Mission Impossible: Viking Funeral - Draft Recap

After two attempts, the all Minnesota Vikings fantasy team is ready to go, and it looks pretty good.

The first attempt at drafting only Vikings crashed and burned like the actual team did in last year's NFC championship game. After successfully nabbing Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs, a disgruntled owner made it their mission to sabotage every other pick we had. We ended up with just those three Vikings, and would have needed a miracle to even win a single game.

Determined to succeed, and equipped with too much time on our hands, we started another draft, and just barely secured our top three. With no owners recognizing the fairly obvious pattern, we easily drafted the rest of the team.

It is a twelve-team league with ESPN standard PPR scoring, however, the playoff format is only four teams, and there are two weeks per playoff round, which is a huge problem for a team that needs everything to go right for them. At least the roster looks good…

Here is the breakdown of the roster:
Quarterbacks: Kirk Cousins, Trevor Siemian
Running Backs/Fullbacks: Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray, Mike Boone, C.J. Ham
Wide Receivers: Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, Stacy Coley, Brandon Zylstra
Tight Ends: Kyle Rudolph, David Morgan, Tyler Conklin
D/ST: Vikings
Kickers: Daniel Carlson
Not Rostered: Roc Thomas, Kyle Sloter

Roc Thomas figures to be the fourth running back, and Kyle Sloter will only get in games if both Cousins and Siemian get hurt. Everyone else seems to have an outside shot at the very least of scoring fantasy points.

The starting lineup will be pretty much the same each week barring injuries, with the only exception being Treadwell at the FLEX position. Coley and Zylstra figure to factor in to the Vikings overall success this year, and with Treadwell’s struggles throughout his career, he could end up on the bench for a couple games.

Other possibilities could be that Mike Boone is the primary receiving back which wouldn’t leave much for Latavius Murray and would make Mike Boone the logical start. That might sound like a reach, but before Cook’s injury last year, Murray was used significantly less than his receiving oriented counterpart Jerick McKinnon. Tyler Conklin or David Morgan could factor in due to Cousins’ affinity to tight ends along with the success the Eagles had in 2017 when utilizing their tight ends, which new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo saw first-hand.

It will be interesting to see how it turns out. Check back weekly to see updates on the progress of the team.

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