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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 Oct 16): Keenum has been "good enough" but Teddy Bridgewater could be better. He should start against the Ravens this week. After that is dicey, depending on Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater's readiness to play.

Week 7: vs Baltimore Ravens - $6600

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FBG says: Tough matchup. In relief of Sam Bradford, Case Keenum continues to lead a sanitized passing game, one that lacks in dynamite but tends to get the job done. Keenum has completed 64.2% of his passes, with just 1 interception across 159 throws. That said, the upside here is capped, especially with Stefon Diggs out. Keenum isn't going downfield much; he threw 15+ yards just 6 times in Week 6, just 16% of his attempts. Altogether, he's reached 240 yards only once over 5 extended appearances - that was also the only game in which he's thrown multiple touchdowns. We can rely on solid volume outlooks for two of his receivers, at least. With Diggs out, targets will generally be concentrated to slot man Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph. Thielen, in particular, matches up well with the Ravens secondary, which is soft on the inside and loses frequently up the seams. But until Diggs returns, there's not much else to look at here for fantasy purposes. By raw numbers, the Ravens pass defense has been stout thus far, But those numbers have been padded by a mega-soft schedule - they've faced Andy Dalton, DeShone Kizer, Blake Bortles, Ben Roethlisberger, E.J. Manuel, and Mitchell Trubisky - and there are definitely exploitable cracks here. The unit is cornerback-heavy, boasting strong coverage skills on the boundaries but struggling against the throws then funneled inside. The safeties and slot man Ladarius Webb have played poorly all season, while the linebackers lack the athleticism and coverage chops to handle the short zones. As a result, opposing backs and slot targets have produced a number of chunk plays, and productive inside receivers - like the incoming Adam Thielen - could have a field day on any given week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLSalPtsFP/$
3 vs TB 74 25 33 369 3 0 6 18 0 0 6000 28.56 4.76
4 vs DET 56 16 30 219 0 0 0 0 0 0 6800 8.76 1.29
5 at CHI 44 17 21 140 1 0 1 22 0 0 6700 11.80 1.76
6 vs GB 77 24 38 239 1 1 2 15 0 0 6700 14.06 2.10
7 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 20 33 * * * 2 * * * * * *
7 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 22 34 * * * 2 * * * * * *
7 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 21 32 * * * 2 * * * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs GB (24 / 38 / 239 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush - 14.06 points, $6700)

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 - 11.8 points, $6700)

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 - 8.76 points, $6800)

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 - 28.56 points, $6000)

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 - 6.68 points, $6000)

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 throws for 239 yards, TD (Sun Oct 15, 07:17 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum completed 24 of his 38 pass attempts for 239 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Our View: Keenum kept the lapses to minimum and managed the offense well without Stefon Diggs. He could face a challenge to his starting job from Teddy Bridgewater as the Vikings have newfound life in the NFC North.
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Vikings | Case Keenum fills in, looks solid on MNF (Tue Oct 10, 02:05 AM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum stepped in after QB Sam Bradford (knee) was sidelined in the team's Week 5 game Monday, Oct. 9, against the Chicago Bears, completing 17 of 21 pass attempts for 140 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 22 yards on his lone rush attempt.

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8@ Cleveland Browns
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10@ Washington Redskins
11vs Los Angeles Rams
12@ Detroit Lions
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Green Bay Packers
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