Player Outlook
Minnesota's DST has finished below average in Fantasy points per game in each of the past three seasons. Given its lack of improvement in personnel, it will likely struggle again in 2023. New defensive coordinator Brian Flores shouldn't be overlooked as he's come up with some awesome game plans in the past, but outside of pass rusher Danielle Hunter, the Vikings don't have much to pressure quarterbacks with, and their secondary has some questions to answer. Even though they take on the Bucs in Week 1, the Vikings DST just isn't considered good enough with which to begin your Fantasy season.

Fantasy News

  • Vikings' Theo Jackson: Re-signs with Minnesota

    The Vikings re-signed Jackson (toe) on Wednesday. Jackson was set to be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, but he quickly came to terms on a new deal with the Vikings to keep him in the fold for 2024. The 2022 sixth-round pick played in 15 games for Minnesota last season, logging 126 snaps on defense and another 260 on special teams and finishing with 21 tackles (14 solo) and one interception. He missed the final two games of 2023 with a toe injury, but the health concern doesn't look to be anything that will threaten his availability for training camp.
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  • Vikings' Troy Dye: Role increases in 2023

    Dye (wrist) logged 17 total tackles, including 1.0 sack, while also forcing one fumble in 15 games during the 2023 regular season. Dye sustained a wrist injury during the Vikings' Week 16 loss to the Lions and he was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. The 27-year-old linebacker saw a more prominent role due to Anthony Barr missing a majority of the year. Dye, a career special-teamer, played his most defensive snaps (112) since his rookie year in 2020. The Oregon product is heading into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
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  • Vikings' Khyiris Tonga: Sees less work in 2023

    Tonga logged 15 total tackles, including one tackle for loss, in 14 games during the 2023 regular season. The Vikings continued to use Tonga primarily as a run stopper in 2023, but the third-year pro played only 188 defensive snaps, which is the lowest amount of his career. Tonga's low snap share resulted in career lows in total tackles and run stuffs, according to Pro Football Focus. The 27-year-old nose tackle is a restricted free agent this offseason, but he could end up elsewhere in 2024.
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  • Vikings' Marcus Davenport: High-ankle sprain ends season

    Davenport logged seven total tackles including 2.0 sacks in four games during the 2023 regular season. Davenport's first season in Minnesota was cut short by a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 4. The 2018 first-round pick out of UTSA was only on a one-year deal, so he'll hit the open market once again this offseason. Given his injury history -- he's played more than 11 games only once in the last four seasons -- the 27-year-old could very well end up having to settle for another short-term, prove-it deal.
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  • Vikings' Pat Jones: Impresses down stretch

    Jones logged 32 total tackles, including 1.0 sack and an additional four tackles for loss, in 17 games during the 2023 regular season. The 2021 third-round pick saw increased snaps on Minnesota's defense after D.J. Wonnum sustained a quadriceps injury towards the end of the season, and he took advantage of the opportunity. In the Vikings' final three games, Jones racked up 16 total tackles, including 1.0 sacks and two additional tackles for loss. The 26-year-old also saw the most snaps he's seen as a pass rusher in his career in 2023 (388) and finished third on the team with 32 pressures, almost 20 more than he had in 2022. Jones is heading into the final season of his rookie contract, and he'll likely continue to contribute as a rotational pass rusher.
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  • Vikings' Mekhi Blackmon: Posts solid rookie campaign

    Blackmon (shoulder) recorded 41 total tackles and eight passes defended, including one interception, in 15 games during the 2023 regular season. The 2023 third-round pick out of USC was forced to miss the Vikings' final two games due to a shoulder issue, but he was productive when he saw the field. Blackmon started only three games, playing primarily as a rotational cornerback, but he still finished third on the team in passes defended. The 24-year-old could very well be in line for a larger role in 2024.
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  • Vikings' Jonathan Bullard: Role increases in 2023

    Bullard logged 44 total tackles, including 2.0 sacks, while also forcing one fumble in 17 games during the 2023 regular season. The eighth-year pro defensive end started 14 of the Vikings' 17 games, doubling his previous high for most starts in a season. Thanks to the increased opportunities, Bullard set a new career high in tackles but recorded only nine QB pressures in 325 pass rush snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and will likely be a rotational defensive lineman wherever he lands in 2024.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Continues to produce in Minnesota

    Murphy recorded 57 total tackles, 13 pass deflections, including three interceptions, and one forced fumble in 14 games with the Vikings during the 2023 regular season. Murphy was held out of the Vikings' last three games of the year due to a knee issue, but he was easily the team's most productive corner when healthy. In his first season of a two-year, $17.5 million deal that he signed with Minnesota this past offseason, the 26-year-old led the team in both pass deflections and interceptions. Murphy has struggled to stay on the field as of late though, missing 11 games over the past two seasons. Expect the Washington product to continue playing at a high level for the Vikings' defense in a contract-year in 2024.
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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Up-and-down sophomore season

    Evans logged 65 total tackles, seven passes defended and three forced fumbles in 15 games during the 2023 regular season. The 2022 fourth-round pick out of Missouri saw a major uptick in work from his rookie year, starting all 15 of the games he appeared in for Minnesota and playing almost 700 more snaps than in 2022. Evans definitely struggled at times, even getting benched during a Week 16 loss to the Lions, but the 24-year-old was still productive. It's uncertain what role Evans will play on the Vikings' defense next season, as the team is likely to make bolstering its secondary a top offseason priority.
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  • Vikings' Harrison Phillips: Another solid year on the interior

    Phillips tallied 92 tackles (44 solo), 3.0 sacks and two passes defended during his 2023 season. Phillips continued to shine in his second season in Minnesota, expanding on his increased role upon his arrival from Buffalo in 2022. His 92 total tackles were a career high, by a significant margin, besting his 59 from 2022. His 3.0 sacks also outdid his previous high of 1.5 from last season. The 27-year-old is under contract for one more year and should return to his role as the team's primary nose tackle in the next campaign.
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  • Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Posts career highs

    Hunter recorded 83 tackles (54 solo), 16.5 sacks, two passes defended and forced four fumbles during the 2023 season. Hunter earned a new one-year contract as training camp got underway after holding out during minicamp and he spent this past season proving he deserved it. The 29-year-old earned his fourth selection to the Pro Bowl team while logging career highs in tackles, sacks and forced fumbles. The LSU product is not under contract for next offseason and will be looking to get paid again. Considering his talent, he could be a candidate for the franchise tag, if he's unable to reach a long-term deal with the Vikings.
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  • Vikings' Ivan Pace: Excels in rookie campaign

    Pace logged 102 tackles (63 solo), 2.5 sacks, two passes defended, an interception and a forced fumble and recovery during his rookie campaign. Pace made the Vikings' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati and was ultimately able to win a spot as one of the team's two starting inside linebackers, as he earned a larger role as the season progressed. The 23-year-old is under contract for two more seasons and should be back in 2024 working to build on his successful rookie campaign.
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  • Vikings' Harrison Smith: Sees career high in snaps

    Smith recorded 93 tackles (60 solo), 3.0 sacks, three passes defended and three forced fumbles during the 2023 campaign. Smith was once again productive in his 12th NFL season, all with the Vikings. His 3.0 sacks matched his career best, while his three forced fumbles also equaled his career-high mark from 2019. Smith will turn 35 in February but remains under contract for two more seasons.
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  • Vikings' Jordan Hicks: Logs another productive season

    Hicks totaled 107 tackles (61 solo), a sack, five passes defended, an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown during the 2023 regular season. Hicks crossed the century mark in total tackles for the fifth straight season, despite missing four games with a shin injury that involved a stint on injured reserve. The 31-year-old is set to be a free agent this offseason after two seasons in Minnesota.
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  • Vikings' Josh Metellus: Shines in Swiss-Army-knife role

    Metellus logged 116 total tackles, including 2.5 sacks, while also forcing four fumbles and deflecting five passes in 17 games with the Vikings during the 2023 regular season. The 25-year-old was able to breakout in his fourth year in the NFL, ranking first on the Vikings' in forced fumbles and second in both total tackles and tackles for loss. New defensive coordinator Brian Flores had Metellus lining up everywhere on Minnesota's defense in 2023, as he played 377 snaps in the box, 55 at free safety, 396 in the slot, 29 as an outside cornerback and 205 as an outside linebacker. Metellus will be in Minnesota through the 2025 season under his current contract and an extension could very well be in the works after his impressive 2023 campaign.
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  • Vikings' Camryn Bynum: Leads team in tackles

    Bynum recorded 137 total tackles and nine pass deflections, including two interceptions in 17 games for the Vikings in the 2023 regular season. Bynum's productivity increased tremendously in his second season as a starter on the Vikings' defense, ranking first on the team in total tackles and second in both pass deflections and interceptions. The third-year pro's rookie contract will keep him in Minnesota through the 2024 season, but Bynum could very well see his contract extended after his 2023 campaign. Expect the 25-year-old to try and add another productive season to his resume in 2024.
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  • Vikings' NaJee Thompson: Exits game with knee injury

    Thompson (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Lions, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Thompson sustained the knee injury during a punt return. Krammer notes that Thompson was seen on the sidelines but has yet to return to the game. He did not record a stat before exiting Sunday's game.
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  • Vikings' Theo Jackson: Out again for Week 18

    Jackson (toe) is out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Matthew Coller of Purple Insider reports. Jackson will miss his second straight game. The second-year safety has been serving as a depth safety and special teams player for Minnesota this season.
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  • Vikings' Harrison Smith: Clear to play at Detroit

    Smith (shoulder) does not carry an injury designation into Sunday's game at Detroit, Matthew Coller of PurpleInsider.com reports. Despite unexpectedly popping up on the Vikings' injury report during the week, Smith will be available in Week 18. He's 10 total tackles Sunday away from the second 100-tackle season of his career.
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  • Vikings' Jaquelin Roy: Missing another week

    Roy (ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Lions, Matthew Coller of The Purple Insider reports. Roy is in line to miss his second consecutive game Sunday as he continues to recover from an ankle issue. With the rookie out of LSU missing more time in Week 18, expect Sheldon Day to shoulder an increased workload on the Vikings' defensive line.
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