Schedule

Opponent Game Opp RK Opp FPTS
vs 14 21
@ 4 18
vs 20 22
@ 15 21
vs 26 23
@ 10 20
BYE
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vs 30 25
@ 27 24
@ 1 14
vs 25 23
vs 5 19
vs 13 21
@ 20 22
vs 16 21
vs 11 20
@ 14 21
@ 26 23
Player Outlook
With back-to-back top-10 finishes on a PPR per-game basis to start his career, Jefferson is commonly viewed as one of the best bets at receiver in Fantasy. The Vikings stud had at least 15 PPR points in 11 of 17 games and hit the 20-point mark seven times. He also finished fifth among receivers in targets per game with 9.8 per game. It's really hard to see Jefferson's numbers dip in 2022, particularly since new head coach Kevin O'Connell figures to be more aggressive and pass-friendly than prior Vikings play callers. You should expect Jefferson to get taken in Round 1, though there's a slim chance he falls into early Round 2 in non-PPR drafts.

Fantasy Stats

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Receiving Touchdowns
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Fantasy Points
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2022
2021 108 1616 14.96 10 14 2.33 22113
2020 88 1400 15.91 7 2 2.00 18611.6
3y Avg. 98 1508 15.39 8 8 2.00 20011.8
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Start
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Fantasy News

  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Not in line to play Sunday

    Jefferson is not in line to play in Sunday's preseason opener against the Raiders. Other key Minnesota skill players who also aren't slated to play in Sunday's contest include quarterback Kirk Cousins (illness), running back Dalvin Cook, fellow wide receiver Adam Thielen and tight end Irv Smith (thumb). In that context, look for the focus of the team's coaching staff to be on evaluating those battling for battling for depth chart slotting ahead of Week 1.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Expects more pass plays this year

    Jefferson told NFL Network's Patrick Clayborn that the Vikings offense isn't run-first anymore under new coach Kevin O'Connell, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "Our offensive style, it's not a run-first offense anymore," Jefferson said. "I'm so excited in this offense." O'Connell previously was offensive coordinator in Los Angeles under Sean McVay, who likes to play uptempo and leans pass over run in close games. McVay and O'Connell also built a solid run game focused on outside zone, which shouldn't be too much of an adjustment for Vikings RB Dalvin Cook after years spent in Kubiak-led offenses centered on zone runs and play-action passes. A system similar to the Rams' also would seem to be a good fit for Jefferson, one of the few players in the league with potential to produce the kind of dominant season Cooper Kupp enjoyed in Los Angeles last year. Jefferson was the only player to finish within 350 receiving yards of Kupp in 2021, tallying 1,616 to go with 10 touchdowns on 108 catches (167 targets, fourth most). They're the first two WRs taken in most fantasy drafts this summer, with Kupp typically going first, Jefferson second and Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase third.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Another 100-yard effort

    Jefferson recorded five receptions on seven targets for 107 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears. The Vikings possessed the ball for only 23 minutes in the game, which limited volume for all of their skill-position players. Even so, Jefferson tore through the Bears' secondary to record big gains of 45, 26 and 25 yards -- the first of which went for his 10th touchdown of the season. Jefferson concluded the campaign with 1,616 receiving yards on 110 receptions, solidifying his status as one of the top receivers in the league.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Sees 11 targets in blowout loss

    Jefferson had six receptions (11 targets) for 58 yards in Sunday's 37-10 loss to Green Bay. The lack of Kirk Cousins (illness) really hurt the entire offense, as the Packers' defense keyed in on the Vikings' top offensive weapons with the unproven Sean Mannion under center. Jefferson still produced a usable fantasy line, but this was on the lower end of his usual production. The 22-year-old phenom now has 103 receptions, 1,509 yards and nine touchdowns through 16 games. The Vikings were eliminated from playoff contention, so it will be interesting to see if Cousins is able to return for a Week 18 matchup against Chicago with no playoff implications.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Tops 100 yards

    Jefferson recorded eight receptions on 12 targets for 116 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Rams. Even with Adam Thielen back in the mix, Jefferson managed to record double-digit targets for the fourth consecutive game. He recorded a number of big catches that went for gains of 34, 21, 16 and 16 yards to notch his sixth 100-yard performance of the season. The only thing missing from the effort was a touchdown, though Jefferson had found the end zone in each of the team's last three contests. Jefferson will enter the team's Week 17 matchup against Green Bay only four receptions short of the century mark.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Salvages night with touchdown

    Jefferson brought in four of 10 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 17-9 win over the Bears on Monday night. Jefferson was seemingly set up for another busy night with Adam Thielen (ankle) sitting out the contest, but the second-year star had one of his more pedestrian performances. With Kirk Cousins frequently under duress and only dropping back 24 times overall, Jefferson was still targeted heavily but found the going surprisingly difficult against a short-handed Bears secondary. Nevertheless, he did extend his streak of double-digit target games to three, and his 12-yard scoring grab in the latter portion of the first quarter also gave him three consecutive contests with a touchdown. Jefferson has another tough assignment awaiting in Week 16 against a talented Rams secondary.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Finds end zone in win

    Jefferson brought in seven of 15 targets for 79 yards and lost four yards on one rush in the Vikings' 36-28 win over the Steelers on Thursday night. Jefferson logged a team-high amount of targets with Adam Thielen (ankle) unavailable, and although he wasn't at his most efficient with them, he still found a way to make a sizable fantasy impact. The second-year wideout's 14-yard touchdown grab late in the first quarter pushed his season total to eight, a new career high. Jefferson has also now logged double-digit targets in four of the last five games, supporting the notion that Thursday's heavy workload wasn't strictly due to Thielen's absence. Jefferson should once again have a prominent role in a Week 15 Monday night clash against the Bears on Dec. 20.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Continues torrid pace

    Jefferson corralled 11 of 14 targets for 182 yards and a touchdown Sunday, adding four yards on one carry and an incomplete pass on a failed trick play in a 29-27 loss to Detroit. Adam Thielen (ankle) was knocked out of the contest on the Vikings' first offensive possession, leaving Jefferson to shoulder the majority of the receiving workload. The 22-year-old continued his recent run of elite production, averaging an impressive 144.3 yards per game with three total touchdowns over his last four contests. Thielen's status for Thursday's matchup against the Steelers is currently unclear, but given the quick turnaround, Jefferson may be asked to carry the receiving unit yet again.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Leading receiver in loss

    Jefferson caught four of nine passes for 83 yards in Sunday's 34-28 loss to the 49ers. While it wasn't the cleanest performance, Jefferson still led the Vikings in receiving yards, although he took a back seat to Adam Thielen (two TDs on the day) in the red zone. Jefferson has topped 80 yards in seven of his last nine games, giving him a very solid floor to complement his sky-high ceiling heading into a Week 13 clash with the Lions.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Goes off against GB

    Jefferson posted eight receptions (10 targets) for 169 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Packers. Fresh off of setting a new season high in receiving yards last week, Jefferson wasted no time in raising his personal high-water mark yet again. It was also the 22-year-old's first multi-score game of the season, bringing his totals up to 63 receptions, 944 yards and six touchdowns through 10 contests. The red-hot Jefferson will be the beneficiary of a favorable matchup against the 49ers next Sunday.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Finds end zone in OT loss

    Jefferson secured three of five targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 34-31 overtime loss to the Ravens on Sunday. He also rushed once for 11 yards. Jefferson looked like he might be on his way to a prolific performance when he hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins early in the first quarter, but he disappointingly produced just a 2-19-0 line the rest of the way. Jefferson now is in a two-game semi-funk that's seen him post just a combined five receptions for 90 yards and the one score, and he'll have an uphill battle to snap out of it against a stingy Chargers secondary in a Week 10 road matchup.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Turns in dud on SNF

    Jefferson had just two receptions (four targets) for 21 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to Dallas. This was Jefferson's worst performance of the 2021 campaign by far. He did get banged up at one point during the game but returned to action quickly. The lack of production was likely more tied to the fact that he had to deal with second-year phenom corner Trevon Diggs for the majority of the night as Minnesota's top outside threat. The second-year wideout has otherwise been a strong fantasy contributor this season, with 41 receptions, 542 yards and three touchdowns in the six games prior to Sunday's dud. Luckily for Jefferson's managers, the wideout will get a prime opportunity to bounce back in a big way against the Ravens' 32nd-ranked pass defense next week.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Mixed results in win

    Jefferson (ankle) had eight receptions (14 targets) for 80 yards while losing a fumble in Sunday's 34-28 overtime victory over the Panthers. Both of Minnesota's top wideouts were dealing with lower-body injuries during practice this week, but Jefferson and Adam Thielen (foot) were both cleared for action just in time for a wild contest in Carolina. The latter posted the better fantasy line for the first time in weeks, while Jefferson turned in his worst catch rate (57 percent) since Week 1 while also coughing up a fumble. It still wasn't a terrible fantasy day, all things considered, and the extra week of rest coming up should help Minnesota's most consistent fantasy performer when the team returns to face the Cowboys in Week 8.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Good to go

    Jefferson (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. There was some concern about Jefferson and Adam Thielen (foot) after both missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but it turns out the Vikings offense is in good shape for Sunday with all 11 starters set to play. Jefferson has mostly seemed indifferent to matchups to this point in his career, but he does get a decent challenge this weekend against a Panthers defense that ranks second in DVOA against the pass (albeit with a downward trent in recent weeks).
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Plans to suit up Sunday

    Jefferson (ankle) will return to practice Thursday as a limited participant and said he expects to play Sunday against the Panthers, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports. Jefferson was surprisingly absent from Wednesday's practice due to the ankle injury, which he apparently picked up in last weekend's thrilling win over the Lions. Though the Vikings are taking things slowly with their top wideout heading into the team's Week 6 game in Carolina, Jefferson looks like he'll be ready to fill his usual high-volume role in the Minnesota passing attack come Sunday. Whether he carries a questionable designation into the contest will likely hinge on the extent of his participation in the team's final Week 6 practice session Friday.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Dealing with ankle injury

    Jefferson missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. The ankle injury is a new one for Jefferson, as is the foot issue that kept fellow wideout Adam Thielen off the practice field Wednesday. However, both played at least 90 percent of snaps in Sunday's 19-17 win over Detroit, and there hasn't been a report to suggest either injury is serious. All eyes will be on Minnesota's injury report Thursday, as the star wideouts are joined by running backs Dalvin Cook (ankle) and Alexander Mattison (shoulder), the latter of whom also missed Wednesday's practice.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Racks up 124 yards

    Jefferson had seven receptions (eight targets) for 124 yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Lions. Jefferson was unable to extend his touchdown streak to four games, but he still posted a strong fantasy line while leading the Vikings in total receiving yards. The 22-year-old continues to evolve into a true No. 1 wideout, rewarding fantasy managers who bet on his ascension through five games. Next week's opponent, the Carolina Panthers, will provide a tougher challenge than the Lions, but they also are dealing with injuries to their secondary. Regardless, Jefferson is a must-start asset in any matchup.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Leads pass catchers in loss

    Jefferson brought in six of seven targets for 84 yards in the Vikings' 14-7 loss to the Browns on Sunday. Jefferson looked like he was headed for another big day when he capped off the Vikings' opening 14-play drive with a 12-yard touchdown grab. He did end up pacing Minnesota in receptions and receiving yards for the day, and the 22-year-old now has a touchdown grab in three straight games. Jefferson will look to boost his overall production at the expense of a vulnerable Lions secondary in a Week 5 home matchup.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Tops century mark in win

    Jefferson caught nine of 11 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-17 win over the Seahawks. The second-year wideout led the Vikings in catches, targets and yards in his best performance yet this season. Jefferson is averaging 10 targets a game through three weeks with the production to match, and he'll remain the most dangerous weapon at Kirk Cousins' disposal heading into a Week 4 clash with the Browns.
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  • Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Grabs TD in Sunday's loss

    Jefferson caught six of 10 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals. The second-year receiver hauled in a 14-yard toss from Kirk Cousins midway through the second quarter, giving the Vikings a 20-7 lead they eventually squandered. Jefferson led Minnesota in targets on the day and tied Adam Thielen for the team lead in catches, but it was K.J. Osborn who led the club in receiving yards. Jefferson will look to put together another strong effort in Week 3 at home against the Seahawks.
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