Today, we continue our series of team previews and take a look at the Minnesota Vikings.
Last year the Vikings finished as the NFC North champions with a record of 13-3. On their way to the NFC championship game, Case Keenum surprised many people with his excellent play and good decision making.
With the addition of Kirk Cousins and the return of Dalvin Cook, the team hopes to elevate their offense from efficient, to unstoppable.
2018 Fantasy Football Minnesota Vikings Preview
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- Kirk Cousins
- Trevor Simian
The biggest free agency target this off season was arguably Kirk Cousins. While Case Keenum played far better than expected in 2017, Cousins is a welcome addition for a team that otherwise had everything in place. There is no reason to believe that Trevor Simian has the ability to compete with Cousins.
So barring any injury, Cousins will be the leader of this offense. This is the first time for Cousins to play on a team this universally talented. With new receiving weapons unlike any Cousins has had before, we expect him to end the season as a QB1.
- Dalvin Cook
- Latavius Murray
Last season, during the short time while he was healthy, Dalvin Cook flashed some extreme talent. He had a total of 288 rushing yards and 82 receiving yards in his three full games. His season ended abruptly when he suffered a non-contact ACL tear last October.
The good news is that he has had enough time to recover and will likely regain his role as the workhorse. Latavius Murray played well last year and is one of the better back ups in the NFL. Short of another injury to Cook, it is unlikely Murray will get enough consistent touches to have any fantasy impact.
- LWR: Stefon Diggs
- RWR: Laquon Treadwell/ Kendall Wright
- SWR: Adam Thielen
Diggs and Thielen proved themselves very effective last season. With the loss of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Thielen’s volume may potentially decrease, but his efficiency in tight coverage should help keep his numbers high. I believe by adding Kirk Cousins both will continue to be competent WR2s with possible WR1 upside.
As for Wright and Treadwell, without one winning the definitive starting job at camp, it is unlikely they will see enough snaps for fantasy relevance. When you also consider that the Vikings have one of the best defenses in the NFL, there is unlikely enough passing volume to elevate one of them into consideration.
- Kyle Rudolph
- David Morgan
This is an easy decision to make. If you aren’t a Vikings fan you’ve probably never heard of David Morgan. This is because year after year Kyle Rudolph has proven to be reliable and consistent.
With other competent receivers on the team, Rudolph is unlikely to dominate in the passing game. But the tight end position is wide open in fantasy football. If you miss out on Gronk, Kelce, and Ertz, then Kyle Rudolph is an excellent choice at tight end.
The Final Verdict
The Vikings dominated the NFC North last year and they look set up to do it again. The offense seems ready to improve even over the consistent output that fans and fantasy owners depended on last year. It seems very likely that we will see another playoff run from the Vikings this year.
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