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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is expected to play against the Chiefs today. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that a final decision won't come until pregame warmups, but Thielen is definitely trending in the right direction. We'll get his official status around 11:30 am ET.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that WR Adam Thielen will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. That fits with earlier reports about Thielen being merely "optimistic" about his chances of playing Sunday. We'll see about Thielen's status Sunday morning.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs after a limited week of practice. Thielen is "optimistic" that he'll be able to play, per insider Ben Goessling, but HC Mike Zimmer suggested that Thielen will be a game-time decision. The good news is that we'll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. Thielen will come with added risk if active but would still boast WR1 upside.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He's tentatively expected back for this weekend's game against the Chiefs -- although a final decision might not come until after he gets through the next 2 days of practice. Check back tomorrow for another update.

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.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that WR Adam Thielen's injured hamstring is "improving fast" and that he has "a chance" to play against the Redskins on Thursday night. Frankly, we'd be surprised if the team pushed Thielen back for a game in which they're 16-point favorites. But we'll get another update tomorrow.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "hard to imagine" Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) playing against the Redskins on Thursday night. Thielen (not surprisingly) said he was "optimistic" about his status for that one, but we're not putting much stock in that. Minnesota can win this game without him. Rapoport does add that this "doesn't seem like a major injury," so Thielen should have a good shot to be back for Week 9.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen told reporters after Sunday's win over the Lions that he's scheduled for an MRI on his injured hamstring but is "optimistic" that he'll play Week 8. Consider us skeptical with Minnesota hosting the Redskins on Thursday night. We'll continue to track Thielen's status, though.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen suffered a hamstring injury on a TD catch in the 1st half of Sunday's game in Detroit. We'll update his status when we learn more.

UPDATE: The Vikings have ruled him out for the game.

The Vikings have removed OLB Anthony Barr from the injury report. He missed last week's game with a knee injury, allowing Eric Wilson to take over full-time snaps and deliver a big IDP outing (11 tackles, 2 sacks). But with Barr ready to face the Bears, expect Wilson to return to playing about half the game and not offering much IDP value.

Vikings OLB Anthony Barr is inactive for today's game against the Raiders. Make sure he's not in your IDP lineups. His absence takes a playmaker out of the Minnesota lineup, but the defense remains a strong play against Oakland.

Broncos LB Todd Davis is active for today's game against the Packers. He missed the 1st 2 games with the calf injury that cost him nearly the whole summer. That makes Davis a risky IDP option for his 1st week back. We'll be quite curious to see his playing time, though, and whether Davis' return affects Josey Jewell's playing time.

Broncos LB Todd Davis is questionable for Sunday's game agains the Bears. He put in limited practices all week after missing Week 1 with the calf injury that kept him out all summer. We'll see about Davis' status Sunday afternoon, but IDP owners shouldn't plan on using him in most cases.

Broncos LB Todd Davis is doubtful for Monday night's game against the Raiders. Davis missed nearly all of training camp and the preseason with a calf injury that continued to keep him out of practice over the past week. His absence hurts a thin Denver LB depth chart but boosts the IDP upside of fellow ILB starter Josey Jewell. Elsewhere on the defense, slot CB Bryce Callahan is questionable with a foot injury that limited his practice participation all week. That's good news for Raiders rookie slot WR Hunter Renfrow, who sports some deep PPR upside.

Broncos LB Todd Davis expects to be ready for the regular-season opener next Monday night, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. Davis has been out of practice since suffering a calf injury on the 1st day of training camp. We wouldn't plan to use him in IDP lineups for that 1st game against the Raiders. But Davis cracked the top 20 among fantasy LBs last season and is worth rostering in leagues of at least moderate depth.

Broncos ILB Todd Davis suffered a partial tear in his right calf and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, according to ESPN's Jeff Legwold. That leaves Denver sorting through inexperienced backups to play next to 1st-time starter Josey Jewell. Davis' timeline still puts him in play for the regular-season opener. We'll see how ready he is come late August. Jewell, meanwhile, looks like a potential sleeper for IDP fantasy football drafts. If you've seen our LB rankings, then you already know that's how we view him.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the league has suspended Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson for 6 games for violating the PED policy. Peterson is reportedly not appealing the ban. He's not much of an IDP factor, so the biggest fantasy impact will be on Arizona's first 6 opponents. The Lions, Ravens, Panthers, Seahawks, Bengals and Falcons can enjoy having their lead WRs running free of 1 of the league's top cover men. As for the Cardinals defense, Peterson's early absence should make it easier for 2nd-round rookie Byron Murphy to start right away. Robert Alford will claim a spot after signing a 3-year deal with $13.5 million in guarantees. Arizona also added David Amerson and Tramaine Brock at the position.

The Vikings added Boise State RB Alexander Mattison in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 5’11, 218-pounder racked up 2,501 yards and 29 TDs on 514 carries (4.9 YPC) over the past 2 seasons. He added 55 catches for 457 yards and another score. Mattison is a powerful runner who ranked 16th in this year’s RB class in missed tackles forced per attempt, according to Pro Football Focus. He registered a solid 63rd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. Mattison has a good shot to immediately step in as Minnesota’s #2 RB behind Dalvin Cook, who’s had trouble staying healthy.

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.

Never mind. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that OLB Anthony Barr has decided to re-sign with the Vikings rather than going to the Jets in free agency. That should keep him a limited IDP factor. It's also a reminder that none of these moves will be set until Wednesday afternoon, when free agency actually opens with the new league year.


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