Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings
|QB - #25||175.91||MIN||Questionable||1 year||21||6' 2||210|
2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Jul-29-2014 by Rob Warner
DYNASTY STAR: For the second straight year, the Vikings traded back into Round 1 to upgrade the offense around the best RB in the league. Last year they nabbed WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 29 and this season they traded two picks (40th and 108th overall) to secure their QB of the future-- Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater-- with the last pick of the first round. His slight frame is concerning (6-foot-2, 214), but he never missed a game at Louisville despite multiple injuries. Most label him as the most pro-ready prospect in this class. The three-year starter went 27-8, completing 68-percent of his passes for 9,817 yards (8 YPA) and a 3:1 TD-to-INT ratio (72 to 24). His speed is adequate (4.8 forty), but Bridgewater prefers to stay in the pocket and pick defenses apart with his precision and ability to go through progressions. His deep arm needs some work, but with AP in the backfield, Minnesota will be looking to concentrate on an intermediate passing game that keeps defenses honest. The Florida native will need to adjust to Arctic conditions as the Vikings will be playing the next two home seasons outside at the University of Minnesota while a new dome is constructed (opens in 2016). Bridgewater is an underrated QB2 in redraft leagues and should be considered after the top half of the QBs are selected. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has worked wonders in the past; and with defenses focused on stopping AP, Bridgewater should face favorable 1-on-1 coverage where Patterson, Greg Jennings and Rudolph can excel.
Editor's note: Bridgewater is a second round pick in dynasty rookie drafts and arguably has the safest potential of any QB in his class. In a recent Fantasy Football World Championship Draft-N-Go, he was selected in Round 13 as the 28th QB off the board. By 2015, the former Louisville Cardinal should be in cruise control as the Vikings' starter with Cassel either long gone or drawing doodles on a clipboard.
Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was limited in today's practice, his first practice participation of the week, and is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Packers. Bridgewater suffered an ankle injury during the fourth quarter of his first career start last week. Although he was carted off to the locker room, multiple tests didn't reveal anything serious. Bridgewater was held out of practice on Monday and Tuesday.
He became the second NFL rookie quarterback in the past decade to throw for more than 300 yards in his debut start. The other QB was Robert Griffin III.
Today's "limited" tag doesn't lend any encouragement since the Vikings only had a walk-through practice. Even if Bridgewater plays, he is a low-end QB2 on the road in a short week. Christian Ponder would get the start if Bridgewater can't play, and that would likely have a negative effect on all of Minnesota's receiving options. It would also give the Green Bay defense a little more sleeper value.
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