Coach: Mike Zimmer
OC: Kevin Stefanski
QB: Kirk Cousins, Kyle Sloter, Sean Mannion, Jake Browning
RBs: Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Michael Boone, Ameer Abdullah, Roc Thomas, Khari Blasingame
FBs: CJ Ham
WRs: Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, Jordan Taylor, Brandon Zylstra, Jeff Badet, Chad Beebe, Olabisi Johnson, Dillon Mitchell, Davion Davis, Alexander Hollins
TEs: Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr, David Morgan, Tyler Conklin, Cole Hikutini, Brandon Dillon
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 1, Pick 18 – OG – Garrett Bradbury – NC State
Round 2, Pick 50 – TE – Irv Smith Jr – Alabama
Round 3, Pick 102 – RB – Alexander Mattison – Boise State
Round 4, Pick 114 – OG – Dru Samia – Oklahoma
Round 6, Pick 193 – OT – Olisaemeka Udoh – Elon
Round 7, Pick 239 – WR – Dillon Mitchell – Oregon
Round 7, Pick 247 – WR – Olabisi Johnson – Colorado
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
WR – Jake Browning – Washington
RB – Khari Blasingame – Vanderbilt
WR – Davion Davis – Sam Houston State
WR – Alexander Hollins – Eastern Illinois
TE – Brandon Dillon – Marian
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
WR – Jordan Taylor
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/22, Veterans 7/25
Mike Zimmer enters his 7th season as the Vikings head coach. Kevin Stefanski has been with the Vikings since 2006 and is now the offensive coordinator. It is believed that the team wants to run the ball more going forward. We’ll have to watch for signs of this in the pre-season. The Vikings finished 20th in total offense, 13th in passing and 30th in rushing.
Kirk Cousins finished his first season with the Vikings as the QB9, throwing for 4,298 yards and 30 touchdowns. If we are expecting more focus on the run this year, it’s a good bet to see Cousins finish lower this year. His current ADP is around QB14 and presents us with some value here. You can get him in the double digit rounds. The backup job will be up for grabs between Kyle Sloter and Sean Mannion. They also brought in UDFA Jake Browning.
Dalvin Cook appears primed for a career season. His outlook gets muddy when you look at his injury history, however. The offensive line improved this off-season so we should be expecting low RB1 numbers when Cook is healthy. He is heavily involved in the passing game and should have a solid PPR floor. Latavius Murray is now on the Saints. This should be a positive for Cook, especially in the red-zone. Cook should be able to score a career high in touchdowns, as well as receptions this year. He has an ADP around RB11. The Vikings drafted Alexander Mattison out of Boise State in the third round. He’ll be the biggest name to watch in camp. If the Vikings plan to run the ball more and Murray is no longer in the picture, the backup RB will have value for us this year, especially given Cook’s injury history. Mike Boone, Ameer Abdullah, Khair Blasingame and DeAngelo Henderson will battle for the third and fourth spots.
The passing game will run through Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs again this year. Both finished as WR1s last year, but we should be limiting our expectations this year and draft them both as high WR2s with upside. Thielen has an ADP of WR9 while Diggs is at WR14. At these prices, I’m liking Diggs more. The camp battle for the WR3 spot will be one to watch. Laquon Treadwell might not even make the team. Chad Beebe and Jordan Taylor both impressed in off-season OTAs and minicamps and should beat out Treadwell. Guys trying to make the final roster spots include; Brandon Zylstra, Jeff Badet, Olabisi Johnson, Dillon Mitchell, Davion Davis and Alexander Hollins. I like the rookies Johnson and Mitchell the most.
Kyle Rudolph got a contract extensions and will be the starting tight end. They drafted Irv Smith Jr. out of Alabama in the 2nd round this year, so keep an eye out for his practice reports. We probably shouldn’t expect much from him this year with Rudolph in the way. Rudolph has an ADP of around TE14 and presents some value here. He finished as the TE7 last year. After these two, we have David Morgan and Tyler Conklin. Cole Hikutini and Brandon Dillon round out the group.
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