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WR Michael Floyd - Minnesota Vikings

6-3, 220Born: 11-27-1989College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 1, pick 13

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Week 20: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Case Keenum was plodding along to what would have been quite the mediocre outing last week until the 61-yard game-saving touchdown bomb top Stefon Diggs propelled Keenum's stat line beyond 300 passing yards for just the third time this season. While Keenum has not put up massive numbers, he has actually done a solid job in leading the offense this year. One of the knocks on Keenum had been his gunslinger mentality that often led to interceptions, but Keenum did a great job at turning around that persona as the season progressed as he threw only two interceptions in his final seven regular season games. Keenum did toss up a wobbler that was picked off last week, but outside of that, he made some impressive throws while taking good care of the ball for the rest of the game. While last week's performance from Stefon Diggs will certainly be defined by his heroic catch-and-run to close out the victory, he actually was leading the team in receiving yards with 76 even before hauling in that 61-yard bomb. Diggs is the fastest player on this offense and has shown his big play ability in flashes all season long. He is now coming off a four-game touchdown streak with 60 or more receiving yards in five of his last seven games, so momentum is certainly in his favor. Adam Thielen has been the leading receiver for the Vikings all season long, and he did have a solid showing last week with six receptions for 74 yards. The knock on Thielen, however, has been his inability to find the end zone with just four touchdowns on the year compared to the 16 receiving touchdowns between both Diggs and Kyle Rudolph. Speaking of Rudolph, it was very encouraging to see him look healthy again in last week's game after being plagued with a sprained ankle for the last few games of the regular season. Rudolph was targeted eight times in that game with a couple of balls thrown his way in the end zone, but Rudolph converted on neither opportunity while finishing with only 28 total yards. His production and fantasy upside has been linked to touchdowns for most of this season as Rudolph has posted only two games with over 50 receiving yards. The Eagles passing defense has been up and down this season, but overall, this is a solid unit that finished ranking seventh against the pass using DVOA. Their strength has certainly been on the defensive line though, as this unit has been troublesome for opposing quarterbacks and offensive lines for most of the season. Despite their middling rank in terms of sacks, this defensive line led by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham has a ton of depth as they rotate out pass rushers to apply consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Their linebackers have helped out both in coverage and pass-rushing as well, with Mychal Kendricks coming up big in a number of situations this year. In the secondary, this defense also deserves some praise for their performance last week as they held Matt Ryan to only 210 passing yards and one touchdown, virtually shutting down all Falcons receivers other than Julio Jones. Cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills man the outside for the Eagles, with Mills actually being most likely to be exploited as he has had just an average season. These cornerbacks typically stick to one side or the other, with Jalen Mills staying on the left while Darby typically doesn't stray far from the right side of the field. Knowing this, Mills should see most snaps against Stefon Diggs, which bodes well for Diggs as he draws the best matchup of any Vikings receiver. Adam Thielen actually does not have a positive matchup here as he should see the Eagles best cornerback, Patrick Robinson, out of the slot in three-receiver sets.

Recent Stats and Projections

16 at GB 7 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
17 vs CHI 21 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
19 vs NO 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
20 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
20 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 5 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

This was Floyd's first game back from suspension and he played a non-factor for most of the game. He did account for the longest pass play of the night with his 19-yard reception down the sideline, but he did not have another target the rest of the game. It will be interesting to see how Floyd fits into the offense as the season progresses and how many targets he will be able to pull from Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph. There are heavy performance incentive clauses in Floyd's contract but due to the suspension and slow start to the season he is nowhere near a pace to reach them.


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