Football is here! Finally a meaningful game for the Minnesota Vikings!
So let’s talk fantasy.
Obviously, the announcement of Shaun Hill starting at quarterback for the Vikings on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans will have an impact on the performance of some of Minnesota’s top offensive players. The production of the Vikings’ rushing attack should get a boost, but the team’s passing offense might be pretty hard to watch this weekend.
Duante Culpepper in his current state is a better fantasy option at quarterback than Hill is this weekend. Seriously…
Fantasy Pros Week 1 Projection: 10.6 points (17/28, 192 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Expect for Peterson to carry the ball a lot against the Titans on Sunday. A LOT.
With Hill starting at quarterback, Minnesota will likely lean on their All-Pro running back to lead the offense this weekend. The most times Peterson has carried the ball during a game was back in 2013 during a win over the Chicago Bears when he had 35 carries for 211 yards.
He might have a new career high in rushes after Sunday.
Fantasy Pros Week 1 Projection: 14.4 points (22 touches, 102 total yards, 0 TDs)
The hope for Diggs in 2016 was to break out and take that next step in becoming one of the NFL’s best wide receivers. However, until the Vikings get their quarterback situation figured out, Minnesota’s young receiver may see a dip in his targets during the early part of the season.
Waiting for the Vikings’ passing offense to produce consistently may be what fantasy owners are forced to do before they place Diggs in their lineup.
Fantasy Pros Week 1 Projection: 6.9 points (4 catches, 49 yards, 0 TDs)
Rudolph may be the only pass catcher in Minnesota’s offense that has a chance at putting up semi-impressive numbers this weekend. Mostly due to Tennessee’s recent inability to contain opposing tight ends.
In 2015, the Titans gave up the seventh most fantasy points to their opponent’s tight ends. Tennessee’s defense allowed tight ends to catch 70 percent of their targets, including 11 touchdowns, during their games last season.
He might be at least good flex option for a fantasy owner who is in a larger league made up of 12 teams or more.
Fantasy Pros Week 1 Projection: 4.4 points (3 catches, 32 yards, 0 TDs)