In the Vikings’ offensive heyday of Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Robert Smith, Daunte Culpepper and co., they were a juggernaut on the field — and a juggernaut in fantasy football. As the air show gave way to a more ground-based attack, Adrian Peterson was still a perennial top pick.
With Peterson getting older and the Vikings’ passing game revolving around a low-risk approach that spreads the ball to many different receivers, there are hardly any sure thing fantasy picks on the 2016 squad.
That was the message from Rotoworld’s Evan Silva, who joined the Access Vikings podcast Tuesday with myself and Vikings beat writer Matt Vensel to chat fantasy football. He said he’s intrigued by the potential of Stefon Diggs and perhaps Laquon Treadwell but worries that the Vikings have shown such a low-volume passing game in the past two yeas with Teddy Bridgewater at QB that they don’t have a bona fide offensive fantasy starter aside from Peterson.
But Silva was asked to identify one “sleeper” pick from the Vikings roster who he thinks could out-perform his fantasy draft slot. Here’s what Silva had to say:
“Just from strictly a value standpoint it would probably be (RB Jerick) McKinnon. You can still get him really, really late and he has big, big upside — whereas you have to pay a premium to get Adrian Peterson, which he deserves. …. It could be Stefon Diggs, though. If Stefon Diggs goes from 84 targets to 110 or 115 or 120, that would make a huge difference. I would go with just in terms of value McKinnon and then Diggs second.”
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