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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.

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.

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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.

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.

For the 2nd straight week, Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd spent the 2nd half on the sideline Sunday after aggravating his knee injury. Last time, however, he left a game his team was winning handily. This time, Floyd watched as his team needed an overtime TD to knock off the Jets. That makes this aggravation more worrisome for Floyd's outlook. IDP owners who have been using him will need to secure an insurance option this week. Minnesota also watched S Robert Blanton leave Sunday's game with a left leg injury. He's scheduled for an MRI.

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