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Greg Jennings (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Jennings should be available this week despite his hamstring issue. He'll be updated again on Thursday.
Dec 17 - 5:30 PM

Matt Asiata (foot) was limited on Wednesday.

Asiata played the majority of snaps in Sunday's loss. There's been no indication his foot injury will keep him out this week. Asiata is a touchdown-dependent FLEX option against Miami.
Dec 17 - 5:21 PM

Kyle Rudolph (knee, ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Rudolph recently admitted he wasn't completely over his sports-hernia surgery and is now dealing with knee and ankle injuries. He should be considered questionable for Week 16. Chase Ford would start if Rudolph misses time.
Dec 17 - 5:08 PM

Kyle Rudolph admits he's still not 100 percent healthy after undergoing sports-hernia surgery in September.

He missed two months of action. Rudolph has played the past five games and set season-bests in catches (7) and yards (69) last week against the Lions. Neither he nor the coaching staff expect him to be back to full health until training camp next summer. Rudolph's four-year career has been derailed by injuries.
Dec 17 - 9:54 AM

Matt Asiata out-snapped Ben Tate 45-13 in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Joe Banyard was third on the totem pole with 11 snaps. It reiterates what we already knew -- this coaching staff loves them some Asiata. Over the last three games, he's averaging 14.6 carries, 4.6 catches and has scored one touchdown. We know the volume will be there against the Dolphins Sunday, making Asiata a flex option versus a sagging Miami run defense.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 16 - 10:10 AM

Profootballtalk reports Adrian Peterson fully intends to play in 2015.

While Peterson told ESPN recently that he has considered retirement, it was likely in frustration. He's currently eligible for reinstatement come April 15, but plans to file a lawsuit as soon as Monday to gain his reinstatement for the full offseason. If the Vikings choose to release Peterson, he's going to want to be available when free agency starts in March. It might be time for a split.
Dec 14 - 7:49 PM

Matt Asiata rushed 11 times for 36 yards and a touchdown and caught seven balls for 50 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

Continuing to operate as Minnesota's feature back, Asiata got the Vikings on the board with a first-quarter two-yard touchdown run. The Vikings trust Asiata more than Ben Tate and Joe Banyard, particularly in pass protection. So that means Asiata will continue to get lead back work despite his ineffectiveness on the field. Sort of like a younger version of Steven Jackson at this stage of S-Jax's career, Asiata will be a touchdown-dependent flex option in Week 16 against the Dolphins.
Dec 14 - 7:34 PM

Vikings RB Joe Banyard rushed twice for two yards in Sunday's Week 15 loss to the Lions.

Banyard was the Vikings' No. 3 back in this one, playing behind Matt Asiata and Ben Tate and struggling. Although athletically-gifted Banyard may be a better running back prospect than given credit for long term, he'll carry zero fantasy value into a Week 16 date with the Dolphins.
Dec 14 - 7:33 PM

Ben Tate managed eight yards on five carries in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

Tate was the Vikings' second back through the rotation on Sunday, behind Matt Asiata and ahead of Joe Banyard. Tate will carry no fantasy value into Week 16 against the Dolphins.
Dec 14 - 7:32 PM

Greg Jennings secured 3-of-5 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

Jennings' second-quarter TD catch from eight yards out gave the Vikings a 14-0 lead. He continued to run possession routes and operate as a chain mover for Teddy Bridgewater. Jennings is still a useful real-life NFL receiver, but his fantasy value is adversely affected by a rookie quarterback and his lack of big-play ability. Charles Johnson has clearly asserted himself as Minnesota's top wideout.
Dec 14 - 7:31 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 31-of-41 passes for 315 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

He added three rushes for 30 yards. Bridgewater was rolling early, finding Greg Jennings from eight yards out in the second quarter to give Minnesota a 14-0 lead. He proceeded to throw two picks later in the frame, giving the Lions life. Detroit capitalized en route to a 16-14 victory. Despite Sunday's loss, Bridgewater has made noticeable strides over the course of his rookie year and is a promising prospect. We think he has a realistic chance to become the Vikings' long-term quarterback answer. He'll get another tough test in a Week 16 date with the Dolphins' usually stout pass defense.
Dec 14 - 7:29 PM

Charles Johnson secured 5-of-7 targets for 72 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

His highlight play was a first-half catch-and-run for 40 yards. Johnson has more than asserted himself as the Vikings' top passing-game weapon and is playing every snap in Minnesota's offense. Butt-pat if you own Johnson in a Dynasty league. He's already an every-week WR3 with plenty of room for more. The Vikings play the Dolphins in fantasy championship week.
Dec 14 - 7:28 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson secured 2-of-3 targets for 16 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

Patterson entered this game questionable with a hamstring injury. He played behind Charles Johnson, Greg Jennings, and Jarius Wright. Patterson did break off a 51-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter and made two late catches on Minnesota's final drive. Unfortunately, he was droppable in re-draft leagues awhile back.
Dec 14 - 7:26 PM

Jarius Wright secured 4-of-6 targets for 49 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

Wright contributed four chain-moving receptions, but was mostly quiet as usual as the Vikings' third receiver behind Charles Johnson and Greg Jennings. Wright lacks re-draft value and has very limited Dynasty league appeal.
Dec 14 - 7:25 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught seven balls for 69 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

He secured all seven of his targets. This was easily Rudolph's best game since returning from sports hernia surgery. He'll be a lower-end streamer option in Week 16 against a Dolphins defense that is normally very stingy in tight end coverage.
Dec 14 - 7:18 PM


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