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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2023 Half PPR Draft Rankings

Justin Jefferson Note
Justin Jefferson photo 3. Justin Jefferson WR - (at DET)
The Vikings WR finished first in fantasy points scored, 10th in target share (28%), third in yards per route run (2.70) and second in expected fantasy points per game (15.9) in 2022. His 11.1 expected TDs and 26 red-zone targets tied for first among all WRs. With Adam Thielen's TD presence gone - and Jefferson coming off a curiously low 8-TD year (two fewer than in 2021) - I expect him to score inside the double-digits in 2023.
7 days ago
T.J. Hockenson Note
T.J. Hockenson photo 34. T.J. Hockenson TE - (at DET)
A midseason trade to the Vikings invigorated T.J. Hockenson in 2022. In seven games with the Lions, he averaged 6.1 targets and had 26 catches. After the trade, Hockenson averaged 8.6 targets in Minnesota and had 60 catches in 10 games. He also had 10 catches for 129 yards in the Vikings' playoff loss to the Giants. Entering his age-26 season, Hockenson is in the prime of his career and is an attractive option at the TE position now that he's with a team eager to leverage his pass-catching talents.
2 days ago
Dalvin Cook Note
Dalvin Cook photo 41. Dalvin Cook RB - (at DET)
We may have finally seen the end of Dalvin Cook's elite status among fantasy RBs in 2022. The Vikings star RB finished dead last among all ball carries in rushing EPA and rushes for zero or negative yardage. Cook ended the season as the RB8 overall and RB10 in points per game despite earning the league's 4th-highest opportunity share (78%). With Minnesota re-investing in the running back position with Alexander Mattison returning, we could see Cook's role on offense reduced in 2023.
3 weeks ago
Jordan Addison Note
Jordan Addison photo 92. Jordan Addison WR - (at DET)
Last year Adam Thielen earned a 17.0% target share and 107 targets. He did this while ranking outside the top 55 wide receivers in yards per route run and route win rate (per Why can't a talented first-round wide receiver match (or easily exceed) these volume numbers in his first season? Addison can. He absolutely can. Addison has ranked 22nd or higher in yards per route run and PFF receiving grade in each of his last two collegiate seasons (minimum 50 targets per PFF). The Vikings were third in neutral passing rate and second in red zone passing rate last season. I don't see them dropping outside the top 5-10 teams this season in either category. Addison could be a WR2 in fantasy if he can pass T.J. Hockenson in the target pecking order.
2 weeks ago
Alexander Mattison Note
Alexander Mattison photo 98. Alexander Mattison RB - (at DET)
Alexander Mattison smashed in most games that Dalvin Cook missed from 2020-2021. The Vikings RB2 posted five games with at least 23 touches over that stretch, including two games with 32 touches when Cook was sidelined. He averaged 23.7 PPR points and 90 rushing yards per game in those contests. The problem in 2022, was that Mattison never got the opportunity to carve out a bell cow role because Cook stayed healthy for the entire season. Aside from the occasional goal-line touch, Mattison operated strictly as RB2 for Minnesota. And that hurt Mattison's chances of boosting his stock in free agency as he settled in on returning to his old team on a 2-year, $7MM contract with $6.35MM guaranteed.

The 25-year-old running back was at least efficient in 2022 when he carried the ball, finishing with a career-high 84.2 PFF rushing grade which ranked 15th among 61 running backs with at least 70 carries in 2022.

And although, he's never been a featured back for an entire season -- the glimpses of him in a full-time role as a Viking shed some light on his potential upside should he ascend to RB1 status. Dalvin Cook has been a hot trade candidate, suggesting his days at the Vikings RB1 could be numbered. The team can save close to $8 million if they release him.
10 weeks ago
Kirk Cousins Note
Kirk Cousins photo 106. Kirk Cousins QB - (at DET)
Say what you will about Kirk Cousins' habit of underperforming in big games or his penchant for throwing short of the sticks in critical third- and fourth-down situations. That stuff might leave Vikings fans dismayed, but it's less concerning in the fantasy realm, where Cousins' yeat-to-year consistency makes him a stable and useful fantasy asset. Cousins has finished as a top-11 quarterback in each of the last three years. He finished QB7 in 2022, ranking fourth in passing yards (4,547) and tying for fifth in TD passes (29). If you miss out on the top quarterbacks, Cousins is a perfectly reasonable fallback option in the middle rounds of your draft.
15 weeks ago
K.J. Osborn Note
K.J. Osborn photo 161. K.J. Osborn WR - (at DET)
Greg Joseph Note
Greg Joseph photo 280. Greg Joseph K - (at DET)
Minnesota Vikings Note
Minnesota Vikings photo 307. Minnesota Vikings DST - (at DET)
DeWayne McBride Note
DeWayne McBride photo 323. DeWayne McBride RB - (at DET)
DeWayne McBride has been doing it all for the UAB Blazers over the last three seasons, totaling a top five dominator rating (27 percent) for his excellent efforts. He ranks first in the class in career yards per play (4.18) for being so efficient anytime he is on the field. His production is captured in his PFF grades, with him finishing second, eighth, and third, in PFF grading the last three seasons, respectively. Aside from being a complete afterthought in the passing game, McBride checks off a lot of boxes you want to see from a smaller school prospect, and he easily saved his best for last as a junior, finishing second in the FBS in rushing yards (1702, 155 yards per game), second in yards after contact per attempt (4.6) and fifth in dominator rating (35 percent) among the 2023 draft class. Per PFF, his 36 percent missed tackle rate ranks third all-time since the data started being tracked.

With desirable size at 5-foot-10 and 209 pounds, McBride is emerging as one of my favorite sleeper running backs in the incoming class. He was selected in the 7th of the 2023 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
4 weeks ago
Ty Chandler Note
Ty Chandler photo 387. Ty Chandler RB - (at DET)
Kene Nwangwu Note
Kene Nwangwu photo 421. Kene Nwangwu RB - (at DET)
Josh Oliver Note
Josh Oliver photo 465. Josh Oliver TE - (at DET)
Johnny Mundt Note
Johnny Mundt photo 482. Johnny Mundt TE - (at DET)
Jalen Reagor Note
Jalen Reagor photo 530. Jalen Reagor WR - (at DET)
Brandon Powell Note
Brandon Powell photo 542. Brandon Powell WR - (at DET)
Jalen Nailor Note
Jalen Nailor photo 546. Jalen Nailor WR - (at DET)
Blake Proehl Note
Blake Proehl photo 548. Blake Proehl WR - (at DET)
Jaren Hall Note
Jaren Hall photo 599. Jaren Hall QB - (at DET)