Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings Matchup Preview 10/24/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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The Vikings are sitting at 5-2 and in second place in the NFC North. They should have an easy win on Thursday night against the 1-6 Redskins. The Redskins have been extremely disappointing this season and are one of the worst teams in the NFL right now. Their offense is not very effective and their defense has failed to consistently stop opponents. The spread for this game is 15.5 points in favor of the Vikings. This will probably end up being a blowout win for the Vikings. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Time: 8:20 ET
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN
Coverage: FOX, NFL Network

Injury Report

Washington Redskins: S Deshazor Everett (D) – Ankle, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (Q) – Hamstring, S Montae Nicholson (Q) – Ankle, CB Josh Norman (Q) – Thigh/Hand, RB Adrian Peterson (Q) – Ankle, WR Steven Sims Jr. (Q) – Toe, RB Chris Thompson (Q) – Toe, TE Vernon Davis (Q) – Concussion, LB Ryan Kerrigan (Q) – Elbow
Minnesota Vikings: DE Everson Griffen (Q) – Quadricep, DT Linval Joseph (Q) – Knee, WR Adam Thielen (D) – Hamstring, CB Xavier Rhodes (Q) – Hip, LB Ben Gedeon (Q) – Concussion, LB Eric Kendricks (Q) – Hip, G Josh Kline (Q) – Foot, T Riley Reiff (Q) – Ankle, TE Kyle Rudolph (Q) – Thumb

Washington Redskins Analysis

Washington RedskinsTerry McLaurin has been the best player on the Redskins offense this season. He has had pretty great fantasy performances, even in a mediocre offense. Out of the six games he has played, McLaurin has had 15+ fantasy points in four games. He is a reliable target on the Redskins offense and is facing a Vikings defense that has allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing receivers. The Vikings have allowed huge performances to receivers, so McLaurin could have a great performance in this game.

Another decent option for fantasy is Adrian Peterson. He is clearly the RB1 in the Redskins backfield. While he certainly is not the best option against the 7th ranked Vikings rush defense, he should get a lot of carries and could have a decent game. With a ceiling of around 80 yards and a touchdown, Peterson is serviceable, but still not a very enticing option. His fellow running back Chris Thompson is a worse option that Peterson. He has not been extremely involved in the offense for the games he has played, and he is listed as questionable for this game. Definitely avoid Thompson this week.

Washington Redskins Depth Chart

QB: Case Keenum
RB1: Adrian Peterson
RB2: Chris Thompson
WR1: Terry McLaurin
WR2: Paul Richardson
WR3: Trey Quinn
TE: Vernon Davis

Minnesota Vikings Analysis

Minnesota VikingsDalvin Cook is going to have a huge game this week. The Redskins rank 25th in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, so Cook will have plenty of room to run. He has already been having great games this season, as he his averaging 25.8 PPR points per game and has not had a game with 10 or less fantasy points. He is a definite start this week against the Redskins. Also, backup running back Alexander Mattison should get some carries, but he will probably not get enough carries to be startable this week. Even though he did have 7 carries last week, he only had 18 yards. He has not been very effective, but it is important to keep an eye on him in case Cook is injured.

The passing game should also have a great day. Kirk Cousins has been on fire, averaging 29 fantasy points per game in the last three games. In less important games against mediocre teams, Kirk Cousins has performed extremely well. He should have another great game against this Redskins defense. Even though the Redskins pass defense is ranked 12th in the league, they have allowed several big games to quarterbacks. They allowed career games to Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz in the first two weeks, so it has happened before. Since the passing game should do well, receiver Stefon Diggs should have a great game. Adam Thielen will probably not play on Thursday, so Diggs will be the top target. He will see a high volume of targets and should have at least 8 receptions.

Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart

QB: Kirk Cousins
RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Alexander Mattison
WR1: Stefon Diggs
WR2: Olabisi Johnson
WR3: Adam Thielen*
TE: Kyle Rudolph

Daily Fantasy: Dalvin Cook Runs Through Redskins Defense

Dalvin Cook (DK: $8,700, FD: $8,900) will probably be the top performer from this game. The Redskins run defense is ranked 26th in the league. They have failed to contain top running backs, and will not be able to contain Cook this week. His salary is very high, but he will probably be worth it. Also, Kirk Cousins (DK: $6,700, FD: $7,800) is a great play for this week as well. He excels in low pressure games, so he should do well in a matchup that the Vikings are heavily favored to win. At receiver, Stefon Diggs (DK: $8,000, FD: $7,400) is a good play because he will be Cousins’ top option to throw to. His salary is slightly high on DraftKings, but he should have a great game. Lastly, Redskins receiver Terry McLaurin (DK: $6,200, FD: $6,300) is a decent start this week. The Vikings have allowed a lot of fantasy points to receivers, so he could do well. He is a more risky play since the Redskins offense can be inconsistent, but his low salary may make him worth the risk.

Rohil Bajaj is a student at the University of California–Santa Barbara and is from Maryland. He is a devoted Washington Redskins fan and has a passion for fantasy football. As a statistics major, Rohil enjoys using data and analytics to gain an edge in his won fantasy football leagues.

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