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WR Laquon Treadwell - Minnesota Vikings

6-2, 219Born: 6-14-1995College: MississippiDrafted: Round 1, pick 2016

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Week 11: at Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Kirk Cousins has enjoyed a fine debut in Minnesota, sitting 13th league-wide in adjusted yardage per attempt. He's been a solid fantasy producer, too, averaging 289 yards a game and topping 300 four times. Still, this attack is a two-pronged one, heavily dependent upon top wideouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The pair has accounted for 60% of the team's receiving yardage, and with Diggs sidelined in Week 9, Cousins struggled to produce. He was forced to go small-ball, generating just 164 yards on 22 attempts, as Thielen was unable to find any room down the field. Cousins is an underrated passer on the upper tier of names, but it's hard to ask much production with a whittled-down receiving corps. Laquon Treadwell brings little to the table, dropping too many passes and struggling to get downfield. Simply put, Diggs' Sunday availability will be of major importance to this whole unit. He has the speed and skill to succeed against the Bears' stout man cornerbacks, and Thielen could use more room to operate down the field. Chicago's pass defense has experienced peaks and valleys throughout the 2018 season. They've looked utterly dominant against the likes of Sam Bradford, Sam Darnold, and Nathan Peterman, but human against a pair of elite passers (Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady). Thrown weirdly into the mix is a career-best 380-yard, 3-touchdown showing by Brock Osweiler. In all, though, this is an imposing unit that makes things difficult for most passers. Khalil Mack is a leading Defensive Player of the Year candidate, with seven sacks over seven full games, and he's flanked by a handful of dynamic situational rushers. And cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller make for a typically-stout press-man coverage duo. Vic Fangio's defense has always prioritized shutting down top outside receivers, and they've been solid there more often than not, so Stefon Diggs has his work cut out if he suits up.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at NYJ 51 0 0 0 3 3 11 0 0 1.1
8 vs NO 46 0 0 0 5 3 25 0 0 2.5
9 vs DET 41 0 0 0 2 2 37 0 0 3.7
11 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
11 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
11 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Laquon Treadwell's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs GB (6 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)

There was a very wide range of emotions for Treadwell this week. He scored his first career touchdown, but also added to his league leading drops total and almost cost the Vikings the game with a pass that went straight through his hands and to a Green Bay defender for an interception. The first touchdown came right after the Packer had just taken the lead on a blocked punt for a touchdown. Treadwell ran right up the seam and Cousins put the ball just over his shoulder for the score. It was in this moment that many thought he was finally reaching his potential. However, late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line he almost cost the Vikings everything. It was a simple quick slant to the inside for what should have been a first down. Cousins hit Treadwell square in the hands and the ball skipped through and right to a Packers safety. The ball was returned to inside the 20 and the Packers eventually settled for a field goal and an 8-point lead. Treadwell has the size and speed to be an elite receiver but continues to struggle with his route running and drops.

2018 Week 1 vs SF (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

This is going to be a make or break season for Treadwell. The big bodies receiver was a first round pick but has not lived up to that billing at all. Plagued by drops and poor route running in his first two seasons, Treadwell is on his last leg for the Vikings. He shows glimpses of being a big-time receiver, but still struggled this week. There was a ball thrown to him in the first half that nearly hit him square in the chest that he dropped, but then another play where he snared the same pass, broke two tackles, and dove for a first down. 16 of his 18 yards came on that single play this week but Cousins kept trying to get him involved in the offense. It is going to be an uphill battle for Treadwell this season, but he could emerge as a great sleeper play if he starts to use all the extra room created by Diggs and Thielen when defenses key in on them.


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