Teddy Bridgewater suffered a potentially serious injury during Tuesday’s practice, sending Vikings fans into panic mode. Fantasy football owners shouldn’t have the same reaction.
Bridgewater was one of the least valuable starting quarterbacks in fantasy thanks to absurdly low volume and a hesitancy to throw the ball down the field. The Vikings ranked dead last in the NFL last year in pass attempts per game (28.38), and Teddy ranked 32nd among 36 qualifiers in average depth of target. Only Sam Bradford, Blaine Gabbert, Matthew Stafford and Alex Smith had a lower aDOT.
Some will say to upgrade Adrian Peterson because the Vikings will have to rely on him more now. I don’t see it that way. The 31-year-old Peterson was already maxed as he led the league in rush attempts by a wide margin last year with 327. In fact, I’d downgrade Peterson significantly now that he’ll be taking handoffs from backup Shaun Hill. The Vikings will be in the red-zone less often and be more inefficient in the pass game, leading to fewer touchdowns and more stacked boxes. The Vikings will also be trailing more often in games, which is awful news for a two-down back like Peterson. The passing-down back is explosive athlete Jerick McKinnon.
Given all the value at quarterback available in Dak Prescott ($5,000), Robert Griffin III ($5,600) and Brock Osweiler ($6,300), there’s little reason to force a Shaun Hill play at $5,000 against the Titans in Week 1 in my opinion. The only Viking I’d consider in Week 1 is Charles Johnson at stone minimum $3,000, who has quietly held off first-round rookie Laquon Treadwell with ease. Hill, more aggressive downfield than Teddy, will take some shots to Johnson.
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