He has to improve his route running before he will earn a spot in three-wide sets. He is currently behind Jarius Wright for slot duties. Mike Wallace is locked in as the Z receiver while Charles Johnson is also locked in the X role. (Source: Chris Tomasson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Patterson can and will improve. It remains to be seen if it will be enough to add him to rosters.
Patterson showed up on the injury report on Friday with a hamstring injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: It would be wise for the Vikings to keep Patterson out this week against a tough Lions defense. He needs to try to find a groove over the final two games and he should earn some chances. Either way he is not fantasy worthy.
"I want this guy to be a great player," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said about Patterson. "I really do. I mean, I want him to be a great player, and I don't know when it will happen, but I'm hoping like crazy it does." (Source: Pioneer Press)
Fantasy Impact: Patterson played on just one offensive snap in last week's overtime win over the Jets. He carried the ball for six yards on that snap. He also lost a fumble on a kickoff return. Zimmer talked about Patterson needing to show "consistency" and "being in the right place doing the right things." Patterson needs to continue to study and progress his route running to be a complete wide receiver. He is nothing more than a WR4/5.
With his role in the offense reduced to virtually nothing, Cordarrelle Patterson has at least held on to his kickoff return duties so far this season. But if he continues to play like he did Sunday against the Jets, he might lose that job as well. Patterson returned four kickoffs for 86 yards, but he lost a fumble and mishandled two other kicks in what proved to be a difficult day. "I don't have a lack of confidence in (Patterson)," said Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer. "Obviously, he didn't do as well (Sunday) in the return game." (Source: TwinCities.com - Pioneer Press)
Fantasy Impact: The once-promising Patterson was held without a catch for the second straight game and had one carry for six yards in another disappointing outing. If Patterson continues to struggle in the return game he risks the possibility of becoming completely irrelevant for the Vikings. Sadly, he has already achieved that status with his (former) fantasy owners.
Despite not playing the entire first half and not catching a pass in a game for the first time in his career, Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson still has the support of his head coach Mike Zimmer. "It's hard to get involved too much in the game when you're missing that much time," Zimmer said of Patterson, who missed three days of practice while attending a funeral last week. "He came back on Friday and practiced. I'm going to keep saying this over and over until somebody believes me, that I am in this guy's corner." (Source: TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press)
Fantasy Impact: Zimmer is saying that he still supports Patterson and wants him to succeed, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen this season. Patterson played only three snaps in the second half and saw one target while former reserve Charles Johnson has definitely replaced him in the starting line-up. With 30 catches for 350 receiving yards on the season, Patterson has proven that he can't be trusted in fantasy line-ups.
Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was non-existent once again on Sunday as he was held without a catch in the Vikings' 31-13 win over Carolina. Patterson returned one kickoff for 28 yards.
Fantasy Impact: At this point it appears that reserve wide receiver Charles Johnson has surpassed Patterson on the Vikings' depth chart. Patterson was targeted only once all game and wasn't on the field in two-receiver sets. Patterson hasn't caught more than two passes or exceeded 24 receiving yards in his last four games and isn't a viable fantasy option going forward.
After missing the majority of practice this week, Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is active for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. (Source: si.com)
Fantasy Impact: Even though it looks like Patterson will suit up against the Panthers in Week 13, don't expect too much production from the disappointing young wide receiver. Patterson hasn't developed a rapport with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the new coaching staff hasn't made it a priority to get the ball in his hands so the second-year wideout has struggled to make an impact both for the Vikings and for fantasy owners. Until he proves otherwise, Patterson should remain on your bench or the waiver wire.
After being sidelined all week, Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson returned to practice on a limited basis Friday and is now listed as probable for Sunday's game against Carolina. The Vikings' wideout suffered ankle and knee injuries on a kickoff return against Chicago last week. (Source: Star Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately, Patterson's production this season has been about the same as his participation in practice this week - limited. So even if Patterson is able to play on Sunday he still shouldn't be in your lineup until he proves he can produce.
Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson did not practice Wednesday while recovering from knee and ankle injuries that he suffered on a kickoff return against Green Bay last Sunday. (Source: Star Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Just because Patterson missed practice today doesn't mean he won't be able to play against Carolina on Sunday. There were no indications that he suffered a serious injury so he will most likely practice later this week and play on Sunday. Even if Patterson does play he is only useful in fantasy in very deep leagues as a desperation WR3/flex flyer.
Despite sustaining knee and ankle injuries on a 42-yard kickoff return against Green Bay on Sunday, Cordarrelle Patterson said he wants to continue returning kicks. "Of course it's always risk-reward every time you get back there on a kickoff return," Patterson said after being limited to 32 snaps because of his injured leg. "But it's my job. Being back there, I have to take full advantage of it."
Fantasy Impact: At this point considering how unproductive Patterson has been when lining up at wide receiver, the possibility of returning a kickoff for a touchdown might be his best chance at fantasy success. Patterson has just 30 catches for 350 yards and one touchdown in 11 disappointing games this season. Given his lack of involvement in the passing game, it looks like it might not happen for Patterson this season.
In what turned out to be yet another unproductive performance, Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson caught a mere two passes for 18 yards in the Vikings' 24-21 loss to Green Bay on Sunday. Patterson was only targeted twice all game and wasn't used in the running game at all.
Fantasy Impact: Despite his elite athletic abilities, Patterson has failed to turn his talent into production this season. Down the stretch last season the coaching staff made a point to get the ball in Patterson's hands near the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis. But this season, Norv Turner has encouraged his quarterbacks to spread the ball around to whoever is open and Patterson hasn't been effective without being force-fed the ball. In fact Patterson has been especially non-existent recently as he now has a total of five catches for 52 yards in his last three games. At this point it's hard to justify keeping the disappointing second-year wideout on your roster.
Inexperience and poor-route running have resulted in limited production for Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The second year wide-out has only 28 catches for 332 yards and one touchdown in 10 games. "(My numbers) been disappointing and I know I’m letting a lot of people down," Patterson said. "It’s tough. It’s very tough out here, man. It’s a struggle sometimes. Offensively, and me, just got to find that groove and just get it going." (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: The hype and excitement surrounding Cordarrelle Patterson coming into the season was out of control. He was being hailed as the second coming of Josh Gordon and was highly sought after on draft day. So far that hype has translated into very little production. Patterson has caught more than four passes only once all season and has less than 38 receiving yards in seven of 10 games. Patterson still has the potential to break off a big play at any time, but his inconsistency and lack of production means that even if he does go off on Sunday it won't matter because he will be on your bench.
Following a pattern that has become all too familiar, Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was once again limited in his production in the Vikings' 21-13 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Patterson finished with two catches for 24 yards on three targets and one carry for three yards.
Fantasy Impact: Going into this season second year wideout Cordarrelle Patterson was expected to emerge as a playmaking WR2 for fantasy owners. Instead he he has been one of the most disappointing players in the league. Patterson has struggled to get free at the line of scrimmage and isn't yet a refined route runner so he has had a difficult time creating enough space for rookie Teddy Bridgewater to deliver him the ball. At this point Patterson should only be on your roster as depth at the position and he shouldn't be starting until he can prove that he is capable of being productive.
"It's not so much the consistency in practice, because I think he's doing a lot of good things in practice. It's maybe the consistency in the game a little bit more. That's really it -- it's being consistent, running the same route all the time, being at the same depth, running the same release, so that everybody is on the same page. That's really what it's about," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Zimmer is indeed right about his 2nd-year receiver. Patterson has endless talent, but he hasn't yet been able to figure it all out in the NFL. Patterson has just 26 catches for 308 yards and a TD this season. He posted a 1-9 stat line last week against Washington. The 23-year-old has 7 regular season games to improve. He's nothing more than a WR4 right now.
Patterson went back into hibernation mode in Sunday's 29-26 win over Washington, catching 1 pass for 9 yards.
Fantasy Impact: It was a let down performance after Patterson broke out last week against Tampa Bay. Once Kyle Rudolph returns in the coming weeks it should help Patterson, but not enough to increase his fantasy value. He's simply nothing more than a WR4 at this point.
Patterson caught six receptions for a team-high 86 yards in Sunday's overtime win over Tampa Bay.
Fantasy Impact: It might have been because the Bucs defense is flat out bad, but Patterson was involved much more. Bridgewater has a solid connection with the second-year speedster. The return of TE Kyle Rudolph should boost Patterson's value down the stretch. He's a WR4 until further notice.
Patterson had just 2 catches for 9 yards, but 1 of his grabs went for a 4-yard TD score against Buffalo.
Fantasy Impact: He was targeted 4 times and also had a carry for 3 yards. He clearly is struggling to adapt to the NFL and hasn't gotten route running down. Bridgewater's struggles hasn't helped his cause, but either way he isn't a fantasy option. Keep Patterson on your bench as a WR4/WR5
"Things are going a little slow right now, so maybe the defense is going to start paying attention to other guys, like Jarius and Greg (Jennings), and leave me wide open," Patterson said on Thursday
(Source: Twin Cities)
Fantasy Impact: Patterson has been targeted a team-high 33 times this season, but has only 17 grabs for 204 yards. He's on pace to match his rookie numbers, when he was only on the field for about half of the season. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer admitted that Patterson has struggled to get open. It's hard to guess when his breakout week will come. Right now he's simply a WR4 better left on your bench.
Patterson caught only 2 of 8 targets for 15 yards in Sunday's loss. He certainly didn't help the struggling Bridgewater out with plenty of balls thrown his way getting popped up into the air.
Fantasy Impact: He had 1 carry for 2 yards, his first rushing attempt since Week 1. Against Buffalo he should have a better chance to find open space, but with defenses keying in on Patterson it hasn't been easy. He is a WR4, who could improve in time with Bridgewater back and healthy.
"That's nothing I need to do. I'm not a drama queen or anything. I don't want to go to the offensive coordinator and try to demand the ball. One day, maybe if I get a couple more Pro Bowls, maybe I can do things like that; but the time is not right now. It's only my second year, and he's a new offensive coordinator for this team," Patterson said on Thursday. (Source: Star Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: He's smart not to demand things, but at the same notion Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner needs to get his best playmaker the ball more often. Patterson may not be a polished route runner just yet, but when he touches the ball he makes things happen. This could be the week he breaks out, but for now keep Patterson on your benches. He is a weak flex option against Detroit.
Patterson was limited in Wednesday's practice session with a hip injury. He hurt his hip in last Thursday's blowout loss in Green Bay. (Source: Fox Sports)
Fantasy Impact: He should be ready to go on Sunday against the Lions and with Teddy Bridgewater back under center it gives Patterson more chances to succeed. However don't expect Patterson to have a huge game against a stout Detroit defense. It would be smart to keep him on your bench until further notice. Patterson is only a WR4 right now.
Patterson exited the game with a hip injury on Thursday night and finished with only 2 grabs for 8 yards. However, head coach Mike Zimmer expects him to be fine. Patterson was clearly frustrated after the game. "I wish I knew the answer," he said. "I want to be more involved. I don't know what's going on. We have a plan. I'm sticking to the plan. I trust coach (Norv) Turner and the whole staff with what they're doing. It's going to turn around. Hopefully I get more touches." (Source: Twin Cities)
Fantasy Impact: He also admitted that the Vikings have been practicing carries with him in practice, but he has just 1 since his opening day performance (3-102-1). Over the last 4 weeks, Patterson has 12 catches for 163 yards and no TD's. Bridgewater is expected back for next week, so that should help Patterson. But for now he is simply an average flex/WR4 until further notice.
Wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson suffered a hip injury in the 3rd quarter of Thursday night's 42-10 blowout loss in Green Bay. He caught only 2 of his 4 targets for 8 yards.
Fantasy Impact: The Vikings were playing catch up very early in this one, but once again Patterson never got fully involved in the offense. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner needs to find a way to get his best athlete the ball. Right now he's a WR3, who has potential to be a WR2/Flex if used correctly.
Patterson caught only 2 balls for 38 yards on 4 targets in the 41-28 win over Atlanta on Sunday. His long was 22. He didn't see a target until 3 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.
Fantasy Impact: 3rd-year man Jarius Wright, who had 3 catches coming into today, led all Vikings receivers with 8 grabs for 132 yards. Considering Minnesota totaled 558 yards of total offense, 317 through the air, it doesn't bode well for Patterson's value. He is a big-play guy, who is still clearly learning pure route running in the NFL. He is still a flex/WR3 play moving forward, but his stock is dropping quickly.
"Cordarrelle is a different situation he was a year ago. He’s growing and teams are matching with him and they’re concentrating on him. We’ve got to continue to work ways to get him the ball," Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said on Thursday. (Source: Star Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: The 2nd-year Tennesse product hasn't made a huge impact thus far this season averaging only 47.7 ypg. But his big-play ability is undeniable. He already has a 67-yard TD run as well as 2 grabs of 25 yards or more. The Vikings need to feed him the ball more, considering he's only been targeted 17 times in the passing game this season. With TE Kyle Rudolph now out, Patterson will have more chances to earn targets. He's a WR2 against a bad Falcons defense even with rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater under center.
Patterson totaled 54 yards on five touches in a 20-9 loss to New Orleans. He reeled in four grabs for 61 yards, but his only rush attempt went for -7 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Patterson was targeted 5 times in the passing game and on the road in New Orleans the Vikings offense struggled as a whole. Moving forward if Bridgewater is under center that should increase Patterson's targets slightly considering the rookie's ability to escape pressure. Either way he is disappointing as a WR 2/Flex.
Patterson got in a limited practice on Thursday after a possible lingering chest injury held him out of a full session. The second-year man played through a chest issue in Week 17 in 2013. (Source: Fox Sports North)
Fantasy Impact: Expect Patterson to suit up against the Saints on Sunday. Even if he is limited the rest of the week, he is a good bet to start in New Orleans. He's totaled 184 yards (102 rushing, 82 receiving) this season. Keep him in your lineup until you hear anything further. He is a bonafide WR2 this week.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was held in check by the New England Patriots on Sunday as he was limited to four catches for 56 yards. The talented playmaker didn't record a single carry and saw his string of consecutive games with a touchdown end at six.
Fantasy Impact: With Adrian Peterson deactivated for Sunday's game, it was expected that the Vikings would look to get Patterson even more involved in the offense. Instead the sophomore sensation saw the same number of targets (7) as Matt Asiata and one less than Kyle Rudolph. Inexplicably he also didn't receive a single carry in the entire game despite piling up 103 rushing yards on just three carries in Week 1. However fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned as offensive coordinator Norv Turner will surely figure out a way to make sure to get the ball in Patterson's hands as much as possible going forward. Patterson remains a solid WR2 and belongs in your line-up each week.
"I've seen a little article today where Belichick, I think he said he didn't want me," Patterson said on Thursday. "So that's the kind of things that stick in the back of a player's head. And you get out there, you just want to beat the defense up since people say things like that." (Source: Twin Cities)
Fantasy Impact: The Patriots originally owned the No. 29 pick in the first round of the 2013 draft. The Vikings then traded them four picks to move up and select Patterson. Patterson feels snubbed, but he really wasn't, New England just had other defensive needs at the time. Either way Patterson has been unstoppable his past six games. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the 2nd-year speedster has averaged a TD every 4.6 touches in that span. Patterson's high-upside makes him a must start despite a tough matchup ahead against Darelle Revis.
ESPN Boston's insider Mike Reiss says it makes the most sense to have veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis shadow Cordarrelle Patterson this Sunday in Minnesota. The Patriots defense allowed a measly 169 pass yards in a Week One loss to the Dolphins. (Source: ESPN Boston)
Fantasy Impact: Revis will certainly be a tough cover. In his Patriots debut, he recorded two pass break ups and a fumble recovery. Patterson totaled 128 yards and one score on six touches (102 rushing, 26 receiving) in a Week One win over the Rams. Patterson is a must start at either the WR2/Flex position with his big-play potential despite facing Revis this week.
Sophomore sensation Cordarrelle Patterson showed off his running skills on Sunday as he piled up 102 rushing yards with a 67-yard touchdown scamper during the Minnesota Vikings' 34-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Patterson also had carries of 23 and 12 yards and continued to prove that he is just as dangerous taking a hand-off as he is split-out wide. He also added three catches for 26 yards and had a total of 128 yards from scrimmage.
Fantasy Impact: The hype was overwhelming for Cordarrelle Patterson coming into the season and even though he was fairly quiet through the air in his first game of the year, he definitely got it done on the ground. Patterson turned a basic pitch-out into a scintillating 67-yard touchdown run by breaking multiple tackles and showing off his unreal athleticism. Patterson has now scored a rushing touchdown in three straight regular season games and four of his last six. If he keeps producing on the ground as well as through the air Patterson belongs in your line-up every week regardless of the format.
The second-year receiver is looking to extend his streak of five consecutive touchdowns. If he can score a sixth on Sunday against the Rams, the feat would place him sixth all-time in Vikings team history. (Source: Minnesotavikings.com)
Fantasy Impact: Although, Patterson had only one game with 100 plus receiving yards in 2013, 40 of his 77 season targets came in the final six games. Three of his four touchdown grabs came over the final four weeks. Look for him to pick up right where he left off. He should be a solid No. 2 and great flex option this week. He has the biggest upside of any second-year receiver this season.
ESPN analyst Matthew Berry predicted that Cordarrelle Patterson will emerge as a top-5 wide receiver in fantasy football this season. Berry thinks that the second-year sensation is an ideal fit in Norv Turner's offense and that his elite level skill set will help him breakout in a big way in 2014. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: With career totals of 45 catches for 469 yards and a current ADP of No. 18 among wide receivers, it's easy to be skeptical of Berry's bullish outlook for Patterson. But going into last season no one expected Josh Gordon to become an elite fantasy WR either. And the comparisons between Gordon and Patterson are significant. Both were entering their second season, both have been blessed with an elite physical skill set and both will be used as the featured weapon in Norv Turner's passing attack. If Patterson can continue to develop as a route runner and maximize his immense talents he has a legitimate chance at living up to Berry's bold prediction.
The second-year speedster made a nice adjustment on a Matt Cassel throw early in the 1st quarter to haul in a touchdown grab. Off play action, Patterson didn't even appear to be running full speed to get into the endzone against Chiefs defenders.
Fantasy Impact: Patterson is looking more and more like a great pick at his ADP of 50 on FantasyPros rankings. He is the clear No. 1 target in Minnesota opposite veteran Greg Jennings. He could put up WR 1 numbers at points in the season, while consistently adding WR 2 numbers.
The second-year speedster has caught five of his six targets for 47 yards through two preseason games. His longest reception was 17 yards. Despite the quiet numbers in limited playing time, the Vikings' offensive coordinator sounds confident in Patterson's ability to progress this season. "We need to get Cordarrelle (Patterson) the ball and we need to find different ways of doing it," Turner said. "Whether it’s with handing it to him or throwing it to him, moving him around a little bit, we are limiting what we do in the preseason. He needs to be a big part of what we do when we get going." (Source: Vikings.com)
Fantasy Impact: Right now Patterson is ranked as the No. 20 receiver and the No. 49 player overall on FantasyPros. He is slightly ahead of veteran receivers Torrey Smith, Wes Welker and DeSean Jackson. Turner thinks he is getting more consistent. If he can be more consistent each week, he could be a fantasy steal at his average draft spot (Round 4-5) in 12-team leagues.
Cordarrelle Patterson hauled in an outstanding one-handed grab from expected starter Matt Cassel during Vikings practice on Thursday. The second-year wideout beat cornerback Xavier Rhodes on the play during an 11-on-11 drill. (Source: Star Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Patterson continues to show flashes of brilliance during the preseason and appears ready to capitalize on his immense potential in 2014. The explosive playmaker is currently being drafted as the 22nd wide receiver off the board and 51st overall, which would make him a low-end WR2. At this point his ranking is based more on his potential than his production, but it appears that Patterson might be more than capable of fulfilling on his promise.
The second-year man caught three of four targets thrown his way for 38 yards. He did that with both Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel under center in the first half.
Fantasy Impact: Patterson is currently ranked No. 49 overall and No. 20 at his position and rightfully so. He's ready to break out. With Greg Jennings likely landing the spot opposite and Kyle Rudolph manning the middle of the field, Patterson could attack deep often. If he can improve his route running he could be a nice WR2 this season
After watching second-year wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in training camp this summer veteran Greg Jennings is convinced that there is "no ceiling" on his teammate's potential. Jennings said he believes that new Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner will look to force feed the ball to Patterson this season and will line him up all over the field in order to do so. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: If Jennings is correct about Patterson's involvement in the Vikings offense this season then there really is no limit to what the second-year playmaker can accomplish. Last year Turner had another athletically gifted sophomore wideout that he featured in the passing game. That was Josh Gordon and all he did was finish last season as the #1 overall fantasy WR. Patterson showed that same type of talent and potential near the end of last season and if he can carry that performance over to this year and if he becomes the featured weapon in the passing game then he could easily ascend to WR1 status.
After being held out of practice last Friday due to a foot injury, Patterson returned to the field on Wednesday. He was a full participant and took part in all of the 11-on-11 drills. (Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Because he is a freakish talent, Patterson has a chance to be a star in fantasy this season. However, he still needs to progress plenty as he isn't a complete route runner just yet. He is currently ranked as the No. 19 receiver and No. 46 overall player in Fantasy Pros rankings. Roddy White and Wes Welker rank right in front of him, while Michael Crabtree and riser Michael Floyd are slightly behind him. It's still too early to see if Patterson will live up to his ADP.
According to multiple media sources Vikings WR Cordarelle Patterson was held out of practice today and is listed as day-to-day with a foot injury. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Although it appears to be a minor injury Patterson will need to be on the field as much as possible this preseason in order to live up to his lofty ADP. The explosive second-year wideout is currently being drafted at #48 overall around the same time as more established options like Roddy White, DeSean Jackson and Percy Harvin. At this point Patterson is more potential than production, but if he can stay on the field and the new coaching staff can get him the ball he has a great chance of justifying his current expectations.
Patterson brought back two kickoffs for a score last season as a rookie and the Vikings plan to use him once again in that department. "We want our best players to get their hands on the ball as much as possible," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. "We’re not going to keep him from returning kicks because he is such a dangerous weapon there." (Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Patterson averaged 32.3 yards per kick return on 43 kickoffs in 2013. Those numbers were good for the NFL lead. Patterson's current ADP is 48, while he is the 20th best receiver in the Fantasy Pros rankings. He will be limited on offense by whoever is under center either Matt Cassel or Teddy Bridgewater.