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For fans of offense, Thursday night's Los Angeles Rams-Minnesota Vikings game was absolute bliss. For fantasy owners of the Vikings defense, it was a televised assault. 


The Vikings D/ST finished with an unreal -9 FanDuel fantasy points on the night, giving up 38 points and 556 total yards. It's easily one of the worst fantasy performances of the season, and more than a few fantasy owners will lose their games this week because of their decision to start the Vikings D/ST. 


This comes a week after the Vikings scored just five fantasy points against the Buffalo Bills, and, just for reference, in the last three weeks the Vikings D/ST have exactly -2 fantasy points. So needless to say, it's been bad for the Vikings' defense in real games and fantasy-wise, but perhaps, there's hope moving forward.

Oh boy. So if you were holding out any hope that defensive genius Mike Zimmer would be able to turn this ship all the way around, he's as confused as we are. The Vikings had one of the best defenses in the NFL last season up until the NFC Championship game where they were just ripped apart by Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite a decent showing against Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 1, they really haven't been the same since.

The larger issue here is that it's not just one bad game. The LA Rams are going to make a lot of teams look bad this year, but the Buffalo Bills? Not so much. Add on the Green Bay Packers game and the Vikings have gotten shredded for three straight weeks. It's officially a trend and time to at least bench them.

They're missing Everson Griffen, they're giving up 277 yards a game through the air and 104 yards per game on the ground. Add on 27.5 points per game and it's just not smart or viable to start the Vikings D/ST anymore.

If you were unlucky enough to end up with the Vikings, it might be smart to stream defenses for the rest of the year. 


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