The 2015 Minnesota Vikings finally reclaimed the NFC North, having edged out the division-favorite 10-6 Green Bay Packers by boasting a proud 11-5 record last year; unfortunately, they missed their chance to knock out powerhouse Seattle in their 2015 postseason debut, missing a game-winning field goal opportunity and falling short in heartbreaking fashion, 10-9. Sporting a fairly well-rounded offense and a top-notch defense last year, the Vikings only hope to augment their efforts in 2016 by acquiring more high-powered offensive weapons.
RB Adrian Peterson
Seemingly having transcended age, Adrian Peterson, 31-years-old, turned in his eighth double-digit touchdown rushing season of his career, finding the end-zone 11 times on the ground (the only season he failed to meet this mark was 2014, wherein he only participated in one game), while also leading the league in rushing yards last year (1,485). He is equal parts speed, agility, and power – he remains, unquestionably, the face of the Minnesota Vikings franchise, and there’s no forseeable reason as to why he won’t perform similarly this upcoming season. Especially as quality RBs are becoming ever-more scarce, A.P. is a fantasy draft-pick not to be overlooked within the first three picks. Honestly.
WR Laquon Treadwell
Laquon Treadwell, the 23rd pick of the 2016 NFL Draft landed a spot on the Vikings’ roster fresh off a breakout 2015 collegiate season with Ole Miss (82 receptions, 1,153 yards, 11 TDs). Even though the 2015 Vikings ranked second-to-last in passing yards (2,928) under QB Teddy Bridgewater, Treadwell seeks to beef up the Vikings’ air attack alongside WR Stefon Diggs, who led Minnesota in both receptions (52) and receiving yards last year (720). With long-ball threat WR Mike Wallace out of the picture, the stage is set for Treadwell to assume responsibilities as Minnesota’s premiere WR1 – what he lacks in NFL experience, he’s sure to make up for with astounding ball skills and physical capability – he’s easily one of the most talented receivers coming out of this year’s draft, and, no discredit to Diggs, but Treadwell is almost certainly the most skilled receiver in Minnesota now.
QB Teddy Bridgewater
The 2015 Vikings didn’t manage to climb to 11-5 by being lucky; a fair allotment of their success has to be allocated to the man behind center, QB Teddy Bridgewater. Mind you, his statistics weren’t anything qualifiable as elite in 2015 (3,231 passing yards, 65.3% completion rate, 14 passing TDs, 3 rushing TDs, 9 INTs), but he got the job done far more often than not. He’s been able to maintain a fairly-high completion rate through his first two seasons, and it’s proved fruitful for Minnesota’s offensive efforts. Being the head of a low-volume passing offense, Bridgewater’s fantasy value is questionable in a starting QB1 role, but he’s proven able to pick up those ever-valuable rushing TDs, so he’ll have the potential to provide serviceably-high numbers every-so-often – if not a solid QB1, Bridgewater is still definitely worth a QB2 nod and may prove more favorable than some QB1s in matchup situations.
Others of Note:
- WR Stefon Diggs
- TE Kyle Rudolph