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Week 1 vs. CLE
Receiving: 3 / 26 / 0 on 3 targets
The Vikings frequently split Shiancoe off the line, either wide or in tight formation, bringing him in motion and sending him in short routes underneath the Cleveland zone coverage. Shiancoe caught all three of his targets from Brett Favre on a mixture of flat routes and curls underneath and gained 13 yards on a well-designed TE screen. Shiancoe had no red zone targets, but looks to have the trust of Favre and should remain a viable TE2 with big game potential.
Week 2 vs. DET
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 1 on 3 targets
When Brett Favre looked for a TE, Visanthe Shiancoe was the guy he was targeting. On the Vikings first TD, Favre rolled out and found Shiancoe who had cut back toward the middle. It was a great play and Favre executed it perfectly. Shiancoe was also the target of a weak Favre lob when he was under pressure later in the game, but the ball was not very close. Shiancoe was held though and the penalty gave the Vikings a key first down. It led to the FG that tied the game up. Aside from that, Shiancoe was a non-factor.
Week 3 vs. SF
Receiving: 2 / 22 / 0 on 5 targets
Shiancoe's first catch was with 46 seconds left in the second quarter. He was targeted a couple times earlier in the game but he dropped one and was overthrown on another. On the game winning drive he started things off with a nice catch and run for 12 yards and was easily overthrown on a deep pass down the middle two plays later. He had a quiet game with minimal impact.
Week 4 vs. GB
Receiving: 3 / 18 / 1 on 3 targets
Another game, another red zone TD for Visanthe Shiancoe. When the Vikings are down near the goal line, it's either Peterson or Shiancoe that seem to get the call. In the first quarter, Favre made a beautiful play action fake to Peterson and hit an open Shiancoe for the TD. It was a text book play that the Packers had seen him run time and again when he was their QB. Visanthe only had two other receptions, including one late in the third quarter on third and 8 where he caught the ball after six yards and fought his way for the first down. These are the type of plays that the Vikings are using him on now --- short and medium yardage situations where the WRs are covered. As long as Favre is at QB, he'll see a fair amount of Red Zone action as well.
Week 5 vs. STL
Receiving: 4 / 49 / 1 on 4 targets
Shiancoe scored for the third time in four games for the Vikings and was a bigger part of the offense outside of the red zone as well. Shiancoe was targeted on short range passes where he was able to work the softer spots of the defense for nice gains. He had one particular play toward the sidelines where he fought and stretched for the first down. He was also used late in the game on a fake reverse to Harvin, where the real play was a screen to Shiancoe. He set up Peterson's second TD with several nice catch and run plays.
Week 6 vs. BAL
Receiving: 4 / 48 / 2 on 4 targets
Shiancoe came up big in the Red Zone for the Vikings. On their initial drive, he split the middle of the defense and made a beautiful catch from Favre for a 19 yard score. Later in the fourth quarter, after Peterson was stuffed from inside the two yard line on consecutive plays, Favre executed a perfect play fake and found Shiancoe wide open in the middle of the end zone for another score. He had two other nice receptions in the game, including a beautiful fake run to Peterson to one side, where Favre rolled out and hit Shiancoe going to other way. He play didn't go for massive yards, but it's easy to see that as defenses key on Peterson, Shiancoe may become an option going to the opposite direction. He is already a key red zone target for the Vikings, and has five TD receptions on the year.
Week 7 vs. PIT
Receiving: 4 / 27 / 0 on 6 targets
Shiancoe had a quiet game for the Vikings after being a Red Zone target for the last several weeks. The Steelers shut Shiancoe down and he was covered well for most of the game. When balls were thrown his way, he was challenged and they were frequently broken up. When he did manage to make a reception, he was immediately tackled or pushed out of bounds. He finished the game with four receptions, but had only 27 yards receiving and did not see any targets the two times that the Vikings were on the goal line.
Week 8 vs. GB
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 1 on 3 targets
No doubt about, Shiancoe has Favre's eye in the red zone. He scored on a play that started with him split out wide deep in Packers territory. Shiancoe is not a major part of the passing offense between the 20s, but his red zone involvement will keep him startable in non-PPR leagues and deep PPR leagues.
Week 10 vs. DET
Receiving: 3 / 43 / 0 on 4 targets
Shiancoe had a quiet game for the Vikings, and did not contribute his typical red zone production that he has in earlier games this season. He contributed right out of the gate with a 13 yard reception on the first series of the game. He also came up big on a 21 yard reception late in the fourth. When Brett Favre rolled out of the pocket, Shiancoe broke his patter deep into a gap between the corner and the Safety, catching a perfect pass from Favre and turning it into a big gain that eventually led to a FG. It followed the big play from Percy Harvin and put the Lions away for good.
Week 11 vs. SEA
Receiving: 8 / 78 / 1 on 10 targets
Shiancoe took advantage of an overmatched and exhausted Seattle defense, working the center of the field to perfection and finding the soft spots of the defense for short and medium gains. In previous games this season, Shiancoe was more of a 'check down' and second option. Against Seattle, Farve looked to him often. As the Seahawks focused on keeping Adrian Peterson in check and struggled to cover Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, Shiancoe found himself matched up against slower and smaller defenders, and he burned them again and again. He took the short, punchy passing strikes from Favre and turned them into solid gains, and kept the Viking offense moving. Six of his eight receptions were for either first downs or touchdowns, and he made Seattle pay every time he touched the ball. He's now considered one of the elite TEs in the league, and is second to only Vernon Davis with seven TDS for a Tight End. (Davis has eight). If he's in the lineup, Favre is going to find a way to make him effective.
Week 12 vs. CHI
Receiving: 5 / 51 / 1 on 9 targets
Another game, another solid performance by Vishanthe Shiancoe. Shiancoe set a career high with his eight TD reception --- a short 'stick' pattern where he crossed the goal line and turned around to make the quick reception from Favre for the score. He also contributed on several plays, including a nice 21 yard reception that kicked off drive that he scored on and another 19 yard reception in the third quarter that eventually set up another Viking score. He's a big part of the passing game, working the middle of the field and finding the soft spots created when defenses key on Rice, Harvin and Peterson. Baring injury, he should easily finish as a top five fantasy TE.
Week 13 vs. ARI
Receiving: 2 / 14 / 1 on 4 targets
Shiancoe did not see a lot of action in this game. Yet he made the most of his limited opportunities with another TD reception in the first quarter. Shiancoe leads the team in receiving TDS and is second among TEs behind Vernon Davis. For the game, the Cardinals kept the pressure on the Viking receivers for most of the game, and Shiancoe couldn't work the soft middle of the field like he has over the last few weeks. On the TD reception, Shiancoe took advantage of a great play fake to Adrian Peterson and ran a quick corner for the TD. Shiancoe's only other reception was a quick dump off in the fourth quarter on a crossing route that he turned up field for an 11 yard gain. He left the field holding his side with a possible rib injury, but later returned to the game.
Week 14 vs. CIN
Receiving: 2 / 19 / 0 on 3 targets
Shiancoe had a quiet game, failing to reach the end zone for only the third time in the last ten games. He two receptions in the second quarter: a short come-back route that was good for six yards and a nice crossing route where Favre was under pressure, stepped up and dumped the ball off to him on the run. Shiancoe took it in stride and broke it for a nice 13 yard gain. Unfortunately it would be his last reception for the day.
Week 15 vs. CAR
Receiving: 3 / 24 / 0 on 6 targets
Shiancoe was kept out of the end zone for the second consecutive game, and only finished with three 'check down' receptions for eight yards a piece. Shiancoe was used to help with blocking duties to try and slow down Julius Peppers, but it has limited success. Ultimately it removed one of Favre's weapons, allowing the Panthers to double-team the other receivers which lead to coverage sacks. At one point in the fourth quarter, Favre rolled out to escape the rush again and delivered a nice ball on the run to Shiancoe down the field. Unfortunately Shiancoe dropped it at the Vikings were forced to punt.
Week 16 vs. CHI
Receiving: 4 / 40 / 1 on 4 targets
The Vikes starting TE had to leave the game with an injury, but before that he scored their second TE on a short pass, and he also got free downfield and make an athletic catch for a good gain to set up a Bears FG in the fourth quarter.
Week 17 vs. NYG
Receiving: 7 / 94 / 1 on 8 targets
Vishante Shiancoe got rolling early and caught a short pass from Brett Favre for a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter where he lined up as a receiver wide to the right then crossed behind the offensive line and took a short pass from Favre and ran for a 10-yard score. Shiancoe kept on catching passes against the Giants in Week 17 to complete his career-best season with 56 catches and 11 touchdowns in 2009..
Week 19 vs. DAL
Receiving: 1 / 11 / 1 on 1 targets
Shiancoe's only catch of the game came on an 1 yard touchdown from Brett Favre long after the outcome had been decided. Outside of that catch, Shiancoe was most often called on to stay in and block Demarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.
Week 20 vs. NO
Receiving: 4 / 83 / 0 on 6 targets
Vishante Shiancoe had a quiet first half but ultimately shook free enough to pick up three 20+ yard catches on the first Minnesota drive of the third quarter, including a one-handed grab inside the five to set up an Adrian Peterson touchdown run. Shiancoe dominated the first drive of the second half for the Vikings, racking up 63 yards on the three catches as Brett Favre found his big target deeper down the field to kick start the second half. Shiancoe added a fourth catch for 16 yards and a big first down in the fourth quarter as Favre found his big target once again later in the contest. Shiancoe emerged well for Minnesota this year but much of his upside for 2010 will depend on whether Brett Favre retires.