CJ Ham

Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #30
Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #30

CJ Ham News

Records two catches Sunday

Ham hauled in two of three targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Though he was only on the field for 11 snaps on offense, Ham had two key receptions on the first of the Vikings' two touchdown drives in the second quarter. With Dalvin Cook (shoulder) uncertain to suit up Week 4 against the Saints, Ham could see a modest uptick in snaps with one less option available out of the backfield. However, the fullback is unlikely to see an appreciable increase in touches as a runner or pass catcher, as Alexander Mattison would step into Cook's three-down lead role if Cook ends up sitting out in New Orleans.

Sep 27, 2022 8:53 AM EST


Just three snaps Monday

Ham played just three snaps on offense in Monday's loss at Philadelphia and didn't get a carry or target.

Analysis: The Vikings didn't utilize a fullback when they fell behind early and were forced to pass the ball. Ham hasn't been a fantasy factor with few touches per game in the past, but his role under new head coach Kevin O'Connell could dry up as the team focuses on the passing game.

Sep 20, 2022 9:57 AM EST



Smaller role in season debut

Ham had one reception for six yards on his lone target and did not have a carry in Sunday's win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Ham played on just 14 of the offense's 62 snaps. That's less than his average last season (21 snaps per game) despite the Vikings playing with a large lead. He may see a reduced role under new head coach Kevin O'Connell, not that he has been a fantasy factor with few touches per game.

Sep 12, 2022 11:14 AM EST


Catches both targets in loss

Ham caught both of his targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Ham was dealing with a hamstring injury during the week, but he was ultimately active for the contest and was able to play 36 total snaps (20 on offense). On the season, the fullback has totaled 15 catches for 117 yards, but he will likely remain fantasy irrelevant during Minnesota's divisional showdown with the Packers in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2021 11:45 AM EST


Active for Week 16

Ham (hamstring) is active for Sunday's contest against the Rams.

Analysis: Ham tweaked his hamstring during the Vikings' win over the Bears on Monday Night Football, but he is ready to go for Week 16. The fullback doesn't garner much fantasy consideration, but his presence should be a boost to a Minnesota run game that will rely heavily on Alexander Mattison with Dalvin Cook sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols.

Dec 26, 2021 9:20 AM EST



Dealing with hamstring issue

Ham is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams due to a hamstring injury, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Ham presumably picked up the injury last week against the Bears while catching one pass for three yards on 25 offensive snaps. The Vikings will work without a fullback this weekend if he's unable to play.

Dec 24, 2021 11:00 AM EST


Catches lone target

Ham had a 19-yard reception on his lone target during Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Ham played 25 of 76 offensive snaps and took advantage of his lone touch by rumbling 19 yards during the third quarter. The 28-year-old has seven carries for 34 yards and 12 receptions for 101 yards through 12 games this season, and he doesn't offer any fantasy appeal as a fullback.

Dec 6, 2021 4:57 PM EST


Has 30 yards rushing

Ham had one carry for 30 yards in Sunday's win at Carolina.

Analysis: It was just Ham's fifth carry on the season and the second longest run of his career. Ham is almost strictly a blocker as a fullback in Minnesota's offense, so don't expect many more touches even with Sunday's success.

Oct 18, 2021 10:44 AM EST


Two receptions Sunday

Ham had two receptions on two targets for nine yards in Sunday's overtime loss at Cincinnati.

Analysis: Ham played 25 snaps on offense, but blocked on all but nine snaps. He's primarily a blocking fullback and has minimal role on offense aside from a few receptions and an occasional goal-line carry.

Sep 13, 2021 10:11 AM EST


Minimal role in 2020

Ham ended his season rushing five times for 18 yards and catching eight of his 13 targets for 97 yards and one touchdown in 15 games.

Analysis: In his fourth season with the Vikings, Ham again had a quiet year paving the way for Dalvin Cook and his primary backup Alexander Mattison. After playing a career-high 404 offensive snaps, the 27-year-old fullback will continue in that role as he's signed through 2023.

Feb 7, 2021 12:42 PM EST


Gains Week 17 clearance

Ham (quadriceps) was a full practice participant Friday, and he carries no injury designation into Sunday's game at Detroit.

Analysis: Ham was never able to reach full participation in practice last week, contributing a limited session Thursday before being tagged questionable and subsequently ruled out for a Christmas Day loss to New Orleans. The 2019 Pro Bowl fullback is now clear for Minnesota's season finale against the Lions, an appearance that will mark Ham's 15th of the campaign.

Jan 1, 2021 11:01 AM EST


Limited at Thursday's practice

The Vikings listed Ham (quadriceps) as a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Ham managed only one limited practice last week before being made inactive for the Vikings' Christmas Day loss to the Saints, so he's already taken a step forward by turning in two limited sessions to kick of Week 17. The fullback may still need to practice in full capacity Friday to approach Sunday's season finale in Detroit without an injury designation.

Dec 31, 2020 12:58 PM EST


Officially inactive

Ham (quadriceps) is inactive for Friday's contest against New Orleans.

Analysis: Ham logged a limited practice Thursday, but that proved to be inadequate for him to suit up on Christmas Day. Jake Bargas, who was promoted from the practice squad Thursday, will receive the start at fullback in Ham's place.

Dec 25, 2020 12:08 PM EST


Questionable for Friday

Ham (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Friday's Christmas Day matchup against New Orleans.

Analysis: Ham practiced in limited fashion Thursday after logging DNP's on both Tuesday and Wednesday, giving him a chance to suit up Friday. Though he has logged only five carries and six catches this season, Ham's absence could impact the performance of Dalvin Cook, as Ham is an important part of Minnesota's blocking scheme.

Dec 24, 2020 11:58 AM EST


Misses another practice

Ham (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Ham has now missed back-to-back practices, putting his status for Christmas Day's game against the Saints in legitimate jeopardy. If he's unable to play Friday, the Vikings' blocking scheme will suffer a downgrade, which could impact the ceiling of Dalvin Cook.

Dec 23, 2020 3:51 PM EST


Season-high playing time Sunday

Ham had three receptions for 22 yards and one carry for zero yards in Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Ham played a season-high 40 snaps on offense as he likely got more playing time with tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) sidelined. Ham is almost exclusively used for blocking at fullback, so this may be his ceiling in touches, though he can get an occasional red zone carry.

Dec 14, 2020 2:12 PM EST


Finds end zone in win

Ham caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Ham scored his first touchdown since Week 7 of the 2019 season. The 27-year-old fullback continues to log high snap counts, as he's played at least 20 snaps on offense in each game since the Week 7 bye. He mostly contributes in a blocking role.

Dec 8, 2020 1:23 PM EST


Back from COVID list

Ham (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: Ham is back after a brief stint on the COVID-19 list and should resume his role as the lead blocker for Dalvin Cook.

Nov 21, 2020 6:37 PM EST


Could still play Sunday

Ham (undisclosed) has a chance to be cleared from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Ham is still on the reserve/COVID-19 list and in quarantine, but it remains possible that he could be cleared for Week 12. If he does manage to suit up versus Dallas, Ham's presence as a blocker will provide a boost for Dalvin Cook and Minnesota's rushing attack.

Nov 20, 2020 11:02 AM EST


Hits COVID list

The Vikings placed Ham on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: It's unclear whether Ham tested positive for the virus, or came into close contact with an infected person. Either way, Ham will need to clear the league's protocols before he's allowed back with the team. Ham has been instrumental in creating holes for Dalvin Cook to run through this season, so if he was forced to miss Sunday's game against Dallas, it would be a slight hit to the Vikings' rushing attack.

Nov 19, 2020 3:38 PM EST


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