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Vikings LB Eric Kendricks remained a backup in the 4th preseason game Saturday, so it's clear the team doesn't plan to open with him in the middle in base packages. LB Gerald Hodges played that role against the Cowboys. The rookie replaced him in the nickel package, however, before playing the full MLB role with the 2nd unit. Kendricks played well in both run defense and coverage in the game. It's disappointing that he won't start right away, but his role Saturday night provides some optimism that he could take over the job at some point this season. Kendricks still makes for a more interesting -- and higher-upside -- late stash in your IDP league than Hodges.

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2 months ago

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer told the team website about LB Eric Kendricks, "I think he’s further ahead than most rookies." Zimmer then qualified his comments a bit, but it's clear that he's happy with how Kendricks is showing early. The rookie will have to tank this summer to lose the starting MLB job. Kendricks appears headed for a key role right away and some nice fantasy-scoring potential. Check our 2015 IDP rankings to see just how optimistic we are.

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4 months ago

The Vikings somewhat surprisingly got LB Eric Kendricks well into Round 2 of the NFL Draft on Friday night. The most surprising part was that 2 other ILBs preceded him off the board. Many draft evaluators ranked Kendricks tops among inside guys. In Minnesota, he projects as the starting MLB and a 3-down player. Kendricks tallied 5 INTs and 10 sacks over his career, which says a bit about his versatility. Chad Greenway is getting older and hasn't been a terrific coverage LB. He could be looking at more 2-down duty going forward, which would chip away at his IDP value. Don't be surprised if Greenway checks in 3rd among Vikings LBs when our 2015 IDP rankings arrive.

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4 months ago

The Vikings chose CB Trae Waynes 11th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Waynes played meekly in run support at Michigan State while producing lackluster tackle totals. He also tallied just 6 INTs over the past 2 years. That doesn't make him a bad pick for the Vikings, but it's tough to get excited about his IDP outlook. Waynes can only help the team D for fantasy football purposes, though.

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8 months ago

Vikings LB Chad Greenway entered Sunday's game at Miami dealing with the Friday night death of his father, who had been battling leukemia. He then left the game early with a knee injury. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Greenway said he heard a pop as the joint bent backward. We'll see how serious the issue is and whether he'll be able to play in the team's final game next Sunday.

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8 months ago

Vikings S Robert Blanton is active for today's game at Miami after missing last week with knee and ankle trouble in the same leg. He's iffy from a durability standpoint which probably makes him not worth using for most IDP owners. But Blanton's a solid tackle bet when on the field. Use him if you're facing weak options otherwise.

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After missing the past 2 games with a knee injury, Vikings LB Anthony Barr will have surgery to address the issue. HC Mike Zimmer called the procedure "very minor" on Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but he said the rookie won't play again this season. That should give Gerald Hodges a starting gig over the next 2 weeks, and he has delivered useful fantasy football numbers in limited starting opportunities this year. Barr finishes a terrific rookie season that sets him up as at least a perennial IDP starting candidate going forward -- with stud potential.

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S Robert Blanton missed Sunday's loss to the Lions with a pair of injuries to his left leg, but he said he expects to play in Week 16 and might return to practice Wednesday. DE Brian Robison, who sprained his right ankle against Detroit, also said he expects to play at Miami this weekend. We'll keep an eye on their statuses throughout the week. Neither is a top-shelf IDP option, but each would carry matchup upside. HC Mike Zimmer declined Monday to give outlooks on LB Anthony Barr and DT Sharrif Floyd for the Dolphins game. Each guy missed the Detroit contest with a knee injury.

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