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TE Rhett Ellison - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Week 14: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Sam Bradford threw 32/45 for 247 yards, one TD and zero interceptions against the Cowboys last week (taking two sacks for -15 yards). He banged up his ribs during the game, but returned to action (fantasy owners invested in Minnesota's passing game should monitor his practice participation later in the week, just in case he aggravates the injury). During the contest, Adam Thielen (nine targets for 7/86/0 receiving), Stefon Diggs (eight for 8/59/0) and Kyle Rudolph (12 for 6/45/0) dominated targets, but Jerick McKinnon (six for 5/14/1) handled the lone TD. The Jaguars' defense wasn't challenged in this phase of the game much last week by rookie Paxton Lynch (12/24 for 102 net yards passing, with two sacks taken for -2 yards), but the still lost 10-20. Buffalo managed 12/18 for 151 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown two weeks ago (with five sacks taken for -15 yards) - Jacksonville has had some weak pass offenses to face in the recent past. To date, Jacksonville averages 195.8 net passing yards allowed per game (second-least in the NFL) with 15 passing scores given out, but they have a mere three interceptions this year (dead last in the NFL) and 26 sacks generated (tied for 14th in the NFL). From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Jacksonville has averaged 14.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 11.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (least in the league); with 7.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (14th-most). This looks like a tough matchup for the limited Vikings' attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 at WAS 17 2 8 0 0 0.8
11 vs ARI 16 1 -2 0 0 -0.2
12 at DET 24 1 21 0 0 2.1
13 vs DAL 18 1 6 0 0 0.6
14 at JAX PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
14 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
14 at JAX PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 13 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Ellison was only on the field for about a quarter of the offensive plays, and was targeted once on a 3rd and 16. He was only able to catch the ball for six yards though.

2016 Week 12 vs DET (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Ellison continues to primarily be a blocker, but was the recipient of one of the few longer passes Sam Bradford threw all day. On the play, Ellison ran straight down the sideline, but was well covered. Bradford threw the ball a bit short, and Ellison turned his body and extended it to make a nice catch.

2016 Week 11 vs ARI (3 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Ellison's primary role is blocking, and while he is occasionally targeted in the passing game, it is usually when Sam Bradford has to check down, something which the offensive line does not afford the time to do very frequently.

2016 Week 10 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Ellison was on the field for just 17 plays, and both of his targets were on short passes. The second one he caught with a defender draped over his back.

2016 Week 9 vs DET (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)

Ellison was on the field for 26 offensive snaps, mostly blocking, but did have a nice catch early on and a key touchdown near the end of the game, putting the Vikings up 16-13. He was hit just after he crossed the goal line and lost the ball, but because it broke the plane before he lost possession, there was no fumble.

2016 Week 4 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Rhett Ellison was relegated to blocking duty and special teams play, but was the target of one dump off pass by the quarterback.

2016 Week 3 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Ellison spent most of his 21 offensive snaps blocking, with the occasional route thrown in to keep things interesting. He did make a nice catch and run for an 18-yard gain and a first down. The rest of his time on the field was spent with the special teams unit.

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Schedule

14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15vs Indianapolis Colts
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears