Until Tyler Conklin finds meaningful playing time with the Vikings this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Conklin caught five of seven targets for 77 yards over 16 games in 2018. Conklin saw double-digit offensive snaps in only three games this season, but capitalized Week 15 by catching two of three targets for 53 yards. The 2018 fifth-round pick out of Central Michigan will look to secure the No. 2 tight end job behind starter Kyle Rudolph heading into his first full offseason in the league.
Conklin caught two of three targets or 53 yards in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Dolphins. Conklin recorded career highs in receptions and yards on his way to leading the Vikings in receiving. His biggest gain went for 33 yards on a play-action fake as Kirk Cousins found Conklin near the left sideline. It remains to be seen if Minnesota's change at offensive coordinator contributed to Conklin's increased involvement, though this was a positive sign for the rookie.
Conklin had one reception for six yards on his only target in Sunday's win over the 49ers. Conklin played just nine snaps on offense but went out for a pass on five of them, according to Pro Football Focus. He could have a larger role in the passing game if Kyle Rudolph gets hurt, but he'll otherwise will have a minimal role. Still, it's a good sign for the fifth-round 2018 draft pick's development that he was involved on offense this early in the season.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||@Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|5||10/06||@New York Giants||19||7.38|
|9||11/03||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|15||12/16||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|16||12/24||Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||7||5||77||0||3||15.40||7|