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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 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.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer's status for Thursday night's game against the Cowboys is "uncertain" after he underwent emergency eye surgery on the Wednesday, the team announced. It's certainly not an ideal scenario for a team that's topped 20 points in just 1 of its last 6 games. WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph should be the only Vikings on your Week 13 radar.

Update: Zimmer will miss the game.

Vikings OC Norv Turner has resigned, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. There's likely more to this story that we'll learn about in the coming days. Turner is 1 of the most respected offensive minds in the game, although this year's Minnesota offense currently ranks 31st in yards per game and 23rd in points per game. Turner figures to be replaced by either Tony Sparano or Pat Shurmur. Both guys have spent multiple seasons as HC and/or OC in the NFL.

Update: Shurmur will take over as OC. He played a big part in bringing QB Sam Bradford to Minnesota after working with him both in St. Louis and Philadelphia.

The forecast for today's Vikings-Eagles game calls for winds of 20-30 mph with gusts of 40+. That's certainly enough to impact the passing and kicking games. Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are the only guys from these passing games you should have been considering anyway. All 4 do enough short-range stuff to stay in fantasy lineups. Vikings-Eagles has an over/under of 39.5, the lowest of the week.

11:34am EDT 10/9/16

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) is inactive for today’s game against the Texans. He’ll get a Week 6 bye to heal up. Charles Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright will handle WR duties for Minnesota today. It's a situation to avoid against a tough pass defense. TE Kyle Rudolph is a good bet to lead the Vikings in targets.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph missed Wednesday's practice with a clavicle/rib injury. We'll keep an eye on Rudolph's participation the next 2 days, but we'd bet on this being a minor issue. Minnesota also held out WR Stefon Diggs (groin) and starting RT Andre Smith (triceps) in a practice that came less than 48 hours after their Monday night win over the Giants.

The Vikings have acquired QB Sam Bradford from the Eagles in exchange for a 2017 1st-round pick and a conditional 4th-rounder in 2018, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's an aggressive move from a Minnesota team that's in a championship window right now. Bradford certainly isn't an All-Pro, but he's certainly an upgrade over Shaun Hill. We'll see if Minnesota can get Bradford ready for its opener in just 8 days, but he obviously won't be a Week 1 fantasy option. The Vikings will remain a run-first team, so Bradford will struggle to ascend beyond QB2 territory. His arrival is good news for RB Adrian Peterson, WR Stefon Diggs and the rest of Minnesota's skill-position guys. Meanwhile, Bradford's departure from Philadelphia figures to speed up QB Carson Wentz's debut. The rookie is still recovering from his rib injury and is a long shot to be under center Week 1. But we'd bet on him being there by October. QB Chase Daniel figures to open the season as Philly's starter.

10:31am EST 12/28/14

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Bears. Chicago ranks dead last in fantasy points allowed to TE, so there’s upside here. But Rudolph also carries plenty of risk at less than 100%.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bears. He put in a limited practice on Friday, giving him a chance to play. At less than 100% though, Rudolph isn’t a recommended Week 17 fantasy start.

10:31am EST 12/21/14

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (knee, ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Dolphins. Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison will handle TE duties, but neither is a fantasy option.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (knee, ankle) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. That leaves Minnesota with Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison at TE. Neither is a fantasy option vs. Miami’s top-shelf TE defense.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with knee and ankle injuries.  They're new injuries for a guy who missed time after undergoing sports hernia surgery earlier this year.  Rudolph's status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins is in doubt.  He'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups if he plays.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has played the past 5 games after missing the previous 6 to recover from sports hernia surgery.  But both he and the coaching staff admit that he's not at 100% -- and won't be until next season.  Rudolph "doesn't have the same quickness and burst [as] when he broke camp," OC Norv Turner said.  Rudolph believes he's "getting there," though.  "But at this time, when you're in season, there's not enough (time) that you can do to get back to the level that I was playing at in August," he added.
"For me, it will be a normal offseason. I feel like with the progress that I've been able to make over these last couple weeks, I just need that time."  Rudolph's career so far has been plagued by injuries.  But he's still only 25 with an intriguing combination of size and athleticism.  Rudolph will be a fine bounce-back candidate in 2015 -- and a potential value pick in fantasy football drafts.

10:34am EST 11/16/14

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) is active for today’s game against the Bears. That’s a juicy matchup, but we’re not expecting Rudolph to play a full slate of snaps. It leaves him as just a bye-week fill in or cheap play in daily games.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) practiced all week and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Bears. Chicago sits 32nd in fantasy points allowed to TEs and 31st in Football Outsiders’ TE coverage rankings. It’s unclear how big a role Rudolph will play in his 1st game since Week 3, though. That leaves him as just a flier in deeper leagues or daily games.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.  It puts him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Bears.  That's a tasty matchup, but Rudolph's snaps will likely be capped in his 1st action since Week 3.  It leaves him as a fantasy flier.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer is "hopeful" that TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) will be able to play against the Bears this weekend.  He participated in team drills on Monday.  Rudolph has been out since Week 3 and won't be a reliable fantasy play right away.  But he could emerge as a matchup option down the stretch.  Check out the Week 10 Free Agent Focus for more on Rudolph.

The Vikings get a Week 10 bye after Sunday's home victory over Washington. TE Kyle Rudolph said Sunday that he hopes to return to the field when his team faces the Bears on Nov. 16. "I've got to get myself in football shape," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press about his return from sports hernia surgery. "In my mind, I have two weeks to get ready so I'm going to do everything I can to get out there then." Chase Ford has produced well in Rudolph's absence, so we'll be curious to see how much of his original role Rudolph will immediately assume upon his return. Rudolph did say that he won't return until he's 100% after his initial August injury deteriorated into the hernia while he tried to play through it at the start of the season.

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