Minnesota Vikings 2021 Fantasy Preview
2020 Record: 7-9
2021 Over/Under: o/u 9
2021 Divison Odds : +220
2021 Super Bowl Odds: +3500
As you prepare for the fantasy season, whether it be your home league, a big money squad or with us at Champions Round, we want you to be as prepared as possible heading into the season. And most of all we want to see you win!
The Minnesota Vikings had a poor 2020 season, mostly due to the fact that they had one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The defense is usually a calling card for Mike Zimmer coached teams, but between COVID opt outs and injuries, along with plain old bad play, the Vikings just couldn’t get it together. The unit should be much improved this year.
On the other side of the ball, the Vikings struck gold with Justin Jefferson and should have a dynamic offense led by Dalvin Cook, Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Kirk Cousin is a rock solid QB, but if he’s able to turn it up a notch and limit his turnovers then Minnesota could be real contenders in 2021.
Champions Round “JUICE” Projections
2021 Expected Record: 9-8
2021 Expected Points Per Game: 25.7
2021 Expected Points Allowed Per Game: 24.9
Kirk Cousins - Rank: QB14
JUICE Projections: 394-588 Passing, 67% Completion, 4375 Passing Yds., 30 TD, 15 INT; 175 Rushing Yds, 1 Rush TD
Cousins is the type of QB you take late in fantasy drafts that won’t wow anyone but you can start him any week and feel comfortable. He’s a great QB2 in SuperFlex, as well. In real life, Cousins has some room to grow in the turnover department if the Vikings are to make a big jump this season. He certainly has the weapons to do so.
Dalvin Cook - Rank: RB4
JUICE Projections: 301 carries, 1430 Rushing Yds, 13 Rush TD; 49 receptions, 380 Receiving Yds, 2 Rec. TD
If Cook is healthy he will be a fantasy monster. Simple as that. I’m fine with anyone drafting after 1st overall. He’s a wild talent who will have enormous volume this season.
Alexander Mattison - Rank: RB51
JUICE Projections: 121 carries, 551 Rushing Yds, 4 Rush TD; 11 receptions, 82 Receiving Yds, 1 Rec. TD
If you draft Cook, you have to go out of your way to draft Mattison. If Cook goes down, Mattison is a RB1 in all formats. If I were you, I would be trying to take Mattison before your league mate has a chance to get the handcuff.
Justin Jefferson - Rank: WR6
JUICE Projections: 88 receptions, 1218 Receiving Yds, 10 Rec. TD
Take Justin Jefferson and take him high. He’s going to have another monster year this season and should score more touchdowns in Year 2. He could finish as the top receiver in fantasy this season without question.
Adam Thielen - Rank: WR32
JUICE Projections: 73 receptions, 844 Receiving Yds, 6 Rec. TD
Thielen is as productive as ever, but should see significant touchdown regression this season. If you’re expecting another double digit TD season, think twice. He still has tons of fantasy value, but he’s more of a high end WR2, not a WR1.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette - Rank: WR67
JUICE Projections: 45 receptions, 577 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD
This is a personal favorite of mine. Smith-Marsette was a sneaky great draft pick this season for the Vikings and has a real chance to emerge as the WR3 for the Vikings. In deep leagues and dynasty formats, he’s a big time buy for me.
Irv Smith Jr. - Rank: TE17
JUICE Projections: 44 receptions, 508 Receiving Yds, 5 Rec. TD
Smith could be a breakout tight end this season. A lot is lined up for him to surprise. The Vikings don’t have an elite third pass catcher, Kyle Rudolph is out of the way and Smith’s athletic profile is consistent with previous breakout campaigns. If you’re going to wait on TE, Smith is the type of player you want to draft.
TL;DR 2021 Minnesota Vikings
- Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson to the moon!
- Adam Thielen should still be productive, but less so in fantasy. TD regression is coming
- Irv Smith Jr. and Ihmir Smith-Marsette are ones to watch
- Alexander Mattison is a must have handcuff
Thanks for reading and good luck in your drafts! Next Up: the New England Patriots!