2015 Fantasy Football: A Quick Overview of the Minnesota Vikings

With the return of Adrian Peterson and more developed weapons on offense, the Minnesota Vikings are going to cause a few headaches for opposing teams.

In 2014, the Vikings’ offense ranked 27th in yards, 28th in passing yards, 14th in rushing yards and 20th in points per game. There is more optimism for 2015, however, and I wanted to take a quick look at each position and who should be on your fantasy football radar.

Quarterback

Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater impressed me before the start of the 2014 season with his appearance on Gruden’s QB Camp, and he was also able to impress Gruden.

Bridgewater showcased his physical toughness when he played against Rutgers with a broken left wrist and a sprained right ankle (and Louisville still won), and the second-year signal caller also showed how he was a student of the game by taking advice and improving in each season at Louisville.

While he went through his fair share of bumps and bruises to start the season, Bridgewater recorded a completion percentage of 71.70 from Week 13 until the end of the season. Derek Carr and Blake Bortles had more games under their belt, but Bridgewater actually passed for more yards than Bortles and threw fewer interceptions.

I’m not saying that it’s time to trust him as your starting quarterback, but he could serve as a streamable option as a backup. With more experience, a better rushing attack and solid weapons, Bridgewater is primed for a solid year. He’s not quite there yet in terms of fantasy production but he’s on the right path.

Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson, Jarius Wright, Cordarrelle Patterson & Kyle Rudolph

There’s a debate going on whether it’s better to invest in Johnson or Wallace, but each of these receivers can help Bridgewater progress. Wallace is the deep threat and Johnson has many dimensions to his game. Wallace and Johnson are generally available near the end of Round 6 or the start of Round 7 and each can easily exceed their ADP.

Wright is a slot receiver who had a quiet, but decent season in 2014 with 42 receptions for 588 receiving yards. Patterson is an athletic talent, but he’s still a raw player who the coaching staff has a hard time finding a role for. He can benefit Bridgewater, but Patterson has too much competition to make a significant impact.

Rudolph has the physical stats to serve as a huge target for Bridgewater (6-foot-6, 265 pounds), but Rudolph has not played in more than nine games since 2012. He can have a huge season if he stays on the field, but the key is that he needs to make it through a 16-game season to be effective.

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, Jerick McKinnon & Matt Asiata

There’s no way of knowing what to expect from Peterson as a 30-year old running back who hasn’t played in almost a year, but he is obviously going to get the start in Week 1.

McKinnon and Asiata split carries last season, and despite Asiata piling on touchdowns and frustrating daily players everywhere in select performances, McKinnon is the player to own. You can get a look at my profile on McKinnon here, but he is an important backup if Peterson becomes injured or underperforms.

This is an offense that has enough weapons to provide a few fantasy relevant options in 2015.

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