The Minnesota Vikings are looking forward to this 2015 season, as Teddy Bridgewater enters his second season and Adrian Peterson returns to the lineup. The Vikings offense was ranked in the last half of the NFL in 2014, as they finished ranked 20th in scoring Offense in 2014 which translated to 29th in touchdown passes with 17 TD’s through the air and 14th in rushing scoring with 12 TD’s on the ground. The Vikings did get 10 total touchdowns from Matt Asiata which accounts for 34% of their total offensive scores. How will they look in 2015 coming off a less than impressive 2014? Improvement from within and getting Peterson back should help a good amount. Let’s break down their fantasy football prospects, position by position:
At quarterback the Vikings have Teddy Bridgewater returning and he looks to build on a decent rookie season. No doubt a lot of pressure and responsibility was placed on him with the absence of Adrian Peterson a year ago. Look for Bridgewater to show a good deal of progress, not only because of a year of experience under his belt but getting Peterson back will give defenses something else to worry about. I look for Bridgewater to have 20+ touchdowns through the air in 2015. He only had 1 rushing TD last season and that’s about what he will get this season. Solid QB2 for season long leagues. His impact in DFS leagues will be based on matchups.
Adrian “All Day” Peterson is back in 2015 and although he has just turned 30 he is poised for another great fantasy season. He is projected once again as a potential #1 overall draft pick and will be just that in many leagues. AP knows he doesn’t have too many elite seasons left. One thing to consider is Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon are both still there and they could take some of AP’s carries just to make sure Peterson is fresh as the season goes. Both players did a good job while Peterson was out and will get a few touches. Adrian Peterson is a RB1 in fantasy leagues until he proves otherwise, however.
On paper, Cordarrelle Patterson and Mike Wallace seem like they could be explosive targets for Bridgewater. This could be Mile Wallace’s last chance to catch on and be the receiver he has had the potential of being. Patterson is young and his targets could increase with the departure of Greg Jennings. Of course, Charles Johnson was more impressive to end 2014 and could take a starting spot from him. Patterson may need a huge preseason to keep that from happening, so be sure to keep tabs on their position battle. The WR corps should improve based on the running game improving. Can they live up to the potential that they have? Early in the season I would be leary but Patterson and Wallace could be sleepers in this draft.
I hate to say it again but because the running game will be so improved the Vikings TE’s will also benefit. Kyle Rudolph ‘s targets will increase and he may have a breakout season. Tight End is not a deep position in the NFL as far as fantasy goes so he will be starting in most leagues, while Norv Turner’s system features tight ends and stretches the field. Rudolph’s main issue has always been staying healthy, but if he’s on the field he has the potential to bust out in 2015.
Blair Walsh just signed a huge contract and will have quite a few opportunities to score in 2015. He could very well be a top 5 kicker and should be among the first kickers taken.
As far as defense, the Vikings scored 6 TD’s in 2014. That is good enough to be tied for 2nd in the league. They had the 11th best scoring defense in the league as well. They are definitely worth a look when draft day comes, as Mike Zimmer’s group has added even more talent and is very much on the rise.
The fantasy outlook for Minnesota is pretty promising but a lot seems to ride on Adrian Peterson’s return being a successful one. There is little reason to suggest it won’t be, though, so Minnesota fantasy options are heating up as strong picks in fantasy drafts.