The Cowboys have reached a deal with DE Everson Griffen, according to NFL Network. Griffen spent 2010-19 with the Vikings, the last 6 of those as a starter. Injury and off-field issues derailed his 2018. Griffen missed 5 games and finished with just 5.5 sacks. He rebounded in 2019, however, missing only a meaningless Week 17, notching 8 sacks and tallying 24 QB hits. That last number tied for 11th in the league. In Dallas, Griffen immediately looks like the favorite to start at right DE opposite Demarcus Lawrence. He'll likely be available at least into DL3 range in IDP drafts. Griffen presents upside beyond that.
The Vikings announced Tuesday that DE Everson Griffen will return to the team Wednesday. He missed the past 5 games while dealing with both a knee injury and off-field issues. If Griffen proves ready to return to the lineup this week, he'll be worth considering right away for IDP purposes. We'd rather wait at least through Week 8, with a tough sack matchup against the Saints awaiting. Go ahead and add Griffen in leagues of at least moderate depth, though. He's a top-10 fantasy lineman at full strength.
Vikings DT Linval Joseph is doubtful for Sunday night's game at Green Bay after suffering a setback with the injured foot that cost him games earlier this season. Fortunately for Minnesota and IDP owners, all other defenders on the injury report this week are probable. That means you should use S Harrison Smith and DE Everson Griffen as you normally would.
The Vikings have ruled S Harrison Smith (knee) and OLB Anthony Barr (groin, hand) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. DT Linval Joseph (foot) will be a game-time decision. That makes him iffy for IDP lineups, considering Joseph has yet to put in a full practice since suffering the injury. DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) is also questionable after returning to a limited practice Friday. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he said Thursday that he expects to play. "No setback," he said. "It's just not where I want it to be yet."