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The Vikings defense should be much closer to whole Sunday night against the Giants. S Harrison Smith (knee, hamstring), DT Linval Joseph (foot) and OLB Anthony Barr (groin) are all listed as probable after practicing all week. Barr and Joseph returned to full practices Friday after being limited the previous 2 days. Smith remained limited throughout the week. He seems like the biggest risk for aggravation, considering Smith's dealing with both knee and hamstring trouble. He'll carry high upside into the game, but you'll need to balance that against the injury risk as you consider your DB options. Joseph told the St. Paul Pioneer Press earlier this week: "I'm feeling good. Best I've felt in a long time." So he looks like a decent DL bet, especially considering how well he was performing before his injury. The Minnesota team D carries some fantasy upside against a Giants offense missing its best player, WR Odell Beckham.

The Vikings have ruled S Harrison Smith (knee) and OLB Anthony Barr (groin, hand) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. DT Linval Joseph (foot) will be a game-time decision. That makes him iffy for IDP lineups, considering Joseph has yet to put in a full practice since suffering the injury. DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) is also questionable after returning to a limited practice Friday. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he said Thursday that he expects to play. "No setback," he said. "It's just not where I want it to be yet."

The Vikings have ruled DT Linval Joseph (foot), S Harrison Smith (knee), S Andrew Sendejo (knee) and OLB Anthony Barr (groin) out for Thursday night's game against the Cardinals. They have also deemed backup S Robert Blanton (knee) questionable and placed fill-in S Antone Exum on IR earlier this week. That's a lot of defensive pieces missing against 1 of the league's best offenses. Start your Cardinals.

The Vikings started their practice week Monday without S Harrison Smith (hamstring), DT Linval Joseph (foot) and OLB Anthony Barr (groin), according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Starting S Andrew Sendejo (knee) also did "very little" during the open portion, while backup safeties Antone Exum (undisclosed) and Robert Blanton (knee) missed the workout as well. Joseph and Sendejo missed Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, which Barr and Smith left early with their injuries. None looks like a trustworthy IDP bet for Thursday night's trip to Arizona, and the spate of injuries only makes the Vikings look less attractive as a team defense in a matchup that's already 1 to avoid.

The Vikings lost S Harrison Smith and OLB Anthony Barr in the 1st quarter of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. The team said afterward that Smith suffered a hamstring injury, but he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he wasn't sure what he injured. "You never know until you look at it," he said. "I'm not sure. I'll have it looked at (Monday)." Barr aggravated a groin injury that limited his practice time during the week. We'll check on the status of both heading into Thursday night's game at Arizona. The short week obviously won't help.

Vikings S Harrison Smith (knee) and OLB Anthony Barr (hand) are both active for today's game against the Seahawks. Both entered the weekend questionable but are fine to use as you normally would. Smith adds some risk to a low scoring matchup with Seattle, so you might have a better option in your IDP league.

Vikings S Harrison Smith is questionable for Sunday's game with the knee injury that cost him last week's game. He put in limited practices all week and seems on track to play. OLB Anthony Barr (hand, groin) is also questionable. He put in 2 limited practices this week but missed Thursday's workout. We'd bet on him playing but will check on his status Sunday. Minnesota has ruled out DT Linval Joseph and S Andrew Sendejo.

Vikings DT Linval Joseph missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury, while S Andrew Sendejo sat with the knee injury that knocked him out of the Week 12 win early. Sendejo's not worth waiting on in your IDP league, but Joseph will carry big upside against the Seahawks if he plays. OLB Anthony Barr (groin) and S Harrison Smith (knee) put in limited practices Wednesday. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Smith sounded optimistic about his chances of returning Sunday. Barr was listed with a new groin injury and the hand issue that has been around for weeks. We'll see about his status, but the fact that he practiced Wednesday points to him likely playing against Seattle.

Vikings OLB Anthony Barr (hand) is active for today's game at Oakland. Use him as you normally would in your IDP league, though the hand issue could certainly impact his ability to fight through blockers or catch passes. MLB Eric Kendricks (ribs) is inactive, as expected. Chad Greenway should play full time for the 2nd straight week and carries IDP sleeper potential.

The Vikings might be missing 2 of their 3 starting LBs Sunday in Oakland. MLB Eric Kendricks (ribs) is doubtful despite returning to a limited practice Friday. That would mark his 2nd missed game, though the Friday return has us hopeful for Week 11. OLB Anthony Barr (hand) also returned to a limited practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. He's questionable for Sunday. HC Mike Zimmer had said earlier in the week that he though both guys would be ready. Minnesota will likely get DT Sharrif Floyd back for the Oakland game. Floyd's probable after a full Friday workout and limited sessions the previous 2 days. He missed the past 3 games after a foot injury that required surgery. He's officially listed with knee and ankle issues in the current report but has said he'll play. IDP owners should wait to see Floyd back in action before considering him a starting option. Veteran Chad Greenway turned back into a full-time LB with Kendricks out last week and will be an IDP option again this weekend.

Vikings OLB Anthony Barr had a cast on his left arm after Sunday's game and had X-rays, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. HC Mike Zimmer wouldn't give any details on the injury or test results Monday but said Barr "should be fine." We'll keep an eye on his practice status this week.

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Vikings OLB Anthony Barr (back) is active for today's game against the Rams. St. Louis has allowed the league's fewest LB points for the season, which hurts Barr's IDP upside. But his ability as a pass-rusher and cover guy helps the big-play potential. And the Rams' recent reliance on Todd Gurley has increased the tackle supply for opposing LBs a bit. Barr's a decent option next to fill-in MLB Audie Cole, who will start for the injured Eric Kendricks.

Vikings OLB Anthony Barr is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams with a back issue. He put in a full practice Friday, though, after missing the week's 1st 2 workouts. That has us expecting him to play Sunday, but we'll watch his status Sunday morning.

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.

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.

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.

The Vikings on Friday ruled out LB Anthony Barr (knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) and S Robert Blanton (knee/ankle) for Sunday's game at Detroit. That at least means that IDP owners won't need to decide whether to take a chance on any in their fantasy lineups. Barr's absence keeps Gerald Hodges in the lineup a week after he notched 9 tackles and 2 passes defensed -- including an INT he returned for a TD -- against the Jets. Hodges makes for a decent IDP option if you're searching. Andrew Sendejo will likely fill in for Blanton and has been a strong tackle producer in the past. He's certainly not a safe play in what would be his 1st start of the season, though, especially since we don't know exactly what his playing time would look like.

The Vikings might need to go without 3 defensive starters in Sunday's rematch with the Lions. LB Anthony Barr continues to miss practice time with the knee injury that cost him all of Week 14 and half of the previous game. S Robert Blanton got his left leg caught underneath a player in last Sunday's game, which forced him out with ankle and knee trouble. DT Sharrif Floyd continues to deal with a thigh bruise that kept him out for the 2nd half of each of the past 2 games. Floyd seems most likely of the 3 to play on Sunday, considering he has begun each of the past 2 games. All might need to put in a full Friday practice to make it into your Week 15 IDP considerations, though.

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