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Longtime defensive guru Mike Zimmer will bring a feisty attitude and hard-nosed approach to a Minnesota Vikings club that begins preparations for their season outdoors. Zimmer and the Vikings have turned to Norv Turner to revamp the offense, and with plenty of toys to play with, it should be fun in Minnesota in 2014.

Adrian Peterson
– While Zimmer will maximize the talent on the defensive side, Turner will be handed the reigns of an offense that features the greatest running back of our generation in Adrian Peterson. We do not need another reason to draft Adrian Peterson No. 1 overall again, but we have one anyways.Turner has always leaned on his running backs to be the workhorse of his offense, and Peterson should set a career high for receptions in 2014.

Cordarrelle Patterson
Patterson will easily avoid the sophomore slump as former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave decided to keep Patterson under wraps for a majority of the season. Turner will not make that same mistake. With a veteran like Greg Jennings on the team to lean on and attract a little defensive attention, Patterson is already being ticketed for a breakout season. Rightfully so.

Kyle Rudolph
– Anyone who drafted Jordan Cameron last season knows very well the impact Turner’s offense has on the tight end position. It would be a major disappointment if Rudolph doesn’t set career highs in receptions and receiving yards this season while flirting with the nine touchdowns he scored in 2012.

Quarterback TBA – Well all of that above sounds very promising, doesn’t it?This Vikings offense appears to be set at every skill position besides the most important one.Turner worked miracles last year with a mishmash of second and third-string quarterbacks who didn’t win games but did sustain the fantasy values of their teammates.At this point, Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel are set to return, and, believe it or not, they are probably enough to make a Turner offense fantasy relevant. However, a failure to upgrade the position over the summer will be a poor start to the Zimmer era. There are no answers in free agency so general manager Rick Spielman will have to look to the draft to find his next quarterback whether it be a high-profile first-day pick or a mid-round project.

Conclusion – Whatever the team decides to do at quarterback,fantasy values in Minnesota are on the rise.

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