Cordarrelle Patterson's career with the Vikings could be on its last legs. Last year, he caught two passes in 16 games as the squad practically refused to let him play offense. His kick-return skills weren't bad as he averaged a league-best 31.8 yards per return with two touchdowns. That's where his value lies now -- Fantasy owners shouldn't invest a draft pick in Patterson, who is in a contract year, unless special-teams yardage counts.
Patterson's fifth-year contract option will not be picked up by the Vikings, The Star Tribune reports. Patterson was selected 29th overall in 2013, but has largely underwhelmed as a wide receiver, as his 863 career receiving yards might suggest. While Patterson has proven to be a dynamic kickoff returner, his fifth-year option of nearly $8 million proved far too steep for the Vikings to reward a specialist with. As a result, Patterson will become a free agent after the upcoming season, when his already reduced receiving role should be further impacted by Minnesota's first round selection of Laquon Treadwell.
Patterson returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's win at Oakland. He also had one rushing attempt for six yards. Patterson is rarely used outside of special teams as he has just two rushing attempts and has been targeted just two times as a receiver this season. However, he can still make a big impact on kickoff returns.
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had one reception for nine yards and was targeted three times in Sunday's loss at Denver. With Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright limited with a hand injury, Patterson had an opportunity to get a larger role Sunday. However, he was bypassed by both Stefon Diggs (10 targets) and Adam Thielen (8 targets) on the depth chart. Patterson will primarily work as the kick returner with a very limited role on offense.
Vikings wideout Adam Thielen could start this week against the Broncos with Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright a game-time decision with a hand injury, per ESPN 1500. Thielen appeared to move ahead of Cordarrelle Patterson to move to No. 4 on the wide receiver depth chart as he got two targets in last week's game. However, it's not clear if Thielen would start at receiver if there's an opening.
Cordarrelle Patterson could start at receiver this week for the Vikings against Denver with Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright (hand) a game-time decision, according to ESPN 1500. Patterson has just one reception and one rushing attempt this year.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||Green Bay Packers||13||21.00|
|4||10/04||New York Giants||23||23.88|
|16||12/24||@Green Bay Packers||13||21.00|
|3 Year Avg||49||27||288||2||13||10.67||55|