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TE Rhett Ellison - Minnesota Vikings

6-5, 251Born: 10-3-1988College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 4

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Week 8: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Teddy Bridgewater is playing like what he is - an NFL rookie. No shame in it, but his numbers are making things tough on Minnesota in the 'W' column. He's thrown five interceptions vs. one TD pass over the last two games, with 157 yards passing at Buffalo last week and 188 vs. Detroit two weeks ago. Bridgewater also has absorbed 13 sacks for -84 yards over the past two weeks. It's not a good time to look for consistent production from the Vikings' passing attack, folks. There is a lot of necessary learning going on, but it doesn't make for compelling fantasy numbers week to week - just look at Greg Jennings (6/77/0 receiving last week to lead the team; 3/33/0 two weeks ago). However, this week Minnesota visits the Tampa Bay pass D - the league's worst pass D that averages 294.5 net yards allowed per game, tied for second-worst in the NFL with 15 passing scores given up vs. just four interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and nine sacks (tied-25th) to date. Before last week's bye, Tampa had allowed 21/29 for 306 net yards, five TDs and zero passing TDS to Joe Flacco, and 35/57 for 371 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions to Drew Brees and company the week prior. If there is a weekend to dial up Bridgewater (or at least one of his receivers, like Jennings), this would be the weekend to do it if you can stand the downside risk of turnovers from the rookie.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
4 vs ATL 1 19 0 0
5 at GB 1 12 0 0
6 vs DET 1 4 0 0
7 at BUF 0 0 0 0
8 at TB PROJ-Dodds 1 * * *
8 at TB PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * *
8 at TB PROJ-Bloom 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs GB (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Ellison saw very little receiving work, mostly being kept in to block. Ellison was on the field for 52 percent of all offensive snaps, so he is involved, just not always as a receiver or running back. He made one catch when he was wide open in the first quarter. On the play he lined up in the backfield and ran across the back end of the offensive line, then squirted out into the flat. Quarterback Christian Ponder scrambled out of the pocket, drawing defenders away from Ellison, who was then open. Ponder got him the ball, and Ellison had plenty of time to get upfield for a first down. Ellison's second and final target was on a short out route where he was open again, but this time Ponder's throw was wide and off target.

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Schedule

8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9vs Washington Redskins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs Green Bay Packers
13vs Carolina Panthers
14vs New York Jets
15@ Detroit Lions
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Chicago Bears