Mike Hughes Injury Update Boost Fantasy Outlook for Saints Offense on Wild Card Weekend

Colton Dodgson
Hughes was a key piece in Minnesota's secondary
Hughes was a key piece in Minnesota's secondary / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The NFL's 15th-ranked pass defense took a hit on Friday.

The Minnesota Vikings lost cornerback Mike Hughes for the season, just days away from their Wild Card road tilt against the New Orleans Saints.

Hughes allowed a 61.2 completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks and a 91.9 passer rating on plays in which he was targeted. Still, he was on the field for an average of 31.6 defensive snaps per game and totaled the fourth-most snaps among Vikings corners this season.

Marcus Sherels, on the other hand, played a single snap in Week 6. He was released after the team's Week 7 game, then played five games with Miami from Weeks 10 to 14. This one is an obvious downgrade.

The matchup already favored the wide receivers of the Saints, so their fantasy football outlook only improves with the news. The Vikings allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, and they're likely to struggle against Michael Thomas and company.

We have two Saints receivers ranked in our Wild Card Weekend fantasy rankings, with Thomas checking in at WR2 and Tre'Quan Smith sitting at WR18.

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