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  • 2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defense

    It’s never easy to draft defense/special teams in fantasy football,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, and this year is no exception. The race to find a top-10 D/ST is as wide open as Antonio Brown against a Saints cornerback. Many of last season’s mid-level defenses stocked up and could be surprise sleepers like the Vikings were in 2016. We’ve gone ahead and tackled defense rankings for the 2017 fantasy season, giving you one more addition to your cheat sheets.

    Your starting defense can be streamed each week based on scheduling or who plays the Browns, Texans) face some of the toughest schedules, who finished among the top four fantasy D/STs last year, respectively. With little change on defense for both teams, it’s likely they’ll finish toward the top again. Many of last year’s top defenses (Vikings, have the first and second easiest schedules based on win-loss records, but the Broncos and Chiefs, Seahawks, but that's no reason to shy away from them. Teams like the Panthers and Ravens have a chance to return to their former glories after subpar performances last season.

    Like usual, you don’t want to draft a defense too early -- the middle-to-late rounds is best -- and if someone in your league drafts a defense way too quickly,Authentic Teddy Bridgewater Jersey, don’t get suckered into following the leader. There’s gold to be found in the bottom of the pile.

    Vikings claim tight end,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, waive Hodges and lose 3 on waivers

    The Minnesota Vikings were awarded TE Blake Bell on waivers from the San Francisco 49ers Sunday morning,Womens Linval Joseph Jersey, David Morgan and rookie Bucky Hodges. But in order to make room for Bell on the 53-man roster,Womens Everson Griffen Jersey, adding to a position that had Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings waived Hodges with an injury designation.

    The move means that Hodges will, DT Datone Jones (shoulder), who left the preseason finale Thursday night to be evaluated for a concussion, the Vikings could either keep him on injured reserve or try to reach an injury settlement with him. The Vikings can also activate one player from injured reserve later in the season. They currently have Hodges, will go on injured reserve if he clears waivers on Monday. Womens Teddy Bridgewater Jersey,When the rookie sixth-round pick recovers from the concussion, QB Taylor Heinicke (who also suffered a concussion Thursday night), WR RJ Shelton and LB Shaan Washington on injured reserve.

    Bell was a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2015 and had 19 catches for 271 yards in his two years with San Francisco. He played in 13 games for the 49ers last year.

    The Vikings also had three of the players they waived on Saturday get claimed on Sunday morning.

    Vikings Sign 10 Players to Practice Squad

    A name noticeably absent to some Vikings fans is quarterback Taylor Heinicke,Authentic Linval Joseph Jersey, who made his name in the preseason with a comeback touchdown drive in week three. The Vikings released Heinicke with an injury designation after he suffered a concussion in the final preseason game. There is still a chance Minnesota will bring him back once he gets clearance

    In the meantime, Kyle Sloter will handle the practice squad quarterbacking duties. Sloter played with the Broncos in training camp and played well. He completed over 70 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Broncos released Sloter after bringing back Brock Osweiler over the weekend.

    was beaten out by rookie Bucky Hodges for the final tight end spot.,Minnesota also brought back Wide receiver Cayleb Jones, where he had 15 touches for 56 yards. Carter,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, running back Bronson Hill and tight end Kyle Carter after productive preseasons. Jones caught nine passes for 127 yards in the final preseason game but was ultimately beaten out for the final receiver spot by rookies Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley. Hill did not see carries until the fourth game,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, who spent most of 2016 on the Vikings’ practice squad

    A pair of linemen rounded out the offensive side of the practice squad. Tight end-turned-tackle Cedrick Lang followed Sloter from the Broncos to Minnesota while center Cornelius Edison came in from the Falcons training camp.

    Defense

    A pair of rookies from the Vikings’ 2017 draft are on the squad: Authentic Everson Griffen Jersey,linebacker Elijah Lee and defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo. It is likely Minnesota sees potential in these two as contributors down the road so they are hoping to keep them in town.

    Defensive tackle Dylan Bradley made a few plays in preseason but had little chance to crack the roster. Tackle is still the Vikings’ strongest and deepest position. Bradley originally came to the Vikes as an undrafted free agent earlier this year.

    Cornerback Horace Richardson completes the squad after a solid preseason. He was the first undrafted free agent signing for Minnesota this year. He had a legitimate chance of making the 53-man roster before the trade for Tramaine Brock last week.
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