CJ Ham

CJ Ham

Running Back #30
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 240 lb.
College:Augustana-SD
Age:26
Born:July 22, 1993
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

CJ Ham: Signs long-term deal

Ham is signing a four-year, $12.25 million contract to stay with the Vikings, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old fullback played 354 snaps on offense and 232 on special teams in 2019, primarily blocking for Dalvin Cook but also catching 17 of 26 targets for 149 yards and a touchdown. While he isn't necessarily dominant as a lead blocker, Ham offers versatility that helps the Vikings throw the ball with impressive efficiency from so-called running formations.

March 16, 2020 8:03 AM EST

CJ Ham: Two receptions Monday

Ham had two receptions for 42 yards on two targets in Monday's loss to Seattle. He also lost a fumble on a short kickoff return late in the game.

Analysis: Ham's fumble sealed the win for Seattle and denied the Vikings a desperation shot to tie the game. Ham is almost exclusively used as a blocker, but can get involved in the passing game occasionally, but won't get more than a few targets per game.

December 4, 2019 10:35 AM EST

CJ Ham: No touches Sunday

Ham played 22 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over Atlanta but did not have a carry nor was targeted in the passing game.

Analysis: Despite reports in the preseason that the Vikings planned to utilize a fullback more in the offense, Ham wasn't involved beyond being a blocker even in a game where the Vikings ran for 172 yards. Ham could emerge with a smaller pass receiving role or goal-line role, but he can't be counted on for any touches each week.

September 9, 2019 9:33 AM EST

CJ Ham: Vikings plan to utilize fullbacks

Ham played half of the starting offense's eight-play touchdown drive in Minnesota's first preseason game, which is a sign the Vikings plan to use a fullback more this season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "It's very important," assistant head coach Gary Kubiak said. "It gives us a chance to be flexible. We can run a two-back offense [and] a one-back offense with the same personnel on the field. Both of our fullbacks catch the ball very well."

Analysis: Ham averaged just 9.3 snaps per game last season and had just six carries and 11 receptions, so even a large increase in his workload won't translate to viable fantasy value in most formats. However, this shows how the Vikings plan to emphasize the run (which is good news for Dalvin Cook) and Ham could be an option in single-game DFS or formats that reward the rare big game.

August 15, 2019 9:00 AM EST

CJ Ham: Returning to Minnesota

Ham (elbow) re-signed with the Vikings on a one-year, leage-minimum contract, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: This transaction was more of a formality than anything else since Ham was an exclusive-rights free agent and his choice was either to sign the contract or sit out of football. Regardless, the third-year fullback has carved out a sizable role on both offense and special teams for the Vikings each of the past two seasons and figures to again see a modest amount of playing time in 2019.

March 6, 2019 9:25 AM EST

CJ Ham: Ruled out for Week 17

Ham (elbow) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Ham will remain sidelined as he nurses an elbow injury sustained during a Week 16 win over the Lions. Expect Latavius Murray and Ameer Abdullah to see increased work as blockers as long as Ham is unable to suit up.

December 28, 2018 11:12 AM EST

CJ Ham: Not practicing Thursday

Ham (elbow) did not practice Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Ham continues to manage an elbow injury sustained during Sunday's win over the Lions, and has now missed two straight practices. If the starting fullback were to sit out Week 17, Latavius Murray and Ameer Abudllah could see increased work as blockers.

December 27, 2018 11:16 AM EST

CJ Ham: Injures elbow Sunday

Ham is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Lions due to an elbow injury.

Analysis: Ham exited the Week 16 tilt during the first half. As long as the starting fullback remains sidelined, Latavius Murray and Ameer Abdullah could figure to receive a small uptick in snaps.

December 23, 2018 12:25 PM EST

CJ Ham: Two receptions Sunday

Ham had two receptions for 11 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss at New England.

Analysis: He played just five snaps on offense as he continues to have a minor role in the offense with only one game (a blowout loss) of more than two touches.

December 3, 2018 9:31 AM EST

CJ Ham: Two receptions Thursday

Ham had two receptions for seven yards on two targets in Thursday's loss at the Rams.

Analysis: Ham played 20 snaps on offense after 17 snaps last week. He's carving out a regular small role on offense, but may only get a few touches a week as he's mostly being used as a blocker.

September 28, 2018 12:58 PM EST

CJ Ham: Five receptions in Sunday's loss

Ham had five receptions for 47 yards on six targets in Sunday's loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Ham played 17 snaps and had nearly as many targets in one game as he did all of last season (8 targets). However, Ham was likely just getting playing time amid a blowout loss and he should have a minimal role, outside of blocking, in the offense next week.

September 24, 2018 12:09 PM EST

CJ Ham: Expect to make final roster

Ham's spot on the roster looks secure as the Vikings plan to keep a fullback on the roster, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

Analysis: However, Ham may not get many carries as he had just seven rushing attempts for 13 yards and one score to go along with seven receptions for 68 yards through 16 games in 2017. He'll mostly be used as a blocker in short-yardage situations.

August 19, 2018 8:58 PM EST

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