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Coach Mike Zimmer asked his backs to get three yards after contact per rush in Sunday's game at Buffalo.

It's a ridiculously high standard, as Chris Ivory came into Week 7 leading the league in that category at 2.68 YAC per attempt. But Jerick McKinnon met it, impressively bouncing off would-be tackles to net 57 yards after contact on 19 carries, finishing with 103 rushing yards. He out-touched Matt Asiata 21-7, and the sterling performance ensures that McKinnon will remain the clear-cut lead back against the Bucs in Week 8. We like the physical freak's chances of holding RB2 value the rest of the way.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 20 - 9:21 AM

Matt Asiata rushed six times for 24 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Bills.

He added one catch for 13 yards. Asiata played behind Jerick McKinnon, who had 20-plus touches. He continues to be phased out of the offense and will likely be just a third down and change-of-pace role going forward. Asiata isn't a must-hold in fantasy leagues.
Oct 19 - 5:37 PM

Jarius Wright had four catches for 60 yards in Week 7 against the Bills.

Wright was targeted mostly on screens, but was able to get open for a 28-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He's the No. 3 option in the pass game, behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. Wright can continue to be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Oct 19 - 5:32 PM

Greg Jennings caught six passes for 77 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Bills.

Jennings got the majority of his yardage on a 38-yard catch that help set up the Vikings' first scoring drive. He finished with a team-high seven targets. It was just the first game Jennings has went over 75 yards receiving this season. Jennings is nothing more than low-ceiling WR4.
Oct 19 - 5:26 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson had two catches for nine yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Bills.

He was targeted four times. Patterson scored on a four-yard bubble screen in the second quarter, but it was an otherwise quiet game. He'll remain just a boom-or-bust WR4 in Week 8 against the Bucs.
Oct 19 - 5:21 PM

Jerick McKinnon had 19 carries for 103 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Bills.

McKinnon remained the starter over Matt Asiata, who finished with just seven touches. He broke off a pair of impressive 20-yard runs and was the featured player on offense. McKinnon is the only running back to rush for over 100 yards on the Bills this year. He should continue to get the majority of snaps over Asiata, making him a borderline RB2 for Week 8 against the Bucs.
Oct 19 - 5:00 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 15-of-26 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Bills.

Bridgewater was sacked five times behind a Vikings offensive line that lost starting C John Sullivan and RG Vlad Ducasse to injuries. His biggest play was a 38-yard completion to Greg Jennings in the first half, with his touchdown coming on a four-yard bubble screen to Cordarrelle Patterson on the same drive. Bridgewater's fantasy upside is limited by his supporting cast and the Vikings pass protection issues. He'll have a chance to get back on track in a plus matchup against the Bucs in Week 8.
Oct 19 - 4:41 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) is active for Sunday's Week 7 game against the Bills.

Patterson will return to an every-down role after playing limited snaps last week. The Vikings inactives are TE Kyle Rudolph, FB Zach Line, LG David Yankey, LB Gerald Hodges, DE Corey Wooten, LB Brandon Watts, and OL Austin Wentworth.
Oct 19 - 11:40 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) is probable for Week 7 against the Bills.

Patterson practiced in full after playing limited snaps last week. Although healthy, he can't be trusted as more than a boom-or-bust WR4.
Oct 17 - 4:58 PM

Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia surgery) has been ruled out for Week 7.

The Vikings believe Rudolph can beat his initial 6-8 week timetable, but he's clearly not ready yet. He underwent the sports hernia operation in the third week of September. Rudolph's return date remains unclear. Chase Ford has been filling in as Minnesota's primary pass-catching tight end.
Oct 17 - 1:57 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer underwent a "minor procedure" on Friday but is expected to rejoin the Vikings on Saturday.

No surgery is "minor," especially to the one undergoing the operation, but it doesn't sound serious. Zimmer expects to roam the sideline Sunday vs. the Bills.
Oct 17 - 12:36 PM

Vikings WLB Chad Greenway (ribs) is practicing in full this week.

Greenway has been sidelined for the last month, but he'll be back on the field for Minnesota's Week 7 contest against Buffalo.
Oct 17 - 10:13 AM

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it "looks as if" Jerick McKinnon will remain the Vikings' starter for Week 7 despite coach Mike Zimmer's desire to get Matt Asiata more involved.

Zimmer, an old-school firebrand, said Wednesday that the Vikes must get "dependable" Asiata more involved after he was limited to three touches in Week 6. However, reporter Matt Vensel believes McKinnon will still be "given a chance to settle in as the starter." McKinnon is a borderline RB2 for Sunday's game against the Bills, while Asiata is a desperation RB3.
Oct 16 - 2:26 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) is practicing in full for Week 7.

Patterson played limited snaps in Sunday's loss, but he's healthy enough that he won't miss any practice time. He'll remain just a boom-or-bust WR4 against the Bills.
Oct 15 - 7:35 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said he wants to get Matt Asiata more touches this week against the Bills.

Zimmer expanded and added that he wants Jerick McKinnon's touches to come down from Week 6. Against the Lions last Sunday, McKinnon out-touched Asiata 17-3 and out-snapped Asiata 48-15. Zimmer wants that to change because Asiata is "dependable," and added that running backs who can't pass-protect can "get the quarterback killed." We take that as a direct reference to the raw McKinnon. We still like McKinnon as an RB2 based on natural talent, while Asiata is a low-upside RB3 who is wholly dependent on scoring touchdowns.
Oct 15 - 12:32 PM


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