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Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught three passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Bears.

Primarily a special teamer, Thielen entered this game with just 69 receiving yards all year. His playing time was bumped when Jarius Wright left early with a back injury. Ordinarily, Thielen is the Vikings' No. 5 receiver.
Dec 28 - 5:11 PM

Kyle Rudolph was held catch-less in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

We noticed Rudolph on an impressive block to spring Matt Asiata for a first-half run, but otherwise he was quiet coming off multiple injuries. Dating back to Notre Dame, Rudolph has been incredibly injury prone, and he missed seven more games this year, finishing with a disappointing 24-231-2 receiving line. Still only 25 years old, Rudolph is locked up long term in Minnesota after GM Rick Spielman handed him a new six-year, $37.5 million deal this past summer. Although Rudolph plays under typically tight end-friendly OC Norv Turner and in a promising passing attack, his Dynasty outlook is suspect. Rudolph is a quality red-zone target, but isn't quick enough to consistently defeat linebackers or safeties in coverage. He'll be better viewed as a TE2 in 2015 re-draft leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:08 PM

Jarius Wright secured 3-of-3 targets for 23 yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

He left early with a back injury. Wright finished his third NFL season with 42 catches for 588 yards and two touchdowns. A nifty slot receiver, Wright is signed cheaply and his roster spot should be secure with Minnesota for 2015. He lacks much Dynasty value, but is a reliable contributor with sneaky big-play ability. Wright also rushed seven times for 82 yards this season.
Dec 28 - 5:02 PM

Charles Johnson secured 2-of-4 targets for 22 yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

He also lost 11 yards on a rushing attempt. It was a quiet end to an otherwise impressive season from the breakout second-year wideout. Johnson emerged as the Vikings' No. 1 receiver, tallying a 31-475-2 line despite starting only six games. Turning 26 in February, Johnson is a building block for Minnesota. He is sure to be the subject of plenty of offseason hype as a full-on 2015 fantasy breakout pick. Johnson's Dynasty owners should be smiling widely.
Dec 28 - 4:53 PM

Greg Jennings secured 3-of-5 targets for 45 yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

The stat line was uninspiring, but Jennings contributed big catches as the Vikings' offense moved the ball with relative ease against the Bears' sieve-ish defense. He had an early touchdown overturned on replay. 31 years old, Jennings finishes his second season as a Viking with 59 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns. At this stage of his career, Jennings is a lower-end No. 2 receiver but would be an excellent No. 3. His 2015 base salary is a whopping $8.9 million, however, none of which is guaranteed. It's fair to wonder if GM Rick Spielman will approach Jennings about an offseason pay cut. If Jennings returns to Minnesota, he'll probably be best viewed as a low-ceiling WR4.
Dec 28 - 4:48 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson finished Week 17 without a catch, seeing one target.

Patterson's lone "highlight" was a third-quarter drop that was intercepted by Kyle Fuller. Patterson was beyond-brutal as a wideout in first-year OC Norv Turner's system, ultimately dipping to No. 4 on the depth chart behind Charles Johnson, Greg Jennings, and Jarius Wright. Finishing with 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown, Patterson's future in the league appears to be as a returns specialist and not as a traditional receiver. His Dynasty value took a huge, huge hit this year. Patterson will probably not be draft-able in 2015 re-draft leagues.
Dec 28 - 4:43 PM

Vikings RB Joe Banyard rushed six times for 20 yards and caught an 11-yard pass in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Bears.

He saw increased late-season playing time due to Adrian Peterson's suspension and Jerick McKinnon's year-ending back injury. Banyard ended 2014 with 21 rushes for 88 yards and nine receptions. Banyard is a capable backup, but there are no indications the Vikings see him as more than that, keeping Banyard behind plodding Matt Asiata on the depth chart. Banyard will likely return to compete for a roster spot in 2015.
Dec 28 - 4:41 PM

Matt Asiata rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries and caught two balls for 17 yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

A fullbackish grinder, Asiata wound up spending most of the 2014 season as Minnesota's feature back due to Adrian Peterson's suspension and Jerick McKinnon's injury. Asiata finished with 164 carries for 570 yards (3.48 YPC) and ten all-purpose touchdowns, to go with 44 receptions. Asiata can pass protect and gets what's blocked, and for those reasons he may have a long NFL career. But he isn't a starting-caliber running back. The 27-year-old will be a restricted free agent in March. We suspect the Vikings will tender Asiata at the lowest possible level, or not tender him at all.
Dec 28 - 4:37 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 17-of-25 throws for 209 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears, adding 18 yards rushing.

He also had a long first-quarter touchdown pass to Greg Jennings called back. Bridgewater closes out his promising rookie campaign with a touchdown pass in ten straight games. His TD-to-INT ratio over the final six weeks was 10:6. Bridgewater does not have a cannon arm and is small from a size standpoint, but he is a cool, composed pocket passer with sneaky athleticism and pretty consistent accuracy. It's fair to wonder what Bridgewater's long-term ceiling is for fantasy football, but he showed an ability to pick apart defenses at the short and intermediate levels down the stretch of his rookie year. He was in full command over the final month and a half, outplaying the rest of the 2014 quarterback class. Bridgewater will likely be a top 15-18 quarterback in 2015 re-draft leagues. Dynasty owners should be excited.
Dec 28 - 4:01 PM

Vikings declared RB Henry Josey, S Ahmad Dixon, CB Shaun Prater, LB Chad Greenway, LB Brandon Watts, OL Carter Bykowski, and OG David Yankey inactive for Week 17 against the Bears.

The Vikings have just two running backs active today: Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard. The Vikings grabbed Josey off waivers late in the season and will carry him on their offseason roster. He's a highly explosive scatback type.
Dec 28 - 11:36 AM

Vikings impending free agent DT Tom Johnson said he's looking for a multi-year deal.

Johnson has 6.5 sacks in a sub-package role this year. After being forced to settle for a one-year deal last offseason, he's hoping to land a long-term contract. Johnson should draw interest as an interior pass-rusher in 4-3 schemes.
Dec 27 - 3:43 PM

Vikings LG Charlie Johnson is a candidate for offseason release.

Johnson has missed the last two games due to injury and struggled when in the starting lineup. He's due a non-guaranteed $2.5 million in 2015. The Vikings will almost certainly move on from Johnson this offseason.
Dec 27 - 3:34 PM

Vikings placed rookie LB Anthony Barr (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

LB Josh Kaddu was signed in a corresponding move. The ninth overall pick in last May's draft, Barr was a standout player in his rookie season. He racked up 70 tackles and four sacks across 12 starts, and had perhaps the play of the Vikings' season when he stripped fellow rookie Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the first play of overtime Week 8 and returned the fumble all the way for the game-winning score.
Dec 27 - 9:52 AM

Kyle Rudolph (ankle/knee) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Rudolph did very little on the practice field this week. Even if he plays against the Bears, Rudolph would figure to be "limited" in the game.
Dec 26 - 2:02 PM

Vikings WLB Chad Greenway (questionable, knee) missed practice all week and is expected to miss Week 17 against the Bears.

Minnesota will also be without SLB Anthony Barr (knee) and reserve LB Brandon Watts. Incredibly banged up at linebacker, the Vikings make for an intriguing target for fantasy owners wanting to start Martellus Bennett in Week 17.
Dec 26 - 1:28 PM

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