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The quarterback carousel for the Minnesota Vikings took one other activate Wednesday, with the workforce baderting two main roster strikes: Sam Bradford was positioned on injured reserve on account of his ongoing knee points, whereas Teddy Bridgewater was activated to the 53-man roster following his restoration from a devastating knee damage earlier than the 2016 season.
That leaves a reasonably apparent query on the desk: Does Bridgewater have any fantasy worth in 2017?
In the quick time period, the reply could also be no. Head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed to reporters that Case Keenum would begin Sunday in opposition to Washington, and that Bradford—who underwent arthroscopic surgical procedure on his knee Tuesday, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen—might doubtlessly return for the postseason ought to Minnesota earn a berth, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com.
So it is potential that Bridgewater will not be thrust into beginning duties this 12 months. After all, Keenum has been strong on the place, main the workforce to a 5-2 document in his appearances. Overall, he is thrown for 1,610 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions in these contests, finishing 63.9 % of his pbades.
And the Vikings might not be in a rush to make a change, per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe:
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But Keenum is not the long-term franchise quarterback for the Vikings. That title was as soon as held by Bridgewater, earlier than his damage. While Keenum has managed the Vikings offense admirably in Bradford’s absence, Bridgewater gives extra upside.
It’s an argument that Jacob Feldman of The MMQB made:
“Keenum is averaging 6.9 yards per attempt this year, just shy of his career high yet still below the average Bridgewater posted in both 2014 and 2015. Plus, the offense now is more capable than it was back then. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are the only teammates ranked in the top 10 at wide receiver by Pro Football Focus, and while Adrian Peterson may be gone, the Minnesota offensive line has improved significantly. On top of that, teammates are saying that Bridgewater himself appears stronger than he was two years ago. When up to speed, he should start.”
OK, so to illustrate Bridgewater does return to the sector. Does he maintain any fantasy relevance at that time?
Again, the probably reply is not any.
In 2015, Bridgewater threw for three,231 yards, 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, shedding three fumbles. In standard-scoring fantasy leagues, he averaged 10 factors per recreation.
And now, Bridgewater is trying to make a comeback after a season and a half on the bench, recovering from a dislocated knee and torn ACL. There is a psychological side to recovering from such an damage, as ESPN’s Cian Fahey steered:
Cian Fahey @Cianaf
It took Bradford about 10 weeks to get his footwork proper after his second ACL tear. TB doesn’t have that point this 12 months.
So if you’re including Bridgewater to your fantasy roster, here’s what you might be hoping for:
- 1. The Vikings make him the starter.
- 2. He’s mentally able to make a constructive affect from the bounce.
- three. He exhibits critical statistical enchancment from his final full season.
All of these items are potential. But are all of them more likely to happen?
The reply, for the ultimate time, is not any.