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First Look/Analysis of the 2017 Schedule (for Dynasty-Fantasy): Minnesota


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Every day (might skip a day here or there) this month (and into February if needed), I’m going to take a quick look at the 2017 schedule for each team and make some knee-jerk commentary. We know the teams at this point, but we don’t know the layout…nor do we know what will happen in free agency, trades, or the draft. However, we’ll look at each team (randomly) and I’ll give an initial take for those planning dynasty offseasons and getting ready for best-ball drafts, etc.

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First Look/Analysis of the 2017 Schedule (for Dynasty-Fantasy): Minnesota


Rotation: AFC North, NFC South

One-offs: LA Rams and Washington *Away game with CLE is actually in London


There is not one juggernaut defense for the Vikings to face in 2017, on paper at this juncture. Maybe Carolina or the Rams rise up, but from 2016 their 2017 schedule is cake for Minnesota’s offense to pump numbers. The problem is that Mike Zimmer cannot coach a successful, high-output offense. He keeps changing coaches and QBs…and same results. I can’t see 2017 being any different.

Minnesota had the best defense of all time for about five weeks in 2016 and then it all fell apart. If they can get that magic back they have a fairly favorable schedule to face in 2017. Two games with Aaron Rodgers, and a game with Drew Brees and Matt Ryan…and then the opposition tails off, especially if Big Ben is done.

This looks like a setup for a 9–7 type season for the Vikings in 2017.


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About R.C. Fischer

R.C. Fischer is a fantasy football player analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics, and College Football Metrics. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.”

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