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2016 Minnesota Vikings Coaching Tree

Fantasy Football Expert Joe Jefferson dives into the Minnesota Vikings' offensive system and which players could provide value for Fantasy owners.

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Coordinator: Norv Turner (Same as 2015)

Head Coach: Mike Zimmer (Same as 2015)

Head Coach Involvement: Not included in the offense because Zimmer has never been on the offensive side of the football so he will continue to let Norv Turner do his thing.

Offensive Basis: Vertical Passing Game with a Heavy Lead RB Use. One WR tends to dominate the pass targets, and the TE is included plenty. This system is screen pass crazy to the RBs so clearly Heavy RB Targets.

Where the OC comes from: An old favorite of mine for Fantasy production is Norv Turner. His offenses disappointed in recent years after big expectations as OC here last year and a subpar year for him with Cleveland in 2013. He can be tied directly back to Don Coryell and the Chargers vertical passing game. This is a QB driven offense, just check Dan Fouts numbers for his career. However, Turner is also well known for his success with RBs. In chronological order, he helped guide all of the following to great Fantasy success: LaDainian Tomlinson, Frank Gore, Lamont Jordan, Stephen Davis, Terry Allen and Emmitt Smith.

Vikings 2015
2015 RB Reception Total Rank: #18
2015 WR Receptions Total Rank: #30
2015 TE Receptions Total Rank: #22

2015 QB FF Rank: #30
2015 RB FF Rank: #9
2015 WR FF Rank: #31
2015 TE FF Rank: #23

Vikings 2014
2014 RB Reception Total Rank: #25
2014 WR Receptions Total Rank: #23
2014 TE Receptions Total Rank: #21

2014 QB FF Rank: #26
2014 RB FF Rank: #12
2014 WR FF Rank: #26
2014 TE FF Rank: #19

2016 Offensive Player Outlook Overall: Pretty terrible because they lose their leader and emerging star, Teddy Bridgewater, at the most inopportune time IMHO, just before the start of the season. Shawn Hill is expected to take over in 2016, but it’s hard to be too optimistic here because the offense becomes so much less explosive and much more predictable as defenses will key on Adrian Peterson.

I do expect Adrian Peterson to get the overwhelming majority of the workload but he is aging and does not get a ton of receptions, so I’ll be avoiding him until the late second round because of the injury to Teddy.

Stefon Diggs looks like the best WR option here, but they did draft Laquon Treadwell early in the draft so he could become a factor later in the year when totally healthy and ready. Charles Johnson could still be relevant with some upside too. I like Diggs in the ninth round of most drafts and Treadwell in the late rounds of your draft if you have room to stash him. Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright are still there but have no Fantasy value.

Sleeper/Value Players: Jerick Mckinnon looks like a future PPR star with big play ability and is an excellent handcuff play in the late rounds of your drafts.


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