By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)
Let's head over to the NFC North where the Minnesota Vikings are up
next. The Vikings didn't really provide much fantasy value for owners in
2013 but there were a few bright spots and those players could very
well carry into 2014. Time to see who will carry fantasy weight this
Teddy Bridgewater- Selected 32nd overall in the 2014 draft, Teddy
Bridgewater will most certainly compete for the starting job in
Minnesota. There's a good chance he gets the job at some point in 2014
since his competition isn't exactly fierce. In three years at
Louisville, Teddy Bridgewater passed for over 9,500 yards and 70
touchdowns. Even with no NFL experience, he's probably better than the
other two quarterbacks the Vikings currently have on their roster.
Matt Cassel- In nine games last season, Cassel passed for 1,807 yards
and 11 touchdowns. He also averaged over 16 fantasy points per game
which isn't enough for fantasy owners to warrant using a roster spot on
him in 2014. There's a chance Cassel gets the starting job to begin the
season but he's obviously not the long term answer for the Vikings or
Christian Ponder- Ponder threw more interceptions than he did touchdowns
while averaged just over 16 fantasy points per game. He lost his
starting job to Cassel during the season and will not carry any fantasy
value in 2014 even if he is under center week one.
Adrian Peterson- Obviously a top fantasy running back, Adrian Peterson
had a down season by his standards but another stellar fantasy season
for all those owners that drafted him. "All Day" provided his fantasy
owners with over 1,200 rushing yards and double digit touchdowns while
also adding value in PPR formats by catching 29 balls for another 171
yards and a touchdown. AP averaged 15 fantasy points per game and will
be another top pick in fantasy drafts again in 2014.
Matt Asiata- Appearing in only two games in 2013 with the injuries to AP
and Toby Gerhart, Matt Asiata managed to score three touchdowns but
didn't impress fantasy owners very much and was too dependent on scoring
touchdowns to hold any value. Maybe this season will show fantasy
owners what Matt Asiata can do seeing how Toby Gerhart is no longer with
the club. Only problem with Asiata is he plays behind Adrian Peterson
and AP doesn't miss too much time.
Greg Jennings- Jennings did have over 100 targets last season and
converted 68 of them for over 800 yards and four scores but only
averaged seven fantasy points per game. He wasn't the receiver fantasy
owners were hoping for and 2014 shouldn't make owners think they will
get much more than they did in 2013. Greg Jennings is still valuable for
fantasy purposes but owners shouldn't expect too much from him at this
Cordarrelle Patterson- The second year receiver could very well be in
store for a big fantasy season in 2014. There is a new coaching staff in
Minnesota this year but there's no reason to think Patterson will not
get his touches. He not only holds value to fantasy owners in the
passing game, but in the return game as well. Patterson did only average
less than seven fantasy points each week but the potential is most
certainly there. He will probably be drafted in the middle rounds and is
even more valuable in keeper and dynasty leagues.
Jerome Simpson- Jerome Simpson averaged under five fantasy points per
game and won't hold fantasy value unless your league is deep. He will
have a game or two during the season where he produces fantasy points
but other than those very rare games, he'll just take up a roster spot
and won't contribute much to a fantasy team.
Kyle Rudolph- Rudolph only played eight games before he went down with a
season ending injury and was expected to have a big fantasy season.
Fantasy owners are hoping that big season happens in 2014. He certainly
showed he is capable of being an elite fantasy tight end. Rudolph's 2013
numbers prior to his injury were 30 catches for 313 yards and three
touchdowns. He gave fantasy owners over six fantasy points per game and
would've provided fantasy owners with even more had he not gotten hurt
halfway through the season. Look for Kyle Rudolph to finish 2014 as a
top fantasy tight end barring an injury.