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Vikings again hold their own


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/29/2014) The Vikings DST hasn't endeared itself to Fantasy owners with its performance so far this season, but considering its last three games have come against the Falcons, Saints and Patriots, three historically prolific offenses, its numbers really aren't so bad.

The Vikings limited the visiting Falcons to 28 points on 411 yards in Week 4, picking off quarterback Matt Ryan twice and taking him down once.

In the one favorable matchup they had Week 1 at St. Louis, they allowed just six points on 318 yards, recording five sacks and two interceptions. They even contributed a touchdown.

Unfortunately, the road doesn't get any easier for them Week 5 at Green Bay, so you can leave the Vikings DST on waivers in Fantasy.


Vikings limit Saints offense


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) After their offense -- or more specifically, quarterback Matt Cassell -- betrayed them Week 2 against New England, the Vikings bounced back with a decent defensive performance against the hosting Saints in Week 3, limiting them to 20 points on 396 yards.

They didn't have many big plays, just a sack from rookie linebacker Anthony Barr, but still, limiting the high-scoring Saints to 20 points on 396 yards is an accomplishment unto itself. Remember: The Vikings defense had no shortage of big plays Week 1 at St. Louis, recording five sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown.

Unfortunately, Minnesota has another tough matchup Week 4 against the Falcons, so don't count on the Vikings DST just yet in Fantasy.


Anthony Barr records first sack


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings rookie linebacker Anthony Barr recorded the first sack of his career Week 3 at New Orleans, taking down quarterback Drew Brees just before halftime. Barr had five tackles in all, two of them solo.

Robert Blanton leads way in tackles


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings defensive back Robert Blanton recorded a team-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, Week 3 at New Orleans. He has yet to record fewer than six tackles in a game this season.

Harrison Smith not much of a factor


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith, who had a sack, an interception and a touchdown in Week 1 and followed it up with eight tackles in Week 2, wasn't as much of factor Week 3 at New Orleans. He had four tackles, including two solo.

Smith had 58 tackles in eight games last year after recording 104 in 2012.


Different QB little help for Cordarrelle Patterson


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) After picking up 56 total yards, all receiving, Week 2 against the Patriots, Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was looking to bounce back Week 3 at New Orleans. Instead, he delivered an even lower total. He had 61 yards on four catches, yes, but he also lost 7 on one carry.

This time, the play of quarterback Matt Cassel, who threw four interceptions in Week 2, wasn't to blame. Cassel broke his foot early in the second quarter and was replaced by rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater and Patterson connected on three passes for 33 yards over the better part of three quarters.

Patterson will look to get in sync with Bridgewater at home against a suspect Falcons defense in Week 4.


Josh Robinson hurts hamstring again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings defensive back Josh Robinson suffered another hamstring injury Week 3 at New Orleans. Robinson was also dealing with a hamstring injury in the preseason.

Robinson had six tackles, including five solo, before leaving.


Chad Greenway leaves with rib injury


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway managed to start Week 3 at New Orleans despite a broken hand, but he didn't make it the whole game, leaving in the second half with an ongoing rib issue.

Greenway had three tackles, including one solo, before leaving. After recording 130-plus tackles in four straight seasons, he has only 13 through three games this season.


Chad Greenway able to play Sunday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, who broke his hand in Week 2, is active for Week 3 at New Orleans. Greenway, who is also dealing with a rib injury, did not practice Wednesday but was able to practice in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday.

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.