2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Minnesota Vikings

- Updated: Monday, September 5th

In addition to viewing our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Minnesota Vikings.


Sam Bradford298465332519.513.521380.4203.7
With the Super Bowl champions losing Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency) this offseason, Bradford (unsuccessfully) attempted to get himself traded to the Broncos. With the Vikings losing Teddy Bridgewater for the season (and maybe more), however, Bradford gets a change of scenery with Minnesota. Bradford is barely draftable in 2-QB leagues as Shaun Hill will likely start the opener and no team threw the ball as infrequently as the Vikings (454 pass attempts) last season.
Shaun Hill20322261.10.8340.113.64
Hill is likely to start Week 1 for Minnesota, but it won't be long before Bradford takes over as the starter.

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Running Backs

Adrian Peterson306134610.7282100.6223.4
After sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse, especially with the injury to Bridgewater. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turned 31 years old in March, but I have Peterson projected for the more touches (334) than any other back.
Jerick McKinnon713482.3362841.183.6
In limited opportunities, McKinnon has been productive -- 4.9 yards per carry in 165 career rush attempts. And while Peterson is clearly the team's workhorse, McKinnon should see a larger workload than he had last year (73 touches).
Matt Asiata19720.810680.220
Zach Line5110.54320.28.5

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Wide Receivers

Stefon Diggs608135.52100115.3
Off to great start with 6/87 (or better) in his first four NFL games, Diggs production fizzled down the stretch with 22 yards or less in four of his final five games. Even though the Vikings drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round of this year's draft, Diggs enters the season as the team's clear No. 1 receiver. Given Minnesota's low-volume pass offense (32nd in pass attempts last season), Diggs should be a productive yet unspectacular fantasy option in 2016.
Laquon Treadwell374774.100072.3
Some will knock Treadwell for his (lack of) speed, but the Vikings first-round pick is a big-bodied (6-2, 221), physical receiver with strong hands that runs good routes. Perhaps a bigger problem than his speed is Minnesota's offense, as no team threw it less than the Vikings in 2015. By season's end, he should emerge as the second-most productive fantasy receiver on the roster, but he will need to climb the depth chart before he makes an impact.
Charles Johnson284061.700050.8
Adam Thielen273241.1322041.2
Jarius Wright202540.7327032.3
Cordarrelle Patterson2150.13260.25.9

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Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph464513.767.3
Here's the good news: Rudolph played a full 16-game season for the first time in three years and set a career high in receiving yards. The bad news? His career high was 495 yards. Rudolph is a nothing more than a low-upside TE2.
MyCole Pruitt14150121
Rhett Ellison6670.610.3

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