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The Vikings have ruled MLB Eric Kendricks out for Sunday's game against the Rams with a rib injury. That will press Audie Cole into the starting role but against a team that has provided the fewest LB points in the league.

Vikings DE Everson Griffen left Sunday's win over the Bears early because of a right shoulder stinger. "I'll be OK," Griffen told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I'm a warrior, but (shoulder stingers) hurt bad. I'm one tough (guy), but, whoo. I've been dealing with them for awhile. They're getting better, but we've got to figure out what I've got to do." HC Mike Zimmer added that his top pass-rusher should "be fine" going forward. The Vikings host St. Louis in Week 9.

The Vikings have ruled DT Sharrif Floyd out for the 2nd straight game because of knee and ankle injuries. Floyd said Friday he's been told he's ahead of schedule in his recovery but that he doesn't know when he'll be ready for game action again, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Tom Johnson will start in his place against the Bears.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Monday that DT Sharrif Floyd had "a piece of cartilege taken out" of his left foot, according to Mark Craig of the Star Tribune. Zimmer said the team doesn't know yet how long Floyd might be out. IDP owners can move on to a more immediate option in all but the deepest of leagues.

9:40pm EDT 10/23/15

The Vikings have ruled DT Sharrif Floyd out for Sunday's game against the Lions. He's dealing with knee and ankle injuries that cost him practice time all week.

11:15am EDT 10/18/15

Vikings DE Everson Griffen is inactive today against the Chiefs because of illness. Rookie Danielle Hunter will reportedly start in his place. That's a big loss for the Vikings' D, but Hunter does bring enticing athletic upside. The D-line -- and front 7 overall -- remain talented without him, too. So don't be afraid to use the Minnesota team D in fantasy.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that the starting safety spot next to Harrison Smith remains "fluid," according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. Zimmer conceded that no SS has played well enough to grab that job. Andrew Sendejo and Robert Blanton have led the way to date, but Zimmer said 2nd-year man Antone Exum could compete for more playing time. And the team picked up former Bear Brock Vereen off waivers Oct. 1. Undrafted free agent Anthony Harris is also in the mix. None of those guys should be on your IDP radar at this point.

The Vikings on Tuesday traded MLB Gerald Hodges to the 49ers. That likely turns him into a backup in San Francisco. More importantly, it finally clears the way for rookie MLB Eric Kendricks to start in the middle in Minnesota. The Vikings have seemed to be trending that way in recent weeks, and Kendricks began taking passing-down duty from Hodges back in the preseason. Kendricks tallied 9 solo tackles in the Week 3 win over San Diego and added 4 solos plus a sack at Denver last Sunday. He carries LB1 upside the rest of the way, and has already shot up or Rest of the Way IDP rankings.

The Vikings on Tuesday announced that LB Gerald Hodges will start in the middle Monday night against the Niners. Hodges enjoyed a nice preseason and has flashed good tackle potential in sparse previous starting chances. But Eric Kendricks replaced him in passing sub packages late in the preseason. That setup seems likely to continue, given Kendricks' skills in coverage. We'd still bet on the rookie taking over the starting gig before the end of the season. Hodges presents some tackle upside in the opener if you play in a particularly tackle-heavy format. But his likely 2-down role limits that scoring potential.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10:57am EST 12/21/14

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.

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.

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