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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 Draft Rankings

Dalvin Cook Note
Dalvin Cook photo 2. Dalvin Cook RB - (vs . CHI)
Despite missing four games over the last two years, Cook has still managed to rack up 3,572 total yards and 30 touchdowns. He's still yet to play 16 games in his four-year career, but when he's on the field, he's a surefire RB1. In each of the final 12 games he played in 2020, he touched the ball a minimum of 17 times, including 24-plus touches in nine of them. The craziest part about his numbers, though, is the fact that he has 97 receptions for 880 yards over the last two years, but just one receiving touchdown, so there's room for even more of a ceiling.
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Justin Jefferson Note
Justin Jefferson photo 21. Justin Jefferson WR - (vs . CHI)
I'm not sure many realize just how difficult it would be for Jefferson to repeat his 2020 season. Not only was he a rookie, which is amazing in it's own right, but to finish with 1,400 yards on just 125 targets is ridiculous. How did that happen? Well, he caught 70.4 percent of his targets... at 15.9 yards a pop. No other wide receiver in the history of the game has totaled 1,400 yards on 125 or less targets. Bottom line... he needs more targets if he's going to live up to expectations because that's unlikely to happen again. With the defense getting back on track with Danielle Hunter (and adding in free agency), do the Vikings trend back to their run-heavy ways? Adam Thielen is a year older, but the chemistry between him and Kirk Cousins is magical. The sky is the limit for Jefferson with his talent, but will the targets follow? Don't forget this is the same team that held Stefon Diggs to 112 or less targets in 4-of-5 seasons.
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Adam Thielen Note
Adam Thielen photo 44. Adam Thielen WR - (vs . CHI)
It seems the torch has been passed from Thielen to Justin Jefferson, though it's not as if Thielen will just fade into oblivion. It goes back to the Stefon Diggs days where he had to share that production. While Thielen did finish as the No. 8 wide receiver last year, it was thanks to his 14 touchdowns on just 74 receptions and 925 yards. No other receiver finished higher than No. 18 with fewer yards than Thielen. He's also going to be 31 years old at the start of the season and has a history of back issues, presenting a bit of risk, though he does have a ton of proven production with Kirk Cousins, which can't be ignored.
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Irv Smith Jr. Note
Irv Smith Jr. photo 116. Irv Smith Jr. TE - (vs . CHI)
We've been saying, "just wait until the Vikings get rid of Kyle Rudolph." That was when we were supposed to see Smith's breakout. Well, unfortunately for him, Justin Jefferson came around. Despite the Vikings inflating their pass attempts last year, the combination of Rudolph and Smith netted just 80 targets. Even if Smith received all of Rudolph's departed targets, that's no guarantee to net top-12 production. Their defense should get back on track this year, and it's not like Jefferson will become less involved. You shouldn't be paying for top-12 production, but rather hoping for it.
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Kirk Cousins Note
Kirk Cousins photo 121. Kirk Cousins QB - (vs . CHI)
Yes, I'm fully aware that Cousins has continually finished as a top-12 quarterback, but my rankings are based on how I'd draft quarterbacks and not where I project them to finish. Why? Well, Cousins has stayed healthy and played all 16 games, allowing him to finish higher than those right around him who missed a game or two. But on a week-to-week basis, you're never going to say Cousins is a top-12 quarterback. He's a rock-solid QB2 in Superflex formats, but he's just a streamer in 1QB leagues. I'd rather draft someone like Trevor Lawrence for upside.
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Alexander Mattison Note
Alexander Mattison photo 138. Alexander Mattison RB - (vs . CHI)
When drafting a player like Mattison, it's not going to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. He's a handcuff, plain and simple. As long as Dalvin Cook is on the field, Mattison isn't going to get more than 10 touches in a game. However, if Cook were to miss time, Mattison is a potential league winner. If you have the space on your bench for someone like Mattison, he's much better than a bye-week-filler-type player.
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Minnesota Vikings Note
Minnesota Vikings photo 247. Minnesota Vikings DST - (vs . CHI)
Dede Westbrook Note
Dede Westbrook photo 373. Dede Westbrook WR - (vs . CHI)
Tyler Conklin Note
Tyler Conklin photo 385. Tyler Conklin TE - (vs . CHI)
Greg Joseph Note
Greg Joseph photo 401. Greg Joseph K - (vs . CHI)
Kene Nwangwu Note
Kene Nwangwu photo 430. Kene Nwangwu RB - (vs . CHI)
Ihmir Smith-Marsette Note
Ihmir Smith-Marsette photo 446. Ihmir Smith-Marsette WR - (vs . CHI)
Ameer Abdullah Note
Ameer Abdullah photo 456. Ameer Abdullah RB - (vs . CHI)
Olabisi Johnson Note
Olabisi Johnson photo 459. Olabisi Johnson WR - (vs . CHI)
C.J. Ham Note
C.J. Ham photo 481. C.J. Ham RB - (vs . CHI)
Chad Beebe Note
Chad Beebe photo 506. Chad Beebe WR - (vs . CHI)
Kellen Mond Note
Kellen Mond photo 553. Kellen Mond QB - (vs . CHI)