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MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings moved into first place in the NFC North on Sunday, Oct. 15, with a 23-10 win over the Green Bay Packers. The Packers took an even bigger blow than a divisional loss, losing star quarterback Aaron Rodgers midway through the first quarter after a hit from linebacker Anthony Barr. Rodgers reportedly fractured his collarbone and could miss the rest of the season. The Vikings defense held the Packers to just 227 yards of total offense, shutting down the Green Bay offense with fourth-year backup Brett Hundley under center.
MINNEAPOLIS — The NFL is a passing league, but that doesn't make setting your wide receiver slots easy in fantasy. Some of the league's big-time fantasy contributors — Julio Jones, Michael Crabtree, DeVante Parker, etc. — have missed playing time due to injury, while others have seen roles diminish thanks to the emergence of pass-catching running backs.
CHICAGO—Two passers throwing their first career touchdowns. A double reverse pitch to the quarterback for a two-point conversion. A fake punt pass. The Chicago Bears pulled out all the stops Monday night, Oct. 9, but it was the Minnesota Vikings walking away with an NFC North divisional victory, 20-17.
MINNEAPOLIS — For some fantasy football players, the arrival of NFL bye weeks present the first real challenge of the season, as their drafted players have propelled them to the top of their leagues. For the rest of us — who, incidentally, hate those lucky few — it's a chance to flex our waiver muscles and claw back from a poor start to the season.
MINNEAPOLIS—The flashy yellow gloves of Adam Thielen helped vault him among the NFL's leaders in receiving yards this season, but they let him down late Sunday, Oct. 1, against the Detroit Lions. Down by seven in the fourth quarter, the fourth-year receiver hauled in the first play of Minnesota's final push to close the deficit. But as Thielen turned upfield, Detroit safety Glover Quin punched the ball out from behind. Tahir Whitehead fell on the ball for the Lions, and the Vikings fell to 2-2 on the season with a 14-7 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—A week after making a rocky season debut, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum set a career high in passing yardage en route to leading Minnesota to a 34-17 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, Sept. 24. Keenum connected for three touchdown passes for the Vikings (2-1), twice to Stefon Diggs and another to Jarius Wright, while throwing for 369 yards and no interceptions. Running back Dalvin Cook added 72 yards receiving to go along with 97 yards rushing.
MINNEAPOLIS — If you had to bet money before the season started, who would you pick to have the most fantasy points scored by a quarterback through the first two weeks? Tom Brady? Aaron Rodgers? Drew Brees? Well, the answer is Trevor Siemian of the Denver Broncos. If you say you would have picked him, you are: • Lying, • Throwing a dart at a dartboard and you luckily hit Siemian's section, or • A complete homer who loves the Broncos and your judgement is questionable.
MINNEAPOLIS — So much for riding David Johnson to your fantasy league championship. The Arizona Cardinals running back was the highest-drafted player in most leagues, but he will now spend the majority of the season on injured reserve after requiring surgery on a dislocated left wrist. The third-year back enjoyed a breakout season in 2016 that sent him to the top of draft boards because of his elite ability to run and catch out of the backfield.
MINNEAPOLIS — When finalizing your roster for the start of the fantasy football season, it's not all about the starters. Handcuffs — players who will move into a starting role if the guy ahead of him on the depth chart goes down with injury, trade or suspension — can make the difference between making or missing the fantasy football playoffs.
MINNEAPOLIS — What is more American than football? Getting together with friends to personalize the gridiron experience with gambling, bringing great glory for the victors and humiliating defeat for everyone else. Fantasy football is a game of infinite variables, which helps absolve me from any wrongdoing if players lose their season based on my advice. While I cannot provide contingencies for every scenario, there are some clear trends that can help players approach their league's draft with a leg up on the competition.