Written by Shalin Shah, who goes by @shalin on the Fantasy Life App
Teddy Bridgewater's 2016 season is over. A dislocated knee and a torn acl injury force Bridgewater to spend a year recovering, there is no doubt that Bridgewater will not play this season. So what's next? How does this impact other players on the Vikings? Let's take a look.
What is Minnesota losing?
Bridgewater isn't an amazing or elite QB. He's been coined with the term "game-manager." He plays in a run-first offense centered around Adrian Peterson. However, Teddy was expected to make huge strides this season. Minnesota was expected to move more into the shotgun, that would have enable him to throw the ball more. Minnesota had the the potential of being a solid passing team. Add that with a strong running game and top defense, this team could've been scary. That's thrown out of the window. No quarterback available in the market can get situated with this play-book or receivers in time for the season. Minnesota will be a very one-dimensional offense this upcoming season.
What about Peterson?
There is no concern in regards to Peterson. AD has had success regardless of who is under center. Bridgewater's injury inflates Peterson's value. The Vikings will look to abandon the shotgun formation in which Adrian Peterson only had 32% success rate ( (the worst in the NFL). Minnesota will go back to the I-formation, that's where Peterson thrives, his success rate increases up to 45% when the quarterback is under center. Expect Peterson to be the bell-cow he's always been, take him with confidence in your drafts. He'll receive enough value to make him the first running back off the draft boards.
Are the receivers worth a draft pick?
The Minnesota receivers weren't really much of a fantasy asset even when Bridgewater was healthy. A run-first offense will do that to your receiving corps. But Stefon Diggs had a lot of promise this season. A huge bright spot during the preseason, and camp - Diggs was a great value pick in this season's draft. With the Vikings going back to their original "live and die by Peterson" style, Diggs won't receive the volume necessary to be fantasy relevant. Diggs is a play-maker, so he could have his moments, but there won't be many. LaQuon Treadwell takes the biggest from Bridgewater's injury. Already struggling in camp and preseason, Treadwell posed little to no fantasy value without a competent QB. Stefon Diggs is ultimately the only receiver worth rostering.