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TE Rhett Ellison - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Teddy Bridgewater played well against the Packers, but also was sidelined briefly due to a sore shoulder and took six sacks for -48 yards to go with his 25/37 for 296 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions passing, and 4/43/0 rushing. Bridgewater relied on Kyle Rudolph extensively last week (nine targets for 6/106/1 receiving), and also found Stefon Diggs (nine for 6/66/0 receiving) and Jarius Wright (five for 4/50/0) quite a bit last weekend. Though they lost the game, the Vikings' passing attack had legs last weekend. The Falcons' pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 248.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores allowed balanced by 12 interceptions generated (tied for sixth in the NFL) and only 12 sacks (tied for last in the NFL). Despite the lack of a pass rush, over the past four weeks (three games), this team is ranked 20th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (19.1 on average); though they have given out the ninth-most fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (11.4); they have also been best in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (just 9.5 per game on average!). Last week, Matt Hasselbeck threw 23/32 for 202 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions (both TDs went to running back Ahmad Bradshaw). This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Vikings.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs STL 47 2 11 0 0 1.1
10 at OAK 37 2 18 1 0 7.8
11 vs GB 21 2 19 0 0 1.9
12 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs GB (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Ellison was clearly a dump-off on all three of his targets and in the fourth quarter was able to turn a short catch into a big gain of 18 yards. Overall, he was a blocker, though one which occasionally saw some use on passing routes.

2015 Week 10 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 18 / 1 rec)

You really don't want to get in front of H-Back Rhett Ellison when he gets a head of steam going because when he finishes a run, it's a violent affair. Both Ellison's catches ended with a nasty collision which he got the better of a defender during. The first was a touchdown pass in the early first quarter, where Ellison found himself alone and wide open just short of the first down marker and the end zone. Ellison made the catch, turned upfield and ran through two defenders on his way to a score. He would later catch a short dump pass from Bridgewater and lower the boom on another defender as he ran for a couple more yards.

2015 Week 9 vs STL (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Ellison was on the field for 47 snaps on Sunday, mostly as a blocker. Twice he did run out on a route and made a nice catch, but both of those was a checkdowns and he is rarely if ever close to the first options.

2015 Week 6 vs KC (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Ellison is a useful checkdown option but not one who sees many opportunities. When given the chance, he has shown decent hands and a tough demeanor after the catch. Most of the time he is on the field, he blocks, and his chances are too inconsistent to depend on overall.

2015 Week 2 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ellison continues to exist mostly for blocking purposes, and couldn't haul in his single target, a slightly high pass from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

2015 Week 1 vs SF (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Ellison had one nice catch and one brutal drop during the course of Monday's game. Overall, Ellison is not used a ton and more often than not a blocker first and foremost.


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