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QB Case Keenum - Minnesota Vikings

6-0, 208Born: 2-17-1988College: HoustonDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Keenum played well against a background of job loss possibility. He'll start again in Week 12 against Detroit on Thanksgiving. The quality of his receivers will keep Keenum in the quality backups for the playoffs ranks as long as he can hold onto his job.

General News (Fri Nov 24): will remain the starting quarterback in Week 13 versus the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

General News (Tue Nov 21): was confirmed as the starting quarterback for the team's Week 12 Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions.

Week 12: at Detroit Lions

All QB vs DET

FBG says: Tough matchup. Case Keenum did a great job in a tough matchup against the Rams last week as he led the Vikings to a statement victory. Keenum passed for at least 280 yards for the third straight week and had his first game without an interception since Week 5. Keenum has now completed over 70% of his passes for two straight weeks as he is making a great case to retain the starting job while Teddy Bridgewater continues to warm the bench. Adam Thielen is absolutely balling out this season as he continued his dominance last week with six receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. Thielen now has a touchdown in three straight games after failing to find the end zone in his first seven outings, averaging just under 130 receiving yards per game across that span and ranking as the league's top fantasy wide receiver in points per game since Week 8. Stefon Diggs has taken a back seat to Thielen as he has just four receptions in each of his last three games with a couple of games below 35 total yards over that span. Last week, Diggs was up against tough coverage while Thielen was matched up against a rookie--so take that into consideration as well. Kyle Rudolph had a good game last week as he finished with a season-high 58 receiving yards. While he is not putting up huge numbers with just two touchdowns in his last six games, Rudolph remains consistently involved in the offense as he has between five and six receptions in each those last six games. The Lions have had very soft matchups in their last three games, facing the likes of Brett Hundley, Deshone Kizer, and Mitchell Trubisky. Naturally, this passing defense has excelled, allowing just three passing touchdowns and an average of 220 passing yards per game. On the season though, the Lions have been just an average pass defense. Darius Slay is certainly one of the best cornerbacks in the league while Glover Quin has been an elite safety, but they have some holes in that secondary and linebacker core outside of those two studs. It will be interesting to see how the Lions use Slay this week, as one would think that opposing defenses will not let Adam Thielen continue to dominate as he has been this season. Slay has played just two percent of his snaps covering slot receivers this season though, and Thielen lines up in the slot for over 50% of his snaps. Look for Slay to cover more of Diggs here, while Thielen should have an average matchup against Quandre Diggs, who has been much improved this season after being one of the worst cornerbacks in the league in 2016.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
8 at CLE 85 27 43 288 2 1 0 0 0 0 21.4
10 at WAS 61 21 29 304 4 2 3 -1 0 0 29.1
11 vs LAR 78 27 38 280 1 0 3 20 0 0 20
12 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 22 34 * * * 2 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 22 35 * * * 2 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 19 28 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs LAR (27 / 38 / 280 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)

Case Keenum continues to be extremely efficient in this offense as while he is not extremely mobile, he utilizes his mobility to avoid pressure and avoid taking sacks while completing a high percentage of passes. This was exemplified in the first quarter on a play-action play in which Robert Quinn came around the edge and Connor Barwin was coming up the middle, Keenum stepped up to avoid Quinn, ducked under Barwin, and completed the pass just before taking a big hit from Michael Brockers.

2017 Week 10 vs WAS (21 / 29 / 304 / 4 / 2 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)

It was really a tale of two quarterbacks with Keenum this week. There were times when he looked like an All-Pro quarterback and then others that showed why he was a free agent signing. Keenum did top 300 yards passing and threw a career-high 4 touchdowns, but it was the two interceptions that left the door wide open for a Teddy Bridgewater return. The first interception came on the Redskin's side of the field when he tried to hit Kyle Rudolph down the left sideline. Keenum scrambled out of the pocket and lobbed a ball off his back foot for an easy interception. He would have been better off throwing this ball away or trying to run for a few yards up the sideline as Rudolph had no chance to make the catch. The second interception was worse as he again tried to force the ball to Rudolph and had the route undercut by DJ Swearinger. The only saving grace was Keenum was able to knock the ball out of Swearinger's hands at the 2-yard line or else it would have been a pick-6. These two mistakes aside, Keenum did have a lot of success and found the end zone 4 other times to Diggs, Thielen, Wright, and Morgan. Diggs and Thielen accounted for 17 of his 29 targets and more than 60% of his total yardage. Thielen and Diggs accounted for the explosive plays of 49 and 51 yards and Keenum completed passes to 6 different receivers. This was Keenum's best game for Minnesota to date, but with a tough stretch of the schedule coming up there may be a lot of people calling for Teddy Bridgewater to take his starting job back.

2017 Week 8 vs CLE (27 / 43 / 288 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was not the greatest start for Case Keenum and the Vikings offense, but they eventually found their groove in the second half. The first error came on a ball batted at the line and then intercepted by Joe Schobert. The ball was batted high in the air and no Viking receiver was in the area to try and make a play. Keenum showed great mobility in the pocket today and was only sacked once by the Cleveland pass rush. Keenum's first touchdown came on an 18-yard play action pass to Adam Thielen. Keenum stepped up in the pocket and then roll right to find a wide-open Thielen in the back of the end zone. Cleveland's coverage had stepped up to counter Keenum from running and Thielen was left all along. Keenum's second touchdown came on a 4-yard strike to Kyle Rudolph in the back of the end zone. The big tight end worked across the short field and made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone. The Cleveland defended tried to push Rudolph out of bounds while still in the air, but Rudolph was able to get both feet in with room to spare. Keenum did a great job spreading the ball around to 8 different receivers on the day but never found the big play. The Viking's run game was not very effective today and this did not open many holes down the field for Keenum. Today was another game of quick hits and catch and run opportunities. A decision will have to be made about Viking quarterbacks after the Bye with Teddy Bridgewater back at practice and Sam Bradford progressing. Keenum has played admirably during Bradford's absence and there is no telling what the Vikings will do going forward.

2017 Week 7 vs BAL (20 / 31 / 188 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Keenum was able to do just enough for the Vikings to win today but he was aided by a kicker who could not miss, and the best game Latavius Murray has put together as a Viking. Keenum was very inaccurate, often overthrowing his intended receiver or missing them entirely. His lone interception can be put more on Laquon Treadwell after he bobbled the ball twice before it fell into the arms of Brandon Carr. The biggest play of the day came on a 30-yard fade route to Jarius Wright. Wright beat his coverage by a step and made a fully extending diving catch down the sideline. Keenum was kept out of the end zone despite 4 different red zone opportunities. This was not the best game for Case and he may be feeling the pressure of Teddy Bridgewater being back at practice. Keenum and the Vikings travel to Cleveland next week to take on the winless Browns.

2017 Week 6 vs GB (24 / 38 / 239 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)

The streak of games without an interception is over for Case Keenum but he still managed to do enough to get the win in this one. Keenum was not overly sharp and was missing one of the Viking's top targets in Stefon Diggs. Keenum was better about trying to get the ball to his wide receivers this week but still had a 16-19 RB/TE to WR target ratio. Keenum's favorite target on the day was Adam Thielen with 13 targets and almost 100 yards receiving. Keenum's lone touchdown came to Jerick McKinnon on a 27-yard screen play. McKinnon managed to outrun the linebackers who got caught up in the wall of blockers and then followed Laquon Treadwell down the sideline and into the end zone. Keenum did not have to do much to sell this play as it was well blocked and executed all around. Keenum's interception came on a ball he tried to force to Michael Floyd and was tipped by the underneath coverage. Keenum simply lost sight of the linebacker who made an outstanding leaping play to tip the ball back to coverage. Keenum's ability to not turn the ball over has been a huge part of his success so far this season but this was one where he just knew where he was going with the ball before the play even started.

2017 Week 5 vs CHI (17 / 21 / 140 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)

With a struggling Sam Bradford, Keenum was thrust back into the starting role late in the second quarter. Keenum fared much better than Bradford but relied heavily on his running backs and tight end. Of his 21 pass attempts, 16 targeted running backs or tight ends and Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen were almost nonexistent. The best thing Keenum did all night was move around in the pocket and avoid being sacked like Bradford in the first half. His lone touchdown came on a broken coverage to Kyle Rudolph. Keenum rolled to his right on a bootleg and found Rudolph all alone behind the defense for a 13-yard touchdown. The entire defense rolled with Keenum as if he was going to run the ball and Rudolph was never even touched. The rest of the night was about playing it safe and not turning over the ball. With Bradford's status uncertain for next week there is a good chance Keenum will get another start.

2017 Week 4 vs DET (16 / 30 / 219 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

With Sam Bradford still injured, Case Keenum was thrust into the starting job once again. Despite a career day last week, Keenum performed more like a backup today. On the plus side, he did not commit any turnovers but he also was unable to finish drives and put points on the board. Keenum was unable to find Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen for big chunks of yards like he did last week and things only got worse after Dalvin Cook left with an injury. The lone highlight came on a 33-yard pass to Diggs down the right sideline when he beat his man and snuck in front of the safety. Keenum's worst play came on a sack he took late in the fourth quarter on third and goal to go. The offensive line simply broke down and Keenum had nowhere to go. The coaching staff then elected to go for the touchdown rather than take the points and rely on the defense to get a stop. On fourth and goal, Keenum threw a pass high and through the end zone that no receiver had a chance to catch. Keenum has done an admirable job protecting the football and managing games but the Vikings sorely need Sam Bradford to return.

2017 Week 3 vs TB (25 / 33 / 369 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 18 / 0 rush)

Case Keenum had the best game of his career against a beleaguered Tampa Bay defense setting a personal record for yards and tying his career best with 3 touchdown passes. Keenum benefited from a very motivated Stefon Diggs and a defense that caused 3 turnovers. Despite all the yards and touchdowns, the most impressive thing Keenum did was not turnover the ball. This was not because he was playing it safe either as the backup quarterback took several shots down the field and was the clear leader of the offense today. Keenum's first touchdown came on a short out route to Jarius Wright. The speedy young receiver beat his defender to the pylon and reached the ball over the goal line from the 2-yard line. Keenum's next two touchdowns came to Stefon Diggs on strikes of 14 and 59 yards. The most impressive part of the 59-yard catch was Tampa had 12 defenders on the field and still could not catch Diggs.

2017 Week 2 vs PIT (20 / 37 / 167 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Case Keenum really looked like a backup quarterback this week and was unable to get anything going with the offense. Keenum completed only 54% of his passes and was unable to find the end zone. The one bright note for the backup quarterback was he did not turn the ball over. Keenum was able to find Kyle Rudolph for a long 27-yard gain but even this ball was thrown high and Rudolph had to make a spectacular one-handed grab. The Vikings quarterback had two more passes over 20 yards to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs respectively but was not consistent enough to keep the ball moving. The Vikings have to hope that Bradford's knee is good to go for next week or they can expect similar results next week against the Buccaneers.

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Latest News

Vikings | Case Keenum named Week 13 starter (Fri Nov 24, 12:24 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum will remain the starting quarterback in Week 13 versus the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Our View: There's no need for the team to go away from Keenum. He's playing at a high level and the team is winning. In fact, the Vikings have the look of a team that can make a deep postseason run after the regular season. Teddy Bridgewater remains the backup.
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Vikings | Case Keenum carves up Detroit (Thu Nov 23, 04:22 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum totaled 302 yards and three touchdowns in a Thanksgiving win versus the Detroit Lions Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: Keenum has made a super-strong argument that the quarterback job is his, at least this season. He's really found a groove in the offense and has become a pretty reliable QB2 at this point.
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Vikings | Case Keenum to draw another start (Tue Nov 21, 01:03 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum was confirmed as the starting quarterback for the team's Week 12 Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions.

Our View: Keenum played well in a big game against the Rams on Sunday, and he deserves to remain as the starting quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater will continue to serve as Keenum's backup. Fantasy owners should consider Keenum a streaming option in Week 12.
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Vikings | Case Keenum tosses for 280 yards, TD (Sun Nov 19, 06:40 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum completed 27 of his 38 pass attempts for 280 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Our View: Keenum responded well against an above average pass defense coming off of a week punctuated with talk of a possible quarterback change looming. The Vikings have won six straight with him at the helm. He's a solid 2QB/Superflex option against Detroit on Thanksgiving.
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Vikings | Minnesota tempted to start Teddy Bridgewater (Wed Nov 15, 02:38 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was reportedly very close to overtaking Case Keenum for the starting job in large part because the Vikings view Bridgewater as 'their franchise,' according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

Our View: Now that Bridgewater is healthy enough to play, Keenum has to be on a short leash with the Vikings. They've been winning with Keenum, but he's also thrown some interceptions along the way. So long as they keep winning, Bridgewater is likely staying as a reserve but any sort of slip and we could see him at the top of the depth chart.
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Schedule

12@ Detroit Lions
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears