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Osborn signed with the Patriots this offseason, and he's expected to compete for a prominent role in a crowded receiving corps. Osborn is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues, but he could emerge as a waiver-wire option during the season. Osborn will compete for targets with Demario Douglas, Tyquan Thornton, Kendrick Bourne, JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookies Ja'Lynn Polk and Javon Baker, assuming everyone makes the final roster. For Osborn, he was a productive receiver at times in Minnesota for the past three seasons, but he never posted consistent production, averaging 9.3 PPR points per game or less in every year. We'll see if Drake Maye or Jacoby Brissett develop a rapport with Osborn, and if he starts earning consistent targets then add him off waivers during the year.

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Year rec
Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 48 540 11.25 3 0.00 633.9
2022 60 650 10.83 5 6 2.00 855
3y Avg. 53 615 11.60 5 5 5.00 834.9
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  • Patriots' K.J. Osborn: Heading to New England

    Osborn signed a contract with the Patriots on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Osborn will join up with the Patriots on a one-year, $4 million deal, according to Albert Breer of The 2020 fifth-round pick is coming off three solid seasons with Minnesota, producing an average stat line of 52.7-615-5.3 while starting all but one regular-season game over that span. His numbers did take a slight dip despite the absence of star Vikings wideout Justin Jefferson for seven games in 2023, as Osborn logged 48 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns over 16 games. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old slot receiver should see a healthy workload in a New England receiving corps that is in need of help. Osborn will likely compete with Demario Douglas and Tyquan Thornton (ankle) for a starting role alongside Kendrick Bourne (knee) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (ankle).
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Sleeper WRs

    T.J. Hockenson (knee) is out for the season, and Jordan Addison (ankle) could miss Week 17 against Green Bay. If Addison is out, then consider Osborn a potential No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues. In Week 16 against Detroit, Osborn had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in the game where both of his teammates were injured. Osborn also crushed the Packers in their first meeting in Week 8 with eight catches for 99 yards on 10 targets, and Green Bay is without standout cornerback Jaire Alexander (suspended). It could be a big week for Osborn opposite Justin Jefferson.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Week 17 Waiver Priority List

    Osborn could end up as the No. 2 option in the passing game for Minnesota in Week 17 against Green Bay with T.J. Hockenson (knee) and Jordan Addison (ankle) both banged up. In Week 16 against Detroit, Osborn had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in the game where both of his teammates were injured. Osborn crushed the Packers in their first meeting in Week 8 with eight catches for 99 yards on 10 targets, and we'll see if he can repeat that performance if Hockenson and Addison are both out in the rematch.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Strikes for first TD since Week 3

    Osborn reeled in five of seven targets for 95 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Lions. Osborn may have benefitted slightly from rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison departing late in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Having said that, Osborn had two 14-yard catches on the Vikings' first possession, and he then had gains of 47, six (for a TD) and 14 after halftime. The team's No. 1 wide receiver Justin Jefferson looked like himself with 6-141-1 on 10 targets, but if Addison is forced to miss any time, Osborn and Brandon Powell (3-53-0 on four targets Sunday) would stand to benefit against an exploitable Packers defense next Sunday, Dec. 31.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Draws four targets in Week 12 loss

    Osborn played 47 of the Vikings' 55 snaps on offense and finished with three catches for 34 yards on four targets in Monday's 12-10 loss to the Bears. Even though the Vikings opted not to activate standout receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) from injured reserve ahead of Monday's contest, Osborn still ranked just third among Minnesota pass catchers in targets, trailing fellow wideout Jordan Addison (10) and tight end T.J. Hockenson (six). With Jefferson seemingly trending toward a return to the lineup Dec. 10 against Las Vegas following the Vikings' Week 13 bye, Osborn will be pushed down another spot in the pass-catching hierarchy.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: One catch in return from concusssion

    Osborn had one reception for seven yards on two targets in Sunday's loss at Denver. Osborn returned after missing a game due to a concussion. He started opposite Jordan Addison and played on 71 of the offense's 75 snaps, so he was back to his full role. However, Osborn didn't see many targets with the Vikings struggling to pass the ball more than a few yards downfield.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Appears unlikely to play Sunday

    Osborn (concussion) is listed as questionable but is considered unlikely to play Sunday against the Saints, Ed Werder of ESPN reports. Osborn was motionless on the field for several minutes before being carted off the field during last week's win over the Falcons after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Atlanta cornerback Dee Alford. He was diagnosed with a concussion soon thereafter, but despite the scary nature of the head injury, Osborn made rapid progress through the five-step protocol. After returning to practice Thursday in a limited fashion, Osborn turned in a full practice Friday and then passed the final step of the protocol by gaining clearance from an independent neurologist. However, Werder says both Osborn and coaches are leaning toward having the wideout sit out Sunday, likely for precautionary purposes more than anything. Official confirmation on Osborn's status will arrive when the Vikings post their inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff, but if he's sidelined, more targets could open up for depth receivers such as Brandon Powell and Trishton Jackson.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Questionable after full practice

    Osborn (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN reports that Osborn progressed to full participation Friday after returning to practice Thursday as a limited participant. He'll still need clearance from an independent neurologist, whereas fellow pass catchers Justin Jefferson (hamstring) and T.J. Hockenson (ribs) -- both listed as questionable -- likely will consult with team doctors before a decision is made on their availability. The Vikings and Saints have an early afternoon kickoff at 1 ET.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Returns to limited practice

    Osborn (concussion) was limited at practice Thursday. Osborn endured a helmet-to-helmet hit this past Sunday in Atlanta that sent him into the concussion protocol, which didn't allow him to log any on-field work Wednesday. One day later, though, he made his way back to the practice field and logged some reps, per Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Osborn likely has a few more phases to pass through to gain clearance to play again, but he at least is on a path to do so. Friday's injury report could be telling for his potential to suit up Sunday versus the Saints.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Sits out first Week 10 practice

    Osborn (concussion) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice. Osborn was on the receiving end of a helmet-to-helmet hit this past Sunday in Atlanta that sent him into the concussion protocol. The play left him motionless on the turf for a handful of minutes before he made his way to the sideline and eventually the locker room. Osborn's inability to take part in the Vikings' first Week 10 practice isn't a promising sign that he's on track to clear all five phases of the protocol in time to play Sunday against the Saints. Ultimately, Osborn's listing on Friday's injury report may be telling for his upcoming availability.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Logs limited session Thursday

    Osborn (chest) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday. Osborn is coming off his most productive performance of the season (8-99-0 line on 10 targets) this past Sunday at Green Bay. He now has the double whammy of an injury to tend to and the Vikings' No. 1 quarterback Kirk Cousins going down with a torn Achilles in that contest, thereby ending the latter's season. Osborn will have one more chance this week to get back to all on-field work before the team potentially hands him a designation for Sunday's game in Atlanta. Assuming he's able to suit up, he likely will be on the receiving end of passes from rookie fifth-round pick Jaren Hall considering Joshua Dobbs only joined Minnesota from Arizona on Tuesday.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Just misses 100-yard day

    Osborn caught eight of 10 passes for 99 yards in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Packers. The fourth-year wideout led Minnesota in catches, yards and targets, but it was Jordan Addison and T.J. Hockenson on the end of TD passes from Kirk Cousins. The quarterback suffered what's feared to be a season-ending Achilles tear late in Sunday's game, and his loss would impact the production and ceiling of all the team's receiving options, including Osborn. Jaren Hall, a fifth-round pick in 2023, will likely be under center in Week 9 against the Falcons, with veteran backup Nick Mullens (back) eligible to come off IR as soon as Week 10.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Four catches in win

    Osborn secured four of five targets for 48 yards in the Vikings' 19-13 win over the Bears on Sunday. Osborn moved up a spot on the depth chart with Justin Jefferson (IR, hamstring) sidelined and turned in a solid performance with the extra opportunity. The fourth-year pro has already proven his ability to handle an expanded role by recording 110 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns over the previous two seasons, so his numbers could continue on an upward trajectory while Jefferson remains out.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Sit Him (Lineup Decisions)

    No doubt there's some potential here, but some hunches keep me from falling for Osborn this week. One: I think the Vikings will try to get their run game going since they don't have Justin Jefferson. Two: Jordan Addison is far more explosive and T.J. Hockenson has been a much more relied-upon weapon. They should have more targets than Osborn. And the expected zone coverage Chicago will play further will limit Osborn unless he sees more targets than expected. He has more upside than Jerry Jeudy, Jahan Dotson and Tutu Atwell but I'd rather take a shot on Drake London, Terry McLaurin or Chris Godwin.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Could step up with Jefferson on IR

    Osborn could be in line for additional opportunities over the next four games after Minnesota placed Justin Jefferson (hamstring) on injured reserve Wednesday, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports. In Jefferson's absence, Osborn and Jordan Addison are projected to serve as Minnesota's top two wide receivers, beginning with a Week 6 matchup against Chicago's shaky secondary. Jefferson drew 53 targets through five games before getting hurt, and those 10.6 targets per game are likely to be distributed primarily between Osborn, Addison and tight end T.J. Hockenson. Osborn has yet to reach 50 yards in a game this season, but he averaged 87.5 receiving yards on 8.3 targets over the final four weeks of the 2022 campaign.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Just one reception

    Osborn had just one reception on two targets in Sunday's win at Carolina. Neither Osborn nor Jordan Addison (no receptions) had much of a role in the passing game as Justin Jefferson was the only Viking with more than two receptions. Osborn played on 40 of the offense's 48 snaps compared to Addison's 28 snaps. Addison struggled in run blocking, which may be a reason Osborn continues to play more snaps on offense than the former despite inferior receiving stats.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Scores TD but two drops

    Osborn had three receptions on six targets for 34 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown, in Thursday's loss at Philadelphia. He also had two drops. Osborn's share of playing time on offense decreased in the season's second game, at least compared to rookie Jordan Addison. Addison started in a two-receiver set to begin the game ahead of Osborn, though Osborn played more snaps on offense (53 to 39 snaps). Meanwhile Addison had a strong game with three receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. Osborn could see fewer snaps after two drops during the game, and his role could decline more if the coaching staff gains more confidence in Addison's run blocking, which they have said was the reason for Osborn's usage in two-receiver sets.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Stacks up another solid season

    Osborn caught 60 of 90 targets for 650 yards and five touchdowns while playing all 17 games in the 2022 regular season. The 25-year-old reprised his role as the Vikings' No. 3 wideout behind superstar Justin Jefferson and longtime veteran Adam Thielen. However, Osborn finished the season as the team's fourth receiving option after that pair and tight end T.J. Hockenson, who accumulated 60 receptions for 519 yards after being acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline. The third-year wideout still posted almost the exact same stat line from his breakout 2021 (50-655-7 on 82 targets). Osborn also capped off the season on a solid note by hauling in two of three targets for 20 yards and his sixth touchdown between regular season and playoffs during the wild-card loss to the Giants. With Thielen seemingly on a decline over the past two seasons, Osborn could be in line for a bigger role heading into the final year of his rookie contract in 2023.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Tops century mark

    Osborn caught five of six targets for 117 yards in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Bears. Osborn led the Vikings in receiving, with most of his production coming prior to the team's decision to rest its offensive starters during the second half. The 25-year-old enjoyed a strong finish to the regular season, scoring three times while topping 115 yards twice over his last five games. His complementary playmaking figures to bolster quarterback Kirk Cousins' options as Minnesota now turns its attention toward the playoffs.
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  • Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Week 18 Adds (WR Preview)

    Osborn has been functioning as the Vikings' No. 2 wide receiver and now gets the hapless Bears defense in Week 18. Osborn could also see an increased target share if the Vikings choose to rest Justin Jefferson. Adam Thielen, or T.J. Hockenson.
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