Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Football News 2021

The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Lions. It'll be his 5th straight game missed. His absence helps the matchup for Lions TE T.J. Hockenson. LB Todd Davis is back to fill in for Kendricks after missing last week.

The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Friday's game against the Saints. It'll be the 4th straight game he has missed. Replacement Todd Davis (ribs) is doubtful. And rookie LB Troy Dye -- a potential fill-in -- has also been ruled out. That leaves Eric Wilson as the only Minnesota LB in play for IDP lineups.

Vikings LB Eric Kendricks still has yet to practice since suffering his calf injury. He remained out for Tuesday's workout, heading toward Friday's game at New Orleans. We'll see about his next couple of days, but don't plan to have Kendricks available for your Week 16 IDP lineup. Todd Davis has been decently productive in Kendricks' place, posting 11, 7 and 8 tackles over his 3 fill-in games. Davis has gone just 3, 3 and 4 in solo tackles but added a sack and a pass breakup in Sunday's loss to Chicago. He'll be in play vs. the Saints if Kendricks sits again.

The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. It'll be his 3rd straight missed game. Todd Davis has seen full playing time in Kendricks' place each of the past 2 weeks. He's just OK on tackle upside.

The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. That leaves Todd Davis to start in his place and factor into the LB3 picture.

Vikings LB Eric Kendricks sustained a calf injury during pregame warm-ups for Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Kendricks was on the active roster but didn't play a snap. We'll see about his status heading into Week 14. Todd Davis started in Kendricks' place, played every snap and tallied 11 tackles (3 solo).

According to multiple reports, the Vikings are trading DE Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens for a 3rd-round pick in 2021 and a conditional 5th-rounder in 2022. Minnesota, of course, just acquired Ngakoue from Jacksonville before the season for a 2nd-round 2021 pick plus the same conditional-level selection. The veteran pass-rusher has produced, delivering 5 sacks in 6 games. Ngakoue will play OLB in Baltimore's 3-4 alignment, but he should retain his DL eligibility in IDP leagues. He figures to take playing time from OLBs Jaylon Ferguson and Tyus Bowser, across from Matt Judon. Minnesota, meanwhile, now counts Ifeadi Odenigbo and Jalyn Holmes as its top 2 DEs -- unless Danielle Hunter is nearing a return from his neck injury. Both teams are on bye this week, so we'll see what else we learn about both situations before their Week 8 contests.

Vikings CB Holton Hill (foot) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons. We'll see whether Hill returns to the starting lineup once he's healthy again.

Vikings CB Holton Hill (foot) is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Seahawks. The late kickoff makes him not worth waiting for in most IDP leagues. CB Mike Hughes is off the final injury report after missing the past 2 games with a neck injury.

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter has received 2 recommendations that he sit out the rest of the season because of the herniated disc in his neck. The 1st opinion came after Hunter visited the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York last week. The 2nd comes from his personal trainer. We'll see what the player and team decide, but don't expect to have Hunter available for your IDP lineup anytime soon.

Vikings S Harrison Smith got ejected late in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's win over the Texans for a "flagrant" helmet-to-helmet hit on Houston TE Jordan Akins. That hit left Akins concussed. We'll see if it means any further discipline for Smith.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter isn't expected to be ready to play when he's eligible to return from IR next week. Hunter's dealing with a herniated disc in his neck and is reportedly "regaining strength and getting closer to returning." Pelissero adds that optimism is "still high that he's back this season." That's good, but it also falls short of telling us that Hunter will definitely be back this season. We'll keep an eye out for updates on his status. You might soon have a roster decision to make on Hunter if you can't keep him stashed in an IR slot.

The Vikings have ruled CB Mike Hughes out for Sunday's game against the Titans with a neck injury. That further dings a CB corps that hasn't played well so far. Minnesota will also miss rookie CB Cameron Dantzler, who played a top 3 corner role in Week 1.

The Vikings are expected to sign free-agent LB Todd Davis on Wednesday, according to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver. Davis got cut by the Broncos as they got down to their 53-man regular season roster. We don't expect Davis to threated the playing time of LB Eric Wilson, who's in for full-time duty with Anthony Barr (pectoral tear) out for the year. We'll see about Davis' role.

Vikings OLB Anthony Barr will miss the rest of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss to the Colts. That should mean full playing time for weak-side starter Eric Wilson going forward. Wilson wound up playing 92% of the snaps vs. Indy, totaling 7 tackles and grabbing an INT. He saw 7 other games of 70% playing time or more over the previous 2 seasons when other LBs went down. Wilson finished all 3 such games last season with 8+ tackles.

The Vikings have placed DE Danielle Hunter on IR. By this year's altered rules, of course, that just means he'll miss at least 3 games. We'll see beyond that. The team has only ever called Hunter's injury a "tweak," but we're at almost a month that it has kept him off the field. ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that it's "related to a neck injury he sustained," according to an anonymous source. If you drafted Hunter in an IDP league, you'll need to find a replacement for at least the 1st few games.

NFL Network reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter's "status for Sunday is very much in doubt." Hunter hasn't practiced since Aug. 14 and remained off the field Wednesday, according to ESPN's Courtney Cronin. The team has been calling Hunter's issue minor all along and haven't revealed details, but this continued absence in the week leading up to the opener should obviously ramp up the worry. If he can't go, Minnesota would likely start Ifeadi Odenigbo at DE opposite Yannick Ngakoue.

The Vikings are trading a pair of draft picks to the Jaguars for DE Yannick Ngakoue, according to multiple reports. Jacksonville gets a 2021 second-rounder and a conditional 5th-round pick in 2022. According to Adam Schefter, that pick becomes a 4th if Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl this season; a 3rd if Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl and the Vikings win the Super Bowl. Ngakoue has delivered 8+ sacks and 14+ QB hits in each of his 4 seasons. He should quickly take over the right DE job from Ifeadi Odenigbo, who has been replacing the departed Everson Griffen. The Jaguars, meanwhile, now have more edge snaps available for 1st-round pick K'Lavon Chaisson. He has reportedly impressed HC Doug Marrone since returning from an early-camp hamstring injury.

Vikings DE Danielle Hunter hasn't practiced since Aug. 14, the team's official opening to camp. That's 10 straight missed practices for Hunter. According to multiple reports, HC Mike Zimmer has revealed only that Hunter is dealing with "a little tweak." Zimmer told ESPN's Courtney Cronin earlier this week that Hunter is "getting a little better every day" and that he'll return when head trainer Eric Sugarman deems the DE ready. The situation obviously adds some risk to the guy currently leading our DL rankings. But the lack of info makes it tough to tell just how much we need to worry. For now, we'd wait a little longer to draft Hunter than normal, though we're not pushing any other D-linemen ahead of him. If you'd rather pass on the uncertainty in your draft, of course, that's a reasonable path. We'll keep an eye out for Hunter's return.

The Associated Press reports that the Vikings will name Gary Kubiak their new OC. Kubiak spent 2019 on the Minnesota staff as an offensive adviser and assistant to HC Mike Zimmer. The move gives Minnesota continuity from the scheme that helped usher in RB Dalvin Cook's 2019 breakout while deploying 1 of the league's most run-heavy approaches. We'd expect plenty more running under an OC who has historically liked his RBs. QB Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, finished 2019 low in QB2 territory, reaching 2 TD passes in just 7 of 15 games. Expect him to remain in QB2 territory in our 2020 fantasy football rankings, and approach Cousins as a platoon option in the double-digit rounds of early best-ball drafting. He and Minnesota's WRs do, at least, present a nice week-to-week ceiling.

 
 
 

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