Minnesota
Vikings
Stadium U.S. Bank Stadium
10-6-0 Overall | 2-4 NFC NORTH 2nd
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense133.3233.125.4
Defense108256.218.9
Schedule
Preseason
Week 2Fri  8/9
@
Saints
W34-25
Week 3Sun  8/18
vs
Seahawks
W25-19
Week 4Sat  8/24
vs
Cardinals
W20-9
Week 5Thu  8/29
@
Bills
L23-27
Regular season
Week 1Sun  9/8
vs
Falcons
W28-12
Week 2Sun  9/15
@
Packers
L16-21
Week 3Sun  9/22
vs
Raiders
W34-14
Week 4Sun  9/29
@
Bears
L6-16
Week 5Sun  10/6
@
Giants
W28-10
Week 6Sun  10/13
vs
Eagles
W38-20
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

After hiring Gary Kubiak as Offensive Coordinator we projected a +1.5 ppg improvement for Minnesota and an above .500 win total. And while you should not overreact from pre-season there are not any indicators that Kirk Cousins will have more success against tough defenses so we made an adjustment downgrading Kubiak's impact. Their odds to win it all are 20/1, 4.8% (#11). Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 1.5% chance is #16 in the league. In simulations, they win the NFC 3.8% of the time and are not a good value at 9/1, 10%. The Vikings are averaging 8 wins per sim so we recommend betting them to come under 9 wins. At +105 the Vikings are not a good value to make the playoffs with a 33.1% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 2/1, 33.3%. They win the division in 21.5% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the NFC.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Their 8-7-1 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their expected win percentage was 58%. They went 7-7-2 against the spread (-70 loss). More of their games came in under (10) than went over (6). They are favored in their upcoming game vs the Atlanta Falcons. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE STATS WITH LEAGUE RANKINGS

They are a below average scoring team based on points per game and below average in yards per play. They are an above average scoring defense, which make sense given their strong yards per play allowed rank.

TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

TEAM DEFENSE:

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Adam Thielen who is projected to be the #9 WR. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
31 Abdullah, Ameer RB5-920306/13/19936Nebraska
--- Addison, Bralon WR5-919710/12/19931Oregon
--- Bailey, Dan 6-019001/26/198810Oklahoma State
55 Barr, Anthony OLB6-525503/18/19927UCLA
12 Beebe, Chad WR5-91650Northern Illinois
23 Boone, Mike RB5-1020606/30/19953Cincinnati
38 Boyd, Kris DB5-1120009/12/19962Texas
56 Bradbury, Garrett C6-330506/20/19952NC State
--- Brooks-James, Tony RB5-919012/06/19941Oregon
3 Browning, Jake QB6-221004/11/19961Washington
76 Collins, Aviante T6-429204/21/19934TCU
--- Colquitt, Britton 6-321003/20/198511Tennessee
83 Conklin, Tyler TE6-325407/30/19953Central Michigan
33 Cook, Dalvin RB5-1021008/10/19954Florida State
8 Cousins, Kirk QB6-320208/19/19889Michigan State
58 Cutting, Austin LS6-324510/27/19962Air Force
--- Davis, Davion WR5-1119510/23/19961Sam Houston State
--- Dillon, Brandon TE6-525004/30/19971Marian (Ind.)
65 Elflein, Pat C6-330307/06/19944Ohio State
--- Fields, Mark CB5-1018110/10/19961Clemson
--- Gates, DeMarquis LB6-22300Ole Miss
42 Gedeon, Ben OLB6-224410/16/19944Michigan
--- Hall, Kemon DB5-1119006/02/19971North Texas
30 Ham, C.J. FB5-1123507/22/19934Augustana (S.D.)
41 Harris, Anthony DB6-120210/09/19916Virginia
24 Hill, Holton DB6-219603/28/19973Texas
69 Hill, Rashod T6-631301/12/19925Southern Miss
15 Hollins, Alexander WR6-117011/24/19961Eastern Illinois
92 Holmes, Jalyn DT6-528301/25/19963Ohio State
21 Hughes, Mike CB5-1018902/11/19973UCF
99 Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19946LSU
81 Johnson, Bisi WR6-020403/17/19972Colorado State
94 Johnson, Jaleel DT6-331607/12/19944Iowa
74 Keely, Stacy DE6-622005/15/19951UAB
54 Kendricks, Eric MLB6-023202/29/19926UCLA
4 Mannion, Sean QB6-623004/25/19926Oregon State
51 Mata'afa, Hercules DE6-225409/18/19953Washington State
25 Mattison, Alexander RB5-1122006/19/19982Boise State
44 Meadors, Nathan DB5-1119402/13/19971UCLA
17 Mitchell, Dillon WR6-120205/16/19971Oregon
75 O'Neill, Brian T6-729709/15/19953Pittsburgh
95 Odenigbo, Ifeadi DE6-325804/08/19943Northwestern
--- Pierce, Michael 6-034511/06/19925Samford
71 Reiff, Riley T6-630512/01/19889Iowa
82 Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/09/198910Notre Dame
73 Samia, Dru G6-530808/22/19972Oklahoma
--- Sayles, Marcus CB5-1017510/01/19941West Georgia
--- Sharpe, Tajae WR6-219412/23/19945Massachusetts
59 Smith, Cameron ILB6-223503/26/19972USC
22 Smith, Harrison FS6-221402/02/19899Notre Dame
84 Smith, Irv TE6-224208/09/19982Alabama
93 Stephen, Shamar DT6-530902/25/19917Connecticut
19 Thielen, Adam WR6-220008/22/19907Minnesota State
74 Udoh, Oli T6-632502/14/19972Elon
96 Watts, Armon DT6-529507/22/19962Arkansas
52 Yarbrough, Eddie DE6-325904/24/19933Wyoming
--- Zettel, Anthony DE6-427508/09/19925Penn State