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Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Lions. He’s reportedly expected back next week. Olabisi Johnson will again serve as Minnesota’s #2 WR today but isn’t much of a fantasy option. TE Kyle Rudolph is the best bet for targets behind WR Stefon Diggs.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) won't play against the Lions today. Thielen is working to get scar tissue out of that injured hamstring, per Rapoport, but Minnesota is "optimistic" that he'll be back next week. WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph are the 2 best fantasy bets in the Vikings passing game today.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Lions. He won’t play in that one and should be considered iffy for Week 15 after missing practice all week. Thielen’s absence keeps TE Kyle Rudolph in play as a fantasy starter.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Monday night's game against the Seahawks. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 14. Thielen's absence means TEs Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith should continue to play big roles in Minnesota's passing game.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. We're tentatively expecting him back after Minnesota's Week 12 bye. Olabisi Johnson will continue to serve as the Vikings' #2 WR but is a weak fantasy play. Thielen's absence keeps TEs Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith on the spot-start radar. They've averaged 4.8 and 5.3 targets, respectively, over the past 4 weeks.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. With a Week 12 bye coming, it'd make sense for Minnesota to hold Thielen out of this weekend's game against the Broncos. His absence would keep TEs Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith on the spot-start radar.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. Olabisi Johnson will slide in as Minnesota's #2 WR, but the real fantasy winners here are TEs Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith. They've seen 14 and 15 targets, respectively, over the past 3 weeks. Both guys are in play as Week 10 spot starters.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) missed practice again on Thursday. He's not going to play against the Cowboys on Sunday night, leaving extra targets for WRs Stefon Diggs and Olabisi Johnson and TEs Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the strained hamstring for Vikings WR Adam Thielen is "no worse" after he played briefly in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Pelissero tweeted that Thielen "could feel it pulling and need (sic) to calm it down." Pelissero also pointed out that Minnesota "errs on the conservative side" and gets a bye on the other side of the Week 11 home date with Denver. If you have Thielen, make sure you secure a contingency plan through Week 11. It seems like he should be OK on the other side of the Week 12 bye, at least. We'll certainly keep an eye on the situation. Missing Thielen this weekend would help the target outlooks for not only WR Olabisi Johnson, but also Minnesota's TEs.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Redskins. He was always a long shot to play 4 days after injuring that hamstring, but it sounds like he has a good shot to return for Week 9. Olabisi Johnson will step in as Minnesota's #2 WR vs. Washington but is no more than a deep-league and DFS flier in what figures to be a run-heavy game from the Vikings. Thielen's absence also boosts TE Kyle Rudolph's target projection.

The Vikings and TE Kyle Rudolph agreed Monday to a 4-year, $36 million extension, according to multiple reports. The deal ends months of speculation that Rudolph could be traded and locks him into Minnesota for at least the next couple of years. It also undercuts the short-term fantasy upside for 2nd-round rookie TE Irv Smith. Trade rumors have helped keep Rudolph down at TE15 in early PlayDraft ADP. He has finished each of the past 3 seasons among the top 9 TEs across fantasy formats.

UPDATE: Pro Football Talk reports that Rudolph's deal includes $16.25 million in "total guarantees," which makes it sound more like a 2-year deal with 2 cuttable years at the end. We'll see about the full details, of course.

The Vikings nabbed Alabama TE Irv Smith with the 50th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. After totaling just 14 catches across his first 2 years on campus, Smith broke out for a 44-710-7 line this past season. All 3 marks ranked among the top 4 on a stacked Alabama squad. Smith averaged a big 16.1 yards per catch and led this TE class in yards per route run. He disappointed with a 22nd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine but plays with good speed and fluidity. Turning just 21 in August, Smith still has lots of room for growth. He’ll start his NFL career behind Kyle Rudolph, but Rudolph’s contract is up after this season. Smith should take over as Minnesota’s top pass-catching TE in 2020.

The Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an "offensive advisor." He was originally reported to be taking Denver's OC job, but that evidently fell through. It's unclear exactly what Kubiak's role will be alongside OC Kevin Stefanski, but he brings 22 seasons of experience as an NFL HC or OC.

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The Vikings have fired OC John DeFilippo. He was a hot name this offseason but lasts just 13 games in Minnesota. DeFilippo's offense has underachieved, ranking just 17th in yards and 20th in points. We also heard whispers that he and HC Mike Zimmer weren't on the same page, with Zimmer preferring a run-heavy offense and DeFilippo favoring the pass. We'll see who the Vikings tab as their interim OC, but the change could mean more carries for RB Dalvin Cook going forward.

Update: The Vikings have promoted former QBs coach Kevin Stefanski to interim OC. Stefanski has been with the team since 2006 but has never called plays.

Vikings new OC John DeFelippo isn't making major changes to last year's offense under Pat Shurmur. Both DeFelippo and Shurmur run West Coast systems. “The things you keep the same are formations, for example — what you call formations,” DeFilippo explained. “We’re calling the run game pretty much the exact same. If there was a [similar] pass concept that we’re putting in, we called it what they called it last season. Coach Shurmur got taught by Coach [Andy] Reid, and like the purest West Coast guys. I’ve learned from some of the guys on that tree, as well. So from a philosophical standpoint, there’s very similar things." Between the OC switch and the arrival of QB Kirk Cousins, there have been significant changes to a Vikings offense that ranked 11th in yards and 10th in points last year. Some continuity in offensive scheme should help the transition go more smoothly.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been a limited participant in spring workouts. He's recovering from post-season surgery to his right ankle. Barring a setback, he should be ready to rock come training camp. Prior to injuring that ankle in Week 14, Rudolph was sitting 7th among TEs in PPR points.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph revealed that he underwent surgery on his right ankle after the season. He hurt it in Week 14 and, although he didn't miss a game, he totaled just 11 catches over Minnesota's final 5 games (including playoffs). We don't have a timeline for Rudolph's return to the field, but there's no reason to believe at this point that the ankle will be an issue in 2018.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He played limited snaps over the final 3 weeks of the regular season, totaling just 6 targets and 4 catches. It looks like the bye week has Rudolph much closer to 100% now -- and ready for his usual role against the Saints on Sunday.

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Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Bengals. Originally ruled out by HC Mike Zimmer, Rudolph was first listed as doubtful and then upgraded to questionable. It’s still unclear how much he’ll play today after missing practice all week. That leaves Rudolph as a risky TE1.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is expected to play against the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rudolph has evidently made major progress since being listed as doubtful on Friday afternoon. There's still elevated risk here, but there's also plenty of upside vs. a Cincinnati defense that Football Outsiders ranks 28th in TE coverage.


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