(12/27/14) The Vikings announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday, according to the Star Tribune. The team placed rookie linebacker Anthony Barr on injured reserve with a knee injury and signed linebacker Josh Kaddu to the 53-man active roster. Kaddu was previously on the practice squad.
Barr's season comes to an end with 70 combined tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 12 games.
Vikings Chad Greenway away from team to deal with personal issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/14) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenwaydid not travel back to Minneapolis with the team. Instead he flew to San Diego to tend to a personal matter, coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday, per the Star-Tribune. Greenway left Sunday's loss against Miami with a knee injury. Zimmer said he's unsure if he'll be able to play Week 17 against Chicago.
Vikings LB Anthony Barr will undergo season-ending knee surgery
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/14) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer announced Friday that linebacker Anthony Barrwill undergo knee surgery which will cost him the final two games of the season, according to Pro Football Talk. Barr, the ninth overall selection in this year's draft, finished his rookie campaign with 70 combined tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles.
"He played great," Zimmer said of Barr. "Played great. And he's a great football player. Good kid. Studies hard, does everything right. He's very conscientious, hard working. . . . He's already excited about getting back, getting this fixed and getting going."
Few highlights in Vikings' strong defensive effort
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/14) The Vikings had an impressive defensive performance Week 15 at Detroit, allowing just 16 points on 233 yards to the potentially playoff-bound Lions. But because they were lacking in big plays, recording zero sacks and zero takeaways, the performance didn't translate to much Fantasy production. Their DST scored only eight points in standard CBSSports.com leagues, down from 15 in Week 14 and 24 in Week 13.
Granted, any time a DST scores more DST scores 10 points or more, it's a solid performance in Fantasy, so the Vikings DST wasn't far off. Still, as well as the defense performed in real life, it's a bit of a letdown.
The Vikings DST is good enough to take advantage of favorable matchups, but it has a questionable one Week 16 at Miami. You wouldn't be wrong to use it in Fantasy, but be sure to weigh your alternatives.
Big plays continue to lift Vikings' DST
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/7/14) The Vikings DST unit continued their strong play in Week 14, in a 30-24 win over the Jets.
The Vikings defense actually struggled against a sluggish Jets offense, surrendering 410 yards of total offense. However, they forced two turnovers, including a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown to open the game, their third DST touchdown in the last two games. They added three sacks to finish the game with 15 Fantasy points in the overtime win.
The Vikings have been racking up big plays lately, and have 39 Fantasy points over the last two weeks. They will look to keep things rolling in Week 15, with a matchup against the Lions on the way.
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The Vikings were a solid Fantasy defense in 2014, largely thanks to five defensive touchdowns and a pass rush that ranked ninth in sacks overall. That pass rush helped hold opposing air attacks to the seventh-fewest yards, though their advantage in the trenches didn't extend to the rushing game, where they ranked just 25th. If there is one place you want a Fantasy defense to be weak, that's probably it. You aren't going have many teams lighting you up for 30 points on the ground. However, they aren't particularly opportunistic -- 20th in interceptions, 29th in fumble recoveries -- so there doesn't seem to be a ton of upside. The Vikings are a middle-of-the-road DST unit that can be useful in the right matchup, but they probably shouldn't be on your draft board.