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Vikings defense gets crushed by the Patriots


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) The Patriots totaled 292 total net yards of offense and scored 30 points (including a special-teams score) on the Vikings defense in Week 2. The Vikings totaled one sack of Tom Brady. 

Four Vikings defenders land on injury report


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Vikings injury report for Week 2 against the Patriots features four players from the defensive side of the ball, with only one player ruled out so far.

Linebacker Brandon Watts has been ruled out due to a knee injury. Defensive back Xavier Rhodes (groin) and defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) are both questionable for Sunday's game, while linebacker Michael Mauti is probable. 


Vikings defense comes up big in win vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) The Vikings defense held the Rams without a touchdown Sunday in a blowout 34-6 win on the road in Week 1.

The defense racked up five sacks against the overmatched Rams line and secured two interceptions, with Harrison Smith returning one of the picks 81 yards for a touchdown. The defense could have had an even bigger day, but they were unable to recover any of the Rams' four fumbles. The Vikings figure to have a much tougher test defensively in Week 2 when the Patriots come to town.


Vikings DST may disappoint as a Week 1 matchup play


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) When Rams quarterback Sam Bradford went down with a season-ending injury, some Fantasy owners may have circled the Vikings as a cheap, quality DST option in Week 1 based on a matchup against backup quarterback Shaun Hill. Those Fantasy owners may end up bring disappointed by the time the final whistle blows Sunday.

The Rams had to play without Bradford for half of last season as well, and yet they still made for a middling matchup play for DSTs, ranking as the 14th-worst offensive unit to face. Also, Hill is measurably better than the replacement quarterbacks trotted out by the Rams last season. His statistics even compare favorably to those of Bradford. The Vikings struggled against the pass last season, and the Rams may have the ability to be more balanced offensively than people may think.

While the Vikings defense could be much better this season after making significant changes on each level, it's something Fantasy owners will want to see before trusting them as a quality matchup play. With difficult matchups against the Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Packers and Lions on the horizon, the Vikings DST may end up sitting on waiver wires most weeks.


Jasper Brinkley, Robert Blanton make way into starting lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer announced Wednesday that Jasper Brinkley will start at middle linebacker Week 1 at St. Louis, beating out Audie Cole for the job. Zimmer also said Robert Blanton will start at strong safety.

Mistral Raymond exits first exhibition game with possible concussion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Vikings defensive back Mistral Raymond was forced out of Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders in the first half with a possible concussion, the team announced. Raymond left the game in the final minute of the first quarter and was held out as a precaution. He will be further evaluated in the near future.

Corey Wootton signs one-year deal with Vikings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Former Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton is staying put in the NFC North. The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, according to his agent on Twitter.

Wootton had surgery on his right hip in January, but is expected to be fully healthy by July. He had 34 tackles, five passes defended, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2013.

Chris Cook hopes to stay with Vikings


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) Vikings cornerback Chris Cook would like to return to Minnesota in 2014, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"If they want me to come back, I would love to come back," said Cook, who is scheduled to become a free agent. "But ultimately it's not my decision. So I'm just waiting and working out. ... I would be more than happy to come back. I really enjoyed the guys I played with."


Report: Letroy Guion could be released


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Vikings nose tackle Letroy Guion, who's scheduled to count $4.3 million against the salary cap in 2014, is a candidate to be cut, reports ESPN.com. The website notes Guion would count only $300,000 against the cap if he were released.

Guion, 26, struggled with nagging injuries and finished with 21 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 13 games.


Vikings DST limits Detroit to 13 points


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Vikings DST had a solid game Week 17 against the Lions.

The team did a solid job limiting the Lions' running game. Without Calvin Johnson, Detroit had a tough time getting things going offensively. The Vikings did a great job putting pressure on Matthew Stafford, sacking him five times. They also forced a fumble, but could not come up with the recovery. 


Vikings DST blasted for 42 points


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/23/2013) Continuing a string of lackluster defensive performances, the Vikings gave up a season-high 42 points on 429 yards Week 16 at Cincinnati. They did get two sacks, including 1 1/2 by Everson Griffen, and recovered a fumble, but they've now allowed at least 400 yards in four of their last five games.

The Vikings DST has another tough test Week 17 against the Lions, so you should probably avoid it in Fantsay.


Jared Allen chips in half a sack


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/23/2013) Coming off a two-sack performance Week 15 against Philadelphia, Vikings defensive lineman Jared Allen had half a sack Week 16 at Cincinnati, giving him 4 1/2 in his last four games and 9 1/2 on the year.

He also had four tackles, including one solo.


Chad Greenway big on tackles again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/23/2013) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway recorded eight tackles, including four solo, Week 16 at Cincinnati. He has recorded at least eight in 10 of 15 games this season and is averaging 8.6 per game.

Erin Henderson back with bunch of tackles


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson, who hadn't played much because of some personal issues following his Nov. 19 arrest for drunken driving, got extensive playing time Week 16 at Cincinnati and delivered like he always has, leading the way with 12 tackles, seven solo, and forcing a fumble.

Henderson averaged 9.2 tackles in 10 games before the arrest.


Everson Griffen puts up big numbers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Vikings defensive lineman Everson Griffen had perhaps his best performance of the season Week 16 at Cincinnati, recording 1 1/2 sacks on five tackles, including four solo. He was slow to get up after a play late in the fourth quarter but was able to walk off the field under his own power, indicating no serious injury.

Griffen has only 26 tackles all season, but he's up to 4 1/2 sacks.


Chad Greenway, Harrison Smith both fine


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway and defensive back Harrison Smith, who were listed as probable on Friday's injury report, are active for Week 16 at Cincinnati.

Greenway was able to practice in full all week despite a wrist injury. Smith was limited with a toe injury that sidelined him for eight straight games before he returned last week.


No need to bother with Vikings DST


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/18/2013) Only the Falcons DST and Texans DST have scored fewer Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues than the Vikings DST this season, and it doesn't seem to be getting better. Only once in the last eight weeks has the Vikings DST scored double-digit Fantasy points.

So even the Bengals aren't an especially fearsome matchup, ranking in the middle of the pack against DSTs this season, you have absolutely no incentive to use the Vikings DST in Fantasy. Even with four interceptions and 10 sacks in its last three games, it allows too many points and too many yards to be worth your while.

Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, only Nathan Zegura even bothers to rank it for this week, and it's only 22nd for him. If you're looking for a one-week sleeper at the position, consider the Browns, Lions or Titans DSTs instead.


Vikings DST struggles against Eagles


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) The Vikings DST had a tough time containing the Eagles Week 15.

DeSean Jackson obliterated Minnesota's defense, catching 10 balls for 195 yards. Nick Foles also had a huge game, throwing for 428 yards and three touchdowns. The Vikings were able to put some pressure on Foles, forcing him to throw his second interception of the season. They were also able to sack Foles four times. It didn't really matter, though, as the team allowed 30 points.

The Vikings DST will take on the Bengals Week 16.


Robert Steeples joins Vikings' active roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2013) The Vikings signed defensive back Robert Steeples from the practice squad Saturday, in time for Week 15 against the Eagles. Steeples has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

Harrison Smith activated from short-term IR


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2013) The Vikings activated defensive back Harrison Smith from injured reserve Saturday, as he has made a recovery from a toe injury. Smith's activation came at the expense of offensive lineman Mike Remmers, who was waived to make room on the 53-man roster.

Smith appeared in five games prior to the injury, recorded 34 tackles and two interceptions. 


Josh Robinson forced to IR


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2013) The Vikings placed defensive back Josh Robinson on injured reserve Saturday, due to a fractured sternum suffered in Week 11. Robinson has missed three games as a result of the injury, and will now have an offseason to heal. 

Report: Xavier Rhodes to miss a few weeks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes "should miss a few weeks" with the ankle injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of the Week 14 loss at Baltimore, reports NFL Network. Rhodes has 48 tackles and a forced fumble this season.

Vikings to make decision about Harrison Smith's status soon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday the team will make a decision on the status of free safety Harrison Smith by the end of the week. Smith has been on short-term injured reserve since suffering a toe injury in mid-October.

Andrew Sendejo picks off pass in Week 14 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo picked up his first career interception during a 29-26 loss Week 14 at Baltimore. He finished with three tackles (one solo) and three pass defenses.

Sendejo has totaled 73 tackles (44 solo) through 13 games.


Jared Allen brings down quarterback for seventh time


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) It took Vikings defensive end Jared Allen surprisingly most of the season, but he finally recorded a sack in consecutive games Week 14 at Baltimore. Allen is now up to seven sacks in 13 games.

Allen finished with two solo tackles Sunday and has 41 tackles (26 solo) through 13 games.