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September 27, 2020 05:08 PM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Breaks out in Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jefferson recorded seven receptions on nine targets for 175 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against Tennessee.

Jefferson recorded a 71-yard touchdown halfway through the third quarter, breaking free on a play action pass for his first career score. Perhaps more surprisingly, he led Minnesota with nine targets -- four more than Adam Thielen received. While his trip to the end zone was his biggest play of the contest, Jefferson also added receptions of 33 and 31 yards to add to his breakout performance. Jefferson had combined for just six targets across the first two weeks of the campaign, though he could be in line for more work now that he's proven how explosive he can be.

September 25, 2020 03:44 PM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Should see more targets, eventually
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak suggested Jefferson's role should increase as the season progresses, Courtney Cronin of reports. "You're going to see more and more of [Jefferson]," Kubiak said. "But much like Dalvin (Cook), much like Adam, you want to get touches for those type of football players. And with the amount of plays we've been running, touches are hard to come by."

Kubiak is alluding to Minnesota's depressed volume, with the team running an NFL-low 96 plays through two weeks (no other team has fewer than 115). That number will regress to the mean -- at least to some extent -- but it's also true that nobody has stepped up as a viable No. 2 receiving option behind Adam Thielen. Olabisi Johnson is second on the team with seven targets, catching four passes for 80 yards. Jefferson also has been efficient with his limited opportunities (five of six for 70 yards), but his snap share sunk from 69 percent in Week 1 to 54 percent in Week 2, while Johnson went in the other direction (from 63 percent up to 79 percent). In any case, neither makes for a trustworthy fantasy option Week 3 against Tennessee.

September 21, 2020 02:12 AM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Team's top receiver in Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jefferson hauled in all three of his targets for 44 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-11 loss to the Colts.

The first-round rookie wideout fielded 69 percent of Minnesota's offensive snaps Week 1 against Green Bay, but he came away with only two catches for 26 yards, even with the Vikings trailing by two possessions for the entirety of the second half. Jefferson produced a 22-yard gain just before the half Sunday against Indianapolis, but it only amounted to a Hail-Mary chuck for his team as the Vikings were left at midfield with one second on the second-quarter clock after spiking the ball. Working within what has been anything but an explosive passing attack through two weeks -- the Minnesota offense has totaled 372 passing yards with two combined touchdowns -- Jefferson's upside is seemingly capped going into a Week 3 matchup against the Titans.

September 13, 2020 06:40 PM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Pair of catches in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jefferson secured two of three targets for 26 yards in the Vikings' 43-34 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

The rookie first-round pick had a quiet first half, but he managed to get on the stat sheet with the Vikings focusing heavily on the pass after facing a sizable halftime deficit. Jefferson figures to up his role progressively in the offense as he builds more chemistry with quarterback Kirk Cousins and improves his grasp of the scheme, and he'll look to build on Sunday's modest numbers at the expense of the Colts in a Week 2 interconference road showdown.

September 7, 2020 09:08 PM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Listed as No. 3 or No. 4 receiver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bisi Johnson is listed as the No. 2 wide receiver on Minnesota's initial unofficial depth chart, with Jefferson listed as the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Jefferson primarily worked with the first-team offense during scrimmages in the slot with Johnson as the No. 2 receiver opposite Adam Thielen, so this listing isn't a surprise. Still, the 22nd overall pick in the 2020 draft could overtake Johnson quickly in the offense to become the No. 2 receiver. However, there's also a chance he's limited to three-receiver sets early in the season, which the Vikings used infrequently last year.

August 29, 2020 01:24 PM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Works with first-team offense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jefferson worked as the slot receiver with the first-team offense in Friday's dress rehearsal scrimmage at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He had four receptions for 22 yards, according to Will Ragatz of Sports Illustrated.

Jefferson also worked on the outside and did have a drop, Arif Hasan of The Athletic reports. Jefferson had been seen mostly working with the second-team offense during training camp, so Friday's scrimmage could indicate he's ready for a larger role in Week 1. However, there's also a chance he's limited to three-receiver sets early in the season with Bisi Johnson working opposite Adam Thielen in two-receiver sets (which the Vikings used far more frequently last year).

August 21, 2020 11:52 AM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Working as No. 3 WR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jefferson has made some big plays at training camp but is still working as the No. 3 receiver behind Adam Thielen and Bisi Johnson, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Johnson is a 2019 seventh-round pick who produced a 31-294-3 line on 45 targets last season, so it's often been assumed Jefferson will step right in as the No. 2 option. The rookie first-round pick still has time to win that job, but it's also possible he's limited to three-wide formations at the beginning of the season. The distinction between the second and third receiver is particularly important in the Minnesota offense, considering TE Kyle Rudolph, TE Irv Smith and FB C.J. Ham combined for 1,759 offensive snaps last year. The Vikings used 11 personnel (three-wide) on an NFL-low 22 percent of snaps in 2019, and while that number could rise if Jefferson and Johnson impress, it should still remain far below league-average (60 percent).

August 4, 2020 04:56 PM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Removed from COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Vikings activated Jefferson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Jefferson spent roughly one week on the COVID list after either testing positive for the virus or having contact with someone who did before reporting to the Vikings. With the situation behind him, the rookie first-rounder can focus on locking down the No. 2 wide receiver spot behind veteran Adam Thielen.

July 27, 2020 05:52 PM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Placed on COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jefferson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the start of training camp Tuesday.

Jefferson's placement on the list doesn't necessarily indicate he has COVID-19 as he could be under quarantine due to exposure to someone with the illness or a similar issue. The Vikings start training camp Tuesday, and the 22nd overall pick in the 2020 draft is a clear favorite to emerge as Minnesota's No. 2 receiver.

June 19, 2020 08:20 PM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Should start Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jefferson is expected to be a Week 1 starter, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.

The 22nd overall pick landed in a run-first offense that likes to use multi-TE formations, but the upside is that he'll face soft competition for WR snaps behind Adam Thielen. While offseason addition Tajae Sharpe may technically compete for a starting job, Jefferson is a clear favorite to emerge as Minnesota's No. 2 receiver. The rookie largely worked from the slot at LSU, but with 4.43 speed in a 6-foot-1, 202-pound frame, he has the necessary physical tools to succeed outside. It's unclear if Jefferson or Thielen will get most of the slot routes.

April 24, 2020 06:04 AM
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Minnesota's first-round pick
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Vikings selected Jefferson in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 22nd overall.

The draft pick acquired in the Stefon Diggs trade turned out to be Jefferson (6-foot-1, 202 pounds), who was ruthlessly effective for LSU in 2019. Jefferson was good in 2018 too, though, so he was no one-year wonder. Jefferson might not be the greatest fit for a two-TE offense like Minnesota's -- he plays best in the slot, which there won't be in any balanced two-TE formation. Jefferson will likely play well for his own part, but the Vikings offense lacks speed and defenses might feel free to bracket the safeties over Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Still, Jefferson is well-situated for both redraft and dynasty purposes -- Tajae Sharpe cannot keep Jefferson on the bench.

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