Justin Jefferson became Minnesota's No. 1 receiving threat and saw double-digit targets (13) for the third time this season. And he had his second multi-touchdown day, with seven catches for 70 yards and two scores.
Of course Thielen is out of the lineup and on the COVID list, but Jefferson is showing he can step in. The story said Jefferson's longest reception of the day was 18 yards, a departure from the deep shots off play-action that usually come his way. The added attention is something Jefferson has been anticipating for weeks, working to perfect different releases and footwork to keep defenses guessing. Recently, we had a story about how teams are beginning to treat Jefferson as the Vikings WR1. With Thielen out of the lineup, Jefferson is showing he can deal with that kind of role and attention from defenses.
MIN WR Justin Jefferson - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Detroit
Jefferson had a solid last week against the New Orleans Saints as he caught 6-of-10 targets for 85 yards. More impressively, Jefferson did this while be shadowed by Marshon Lattimore, indicative of his elite receiver status.
This week, Jefferson will take on the Detroit Lions who rank 30th in aFPA to WRs this season. He caught 3 balls for 64 yards last time out against the Lions, so we have a feeling for his floor looks like this week. With Dalvin Cook expected to miss the game, the Minnesota passing attack will be relied on heavily to keep the offense going. Jefferson will be a WR1 this week.