Shark Bites

The Vikings have signed QB Case Keenum, according to FOX 26 in Houston. The move doesn't mean much for fantasy owners, given that Keenum's not good enough to push Sam Bradford for a job. But the former Texan and Ram seems slightly high-profile for a 3rd QB, and we're all waiting to see if Teddy Bridgewater will be able to return from his 2016 knee injury. We'll be watching for any progress from Bridgewater this offseason. Minnesota's QB spot, meanwhile, doesn't make for an attractive fantasy football target.

Vikings S Harrison Smith had surgery this offseason on the high ankle sprain that ended his 2016 campaign early, according to Smith had said in January that he would not need surgery. He's still expected to be ready for the 2017 season. IDP owners should keep an eye on whether he starts training camp on time, but this isn't a situation to worry about in spring.

The Vikings signed WR Adam Thielen to a 4-year, $19.2 million extension. He was a restricted free agent this offseason and set to hit unrestricted free agency next offseason. The new deal is a reward for a breakout 2016 campaign that saw Thielen rack up 69 catches, 967 yards and 5 TDs. Of course, a huge chunk of that production -- 12 catches, 202 yards and 2 TDs -- came in a Week 16 explosion in Green Bay. Thielen reached 70 yards in just 3 of his other 15 games. The contract extension is a sign, though, that Minnesota sees him as a key part of its passing game going forward. Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell will battle for standing on the depth chart this summer.

The Vikings announced that RB Latavius Murray underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday. The team was aware of the issue when it signed Murray to a 3-year, $15 million deal last week. We don't have any details on Murray's injury or the procedure, but the Vikings expect him to be back to 100% for the start of training camp. Still, missing OTAs and minicamp with his new team isn't ideal.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer sounds like he plans to use RB Latavius Murray as a feature back. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Zimmer lauded Murray's strength in the run game, receiving ability and even pass protection. "Not having to substitute him on third downs (will be) big," Zimmer said. Of course, Minnesota's weak O-line didn't help any RB deliver much fantasy value last year. We'll see how this situation develops, but expect Murray to land toward the bottom of RB2 territory when our 2017 projections come out

The Vikings have signed RB Latavius Murray to a 3-year deal that can be voided after this season, according to ESPN's Field Yates. We're curious to see the dollars involved here. Murray has been a solid fantasy RB the past 2 years, posting back-to-back top 13 PPR finishes. But his actual play hasn't been nearly as impressive. Murray mustered just 4.0 yards per carry in both seasons. That was particularly disappointing last year, when a strong Raiders offensive line ranked 11th in Football Outsiders' Adjusted Line Yards. Now Murray will be running behind a Vikings line that finished 30th in Adjusted Line Yards. He figures to get the 1st crack at lead-back duties, but bank on RB Jerick McKinnon also getting plenty of run. Murray's arrival ends any chance of RB Adrian Peterson returning to Minnesota. The Raiders, meanwhile, are left with 2nd-year RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

Vikings GM Rick Spielman stopped short of guaranteeing that QB Teddy Bridgewater will be able to play again. "Everybody's hoping," Spielman said, adding that the team has no timetable for the former 1st-round pick's return. Updates on Bridgewater's recovery from a torn ACL and dislocated knee have been sparse. This is a reminder of the extreme severity of injury he's attempting to return from. Dynasty owners should only consider Bridgewater a wait-and-see bench stash at this point.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Vikings still have no timeline for QB Teddy Bridgewater's return from August's devastating knee injury. There are rumors that he could miss the entire 2017 season as well. HC Mike Zimmer also said this week that QB Sam Bradford has "earned the right" to remain the starter. We'll see how/whether Bridgewater progresses this offseason and what comes of the Vikings' QB situation.

The Vikings have placed S Andrew Sendejo (knee) on IR. That could leave either Jayron Kearse or Anthony Harris seeing time in his absence. Kearse primarily replaced Sendejo earlier this season, while Harris stepped in when Harrison Smith was out. Neither should be in your IDP plans if you're still playing out the year, but the situation doesn't alter the fantasy outlook for the Minnesota team D.

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. He'll be held out after playing at less than 100% for much of the season. WR Laquon Treadwell (ankle) is also doubtful, and WR Charles Johnson (knee) is questionable. WR Adam Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph should dominate Minnesota's targets.

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. Banged-up for most of the year, Diggs might be held out of Sunday's meaningless finale. His absence would funnel more targets to WR Adam Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph.

Vikings S Harrison Smith (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Packers. He missed the past 2 games but returned to the practice field this week. Smith put in a limited workout Thursday and then full participation Friday. We'll see about Smith's game status, though there's still some risk here. Smith has been a solid tackle producer when healthy this year but hasn't deliver much in the big-play departments. He'll be a just-OK IDP option if active.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (neck) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s on the WR3 radar for Saturday’s game against the Packers’ league-worst WR defense.

Raiders RB Latavius Murray entered Week 15 with 20+ touches in 3 straight. Facing San Diego, though, he posted 81 yards on just 13 carries, adding 1 catch for 11 yards. He busted off a 33-yard run just before halftime but added 2 fumbles (1 lost). Oakland moved back to a 3-man committee, as DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard combined for 16 touches. Murray was also stuffed twice at the goal line. Despite the minor letdown, Murray will carry plenty of upside into a Week 16 home game with Indianapolis.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen suffered a neck injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts and won't return. He took a massive shot to the head -- so it's at least good news that he didn't sustain a concussion. We'll look for an update on Thielen tomorrow.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught 4 passes for 60 yards and 1 score at Jacksonville. Rudolph scored on a play-action rollout from the 3. He’s now seen 10, 12 and 8 targets over his past 3 games. Consider him a viable TE1 option for next Sunday’s matchup with the Colts.

RB Latavius Murray was the only thing working for the Raiders' offense in Thursday night's loss to the Chiefs. He carried 22 times for 103 yards -- just 14 fewer than QB Derek Carr threw for on 41 attempts. Murray also scored Oakland's only TD, a 1-yard plunge in the closing seconds of the 1st half. He's now popped in 4 TDs over his last 3 games and 12 total on the season. Murray has also tallied 22+ touches in 3 straight games and 16+ in 7 straight. That volume will make him a borderline RB1 against the Chargers's 25th-ranked RB defense in Week 15.

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that Vikings S Harrison Smith will miss Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a Grade 3 high left ankle sprain, the most severe variety. There's also reportedly a chance that Smith will miss the rest of the season. The injury certainly doesn't bode well for his participation over the next 3 weeks. IDP owners can go ahead and drop Smith for an immediate option. The Vikings' team D takes a hit with the Smith loss but remains a top fantasy option -- especially this week at Jacksonville.

Vikings S Harrison Smith had a walking boot on his left foot and left the stadium on crutches after Thursday night's loss to the Cowboys, according to USA Today's Tom Pelissero. Smith has been playing through a left ankle issue, which might have gotten worse against Dallas. Smith now gets a long week before Minnesota's next game, so we'll see about his status next week -- or sooner if the team provides any updates.

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Cowboys. He put in a full practice on Wednesday, so the knee shouldn't be much of an issue. Diggs is a solid WR2 vs. a defense that's struggled against slot receivers.


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