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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2023 PPR Draft Rankings

Justin Jefferson Note
Justin Jefferson photo 5. Justin Jefferson WR
Justin Jefferson was a fantasy monster this season. He was the WR2 in fantasy points per game, ranking first in targets, first in red zone targets, and ninth in deep targets. Jefferson was a top-five-scoring fantasy wideout in 52.9% of his games. He was also eighth in open rate (per FiveThirtyEight). Jefferson will be a top-three fantasy pick in 2023.
8 weeks ago
T.J. Hockenson Note
T.J. Hockenson photo 28. T.J. Hockenson TE
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 in seven games. 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.
7 weeks ago
Dalvin Cook Note
Dalvin Cook photo 30. Dalvin Cook RB
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%). Should Minnesota invest in the running back position with Alexander Mattison hitting free agency, we could see Cook's role on offense reduced in 2023.
10 weeks ago
Kirk Cousins Note
Kirk Cousins photo 92. Kirk Cousins QB
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.
7 weeks ago
Alexander Mattison Note
Alexander Mattison photo 116. Alexander Mattison RB
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.
1 week ago
K.J. Osborn Note
K.J. Osborn photo 161. K.J. Osborn WR
Greg Joseph Note
Greg Joseph photo 262. Greg Joseph K
Minnesota Vikings Note
Minnesota Vikings photo 299. Minnesota Vikings DST
Kene Nwangwu Note
Kene Nwangwu photo 396. Kene Nwangwu RB
Ty Chandler Note
Ty Chandler photo 399. Ty Chandler RB
Jalen Reagor Note
Jalen Reagor photo 433. Jalen Reagor WR
Josh Oliver Note
Josh Oliver photo 463. Josh Oliver TE