Minnesota Vikings, Def, Vikings
2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jun-23-2014 by Rob Warner
In 2013, the Vikings DST ranked 21st in fantasy scoring in standard leagues. They also ranked 17th vs. the run (110 YPG) and 31st against the pass (287 YPG) -- allowing a league-worst 37 passing touchdowns. The loss of sack-master Jared Allen (Chicago) and veteran Kevin Williams (Seattle) will usher in a youth movement under first-year defensive guru and head coach Mike Zimmer. The Vikings added DT Linval Joseph and CB Captain Munnerlyn via free agency, drafted pass rusher Anthony Barr in Round 1 and re-signed DE Everson Griffen. Safety Harrison Smith returns from an injury-marred campaign and will play alongside DE Brian Robison and LB Chad Greenway to form a fantasy defense worth consideration when the matchup is right (which is the case in Week 1 vs St Louis.) Cordarrelle Patterson made the 2013 Pro Bowl as a kick returner (led league with 32.4-yard average and two touchdowns) and Marcus Sherels has returned a punt for a touchdown in back-to-back seasons.
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