The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a very disappointing season following a playoff year that saw literally everyone in that organization struggle. From the coaches to Christian Ponder, it was ugly in Minnesota. New head coach Mike Zimmer will look to get things turned around rather quickly. I absolutely loved his hire of offensive coordinator Norv Turner with the success he's had in the past and now Zimmer can focus on turning the 31st ranked defense in the NFL while Norv figures out new ways to keep defensive coordinators and head coaches up at night with his new weapons.
Adrian Peterson: I mean, do I even need to talk about him? The best running back in the NFL might finally have a quarterback since having Brett Favre for one season. He's my top running back for the fantasy season at this point and you can't go wrong with Peterson. He'll even finally be used in the pass attack a bit more in Norv Turner's offense.
Cordarrelle Patterson: Patterson emerged late last season after the Vikings finally decided to give him more playing time. Patterson vowed to work harder this season and who are we to doubt him. He's not a sleeper anymore due to the amount of publicity his fantasy stock has received so you can definitely see him go in the top 5 rounds at most. Snatch him up as fast as you can as the first thing Norv Turner did when becoming the Vikings' offensive coordinator was draw up 10 plays for Patterson himself.
Kyle Rudolph: Why stop talkin about Norv Turner now? Turner has been known to make great use of his tight end whereever he's gone from Antonio Gates to Jordan Cameron and now to Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph was on pace for a career season before breaking his foot which ended his year a bit early. He'll be back with a vengeance in a contract year and will look to maximize his talents under Turner. He will be a definite TE1 that you can get late in the draft.
Greg Jennings: I'm not ready yet to tail off Greg Jennings just yet in fantasy. He's still a solid WR with one of the best route running skills I've seen. With Cassel under center, Jennings was averaging 12 fantasy points per game which is pretty good for a 3rd option. It's another wait and see situation here on how the QB play affects his stock, but is definitely worth a late round flier.
Teddy Bridgewater: The Vikings traded up to take Teddy Bridgewater with the final pick of the first round last weekend and he might just be the best qurterback out of this draft class despite being the 3rd one off the board. This was a guy who dropped from being a top 5 pick to the end of the first round because of a bad pro day which is essentially a practice. If he starts in Minnesota, he's in the best position out of all rookie quarterbacks to succeed in fantasy with all the weapons the Vikings have placed around him.
NFL Draft: The Vikings had one of the best drafts yet again this season adding premier pass rusher Anthony Barr with the 9th pick in addition to trading back up in the first round to take their quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings also took a RB in the 3rd round in Jerick McKinnon who appears to be the change of pace back on 3rd downs. I liked their pick of David Yankey who dropped in the draft, but could end up being a starter in the NFL for a long time. The rest of the picks went the way Zimmer wanted it, all defense. The Vikings have all the tools to turn it around fast this season so you better not overlook them.