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K.J. Osborn - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsK.J. Osborn's Basic Stats

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ADP: 16.9
Bye: 7
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 25.0
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205
40 Time: 4.48
Speed Score: 99.40
SPARQx (Rank): 112.70 (76%)
Burst Score (Rank): 125.30 (73%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.35 (36%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.06 (54%)

K.J. Osborn's 2022 Projections & Outlook

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#84 Wide Receiver

78.8 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
16.9 44.5 578.2 3.6 1.4 0.3

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Basic StatsK.J. Osborn's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • A 2020 Round 5 pick, Osborn made a nice 2nd year-jump (82-50-655-7).
  • He played all 17 games.
  • In 4 games with Adam Thielen sidelined, Osborn tallied 3-83-1, 3-21, 3-50-1 and 1-21-1. He saw a respectable 18.5% target share over that stretch.
  • Overall, he finished as a WR3 (top-36) or better in 7 games. He finished outside the top-60 WRs in 9 games.
  • Among 60 WRs with 70+ targets, Osborn ranked 53rd in yards per route run; T-43rd in YAC per reception.
  • He split his time almost evenly between the slot and out wide.
  • Osborn noted an area he’d like to improve in this fall: “I want to be someone that can create those big plays,” Osborn said. “Not so much catching the ball and getting down. I want to make a guy miss and then make another guy miss and break that big play for us. Just be a game-changer.”
  • Osborn admitted that most of his chances are likely to come after the catch in new HC Kevin O’Connell’s offense. Look for an attack that’s heavy on 3-WR looks and pre-snap motion — good news for Osborn’s playing time.
  • Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen return to keep Osborn in the #3 role. He might have to hold off 2nd-year man Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who the Vikings are high on.
  • Irv Smith returns after missing all of 2021 with a torn meniscus. An undersized TE, Smith projects to play a sizable role.
  • Kirk Cousins returns, despite persistent trade rumors. Osborn caught just 60.9% of his targets from Cousins, so improvement will be key with Osborn’s volume unlikely to grow much (if at all).

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Osborn was a nice surprise for the Vikings last season. Boosted by 7 TDs and missed time from Adam Thielen and Irv Smith, the 24-year-old finished as the WR40 in PPR.

A deeper offense makes Osborn a candidate to regress in 2022. But the arrival of HC Kevin O’Connell also adds some intrigue to what could be an ascending player only in year 3.

Ultimately, Osborn is more of a WR handcuff who’d likely be a weekly WR3 should Adam Thielen or Justin Jefferson miss time.

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Kirk Cousins, QB MIN

12:55pm EST 1/5/22

Cousins off COVID list

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has been activated from the COVID list. He's expected to start Sunday's finale vs. the Bears, despite Minnesota having nothing to play for. Cousins isn't an exciting fantasy option, but his return is excellent news for WR Justin Jefferson and the rest of the Vikings' skill-position players.

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Vikings WR Adam Thielen will miss at least the rest of the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery on Tuesday, according to The Athletic's Chad Graff. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero adds that Thielen is expected to be sidelined for about a month, so Minnesota would need to make a deep playoff run if Thielen is going to play again before the 2022 season. K.J. Osborn will step in as the Vikings' #2 WR -- and WR Justin Jefferson will dominate targets -- for as long as Thielen is out.

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Vikings WR Adam Thielen (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. Recovering from a high-ankle sprain, he's unlikely to play vs. the Bears on Monday night. That'll keep K.J. Osborn in the WR3 mix.

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Vikings WR Adam Thielen suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That usually means multiple missed games. Thielen will have further testing Monday to determine his return timeline. With Thielen out for most of the game, WR Justin Jefferson racked up 14 targets, TE Tyler Conklin 9 and WR K.J. Osborn 7. Conklin and Osborn will be in fantasy consideration as long as Thielen remains out. Minnesota gets just 3 days off before hosting the Steelers on Thursday night.

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Vikings WR K.J. Osborn is the current leader for the #3 role, according to Chad Graff of The Athletic. Dede Westbrook -- who signed just before training camp -- remains limited by his recovery from the ACL tear that ended his 2020 season in October. And Bisi Johnson went down with his own ACL tear during camp. Osborn -- a 5th-round pick last year -- has yet to see a regular-season target but got on the field as a returner in his rookie campaign. He closed out his college career with a 50-547-5 receiving line as a graduate transfer to Miami. Running 3rd among Vikings WRs isn't likely to make him fantasy relevant unless something happens to Justin Jefferson or Adam Thielen. But keep Osborn's name in mind for that possibility.

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K.J. Osborn, WR MIN
Dynasty MVP 70.4
Position Rank #90 WR
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