DE - MIN - IR
Week 8 Outlook
NFL's Tom Pelissero reports that Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter will undergo season-ending neck surgery.
The 2x Pro Bowler was placed on IR shortly before the start of the season and it was assumed he would finish rehabbing and return to the team. The Vikings 1-5 record may have something to do with the DE's decision to think long-term and not rush back. This announcement came shortly after news that DE Yannick Ngakoue was being traded to the Ravens after only playing six games for Minnesota. The Vikings D/ST is clearly in a full-on rebuild and should be avoided by fantasy managers at all costs.
DE Danielle Hunter (neck) is unlikely to come off the injured reserve next week when eligible. There is optimism that he will return this season.
Hunter has been dealing with a neck injury and was placed on the the injured reserve in early September. The Vikings star DE reportedly is not expected to come off the IR when eligible to return Week 4. He will need additional time to recover and is expected to come back at some point this season. Hunter is big part of the Vikings defensive front and should be considered week-to-week.
The Vikings have placed their star defensive end Danielle Hunter on IR, meaning Hunter will not be able to return to action until Week 4.
Hunter is a budding superstar at defensive end, earning 14.5 sacks, 70 tackles and three forced fumbles for Minnesota in 2019. His presence will be sorely missed as the Vikings open up with a tough schedule against Green Bay, Indianapolis and Tennessee.
Danielle Hunter ended Sunday’s 39-10 win over the Chargers with five total tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles.
Hunter has 65 total tackles, three forced fumbles, and 13.5 sacks through Week 15. Keep starting Hunter in all leagues and a low-end DE.
Danielle Hunter racked up seven total tackles (six solo), and three sacks during Sunday’s 20-7 win over the Detroit Lions.
Hunter leads all Vikings in sacks with 12.5 through Week 14. He should be started in most leagues. Hunter will have a great shot to add to his sack totals in each of the remaining three games.