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WR Jarius Wright - Minnesota Vikings

5-10, 182Born: 11-25-1989College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 4

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Week 12: at Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Case Keenum did a great job in a tough matchup against the Rams last week as he led the Vikings to a statement victory. Keenum passed for at least 280 yards for the third straight week and had his first game without an interception since Week 5. Keenum has now completed over 70% of his passes for two straight weeks as he is making a great case to retain the starting job while Teddy Bridgewater continues to warm the bench. Adam Thielen is absolutely balling out this season as he continued his dominance last week with six receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. Thielen now has a touchdown in three straight games after failing to find the end zone in his first seven outings, averaging just under 130 receiving yards per game across that span and ranking as the league's top fantasy wide receiver in points per game since Week 8. Stefon Diggs has taken a back seat to Thielen as he has just four receptions in each of his last three games with a couple of games below 35 total yards over that span. Last week, Diggs was up against tough coverage while Thielen was matched up against a rookie--so take that into consideration as well. Kyle Rudolph had a good game last week as he finished with a season-high 58 receiving yards. While he is not putting up huge numbers with just two touchdowns in his last six games, Rudolph remains consistently involved in the offense as he has between five and six receptions in each those last six games. The Lions have had very soft matchups in their last three games, facing the likes of Brett Hundley, Deshone Kizer, and Mitchell Trubisky. Naturally, this passing defense has excelled, allowing just three passing touchdowns and an average of 220 passing yards per game. On the season though, the Lions have been just an average pass defense. Darius Slay is certainly one of the best cornerbacks in the league while Glover Quin has been an elite safety, but they have some holes in that secondary and linebacker core outside of those two studs. It will be interesting to see how the Lions use Slay this week, as one would think that opposing defenses will not let Adam Thielen continue to dominate as he has been this season. Slay has played just two percent of his snaps covering slot receivers this season though, and Thielen lines up in the slot for over 50% of his snaps. Look for Slay to cover more of Diggs here, while Thielen should have an average matchup against Quandre Diggs, who has been much improved this season after being one of the worst cornerbacks in the league in 2016.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
8 at CLE 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 at WAS 15 0 0 0 1 1 7 1 0 6.7
11 vs LAR 11 0 0 0 1 1 23 0 0 2.3
12 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)

Wright only had one target against the Redskins, but it ended up being the most important one. Wright took a 7-yard screen-play into the end zone on 3rd and 5 and provided the final touchdown to put the game away for the Vikings. Wright followed his blockers and was not touched by a Washington defender on his way to the end zone.

2017 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)

Wright makes this list for the first time with Stefon Diggs and Michael Floyd ruled out and he was the most effective receiver for Minnesota today. Wright managed to bring in 3 of his 4 targets and the longest play in the air for the Vikings. Case Keenum was able to move around in the pocket to buy enough time to Wright to sneak up the sideline. HE had beaten his man by a step and made a fully extended diving catch down the sideline. Had he not rolled out of bounds he could have gotten up and run into the end zone untouched. Wright has been a staple with the Vikings the past few seasons but is always overshadowed by bigger receivers. His role will diminish again once Diggs and Floyd return from injury.

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Schedule

12@ Detroit Lions
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears