Minnesota Vikings, Def, Vikings: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Minnesota Vikings, Def, Vikings

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Age Height Weight
Def - #5 183.59 MIN Active 47 0' 0 0

2016 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Jul-27-2016 by Shawn Childs


The Vikings ranked 17th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (1748) with only seven rushing TDs allowed. They did allow 4.3 yards per carry, which was just about the league average.

Minnesota finished 12th in passing yards (3759) with 24 TDs and 13 Ints. Their defense produced 43 sacks.

DT Linval Joseph may have been the best run defender in the league at his position in 2015 with positive value rushing the QB. DT Sharrif Floyd delivered about league average value against the run and the pass rush. DE Brian Robison had weakness defending the run with minimal value in sacks (5). He'll start the year at age 33. DE Everson Griffen has been active rushing the QB in the last two years (22.5 sacks) with neutral success vs. the run.

LB Eric Kendricks was a huge liability in pass coverage with strength defending the run game. He finished with four sacks in his rookie season after the Vikings drafted him in the second round in 2015. LB Anthony Barr was a top five linebacker in the league last year with strength in every area of the game. Overall, it was an impressive start to his career after played well in his rookie season in 2014 as a first round draft pick. LB Chad Greenway looks to be at the end of his career at age 33. He struggled in all areas last year after playing well in his prime for the Vikings.

The Vikings also had one of the best safeties in the league. Harrison Smith was great in run support while offering an edge in pass coverage with two sacks. Minnesota drafted him in the first round in 2012. The other starting safety job looks to be up for grabs. CB Minnesota has three viable options at cornerback. CB Captain Munnerlyn had a bounce back season after fading with the Panthers in 2014. He offered an edge in coverage. CB Terence Newman is at the end of his career (37), but he still has league average success in coverage. CB Xavier Rhodes played under his skill set in 2015 with no edge in any area. Xavier is a former first round draft pick (2012).

I like this structure of the defense, and they have one edge player at all three levels of the defense. Overall, Minnesota needs to do a better job against the run upfront. Game score could also lead to more success. If the Vikings play from the lead, they can make their opponents one dimensional offensively. The Vikings should be a top 10 Fantasy defense in 2016 with more upside.

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