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|Osborn put up solid numbers behind target hogs Jefferson and Adam Thielen during his first two NFL seasons. After back-to-back 650+ yard, 5+ touchdown seasons, Osborn opens the 2023 season as the starter next to Jefferson. After a quiet 2022, Osborne flashed down the stretch as teams dedicated major resources to stopping his All-Pro teammate. The former 5th rounder has become more than a simple field stretcher, and with the continued up-tempo, pass-happy style, has a chance to set career highs in targets, receptions and yards. Osborn could ascend to be a weekly WR3 in standard formats if rookie Jordan Addison doesn't eat into his share too much.
| K.J. Osborn unlikely to play, Hockenson limited|
Vikings running out of pass catchers
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 12, 8:31 am
|#Vikings expect TE T.J. Hockenson to play today vs. #Saints but still affected by his rib/oblique injury. He won’t play as many snaps as normal but will be on field in key situations.
WR K.J. Osborn is unlikely to play despite clearing concussion protocol. Coach-player decision. (Ed Werder on X)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings are running out of pass-catchers. Justin Jefferson and Osborn are out and now it sounds like Hockenson is going to be limited. Unless you have a strong backup, Hockenson is still in play this week at the tight end position. Brandon Powell should see more volume with Osborn on the shelf.
| Justin Jefferson expected to be placed on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Oct 10, 7:11 am
|The #Vikings plan to place WR Justin Jefferson on injured reserve because of the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to Kansas City, per sources.
The exact timeline is TBD based on how he responds to treatment. But Jefferson is out at least four games. (Tom Pelissero on X)|
FFToday's Take: Ouch. The Vikings offense is based around Jefferson so they'll have to make-do without their best offensive weapon. Brandon Powell saw a 30.6% snap share against the Chiefs last week and will likely see more playing time moving forward. However, Jordan Addison, K.J. Osborn and TE T.J. Hockenson are likely to be the top targets for Kirk Cousins while Jefferson is out.
| Justin Jefferson suffers hamstring injury in Week 5|
WR still undergoing tests
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 9, 3:20 pm
|Kevin O'Connell is saying that Justin Jefferson is still going through tests on the hamstring. Said Jefferson is "down" today given his competitiveness and that the team will have to make sure it protects him "from himself." (ESPN.com - Kevin Seifert)|
FFToday's Take: With O'Connell already invoking the "protecting him from himself" coachspeak, fantasy managers should prepare for Jefferson to miss at least one game and as many as three if it is a mild strain. For what it is worth, Jefferson has yet to miss a game in his four-year career. If Jefferson is forced to sit in Week 6 against the Bears, expect Jordan Addison to perform at a high-end WR2 level and K.J. Osborn to be worth starting in fantasy. T.J. Hockenson could also be more of a target hog than he already is.