Justin Jefferson Fantasy Outlook Points to Little Production in Week 1
The Minnesota Vikings drafted Justin Jefferson No. 22 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft to fill the hole left after they traded wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills. He has worked as the No. 3 receiver all throughout training camp, which limits his production until he can get ahead of Bisi Johnson and slide into the No. 2 role.
It has yet to be seen how quickly Jefferson can pass Johnson in the team's pecking order. It could be this week, halfway through the season, or possibly never happen. This exact reason is why Jefferson's Week 1 outlook points to little production. He needs to solidify his role in the Vikings' offense before fantasy owners can feel comfortable starting him.
Jefferson is facing a Green Bay Packers' defense that ranked among the top half of the league, surrendering 232.5 passing yards per game. In fact, they gave up just 11 touchdowns to wide receivers last season.
Plus, Kirk Cousins struggled with only a combined 352 passing yards and 2 touchdowns against Green Bay last year.
Jefferson doesn't crack the top-36 wide receivers in our Week 1 fantasy football rankings. The uncertainty surrounding role in Week 1 makes him virtually unplayable until fantasy managers get more clarity, though he's talented enough to be worth stashing for a few weeks.
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