Player News - Vikings

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Updating a previous report, Vikings C Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder) is out for Week 3 against the Bills.

It was previously reported that Elflein would play but wouldn't start Week 3, but now the Vikings have ruled him out altogether. Perhaps they didn't want to risk a setback in a game the Vikes should win going away. Brett Jones will continue to fill at center for Minnesota.
Sep 21 - 2:49 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed C Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder) will play Week 3 against the Bills, though he won't start.

Elfein will be eased in following a long recovery from ankle and shoulder surgeries. Brett Jones will draw another start at center, though it shouldn't be long until Elflein is back playing in an every-down capacity.
Sep 21 - 1:40 PM

Vikings DE Everson Griffen (knee) is out for Week 3 against the Bills.

Griffen quietly played 69-of-77 defensive snaps in the Vikings' Week 2 tie against the Packers. It's currently unclear who will fill in for him versus the Bills. Minnesota will also be without Dalvin Cook (hamstring) Sunday.
Sep 21 - 1:39 PM

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is out for Week 3 against the Bills.

Cook was only able to work off to the side in practice throughout the week. He said he'll play, but coach Mike Zimmer officially ruled him out for Minnesota's juicy matchup against the Bills. Even in exiting with "cramps" prior to overtime in Week 2, Cook has played 74 percent of Minnesota's offensive snaps this season. Latavius Murray should see plenty of volume at home as the Vikings are currently 16.5-point favorites over the Bills.
Sep 21 - 1:38 PM

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

Cook has remained insistent he'll play against the Bills, which is a different story from the one being told by Minnesota's practice report. He's been unable to participate throughout the week, merely running drills off to the side. It's possible he's healthy and the Vikes outright opt to declare him inactive just to avoid any potential setbacks. That would make Latavius Murray a borderline RB1.
Sep 21 - 12:28 PM

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Cook has been claiming he is fine and will be active against the Bills, but his practice participation is telling a different story. It would be far from surprising if the Vikes decided they did not need to risk a setback against the expansion-level Bills. We would consider Cook likely to sit at this point. That would make Latavius Murray a borderline RB1.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Tomorrow's practice will be important to monitor for Cook's Week 3 availability, but he'll be a risky play in DFS even if he's active. The Vikings are 16.5 point favorites, making Cook's PPR upside extremely limited when you combine that with the team not wanting to risk further injury in a potential blowout. Latavius Murray will jump into cash game consideration if Cook is ruled out, and he still has a lot of tournament upside if Cook is active. He's cheap across all DFS sites and is a strong correlation play with the Vikings defe
Sep 20 - 4:17 PM

Vikings DE Everson Griffen (knee) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Griffen played a near-every down role in Week 2, seeing the field on 69-of-77 defensive snaps in a tie with Green Bay. We're guessing he'll be fine for Sunday's matchup against Buffalo, though obviously his status will need to be monitored throughout the week.
Sep 19 - 5:00 PM

Vikings C Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder) is practicing in full for Week 3 against the Bills.

It's a sign that he's game-ready after missing the last two weeks with ankle and shoulder injuries. Elflein's return Sunday should send Brett Jones back to the bench.
Sep 19 - 4:58 PM

Updating an earlier report, Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday.

Cook injured his hamstring late in Sunday's tie with Green Bay. Soft-tissue injuries can linger but at this point, the Vikings don't seem overly concerned. Fantasy owners shouldn't be either. Assuming he gets the green light, Cook will get a blow-up matchup against Buffalo in Week 3.
Sep 19 - 4:30 PM

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is practicing Wednesday.

Cook left in overtime against the Packers with cramps. He's fine.
Sep 19 - 2:37 PM

Vikings signed DT Tom Johnson to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Johnson can earn another $500,000 through incentives. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikes are eyeing Johnson as their "top reserve" on the interior after he started 15 games a season ago. Johnson was released by the Seahawks over the weekend.
Sep 18 - 2:47 PM

Vikings signed K Dan Bailey.

Bailey is quite literally one of the best kickers in NFL history, boasting the second-best conversion rate (88.2) of all time. He did that in Dallas' dome and will be remaining indoors in Minnesota. The upgrade from rookie Daniel Carlson is impossibly large for a team with championship aspirations. Bailey will immediately slot back in as a top-10 weekly kicker in fantasy.
Sep 17 - 2:22 PM

Vikings signed WR Aldrick Robinson.

The Lord has a new castle. By many measures, Laquon Treadwell has been the worst receiver in the league this season, so it is possible Robinson sees some snaps in three-receiver sets right off the bat. Robinson has lid-lifting speed, speed other teams won't be able to devote proper resources to as they defend Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
Sep 17 - 1:55 PM

ProFootballTalk reports free agent Dan Bailey is waiting for the "right team" to sign.

Bailey turned down four offers since getting released from Dallas. He wants to play for a contender, and with multiple teams likely to have an opening this week, he should finally sign. One of the most accurate kickers in the league, Bailey will be an upgrade wherever he lands.
Sep 16 - 5:56 PM

Kyle Rudolph hauled in 7-of-8 targets for 72 yards in the Vikings' Week 2 tie with the Packers.

It was the quietest 72 yards in history. Rudolph did get loose for 23 yards in the third quarter, but that was his only catch of more than 12. Still, it was a welcome bounceback after Rudolph went for just 11 yards total in Week 1. He will be a back-end TE1 next week against the Bills.
Sep 16 - 5:55 PM


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