A lightly used, heavy-legged waist bender of an offensive tackle at St. John’s University under legendary coach John Gagliardi, 2V used his ample bench time to educate himself on the finer points of all things football. For more than two decades 2V has championed the importance of the big fellas in the realm of fantasy football through outlets such as The Huddle, USA Today, Sirius XM, Fanball and Fantasy Football Weekly, and he currently serves as co-host of the Fantasy Football Party podcast (Pants-less for the past three years—the podcast, not 2V). By day 2V researches amazing statistics and arms broadcasters with pithy commentary at Sportradar in Minneapolis, and he also carved out time to write a children’s book about the NFL. He’s been a finalist for multiple FSWA awards, including Fantasy Football Writer of the Year; like his beloved Vikings, however, he has yet to win the big one.
How to Draft a Fantasy Quarterback Who Won’t Conflict with Your Minnesota Vikings Fandom
By John Tuvey - Jun 22, 2020
Vikings fans who also play fantasy football have undoubtedly bumped into a situation where they’re forced to cheer for a player to score big against their favorite team. But you don’t have to sacrifice fantasy success to remain true to your Vikings fandom. Here are alternatives if you’re sniped on Kirk Cousins or otherwise inclined to go a different direction at the quarterback position.
What Does Pat Elflein Need to Do to Keep His Starting Job with the Minnesota Vikings?
By John Tuvey - Jun 16, 2020
The list of players lining up for a shot at the Vikings’ left guard slot is long, though hardly distinguished. But is replacing Pat Elflein the right move? What skills does he possess, and what does he need to improve to keep Minnesota’s ground game chugging along while protecting the interior of Kirk Cousins’ passing pocket?
Free Agency vs. the Draft: Assessing the Minnesota Vikings’ Approach to Improving Their Offensive Line
By John Tuvey - Jun 3, 2020
The Vikings have tried throwing hefty contracts at free-agent offensive linemen. More recently, Minnesota adjusted its philosophy and devoted draft capital to building their offensive front. Which has worked better, and what’s the plan going forward?
The 2020 All-NFC North Team: Offensive Line
By John Tuvey - May 26, 2020
Debating the best skill position players is, as the kids like to say, tired. You want wired? Let’s get weird, dive into the trenches, and dust off the 5XL crystal ball as we break down the Black and Blue’s big sexys—also known as the preseason 2020 All-NFC North offensive line.
Could Oli Udoh Jump from Elon to Be a Minnesota Vikings Starter?
By John Tuvey - May 19, 2020
The Vikings drafted Oli Udoh as a sixth-round project last year. Now, with Day 2 picks invested in bookend tackles there may be a more immediate opportunity inside. What did the Vikings see to pluck Udoh out of Elon, and what did we learn from his work in last season’s finale to suggest he could be tossed into the competition for a starting guard spot?
The Vikings’ 2020 Schedule From an Offensive Line Perspective
By John Tuvey - May 12, 2020
Thought you’d seen the Vikings’ 2020 schedule broken down every way possible? Au contraire, mon frere. Here’s a rundown of the Vikings’ slate from the perspective of the offensive line—what on paper appears to be a slow build of a schedule that actually works in their favor.
What Would Dru Samia Bring as the Vikings’ Starting Right Guard?
By John Tuvey - May 5, 2020
Every move the Vikings have made this offseason points to Dru Samia starting at right guard when the 2020 season kicks off. What has led the coaching staff to this conclusion, and what should fans expect with Samia slotted into the lineup?
Vikings Add Six to an Already-Crowded Offensive Line Depth Chart
By John Tuvey - Apr 28, 2020
An already-crowded offensive line depth chart swelled by six more players over the weekend as the Vikings drafted three linemen and added three more UDFAs after the draft. Here’s a rundown of those additions, who will be battling for opportunities ranging from a potential opening on the left side to 53-man roster depth to developmental roles on the practice squad.
A Round-by-Round Look at the Vikings’ History of Drafting Offensive Linemen
By John Tuvey - Apr 21, 2020
The Vikings have spent a total of 104 draft picks on offensive linemen. With the 2020 NFL Draft on the horizon, and offensive line help expected to be on the Vikings’ agenda, John Tuvey takes a round-by-round look back at how drafting the O-line has panned out.
Continuity — For a Change — Along the Vikings’ Offensive Line
By John Tuvey - Apr 14, 2020
For the first time in six years the Vikings aren’t scrambling to fill multiple vacancies along their offensive line. Offensive line consistency is nothing new for a Kubiak/Dennison production, and the same ol’ same ol’ up front actually bodes well for the Minnesota offense.
Upgrading the Vikings’ Offensive Line Through the Draft: Day 3 Options
By John Tuvey - Apr 7, 2020
Despite devoting at least one Day 3 selection to an offensive lineman each of the last seven drafts, the Vikings haven’t successfully mined Rounds 4 through 7 at that position for almost a decade. John Tuvey identifies seven late-round candidates Minnesota can target to add a dose of quality to their Day 3 quantity.
Upgrading the Vikings’ Offensive Line Through the Draft: Day 2 Options
By John Tuvey - Mar 31, 2020
With holes to fill at a number of other key positions, upgrading the Vikings offensive line might be pushed back to Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. John Tuvey examines seven second-day options for Minnesota to consider as Rick Spielman looks to strike Brian O’Neill-esque Day 2 gold once again.