Vikings (5-1) vs Bears (1-6)

Their perfect record now a thing of the past, the Minnesota Vikings look to get back on track when they visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night in a matchup of NFC North rivals (Enter Contests). The Vikings opened the season with five consecutive wins prior to their bye week but absorbed their first loss in a 21-10 defeat at Philadelphia last week. Jay Cutler, who suffered a thumb injury in Week 2, is poised to return to the starting lineup amid a published report that Bears coach John Fox told friends that he is “done” with the veteran quarterback after this season.

ABOUT THE BEARS

Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a broken arm and third-stringer Matt Barkley appeared totally overmatched in last week’s 26-10 loss at Green Bay. The Bears will now turn to the inconsistent Cutler, coming back from injury, for stability at quarterback. Ironic right! The issue facing the Bears and Cutler is how to jump-start an offense that is averaging a league-low 15.9 points per game and ranks 25th in the NFL in rush with an average of 87.9 yards. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has five TD receptions and is averaging 108.8 receiving yards in his last five games versus Minnesota. Chicago’s defense sits 20th in the league, permitting an average of 24.1 points per game.

ABOUT THE VIKINGS

Injuries to top running back Adrian Peterson and along the offensive line are stagnating Minnesota, which ranks 31st in total offense (299.2 yards) and 30th in rushing (74.3). Quarterback Sam Bradford had six touchdowns and zero interceptions in his first four starts but was picked off once and lost a pair of fumbles last week against his former team. One of his new favorite targets, wideout Cordarrelle Patterson, has 16 receptions and two touchdowns over the last three games but missed practice Thursday with a concussion. Still, the Vikings rely on a defense that is limiting foes to an NFL-low 14.0 points. Minnesota swept the season series in 2015-16 and has won the last three meetings.

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Seattle Seahawks versus Minnesota Vikings NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-10-2016

 

The NFC Wildcard playoffs begin Sunday afternoon as the Minnesota Vikings will host the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to NBC TV on January 10th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league roster picks.

 

The Seahawks and Vikings met on December 6th and it was the Seahawks with the 38-7 victory on the road. The Seahawks defense dominated the line of scrimmage as they held the Minnesota offense to just 31 yards on the ground with 118 through the air. Seattle stacked the line and took Adrian Peterson out of the game. They have the secondary to do that as they can play man to man on the Vikings receiving corps and not have to worry about double teaming anyone on their pass patterns. Earl Thomas had a pick on Bridgewater in the game. Russell Wilson had a monster game in the win. He threw for 274 yards and had three touchdown passes on the Vikings defense. He also ran for 51 yards and a touchdown in the victory. They were efficient in the red zone going 3 of 4 which will give the team confidence. It will be cold but there is no wind or snow forecasted.

 

Seattle Seahawks Defense:

 

Seattle is ranked as the two ranked defense in all of the NFL by giving up 291 yards per game. They are tops in scoring defense by allowing 17.3 points per game.

 

Seattle Seahawks QB:

 

Russell Wilson

 

Russell Wilson got his money in the offseason and it has paid dividends. He is having a career year in completion percentage, passing touchdowns and yardage. Wilson has completed 68.1% of his throws for 4024 yards with 34 touchdowns and eight picks. Wilson is a plus for fantasy owners as he makes plays with his legs. Wilson is the number two runner for Seattle as he has rushed for 553 yards and a touchdown with 5.4 yards per carry average. Wilson will look to run more in the playoffs as the stakes are much higher now.

 

Seattle Seahawks RB:

 

Marshawn Lynch

 

The veteran running back has played in only seven games as he has been hampered by sports hernia surgery. He was playing hurt so his numbers have not been up to par. But he is fresh and could make a strong showing here. If Seattle has a lead look for Lynch to get lots of carries.

 

Seattle Seahawks WR:

 

Doug Baldwin

 

The fifth year pro is also putting up career numbers. Baldwin has caught 78 passes for 1069 yards with 14 touchdowns. He has had 11 touchdown receptions in his past six games.

 

Minnesota Vikings QB:

 

Teddy Bridgewater

 

Bridgewater greatly excels when his run game is working. When Peterson is a threat for a big gain, the second year quarterback is able find open targets in passing patterns. But Seattle is a bad matchup for Bridgewater. The Seahawks are going to force Bridgewater to thread the needle on his passes and that is not his strength. He likes to lob passes into arms of his receivers but because the Seahawks defenders can read and react it provides an interception opportunity. That’s why Earl Thomas is the play on defense in this game. Look for the Vikings to get behind and get desperate in the second half. Bridgewater is going to have to take chances in coverage and will get burned with picks.

 

Minnesota Vikings RB:

 

Adrian Peterson

 

Bad news for the Vikings as Adrian Peterson has not practiced through Thursday as he has been bothered by a bad back. Peterson was ineffective in the December 6th home loss to Seattle with 18 rushing yards on 8 carries. Seattle is going to stack the line so pass on Adrian Peterson.

 

Minnesota Vikings TE:

 

Kyle Rudolph

 

Because the Seahawks secondary is outstanding and Bridgewater doesn’t trust his arm strength enough to challenge them the play will be on the Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph in this game. Rudolph is second on the club with receptions with 49 catches for 495 yards and five touchdowns.

 

NFL Playoff Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Russell Wilson (Seahawks)

WR: Doug Baldwin (Seahawks)

TE: Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)

S: Earl Thomas (Seahawks)

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NFL Wild Card Value Picks

Quarterback

With a small slate of games this weekend you’re quarterback choices are limited. So let’s run through the matchups. Houston and Kansas City has all the makings of a low scoring game. These are two defensive dominated teams and this matchup should be low scoring and slow paced, not places of high value for Fantasy NFL contests. Same can be said about Minnesota and Seattle. While Seattle’s offense is explosive, we saw what they did against the strong defensive front of the Cardinals last weekend, I’m saving my quarterback pick for an easier matchup.

The weakest pass defense of the weekend is by far the Steelers, but with the Bengals current quarterback situation, its hard to say anything for sure. In all likelihood AJ McCarron will be taking the field, but there is the small chance Andy Dalton will return for the game. Either way, they both should be able to provide great value with this matchup, just make sure you keep your eye on the injury report and you get the right one in.

Although the Bengals have a strong pass defense, it seems like nobody is able to stop Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown this year. I expect them to have a big game, but I also expect ownership to be very high on these two, so I’m playing the contrarian strategy and avoiding the Steelers stack.

Last we have Washington and Green Bay. This has all the makings for a classic shootout and I think there will be value on both sides of the ball. Aaron Rodgers has been very subpar this entire season, but he has been to the playoffs before and I think he will perform. Kirk Cousins on the other hand has been red hot and putting up big numbers, and that does not look to be stopping anytime soon. You’re probably going to find lower ownership with Rodgers so I’ll give him the edge in a tournament, but based on his performance this year, that may be a risky play.

Running Back

Our premium running backs for the week are Adrian Peterson, Deangelo Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Jeremy Hill, Characandrick West, and Eddie Lacy. As of now Williams looks to be out for this weekend so lets rule him out now (even if he were playing I don’t love the matchup). Marshawn Lynch will be returning but with the offensive efficiency of the Seahawks lately, its hard to say they will need to make much use of him so I am staying away from Beast mode as well. The Vikings may find it hard to pass against the dominating defense and will certainly run the ball a lot to Peterson, but he has not been as dominant this year as in years past and the Seahawks may shut him down. West as well is facing a tough defense, especially recently, so my recommendation is stay away from any Chiefs back.

So we are left with Hill and Lacy, both on the cheap end as far as premium running backs go. The way the Bengals use Hill and Bernard is very dependent on the matchup. They utilize Hill to run the ball up the middle while Bernard is valued more highly for his speed in screen passes and short drops. This matchup may be better for Bernard than Hill, and Bernard comes at a much cheaper price. Not a bad pick for this week. Lacy is the only premium back I like for this week. Like Hill, he could take a backseat position to Starks but I think Lacy has asserted himself as the primary back after early struggles in the season.

If you are looking for value at Running back however, there is a lot to be found. Starks and Bernard, as previously mentioned, will both only cost you less that $4000 on Fanpicks. Alfred Morris and Pierre Thomas both are a threat to accumulate fantasy value with their run and pass threat. The real value pick of the week is Jonathan Grimes, who put together a big game last weekend and comes at only $2700.

Wide Receiver

The same analysis on Quarterbacks applies to receivers as well. We want to stick with the good matchups: Steelers/Bengals and Packers/Redskins. Skipping out on Antonio Brown may just cost you a win, but I think there is more upside potential on fading Brown, especially for NFL Daily Fantasy Tournaments type contests. AJ Green should be able to put up some big numbers this week regardless of who gets the starting position at Quarterback.

I also like Desean Jackson or Pierre Garcon if you are looking to save a little money at the position. We know Cousins is going to throw the ball and we know he is going to throw it a lot. He may throw a couple interceptions but that doesn’t hurt his fantasy value too bad. It all just depends on which receiver can manage to get open between these two and Reed.

A good contrarian stack is Rodgers and either Cobb or Jones. They haven’t done much this year and are not on many people radar, but like I said before, the Packers know the playoffs. Cobb should get more targets but Jones is more of a long threat. The choice is up to you, I’m going Cobb.

Tight End

For me, the viable tight ends for this week are Jordan Reed and Tyler Eifert. While you can make the argument for Heath Miller and Richard Rodgers, I think you will find much more value with Eifert and Reed. Reed is an obvious pick as he has had some very big games lately and is arguably the top tight end in the league. However, that also means he is going to come with a high ownership level, bad news for a tournament play.

That’s why I’m going with Eifert. I can’t stress enough how weak Pittsburgh is against the pass as all of their games end up turning into a shootout. Eifert will especially benefit if Dalton returns this weekend as there is usually great synergy between the two.

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Week 16 Value Picks

Quarterback

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The shootout of the weekend should be between Jacksonville and New Orleans, assuming Drew Brees is healthy enough to take the field after tearing his plantar last week (the same injury Peyton Manning is struggling with). These two quarterbacks love to throw the ball and their defenses love to let the ball be thrown. I give Bortles the fantasy edge though since the Saints defense is more flawed fundamentally and Bortles just loves to throw the ball way down the field.

Kirk Cousins could be a great value pick this weekend as well. He has been on fire lately and we see the weapons he has in Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson (even Alfred Morris as well). Thats not even considering the fact that the Eagles secondary is great at making any quarterback look like Tom Brady out there.

Running Back

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As you can see from the above, there are not many great options at running back this week with the highest projected running back as Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) with only 20.6 projected points. You can spend the money at Running back if you wish and go with the likes of Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) and Matt Forte (CHI @ TB) in what should be a run off, or you can save your money for the higher value at the Receiver position and go for the bargain picks of Darren Sproles (WAS @ PHI), Tim Hightower (JAX @ NO), Christine Michael (STL @ SEA), or Ameer Abdullah (SF @ DET).

Wide Receiver

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The stack of the week should be Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles against the Saints. There is no denying that the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection has been unstoppable this year, no matter what the matchup. He is going to cost you a pretty penny but fading Antonio Brown may just kill your chances of winning big, as it has plenty of weekends this year already.

Or you can go with Doug Baldwin who has scored over 10 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. Can he keep this streak going against the Rams? I’m saying yes, not that he will score another 3 touchdowns, but he should be able to haul in 1 or 2 providing some good fantasy value. Seattle doesn’t seem to be stopping this charge until the season ends.

If you are trying to find a cheap value receiver to fill that last spot in your lineup with limited funds, you can look to Jeremy Maclin (CLE @ KC), John Brown (GB @ ARI), Michael Floyd (GB @ ARI), Willie Snead (JAX @ NO), Bradon Cooks (JAX @ NO), or Golden Tate (SF @ DET).

Tight End

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The tight end decision has been made easier in the previous couple weeks with Gronk out. Up until then the decision was go for Gronk, accept the 50+% ownership and $7000+ price tag and hope its his week, or choose from the list of alternative tight ends. The Gronk versus the field decision is back. This week it is easy though.

Gronk has not shown his dominance of previous years this season and is only projected about 1 point higher than the Saints‘ Benjamin Watson. The value picks here are Ebron and Kelce. Kelce has been stagnated slightly since his explosive start to the season and his salary reflects that decline. However, he has high end potential against the Browns, which is what you are going to need to win any big NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Ebron as well has shown brilliance at times this year and is getting more action lately with Calvin Johnson all of the sudden becoming obsolete in their offense. Ebron comes much cheaper than the other highly projected options and allows you to spend the cash where you want this week, with the receivers.

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Minnesota Vikings versus Arizona Cardinals Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-10-2015

A pair of playoff contenders will be showcased on Thursday Night Football as the Arizona Cardinals will be home to the Minnesota Vikings. NFL Fantasy League GM’s can tune to CBS TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on December 10th to follow the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

The Minnesota Vikings are looking to rebound after a bad 38-7 home defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks defense did a very good job of taking running back Adrian Peterson out of the game by stacking the line. This forced Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to beat the Seahawks linebackers and secondary. It was no contest as Bridgewater likes to lob up passes and lead his receivers to run under balls. He doesn’t have the arm strength and accuracy to throw in tight windows yet and that weakness was exposed greatly by the Seahawks defense last week. They fell to a flat footed tie with the Packers in the division at 8-4. The team is 31st and second worst in the NFL in passing offense by throwing for 179 yards per game. Minnesota could be very vulnerable in this game as they lose the services of four of their starters on defense due to getting injured in the physical battle with Seattle. It is tough to play the Seahawks but even worse when you have a Thursday night game after playing them on the previous Sunday.

 

The Arizona Cardinals enter play with a record of 10-2 and can clinch the NFC West with a win and a loss by the Seahawks on Sunday. The team came off a dominating victory last week to the St Louis Rams 27-3 and they get revenge from an earlier home loss to the Rams at home. The Cardinals have performed very well on both ends of the field. They are the top scoring team in the NFL as they put up nearly 32 points per game. They are third in the league in passing offense as they throw for 299 yards per game. Teams score just 19.3 points per game on the Cardinals which is fourth best in the NFL. We are going to make a case here to select the Arizona Cardinals defense. This is a play against the Minnesota Vikings offense for the second straight week. It is another nightmare matchup for the Vikings as they will take Adrian Peterson out of the game and expose the weakness of Teddy Bridgewater in threading the needle.

 

Arizona Cardinals QB:

 

Carson Palmer

 

The veteran quarterback is completing 64% of his throws this season for 3693 yards with 29 touchdowns and 9 picks. He threw for 356 yards with two touchdowns last week in the win at St Louis. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in five of his past six games.

 

Arizona Cardinals RB:

 

David Johnson

 

The rookie from Northern Iowa was called into action with injuries to the Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson. David Johnson ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on his 24 carries.

 

Arizona Cardinals WR:

 

Larry Fitzgerald

 

Fitzgerald is leading the Cardinals with 91 catches for 1047 yards with seven touchdowns. He is averaging 11.5 yards per catch on the campaign.

 

Minnesota Vikings QB:

 

Teddy Bridgewater

 

The second year quarterback still has some development work to get better in this league. He has some good qualities and can complete passes to open receivers. But when the opponent can stop the run and the coverage is tight on receivers the Vikings signal caller struggles to complete passes downfield. Many times he looks to check down or will complete a pass to a tight end well in front of the first down markers that stall drives.

 

Minnesota Vikings RB:

 

Adrian Peterson

 

The Vikings pro bowl running back struggled for yardage against a very good Seattle Seahawks defense last week. He had 8 carries for only 18 yards.

 

Minnesota Vikings TE:

 

Kyle Rudolph

 

The Minnesota tight end has 39 catches for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Look for Bridgewater to target his tight end heavily in this game against a very good secondary and run defense.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Carson Palmer (Cardinals)

RB: David Johnson (Cardinals)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

TE: Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)

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NFL We Build Champions Roster – Week 12

This week the stack of ‪Russell Wilson‬ and ‪‎Doug Baldwin‬ were the most valuable picks. Those two combined for 3 passing touchdowns out of Russell Wilson’s total 5 passing touchdowns. There were several other multiple touchdown performances this week including ‪Adrian Peterson‬’s 2 rushing touchdowns, ‪CJ Anderson‬’s 2 rushing touchdowns, and‪ Brandon Marshall‬’s 2 receiving touchdowns. Receivers ‪Wheaton‬,‪ Landry‬, and ‪Thomas‬ only scored 1 touchdown each, but were able to create huge ‪‎fantasy value‬ with receptions and receiving yards. One very important factor to consider is the PPR (point per reception) scoring system such as the one used by Fanpicks.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-21-2015

Minnesota Vikings versus Detroit Lions NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 10-25-2015

It will be an NFC North divisional matchup from week seven from the NFL as the Detroit Lions will host the Minnesota Vikings. Fantasy football draft GM’s can check out this game on FOX at 1PM Eastern Time on Sunday October 25th to follow the scoring results of their roster picks.

This will already be the second meeting of the year between these two clubs. Back on September 20th it was Minnesota with the 26-16 home victory. The Vikings ran the ball effectively in the win with 199 yards on 42 carries. Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards on his 29 carries. Detroit had run problems in the defeat with 38 yards on 16 carries.

Minnesota enters the game with a record of 3-2. They come off a victory last week by the score of 16-10 at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Vikings shut out the Chiefs for a little more than three quarters. They limited the Chiefs to just 57 yards on the ground on 18 carries and 0 of 2 inside the red zone. The Vikings have defended very well on the year. They are number two in the NFL in scoring defense as they limit opponents to just 16.6 points a game on the year. The defense carries this Vikings team as the club has stubbed its toe on the offense side of the football. They are 32nd and last in passing offense throwing for 179 yards a game and 29th and fourth worst in scoring by averaging 19.2 points a contest.

It has been a nightmare season in 2015 for the Detroit Lions. The club is 1-5 and is coming off their first win of the season by beating the Chicago Bears last week in overtime by the score of 37-34. The Lions took a 34-31 lead with 21 seconds remaining but allowed Chicago to position for a game tying 29 yard field goal as time expired. Despite the victory the Lions surrendered 444 yards of offense to the Bears.

Minnesota Vikings QB:

Teddy Bridgewater:

The second year starter has disappointed in 2015. There was a lot of positive talk about Bridgewater coming out of preseason. He is completing 64% of his throws for 1023 yards with just three touchdowns and four picks. In the win against the Chiefs Bridgewater hit on 17 of 31 throws for 249 yards with a touchdown and two picks.

Minnesota Vikings RB:

Adrian Peterson

The veteran running back is getting most of the work in the backfield for the Vikings. Peterson is rushing for 432 yards with three touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.3 yards per carry which is below is 4.9 yards per run career average. Against the Chiefs Peterson ran for only 60 yards on 26 carries.

Minnesota Vikings WR:

Mike Wallace

Many pundits were looking for big plays from Wallace as he came over in free agency to Minnesota. He has 22 catches for 256 yards and a touchdown. His biggest reception in 2015 has come for only 22 yards. Wallace is averaging just 11.6 yards per catch.

Detroit Lions QB:

Matthew Stafford

The seventh year quarterback is hitting on 64% of his throws for 1610 yards with ten touchdowns and nine picks. He is getting very little production from his run game. After getting benched in a loss to Arizona, Stafford responded with 405 passing yards with four touchdowns and a pick in the win against the Bears.

Detroit Lions RB:

Ameer Abdullah

The rookie is getting an opportunity but he has not made the most of it with just 3.3 yards per carry on his 54 rushing attempts thus far.

Detroit Lions WR:

Calvin Johnson

Mega-Tron has caught 38 balls for 488 yards and two touchdowns. He had his best game of the year last week in the win against Chicago with six receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-3-2015 

Minnesota Vikings versus Denver Broncos NFL Fantasy Preview 10-3-2015 

The undefeated Denver Broncos are at home to face the Minnesota Vikings from week four action from the NFL. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX at 4:25PM Eastern Time on Sunday October 4th to follow the results of their roster picks.

After a 20-3 road loss at San Francisco in week one the Minnesota Vikings returned for two home dates. They came away with wins in both games as they defeated NFC North rivals the Detroit Lions 26-16 then in week three they got past the San Diego Chargers 31-14. After a bad week one the Vikings running game turned around and Adrian Peterson shook off the rust and got back to his good form. Minnesota is the third ranked running team in the NFL as they rush for 144 yards per game. Over on defense the team sits fifth best in points allowed as opponents push across just 16.7 points a game on their defense.

Denver is a 3-0 team at the moment. Their offense begun slow but has shown signs improving in week two and three with wins on the road to Kansas City and Detroit. The constant all season has been the play of the Broncos defense. This unit is the number one ranked team in yards allowed per game (259) and passing yards allowed (176). They hold opponents to just 16.3 points a game ranking fourth best in the league. The run game has sputtered with new offensive lineman trying to get acquainted with the system. Denver rushes for 57 yards per game which is 31st and second to last in the NFL.

Minnesota Vikings QB:

Teddy Bridgewater

The second year quarterback is hitting on 67% of his throws for 505 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He struggled against the Chargers passing for 121 yards completing 13 of 24 throws with an interception.

Minnesota Vikings RB:

Adrian Peterson

The pro bowler is back in 2015 and has rushed 59 times for 291 yards and two touchdowns. He has broken off three runs for twenty or more yards and is averaging nearly five yard a carry. Last week against San Diego Peterson rushed 20 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for over six yards a carry.

Minnesota Vikings WR:

Mike Wallace

The deep threat was acquired in the offseason and has grabbed 12 passes for 150 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown reception as he tries and build chemistry with Bridgewater. In Game 1 he caught six passes but had only three catches in games against the Lions and Chargers.

Denver Broncos QB:

Peyton Manning:

Manning is completing 63.8% of his passes this year for 755 yards with five touchdowns and three picks. He was accurate in the Detroit game last week hitting on 31 of 42 passes for 324 yards with two touchdowns and one pick..

Denver Broncos RB:

Ronnie Hillman

The running backs have not performed well this year. Hillman has 28 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging just 3.1 yards a carry.

C.J. Anderson

The third year back has run for 74 yards on 32 carries. That is a miniscule 2.3 yards per rush attempt.

Denver Broncos WR:

Demaryius Thomas

The Broncos veteran wide receiver has 24 receptions for 268 yards with a touchdown. He caught nine balls against Detroit last week for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders have been targeted 35 times on the campaign and caught 22 balls for 239 yards with two touchdowns. He had six catches for 87 yards against the Lions.

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Minnesota Vikings versus San Francisco 49ers NFL Fantasy Preview

Game 2 of the Monday Night Football doubleheader features the San Francisco 49ers facing the Minnesota Vikings. NFL fantasy football GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 10:20PM Eastern Time from San Francisco to follow the results of their drafted rosters.

The Minnesota Vikings failed to make the playoffs last year. They took a huge blow to their chances in 2014 with the suspension of Adrian Peterson. The talented running back has been reinstated to the club for the upcoming 2015 campaign.

The San Francisco 49ers appears to be a team in transition. Jim Harbaugh was let go and many of the talented 49er free agents have left the team. Head coach Jim Tomsula takes over after coaching the defensive line since 2007 for San Francisco. Many have this 49ers team heading in the wrong direction in 2015 as the team are actually an underdog at home on Monday Night Football against a team that failed to make the playoffs in 2014.

Minnesota Vikings QB:

Teddy Bridgewater in his rookie season in 2014 hit on 64% of his throws for 2919 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 picks. The game film shows he outperformed the rookie quarterbacks in 2014 and is accurate throwing the ball downfield. He has offensive coordinator Norv Turner tutoring him.

Minnesota Vikings RB:

Adrian Peterson played in 14 games in 2013 and ran for 1266 yards with ten touchdowns and 4.5 yards per carry. His best year was in 2012 where he rushed for 2097 yards for six yards a carry. Peterson does not contribute much in the passing game.

Minnesota Vikings WR:

Mike Wallace was acquired in the offseason to give Bridgewater a deep threat downfield. He has a very good career 15.6 yards per catch average. In 2014 Wallace caught 67 balls for 862 yards with ten touchdowns and 47 first down gains.

Charles Johnson will start opposes Wallace. The third year wide out had 31 catches for 475 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson averaged 15.3 yards per catch last year.

Minnesota Vikings TE:

Kyle Rudolph has had an injury plagued career. In 2014 he missed extended time and caught 24 balls for 231 yards with two touchdowns and 13 first down gains.

San Francisco 49ers QB:

Now in his fifth season starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick looks to improve from a poor 2014 campaign. He hit on 60% of his throws last year with 19 touchdowns and 10 picks. For fear of injury it appeared the previous coaching regime told Kaepernick to reduce his number of rushing attempts. That may change in 2015 as the 49ers quarterback if most effective when given the green light to run since he has shown the ability to do so in an intelligent manner.

San Francisco 49ers RB:

The team lost Frank Gore to free agency to the Indianapolis Colts. Former Ohio St product Carlos Hyde enters his second year with the club. A year ago Hyde had 83 rushes for 333 yards with four touchdowns. Hyde had 4.0 yards per carry average last year.

Reggie Bush comes over from Detroit and is already entering his tenth year in the league. Last year Bush had 297 yards rushing for 3.9 yards a carry. In the passing game he caught 40 passes for 253 yards and no touchdowns.

San Francisco WR:

Anquan Boldin is 34 years old and in 2014 caught 83 passes for 1062 yards with five touchdowns and 56 first down gains. Boldin averaged 12.8 yards a catch last year.

Torrey Smith the former Ravens will start for his new team on Monday. Smith caught 49 passes for 767 yards with 11 touchdowns.

San Francisco TE:

Another aging veteran in the passing game for the 49ers as Vernon Davis is in his tenth year. The tight end caught 26 passes last year for 245 yards with two touchdowns. Davis went from averaging 16.3 yards a catch in 2013 to just 9.4 the next year.

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