All Jefferson did in his first year was produce one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time in one of the most efficient manners imaginable. While that does scream regression, his talent and production also scream No. 1 receiver you should draft in Round 2 or Round 3. What makes Jefferson's rookie numbers even more impressive is that he only had six catches for 72 yards in his first two games combined. Over the next 14 weeks he averaged 5.9 catches and 95 yards per week. While he can't maintain his 11.2 yards per target from 2020, he could maintain the 26% target share he enjoyed in those final 14 weeks. Even with the regression, any kind of increase in pass volume for the Vikings would make Jefferson a threat to Davante Adams as the No. 1 wide receiver in Fantasy. In Dynasty, he's already a threat as a Tier 1 receiver worth a first-round pick in a Dynasty startup.
Jefferson secured nine of 12 targets for 133 yards during Sunday's 37-35 win against Detroit. Jefferson attracted double the targets of Minnesota's second-busiest option Sunday, amassing his seventh 100-yard receiving day of the campaign and setting a new NFL record for receiving yards by a rookie in the process. The 21-year-old went without a TD catch in the season finale, though he finished with a total of seven scores on the year. Having also posted 88 catches and an even 1,400 yards, Jefferson secured an NFC Pro Bowl nod in his debut season. Adam Thielen remains under contract with the Vikings through 2024, as he and Jefferson continue to pose a formidable duo atop Minnesota's receiving corps. It's notable that the rookie out-targeted Thielen in five consecutive mutual appearances to end the season.
Jefferson brought in six of 10 targets for 85 yards in the Vikings' 52-33 loss to the Saints on Friday. The standout rookie continued to perform admirably down the stretch of his first pro season, pacing the Vikings in targets while checking in second in receptions and receiving yards in the contest. Jefferson has now posted at least 70 and as many as 135 receiving yards in six of his last seven games, a stretch during which he's also eclipsed the century mark on three occasions and recorded four touchdowns. He'll look to put an exclamation point on a spectacular debut campaign versus the Lions in Week 17.
Jefferson brought in eight of 11 targets for 104 yards in the Vikings' 33-27 loss to the Bears on Sunday. The rookie added to his stellar first-year numbers with Sunday's team-leading yardage haul, comfortably pacing the Vikings in catches and targets as well for good measure. Jefferson saw a downturn to just 39 receiving yards versus the Buccaneers secondary Week 14, so Sunday's production represented a resurgence at a timely point for the LSU product's fantasy managers. Jefferson will look to carry over Sunday's momentum into a Week 16 road showdown against the Saints on Christmas Day.
Jefferson secured four of eight targets for 39 yards in the Vikings' 26-14 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also caught a two-point conversion pass. The dynamic rookie frequently met his match in the form of an aggressive Buccaneers secondary Sunday, encountering plenty of tight coverage on his way to his lowest yardage tally since Week 8 against the Packers. Jefferson also saw a three game streak of at least one touchdown catch snapped, while his targets also dipped back into the single digits for the first time in three games. Despite the untimely downturn at the start of the fantasy postseason for many, Jefferson will look to atone in a Week 15 divisional battle against the Bears.
Jefferson caught nine of 12 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over Jacksonville. He added two yards on one rushing attempt. Jefferson's most impressive sequence came in the third quarter, as he drew an 18-yard pass interference penalty and scored a 20-yard touchdown on back-to-back plays to give his team a 19-16 lead. The rookie first-round pick led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards, topping second-place Adam Thielen by one target, one catch and 46 yards. Jefferson has four touchdowns in his last three games and five 100-yard performances in his young career heading into a Week 14 clash with the Buccaneers.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|10||11/14||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|11||11/21||Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|12||11/28||@San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|16||12/26||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|17||01/02||@Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||125||88||1400||7||58||15.91||186|