Here I am sitting at work in my penthouse (4th floor) corner office (cubicle) in the magnificent state of New York (Maryland) when news about Teddy Bridgewater's allegedly horrific injury comes across my phone. My initial reaction was general disappointment, though I didn't know exactly why. I have no real reason to like the Vikings nor do I get to watch them often, but Teddy always seemed like a stand up guy with great talent waiting to erupt when I did happen to see him. Plus, his name is Teddy! Like the bear! That's just immediate joy!
I like Teddy as an NFL quarterback and obviously wish him a safe and speedy recovery, but in terms of fantasy production, he wasn't your guy. As for most of the other people on that offense, well, they aren't your guys either. How does Teddy Bridgewater's season-ending ACL injury affect the rest of the offense?
Obviously the first fantasy-relevant concern is 2015's leading rusher in Adrian Peterson, who I currently have ranked eighth overall, which some people don't like. I immediately got several texts, tweets, and carrier pigeon messages about what to do with AP since Teddy went down. Does he vault into the Top 5? Top 3? Top -12?
Nope. He's staying right where he is.
My main concerns with AP heading into this season were a) the production of that offense and their general lack of a passing game - finished last in the NFL with 454 passing attempts last season and b) AP's age, injury history, and status as a robot (rust and corrosion, ya know?).
While AP's workload may increase, that means his risk for injury and just general wear and tear skyrockets as well. In my mind, the two variables kind of offset each other, which is why he's staying put.
Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, Charles Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson
To get the rankings stuff out of the way, I have Diggs at 116, Treadwell at 128, and Johnson and Patterson aren't even ranked. They all moved down a tiny bit after Teddy's injury. Yes, Johnson and Patterson moved a little deeper into oblivion.
Ultimately, I really hope these guys were nothing more than a late round flier for you. As mentioned before, there wasn't much to like about that passing game before the injury, now there's plenty to hate. The upside is very limited, and I really can't see myself ending up with any of these guys aside from maybe Treadwell in dynasty.
Sorry that wasn't more exciting for you. All the Teddy Bridgewater injury did for me was deflate my lackluster hopes in a stagnant offense. Wow, that sounded depressing. In all sincerity, I hope Teddy is healthy and ready to roll next year.
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