Team Preview: Minnesota Vikings
Moving along on Team Previews of all 32 Teams, we head to 2020's 3rd-place team from the NFC North, the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings scored the 11th most points in 2020 while throwing for the 14th most passing yards. They were 5th in rushing yards on their way to a 7-9 record. Vegas had their Win Total at 8.5 games.
Kirk Cousins: Over the past 5 seasons, Cousins has never been worse than the QB15 in the final standings. He has quietly been one of the better QBs in the league during that span having a QB rating of no worse than 93.85, a completion % of no less than 64.3%, and no less than 25 touchdown passes. Looking ahead, I see much of the same. He is a high-end QB2 with QB1 upside.
Dalvin Cook: Over the past two seasons, Cook has been one of the best backs in the league. His 26.1 opportunities per game ranked number 1, which is evident by his points per game average of 22.5 points over his past 28 contests. And even though he did score 17 TDs last season, that still only accounted for 30.2% of his fantasy points, which ranked 34th among RBs. He's as good of an option as you will find in all of fantasy and should be viewed as a Top 3 option in 2021.
Justin Jefferson: The 2020 rookie had an amazing season where he racked up 1,400 yards. Going into his 2nd season there is no reason to believe he can't do even better. His 7 TDs only accounted for 15.3% of his points (57th). The 22-year-old should be considered a Top 10 option for 2021.
Adam Thielen: The WR10 of 2020 had a season that was largely fueled by his 3rd ranked 14 TD receptions. 33.1% of his fantasy points came via touchdowns. He scored twice as many TDs as teammate Justin Jefferson on 14 fewer receptions. That's a number that will surely come down. He has a lot of competition to reach the endzone in 2021 and should be viewed more as a mid-range WR2 vs a back-end WR1.
Irv Smith: With Kyle Rudolph now in New York, Smith has a chance to be one of the better fantasy TEs in the league. The problem is that he is still only the 4th best receiving option on the team. He was also fairly fortunate in the TD department. He scored 5 TDs on just 30 receptions. He should be viewed as a back-end TE1 this season.