Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Whether people like it or not, fantasy football is one of the most popular activities in the history of mankind today (ok, maybe that was taken a little too far). But the point is, fantasy football is more common in an american household today than a Packer fan owning a farm.

Before disaster struck a week ago, the Minnesota Vikings’ offense looked like it would be the home of a few top fantasy performers in 2016. But now with the team’s quarterback situation up in la la land, the fantasy owners who thought they were clever for drafting Stefon Diigs in the third round have not stopped drowning their sorrows in beer and ice cream.

But fear not, Vikings Territory still has the breakdown of every possible Minnesota player that could make an impact in the fantasy world (also known as the world where Blair Walsh makes field goals to beat the Seahawks) this season.

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Earlier this week, the Vikings released their first (albeit unofficial) depth chart and we also learned that the Vikings are now the second oldest team in the NFL. The depth chart doesn’t really account for rotating players that could very easily be considered a starter (i.e. Danielle Hunter), and it could change before Sunday, but I wanted to count my “Five Oldest Vikings” article from yesterday by identifying the five youngest starters on this team.

Rick Spielman kind of took a year off from his “youth movement” of recent years, it seems, opting to value experience over youth in an attempt to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. That may not be the case next year, when the Vikings average age could decrease considerably, but there is no denying he has assembled a solid young core of players.

Please note, the players listed below are the team’s five youngest starters, and the “starters” label has been pulled directly from the first-teamers listed on the depth chart earlier this week.

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As the video above drives home, no fan base in the NFL knows what it means to endure heartbreak quite like the fine folks that will soon be filling the seats of U.S. Bank Stadium. With an early heartbreak already this year, followed by a stress-inducing trade, this season is already shaping up to be another memorable one for the purple faithful.

Before those seats are filled in the new stadium, however, we have an opener to play in Tennessee.

Now is that time of the week where we take a look around the web, we look to our friends for their best reads, and send you there to gobble it all up.

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Following the cutdown to a (somewhat) finalized 53-man roster, it is an annual tradition that somebody out there less lazy than myself calculate the average age of NFL teams and create a whole bunch of headlines from all 32 markets that allude to where each franchise sits in the stack.

This year, Philly Voice did the dirty work, and Vikings fans will be interested to hear that the team has gone from one the league’s youngest rosters to the second oldest. They have an average age of 26.58 years and only the Atlanta Falcons are older.

One school of thought would suggest that an already talented playoff team is now that much more experienced across the board and prepared to make a serious run. Another angle, however, is that this roster has some veterans that will soon be in need of a replacement.

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Carlson and Coller Minnesota Vikings Purple FTW! Podcast

I sat down with Matthew Coller, the new Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings analyst here at 1500 ESPN, at the Blue Door Pub Como to talk about his new gig and how he sees the always dramatic Purple playing out in 2016. We talked about how the Teddy Bridgewater injury and Sam Bradford trade changes the outlook (and the offense?) for the Vikings, and a look forward to Week 1’s tougher-than-people-think matchup vs the Tennessee Titans.

Matthew and I also hit on his previous gig at WGR 550 in Buffalo, why he’s so hardcore into analytics (he’s got a new podcast on 1500 and first guest was fellow nerd Arif Hasan), why Percy Harvin was way more delightful in Buffalo than here, and I christen Matthew with a nickname.

All that and other “Minnesota Winters >>> Buffalo Winters” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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