Kendall Wright joins a crowded receiving corps in Minnesota, where he'll likely have a part-time role. He's thrived in the slot throughout his career, but the Vikings already have Adam Thielen in that spot. It will probably take a significant injury to a member of the Vikings passing game for Wright to even hop on the Fantasy radar in 2018. Don't count on him.
Laquon Treadwell took snaps as the third receiver with the first-team offense in Tuesday's OTAs, with Wright working with the second-team offense, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. It's likely too early to read much into the competition for the No. 3 receiver role, but this may indicate it's not a forgone concussion that Wright will emerge as the winner. Wright hasn't quite lived up to his status as the 20th overall selection from the 2012 draft, but he's at least proven to be an effective slot man in three-wide formations. Meanwhile, Treadwell has had little production with just 20 receptions for 200 yards in 16 games last season. Wright has some upside if he wins a sizeable role as his slot receiver skills could be a nice match for Kirk Cousin's exceptional intermediate passing game.
Wright signed with the Vikings on Friday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Wright hasn't quite lived up to his status as the 20th overall selection from the 2012 draft, but he's at least proven to be an effective slot man in three-wide formations. The Vikings probably don't need him to be anything more, as they already boast one of the league's top wideout duos in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. This signing suggests the team doesn't have much faith in 2016 first-round selection Laquon Treadwell, who caught 20 passes for 200 yards in 16 games last season. Of course, the No. 3 receiver role likely will lead to no more than 4-5 targets per game, considering the Vikings also need to feed TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and RBs Dalvin Cook (knee) and Latavius Murray. Per Cronin, Wright led all qualified receivers last season with an 80.4 percent catch rate on targets while playing from the slot.
Wright is visiting the Vikings on Thursday, Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reports. A first-round pick of the Titans in 2012, Wright may not have lived up to expectations but still has had modest success as a professional. In particular, he has a 1,000-yard season to his name (2013), boasts a career catch rate of 64 percent and has 19 touchdowns in 82 games. Coming off a 59-614-1 line on 91 targets with the Bears last year, the 28-year-old has plenty left in the tank. If a deal with the Vikings manifests itself, he'd effectively cover for the recently-released Jarius Wright as the No. 3 wide receiver, primarily working in the slot.
Wright caught five passes for 29 yards in the Bears 23-10 loss to the Vikings in the 2017 season finale, ending the season with 59 catches for 614 yards and a touchdown in 16 games. Wright, despite an unimpressive yardage total in 2017, easily posted the most receiving yardage of any Bears' wide receiver. He primarily benefited from running his routes in the slot in an extremely conservative pass offense that rarely took downfield shots, allowing him to benefit from plenty of high-percentage targets. He'll be an unrestricted free agent, and should be able to land a deal that'll allow him to compete for a role as a starting slot receiver, and any fantasy value he'll have will be directly dependent upon his landing spot and potential role.
Wright caught four passes for 27 yards in Sunday's 20-3 victory over the Browns. The Bears led this game throughout, and Mitch Trubisky threw the ball just 23 times, with Wright pacing the team in receptions and targets (six). Due to the game script, Trubisky threw very few downfield passes, so Wright was never in line to post significant yardage. After being quiet for a majority of the season, Wright has posted at least 81 yards in two of his last three games, but the wideout faces a challenging matchup at Minnesota in the season finale.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|2||09/16||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|4||09/28||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|7||10/21||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|8||10/29||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|12||11/26||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|13||12/02||@New England Patriots||27||22.58|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||65||41||479||2||24||11.68||60|