Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Minnesota Vikings Players to Draft

5 Minnesota Vikings Players to Add to Your Fantasy Team

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The Minnesota Vikings were a bad team last season. The team averaged 344.2 yards and 24.4 points per game, 13th and 14th in the league. The defense was much worse, allowing 397.6 yards and 30 points per game, 31st and 32nd in the league, respectively. The Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater at the end of the first round to be the quarterback of the future. He won't be starting this season, so here are the five Vikings players to add to your team.

K Blair Walsh

Blair Walsh
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K Blair Walsh

Blair Walsh
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The kicker position should not be addressed until the end of the draft. Some teams even forgo a kicker and use a different one each week. Fantasy owners were up in arms (or legs) about Vikings kicker Blair Walsh. He nailed all 10 field goals from 50+ yards. However, 2013 was a down season for Walsh. With less opportunities, Walsh attempted just 30 field goals and went 2-for-5 from 50 yards. He will bounce back this season while playing outside.

WR Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings
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WR Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings
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Greg Jennings has been on a decline over the last couple of years. Despite playing in 15 games, he finished 68 receptions, 804 yards and four touchdowns. He scored four touchdowns in eight games in 2012. Surprisingly, Jennings finished as a top-40 fantasy receiver. He should play the Anquan Boldin-type role as the veteran who is still a threat, but not the top fantasy option. He could have a big game, but should be used as receiver depth.

TE Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph
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TE Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph
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Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron. Those are the two most recent tight ends who got to work with new Vikings offensive coordinator, Norv Turner. With Turner coming to Minnesota, fantasy owners should expect Rudolph to have a breakout season. His 2013 season was cut short due to a fractured foot. He was on pace for a career-high in receiving yards. Turner will rely heavily on Rudolph throughout the season.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Cordarrelle Patterson
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WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Cordarrelle Patterson
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Cordarrelle Patterson did not have a double-digit outing in the first 12 games of the season. He then began lighting up the stat sheets out of nowhere. In the final four games of 2013, he scored 61 fantasy points and finished as a top-35 receiver. He racked up 215 receiving yards and three touchdowns along with two rushing touchdowns over those final four games. Regardless of who the Vikings quarterback is, Patterson will be a top-25 receiver.

RB Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson
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RB Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson
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I don't need to sell you on why you should draft Adrian Peterson. He is a consensus top-three running back and some may even have him as the No. 1 overall pick. In 14 games last season, he had 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns. Even if he played all 16 games, it was impossible for him to replicate his 2012 season. As the focal point of the Vikings offense, Peterson will fly like a bat outta hell.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.


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