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The Vikings watched 2 defensive starters spend most of Sunday's 2nd half on the sideline because of knee injuries. Rookie OLB Anthony Barr said his knee "locked up" at halftime, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and then left for good midway through the 3rd quarter. “It’s been bugging me for a little bit, but it didn’t bug me as much as it did today,” Barr said afterward. Floyd's knee injury cost him Week 12 and the 1st 2 practice days leading up to Sunday's win over the Panthers, but he returned to a 3rd-down pass-rushing role vs. Carolina. HC Mike Zimmer said the staff decided to take Floyd out after he "pulled something" with the Vikes leading 28-6.

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd is active for today's game against the Panthers despite dealing with a knee injury for the 2nd straight week. Floyd returned for a limited practice Friday after missing the previous 2 days and Minnesota's Week 12 game. The issue adds risk to Floyd's IDP outlook, but he also carries plenty of upside against Carolina.

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers because of a knee injury that cost him Week 12. Floyd returned to practice Friday after missing workouts the previous 2 days. The matchup carries plenty of upside if he's ready to play.

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Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd is inactive for today's game against the Packers, despite HC Mike Zimmer calling it "nothing serious" earlier this week. It's a significant loss for a defense already taxed by facing one of the league's best offenses. IDP owners shouldn't have counted on much from Floyd in the matchup even if healthy.

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd missed his 2nd straight practice Thursday with knee trouble. HC Mike Zimmer called it bruise and "nothing serious," however, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Zimmer said he hopes to get Floyd back on the field for Friday's workout and have him available against the Packers. The 2nd-year DT has turned into a strong IDP factor in recent weeks.

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As expected, Vikings S Harrison Smith is active against the Lions and will play through his ankle sprain.  The injury certainly adds risk, but fantasy's top-scoring DB so far also carries big upside against Lions QB Matthew Stafford.  Smith is worth the risk for your DB slot in most cases.  As expected, LB Chad Greenway will miss another game with his rib injury.

The Vikings deemed S Harrison Smith questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions after he put in 2 days of limited practice on his sprained ankle.  Smith appears on track to play, and the 1 p.m. ET kickoff means we'll get official word in time to set lineups.  OLB Chad Greenway is doubtful because of a rib injury, though HC Mike Zimmer wasn't ready to commit Friday to Greenway's status.  "He did a little bit of work today, so we'll see how it goes, how he is tomorrow," Zimmer said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  IDP owners should plan on not having Greenway available.  The Vikings D makes for an upside option overall on daily sites against a Detroit offense that's down WR Calvin Johnson and RB Reggie Bush and has allowed a lot of sacks the past 2 weeks.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer told reporters Wednesday that S Harrison Smith is "probably going to play" Sunday against Detroit despite the ankle that he sprained in Week 5.  "It feels a lot better than I thought it would," Smith said before practice, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's still something that's out of my hands. I'm going to do the best I can to prepare myself. Not putting too much stress on it."  We'll keep an eye on his practice participation and any signs of a setback or less optimism for the star safety.  Expect a "questionable" designation heading into Sunday, but at least the 1 p.m. ET kickoff will give us some clarity as IDP owners set Week 6 lineups.

Vikings S Harrison Smith sported a boot on his left foot and crutches Friday after his team's Thursday night loss to the Packers.  According to Brian Hall of Fox Sports North, however, HC Mike Zimmer called the injury a "little ankle" deal and didn't seem concerned.  We'll obviously keep an eye on the status of the current top-scoring IDP, but it helps that Smith will have about a week and a half to heal up before his Week 6 contest.

Unsurprisingly, Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater missed practice Monday because of the ankle he sprained in Sunday's win over Atlanta.  The team only took the field today because of the short week to prepare for a Thursday night trip to Green Bay.  HC Mike Zimmer said he hopes Bridgewater will be ready for that game.  We'll see what the next 2 practice days have to say.  The Vikings also practiced without LB Chad Greenway and CB Captain Munnerlyn on Monday.

As expected, Vikings DE Everson Griffen is active for the opener against the Rams.  He had been questionable because of an illness but was expected to play.  Griffen's safe to use as you normally would have in your IDP league.

Vikings LB Jasper Brinkley will start the opener against St. Louis at MLB.  HC Mike Zimmer said, however, that doesn't necessarily make him the guy for the season.  “Jasper’s a little bit more of a thumper in the running game," Zimmer said, per the team website.  "I think this week, they’ve got a good running game. I think their offensive line does a nice job in run blocking, I think it will be a good match for him."  Brinkley entered training camp as the leader in the MLB competition but failed to completely nail down the job.  Don't be surprised if Vikings coaches play the matchups with this spot going forward, as Audie Cole plays much better in pass D.  Neither player makes for an attractive IDP target at this point.  If you need 1, though, favor Brinkley.

The Vikings list DE Everson Griffen as questionable for Sunday's opener vs. St. Louis because of an illness that kept him out for almost all of practice the past 2 days.  But Griffen told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he expects to start against the Rams.  He's a fringe IDP option in 12-team leagues this week against Rams LT Jake Long.

Vikings DE Brian Robison told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he believes rookie LB Anthony Barr can "be a force to be reckoned with" as a pass-rusher as he refines his technique.  Robison lauded the versatility that Barr affords the defense, with his ability to rush from a standup LB position or put a hand down and play DE.  Minnesota quickly inserted Barr into the starting lineup as the strong-side LB and plans to keep him on the field as a pass-rusher in sub packages.  Barr makes for a high-upside IDP option right away, especially in scoring formats that favor big plays.  Don't expect big value in a tackle-leaning IDP system, though.

Three months after the Vikings released him, LB Erin Henderson said he's sober, resolving his off-field issues and hoping for another chance in Minnesota.  "I completely understood where the organization was coming from and what they needed to do for themselves moving forward," Henderson told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press on Wednesday.  He also said that GM Rick Spielman told him "if I can continue to take care of myself from what I need to take care of, then there's always a chance that I can get back up there. So the door was left open."  Henderson spent 30 days in a rehab program this offseason after 2 DUI arrests within a month and a half in 2013 and recently reached plea deals in both cases.  The Vikings remain in need of LB help.  Dallas also popped up with a need this week after MLB Sean Lee's ACL tear.  Look for Henderson to sign somewhere this summer.  The right landing spot could position him as a sleeper in the 2014 IDP rankings.

The Vikings picked UCLA LB Anthony Barr 9th overall in the NFL draft.  Barr spent just 2 college seasons on defense after playing RB and TE his 1st 2 seasons.  He delivered 23.5 sacks and 41.5 total tackles for loss in those 2 years, though.  That shows immense upside in what might still be a raw player.  We'll see whether Minnesota plays him at DE right away or uses him at LB on early downs and a rusher in passing situations.  The Vikings just gave DE Everson Griffen a big contract to keep him from leaving in free agency.  Incumbent left DE Brian Robison is 31 but is also signed through 2017.  The crowd makes it tough to see immediate fantasy value for Barr.  He holds plenty of potential in your IDP dynasty league, though.

The Vikings reached deals Thursday with 2 veteran NFL CBs.  First, former Panthers CB Captain Munnerlyn joined up on a 3-year deal that could be worth $15 million.  Then came former Chargers and Jaguars CB Derek Cox.  Munnerlyn's a fiery player who delivered solid play in Carolina as a starter for most of the past 3 years.  Cox built a strong reputation for his coverage in Jacksonville but then busted as a free-agent signee in San Diego.  Considering the weakness of Minnesota's corners, both could be upgrades for the Vikes.  The team also returns 2013 first-rounder Xavier Rhodes.  Neither Munnerlyn nor Cox will sit prominently in our 2014 IDP rankings. 

The Minnesota Vikings have signed DE Everson Griffen to a 5-year, $42.5 million contract to keep him from reaching free agency.  The deal clearly sets up the 26-year-old to start on the right side, with Jared Allen heading elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent.  It also obviously takes the Vikes out of contention for former Bengals DE Michael Johnson on the open market.  Griffen tallied sack totals of 5.5, 8.0 and 4.0 in a limited role the past 3 years.  Pro Football Focus graded him a career-best 16th in pass-rushing among 4-3 DEs last season.  Griffen will carry breakout potential into 2014.  Look for him to hold down a sleeper spot in our 2014 IDP rankings.

The Vikings have hired Norv Turner as their new OC.  He'll run the offense under defensive-minded HC Mike Zimmer.  Turner has had mixed results as a HC but is highly-regarded as a play-caller.  He helped Browns WR Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron to breakout seasons this past year.  Turner favors a run-first attack and a vertical passing game.  He also likes to get his TEs involved in the aerial attack.  His arrival is good news for RB Adrian Peterson, WR Cordarrelle Patterson and TE Kyle Rudolph.  Of course, Minnesota still needs to find an answer at TE.

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