of 55 yards, McKinnon avoided four or five defenders. He later almost broke a 69-yard touchdown run, but tripped around the edge. McKinnon originally had a seven-yard touchdown on the field, but it was ruled he was down at the one-yard line. If the Vikings continue to use McKinnon, he could easily flirt with RB2 numbers. He's a must-own at this point, even though Matt Asiata will get the bulk of the goal-line reps.
Sep 28 - 7:55 PM

Teddy Bridgewater was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of Minnesota's Week 4 game against the Falcons with a left ankle injury.

Enter Christian Ponder. Making his first NFL start, Bridgewater took advantage of a terrible Atlanta defense, completing 19-of-30 passes for 317 yards and adding another 27 yards and one touchdown on the ground. He led the Vikings to 520 yards of total offense through three-plus quarters of play, displaying precise accuracy in the intermediate parts of the field. Bridgewater got rid of the ball quickly, and led the Vikings to four touchdown drives and 35 points. He certainly looked the part, but we want to see him against a real defense. Bridgewater was taken for X-rays, but they came back negative. He's likely just dealing with a sprain.
Sep 28 - 7:23 PM

Vikings declared WLB Chad Greenway (hand, ribs), WR Charles Johnson, OL David Yankey, DE Scott Crichton, TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Rodney Smith, and LB Brandon Watts inactive for Week 4 against the Falcons.

Greenway has a broken hand and cracked ribs. Johnson was just signed off the Browns' practice squad. Rudolph is out multiple weeks after groin surgery.
Sep 28 - 3:07 PM


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