Saturday, August 25, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Minnesota Vikings

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Minnesota Vikings.


Kirk Cousins531339.8406225.512.239.1113.42.73.6260.42
Finishing as fantasy's QB8, QB5 and QB7 over the past three seasons, respectively, Cousins has thrown for 4,000-plus yards and 25-plus touchdowns in each of those seasons. In addition, he has rushed for at least four scores in three consecutive seasons. Now playing for a Super Bowl contender and a defensive-minded head coach, Cousins may not put up the same level of production he had in Washington, but he remains a top-12 fantasy option as he switches teams.

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Running Backs

Dalvin Cook289.61288.710.135.9301.61.11.5223.23
Before having his rookie season cut short by a torn ACL, Cook carried the ball 74 times for 354 yards (4.78 YPC) and two touchdowns with 11 catches for 90 yards. His start was equivalent to a 16-game pace of 1,776 yards from scrimmage, 44 catches and eight touchdowns. If he's able to stay healthy, Cook has top-five upside in what should be a run-heavy offense.
Latavius Murray137.2555.74.511.780.
A top-20 fantasy back (standard-scoring formats) for three years in a row, Murray will need an injury to Dalvin Cook to extend that streak to four seasons. That said, Murray has 20 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons and could vulture some goal-line carries from Cook.
Mike Boone17.874.
C.J. Ham5.612.30.66.862.60.3012.89
Roc Thomas7.
Mack Brown5.

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Wide Receivers

Adam Thielen85.51188.55.61.515.301.6150.78
Thielen has only 10 touchdowns in his four NFL seasons, but the former UDFA built upon his breakout 2016 season to lead the team in targets (142), receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,276). Only Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins had more yards than Thielen last season.
Stefon Diggs76.91007.47.76.623.10.10.1149.65
With 20 fewer receptions year over year, Diggs finished 2017 with 64 catches for 849 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. Diggs has missed multiple games in each of his three NFL seasons, but he could improve upon his WR18 (WR19 in PPR) production if he's able to stay healthy for a full season. Through the preseason, Diggs has shown better rapport with Kirk Cousins than Thielen or tight end Kyle Rudolph.
Kendall Wright20.7223.60.80000.226.76
Laquon Treadwell17.5178.51.10000.124.25
Stacy Coley3.843.30.200005.53
Tavarres King2.227.50.200003.95

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Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph62.1624.17.10000.1104.81
Rudolph's targets dropped year over year (132 to 81), but he still finished as fantasy's TE6 (TE8 in PPR) in 2017. He posted a 57/532/8 stat line last season and those numbers may be a reasonable floor for the veteran tight end.
David Morgan14127.41.30000.120.34
Tyler Conklin9.296.60.90000.114.86
Blake Bell6.970.40.300008.84

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