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  • Justin Jefferson Determined To Avoid Sophomore Slump

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson is out to prove doubters, and fantasy teams worldwide, that his rookie season wasn't a fluke. Jefferson racked up 88 catches for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns last season and opposing defenses will certainly have their eyes set on the second-year receiver. Jefferson could certainly be in line for a regression but Jefferson figures to be a focal point of the passing offense. The talented receiver should still see around the 125 targets he amassed last season and his 15.9 yards per catch cements him as one of the most dangerous downfield threats. Jefferson is in line to be a WR1 selection in upcoming drafts.

    Aug 2 · Source via Vikings Justin Jefferson
  • Kellen Mond Tests Positive For COVID

    Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Kellen Mond has been placed on the team's COVID-19 list on Monday after testing positive over the weekend. Mond's positive test has also removed starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and third-stringer Nate Stanley from the practice field due to high-risk close contact. This is not the way Mond wanted to start his pro career and this development seriously hampers the Vikings offense for the rest of this week. All three passers are now in the league's protocols for unvaccinated players and are in line to miss several days, if not this entire week of training camp.

    Aug 2 · Source via Vikings Kellen Mond
  • Bisi Johnson Placed On Injured Reserve

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bisi Johnson was placed on injured reserve and is out for the 2021 season. Johnson tore his ACL during practice last week and surgery certainly is in the near future. The Vikings recently added to their receivers group by signing former Jaguars wideout Dede Westbrook but losing Johnson will affect their depth. The 24-year-old really shined during training camp last season but caught only 14 passes for 189 yards last season in a limited role.

    Aug 2 · Source via Vikings Olabisi Johnson
  • Kirk Cousins Lands On COVID-Reserve List

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been placed on the team's COVID-19 reserve list. Backup quarterback Kellen Mond tested positive over the weekend, sending Cousins and third string quarterback Nate Stanley into protocol as high-risk close contacts. The Vikings will have to make due for at least a couple of days as the entire quarterback room goes through the league's protocols for unvaccinated players. Head coach Mike Zimmer expressed his disappointment and frustration towards the setback and, as of now, there have been no reports of Cousins testing positive. The veteran passer could return to the practice field later this week.

    Aug 2 · Source via Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Vikings WR Olabisi Johnson Tears ACL

    Jul 31 · Pro Football Rumors Vikings Olabisi Johnson
  • K.J. Osborn Drawing Praise From Coaching Staff

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn heads into training camp after performing well in organized team activities and minicamp, according to coaches. The second-year receiver was relegated to playing only special teams during his rookie season, but he is working hard for a bigger opportunity. The Vikings recently added to their wide receivers room with the signing of Dede Westbrook, but Osborn simply needs to focus on what he can control and continue to impress the coaching staff. Expect Osborn to see some run during the preseason, but he is considered a long shot to become a fantasy factor anytime soon.

    Jul 27 · Source via Vikings K.J. Osborn
  • Dede Westbrook Signs With Vikings

    The Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent wide receiverDede Westbrook to a contract for this season. Westbrook has played his entire career for the Jaguars and is coming off a season where he played in only two games after tearing his ACL. The 27-year-old averaged 66 receptions for 688.5 yards the two seasons previous with eight touchdowns. If healthy, Westbrook could add an intriguing slot dynamic, playing alongside breakout star Justin Jefferson and veteran Adam Thielen. His fantasy value, however, will struggle to ascend above a WR6/7 when draft time comes around.

    Jul 27 · Source via Vikings Dede Westbrook
  • Vikings name new O-line coach due to protocols

    Jul 27 · ESPN Vikings
  • Vikings Waive Jaylen Twyman¬†

    Jul 26 · Pro Football Rumors Vikings Jaylen Twyman
  • Tommylee Lewis attends tryout with Vikings

    Jul 24 · FantasyPros Vikings Tommylee Lewis
  • Vikings To Sign Dede Westbrook

    Jul 24 · Pro Football Rumors Vikings Dede Westbrook
  • Bisi Johnson Looking To Cement Role In Offense

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bisi Johnson will head into his third pro season hoping to lock down the third receiver role in the offense. Johnson was the 'star' of last year's training camp, earning rave reviews with highlight-reel catches during practices. Unfortunately, those performances did not translate over to the regular season games and rookie teammate Justin Jefferson soared past him on the depth chart. Johnson finished the season with only 14 receptions for 189 yards and zero touchdowns and will need a strong preseason to carve out a role in the offense in 2021.

    Jul 23 · Source via Vikings Olabisi Johnson 2021 outlook
  • Alexander Mattison In Line To Be Top Handcuff

    Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison will head into training camp as one of the top fantasy handcuff options in the NFL. The 23-year-old posted 434 rushing yards last season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry with two touchdowns. He will backup one of the best running backs in the game in Dalvin Cook yet Cook's health is always something to monitor from a fantasy perspective. When given a full run, Mattison can easily handle lead back duties when given the chance, as evidenced by his 20-carry, 112-yard performance in Week 5 against the Seahawks last season. Any fantasy team that selects Cook will need to consider adding Mattison as insurance in the final rounds of upcoming drafts.

    Jul 23 · Source via Vikings Alexander Mattison 2021 outlook
  • No. 3 Job Is Bisi Johnson's To Lose

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bisi Johnson has "a huge advantage and head start" for the No. 3 receiver job behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson because of his highly touted route-running skills, in the opinion of Vikings analyst Ben Leber. Johnson will be competing with fifth-round rookie Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Chad Beebe. Smith-Marsette is more of a deep threat because of his speed, but he could challenge Johnson is he is a quick learner and becomes more versatile. In his two seasons with the Vikes, Johnson has 45 catches for 483 yards and three touchdowns in 32 games (nine starts). Because the 24-year-old isn't a lock for a starting job yet and because of the fact that the No. 3 receiver in Minnesota's run-first offense won't see a consistent target share, Johnson probably isn't worth a roster spot in standard-sized fantasy leagues.

    Jul 22 · Source via Vikings Olabisi Johnson
  • Ihmir Smith-Marsette Brings Top-End Speed To Vikings Offense

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, the team's fifth-round selection this year, was praised for his body control heading into the NFL draft. He ran track and also played water polo in high school, and he'll likely be asked "to do things that maybe are less sexy" and flashy than typical receivers. Smith-Marsette may not see a ton of targets in Minnesota's run-first, play-action offense, but his top-end speed and quickness in space will make him an intriguing weapon, and he could compete for the return duties on special teams. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are locked into the top two receiver spots, but Smith-Marsette will be in the mix for the third receiving job alongside Bisi Johnson and Chad Beebe in training camp. For now, Smith-Marsette will be a late-round flier in dynasty/keeper leagues.

    Jul 22 · Source via Vikings Ihmir Smith-Marsette