Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Stefon Diggs Out as Vikings Host Texans
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Stefon Diggs “has a groin,” and that groin finally held him out of a game. Earlier this morning, the Minnesota Vikings announced that Diggs, who’s missed practice all week, will be inactive against the Houston Texans.

It’s the first game Diggs has missed since sitting the first three games of his career in 2015. In his place, Adam Thielen will start in two-receiver sets, and Jarius Wright will likely see more field today than he’s seen all season.

The rest of the the team’s inactives include:

  • WR Stefon Diggs
  • RB Ronnie Hillman
  • LB Kentrell Brothers
  • T Andre Smith
  • DT Sharrif Floyd
  • TE Rhett Ellison
  • TE David Morgan

Notable is the loss of Rhett Ellison, a key factor in Minnesota’s two and three-tight end sets. With Ellison sidelined, Sam Bradford and the Vikings offense could look to more 11/21-personnel sets out of the shotgun. It’s a look the team showed heavily in Week 4, when Jerick McKinnon rushed for nearly 100 yards.

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In terms of top fantasy football prospects, the Minnesota Vikings are not home to many in 2016.

The Vikings offense has yet to have a quarterback throw for over 300 yards or a running back gain over 100 yards rushing in a single game this season. Only one wide receiver has a touchdown catch this year (Stefon Diggs) and only two receivers have over 10 catches so far in 2016 (Diggs and Adam Thielen).

But no one in Minnesota is complaining about statistics right now because the team has yet to lose a game this season. On Sunday, the Vikings and their snooze-fest of an offense will take on the Houston Texans at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium.

Does anyone (besides the defense) on the Vikings’ roster have a shot at fantasy supremacy this weekend?

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Minnesota Vikings-Houston Texans

Old friend and Houston Texans apologist Claire Millins (@theclariebear23) joins the show to preview Vikings-Texans. We talk about how losing JJ Watt (potentially) for the season changes the landscape of Houston, how all those high priced free agents and rookies are working on offense, why Nuk Hopkins was poopy and only got FOUR YARDS LAST WEEK, what she fears about the Zimmer Hellfire Defense, and if she’s looking forward to Houston hosting the Super Bowl. I also roast her about the disgusting things Sam Bradford did to her beloved Texans A&M Aggies while Sammy B was at Oklahoma and “Pead & Poo”. Lots of good football nuggets to take you into the long weekend.

All that and other “JJ Watt is a Robot” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

VT QOTW: If not Sam Bradford, then who?

quarter-season MVP
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Sam Bradford isn’t just the Minnesota Vikings’ quarter-season MVP, he’s the MVP of the entire National Football League. That is, of course, just one man’s opinion. But that man is Peter King, a prominent writer in the sports journalism world.

And King isn’t the only one who holds that belief; our own Sam Neumann doubled down on the “take,” arguing that Bradford is the NFL’s most valuable player. To the Vikings, though, there are a handful of players who could hold that title.

The defense is a top-10 unit, Stefon Diggs is an emerging star, and Kyle Rudolph is finally living up to his questionable contract extension. Any of Minnesota’s 22 starters have a shot — no matter how small — at the title. Who does the Vikings Territory team (and a special guest) think deserves the quarter-season MVP?

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The Vikings have done it again! Another win in the bag and plenty more to go.

Not only was this the first time the Vikings have won a Monday night football game since 2009, it is also the first time we have been 4-0 since that incredible season.

The Vikings made it 6-0 in 2009 and I know if we keep playing the way we have been, we will surpass that. In case you need proof, the Vikings are one of three teams that remain undefeated at this point in the season.

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