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Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson

Wide Receiver #18
ADP:Round: 3, Pick: 9
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 202 lb.
College:LSU
Age:22
Born:January 16, 1999
Drafted:2020 / Rd. 1 (22)
Draft Team:MIN

Justin Jefferson: Coasts to 133 yards in finale

Jefferson secured nine of 12 targets for 133 yards during Sunday's 37-35 win against Detroit.

Analysis: Jefferson attracted double the targets of Minnesota's second-busiest option Sunday, amassing his seventh 100-yard receiving day of the campaign in the process. The 21-year-old went without a TD catch in the season finale, though he finished with a total of seven scores on the year. Having also posted 88 catches and an even 1,400 yards, Jefferson secured an NFC Pro Bowl nod in his debut season. Adam Thielen remains under contract with the Vikings through 2024, as he and Jefferson continue to pose a formidable duo atop Minnesota's receiving corps. It's notable that the rookie out-targeted Thielen in five consecutive mutual appearances to end the season.

January 3, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Solid performance in loss

Jefferson brought in six of 10 targets for 85 yards in the Vikings' 52-33 loss to the Saints on Friday.

Analysis: The standout rookie continued to perform admirably down the stretch of his first pro season, pacing the Vikings in targets while checking in second in receptions and receiving yards in the contest. Jefferson has now posted at least 70 and as many as 135 receiving yards in six of his last seven contests, a stretch during which he's also eclipsed the century mark on three occasions and recorded four touchdowns. He'll look to put an exclamation point on a spectacular debut campaign versus the Lions in Week 17.

December 25, 2020 5:24 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Big numbers in defeat

Jefferson brought in eight of 11 targets for 104 yards in the Vikings' 33-27 loss to the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: The rookie added to his stellar first-year numbers with Sunday's team-leading yardage haul, comfortably pacing the Vikings in catches and targets as well for good measure. Jefferson had seen a downturn to just 39 receiving yards versus the Buccaneers secondary in Week 14, so Sunday's production represented quite the resurgence at a timely point for the LSU product's fantasy managers. Jefferson will look to carry over Sunday's momentum into a Week 16 road showdown against the Saints on Christmas Day.

December 20, 2020 1:37 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Stymied in Week 14 loss

Jefferson secured four of eight targets for 39 yards in the Vikings' 26-14 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also caught a two-point conversion pass.

Analysis: The dynamic rookie frequently met his match in the form of an aggressive Buccaneers secondary Sunday, encountering plenty of tight coverage on his way to his lowest yardage tally since Week 8 against the Packers. Jefferson also saw a three game streak of at least one touchdown catch snapped, while his targets also dipped back into the single digits for the first time in three games. Despite the untimely downturn at the start of the fantasy postseason for many, Jefferson will look to atone in a Week 15 divisional battle against the Bears.

December 13, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Stays hot against Jags

Jefferson caught nine of 12 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over Jacksonville. He added two yards on one rushing attempt.

Analysis: Jefferson's most impressive sequence came in the third quarter, as he drew an 18-yard pass interference penalty and scored a 20-yard touchdown on back-to-back plays to give his team a 19-16 lead. The rookie first-round pick led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards, topping second-place Adam Thielen by one target, one catch and 46 yards. Jefferson has four touchdowns in his last three games and five 100-yard performances in his young career heading into a Week 14 clash with the Buccaneers.

December 6, 2020 2:08 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Pair of scoring grabs in win

Jefferson brought in seven of 13 targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' 28-27 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: As expected, Jefferson saw a sizable workload with Adam Thielen (reserve/COVID-19) sidelined for the contest. Jefferson easily paced the Vikings in targets while also drawing even with multiple teammates for the team lead in receptions. The rookie's pair of touchdown grabs -- from 12 and 10 yards out in the first and fourth quarter, respectively -- pushed his season total to six, half of which have come in the last pair of games. Jefferson could be in for another sizable workload in a Week 13 matchup against the hapless Jaguars secondary, irrespective of whether Thielen is available in that game.

November 29, 2020 2:25 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Elevates to No. 1 WR spot

Jefferson is slotted in as Minnesota's No. 1 wide receiver for Week 12 with Adam Thielen remaining on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Thielen's status seemed to be up in the air for Sunday's matchup against Carolina after he logged conflicting results on COVID-19 screenings during the practice week. The veteran was unable to gain clearance for kickoff, opening the door for Jefferson to potentially garner a massive target share Week 12. The rookie out of LSU sits with 45 receptions, 848 receiving yards and four touchdowns on the 2020 campaign, amassing that production via a workload of 5.9 targets per game. Carolina has been respectable in allowing 7.8 yards per target to opposing WRs this season (eighth best), and the Panthers are one of just 12 teams to have held the position to single digits in receiving TDs (nine).

November 29, 2020 8:59 AM EST

Justin Jefferson: Could be No. 1 WR this week

Jefferson's teammate Adam Thielen isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: There's still a bit of uncertainty, as Thielen reportedly had a second test come back negative after a positive result on the initial test had him placed in the COVID-19 protocol. Jefferson could see extra targets if Thielen doesn't play, but the rookie might also draw more attention from the opposing defense.

November 27, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Stays hot in Sunday's loss

Jefferson caught three of five targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Despite low target volume, Jefferson still produced big numbers thanks to a 39-yard TD catch late in the fourth quarter that gave the Vikings their last lead of the game. The rookie receiver is on pace for over 70 catches and 1,300 receiving yards heading into a Week 12 clash with the Panthers.

November 22, 2020 6:54 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Another stellar showing

Jefferson caught eight of 10 targets for 135 yards in Monday night's 19-13 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Jefferson continued his dazzling rookie campaign, leading the Vikings in catches, targets and receiving yards. Although running mate Adam Thielen hauled in both of Minnesota's touchdowns through the air, Jefferson still topped 100 yards for the fourth time thus far, with Monday's total including a long gain of 54 yards on a third-and-long late in the third quarter. That set up a tying field goal, and the Vikings would take the lead on the next drive. On the back of another outstanding showing, Jefferson will now look forward to Week 11's matchup against a Cowboys defense that's surrendered the second-most passing touchdowns league-wide this season.

November 16, 2020 8:29 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Makes most of limited opportunity

Jefferson recorded three receptions on four targets for 64 yards in Week 9 against Detroit.

Analysis: Kirk Cousins only attempted 20 passes, limiting all the Vikings' receivers chance to produce. Despite that, Jefferson managed to produce splash plays of 35 and 22 yards. Jefferson has proved early on in his career that he is capable of big production, though when the Vikings are working from ahead, opportunity will be minimal for all players involved in the passing attack. That will likely be the case again in Week 10, as the Vikings figure to engage in a slow-paced showdown with the Bears.

November 8, 2020 6:11 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Little action in win

Jefferson caught three of four targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 28-22 win over the Packers.

Analysis: The Vikings' vertical game took a back seat to a huge performance by Dalvin Cook in this one, as the running back scored all four of Minnesota's TDs. Jefferson did tie Adam Thielen for the team lead in targets, and the duo should be more involved in Week 9 against a Lions defense that just gave up three passing TDs to Philip Rivers -- although none of the three went to wide receivers.

November 1, 2020 2:18 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Rebounds with huge Week 6 effort

Jefferson hauled in nine of his 11 targets for 166 receiving yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 40-23 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: The rookie wideout resumes his dominant surge of production from Weeks 3 and 4, after enduring a down outing last Sunday night against the undefeated Seahawks. Seattle was able to contain the LSU product to just three receptions and 23 yards on five targets, a sharp decline from the 11 combined catches and 278 yards he produced over the preceding two outings. Jefferson had more than twice the number of targets of typical No. 1 wideout Adam Thielen (five) during Sunday's loss to Atlanta, though that's only the second time in six outings this season that the rookie has out-targeted the two-time Pro Bowler.

October 18, 2020 2:47 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Falls back to earth

Jefferson had three receptions (five targets) for 23 yards in Sunday's 27-26 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Jefferson turned in a dud on Sunday Night Football after posting monster numbers over the past two weeks. The rookie first-round pick flashed his skills over the recent hot streak, but he still has room to grow before reaching the elite fantasy levels of his teammate Adam Thielen or the player he is replacing in Stefon Diggs. That said, Jefferson is the clear No. 2 wideout behind Thielen, and has the potential to put up big numbers in the right matchups. Next week's tilt against a porous Falcons' defense looks to be one of those opportunities, especially if Dalvin Cook (groin) is unable to suit up and the Vikings air it out more often.

October 11, 2020 11:03 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Proves Week 3 is no fluke

Jefferson caught four of his five targets for 103 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-23 win against the Texans.

Analysis: After a quiet Weeks 1 and 2 in which he produced five combined receptions for 70 yards, Jefferson has exploded the past two weeks to the tune of 11 total receptions for 278 yards and a touchdown. Jefferson was dominant on contested catches during his final year at LSU (nation-leading 92.3 percent catch rate), and so far this year he has remained very reliable in tighter NFL windows, corralling 16 of 20 balls thrown his way in 2020. Next up is a Sunday night showdown against a Seattle defense that has surrendered an astronomical 401.8 passing yards per game.

October 4, 2020 5:01 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Breaks out in Week 3

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

Analysis: 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 27, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Should see more targets, eventually

Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak suggested Jefferson's role should increase as the season progresses, ESPN.com's Courtney Cronin 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."

Analysis: 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 (5-of-6 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 25, 2020 11:31 AM EST

Justin Jefferson: Team's top receiver in Week 2

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

Analysis: The first-round rookie wideout fielded 69 percent of Minnesota's offensive snaps Week 1 against Green Bay, but he only came away with 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 amounted to just 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 -- 372 total passing yards with two combined touchdowns -- Jefferson's upside is seemingly capped going into a Week 3 matchup against the Titans.

September 20, 2020 6:23 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Pair of catches in debut

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

Analysis: 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 progressively up his role 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 13, 2020 3:05 PM EST

Justin Jefferson: Listed as No. 3 or No. 4 receiver

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.

Analysis: 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.

September 7, 2020 6:05 PM EST

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