The fantasy football flex of the week is officially on fire. It’s been a good last few weeks and there’s no reason to doubt it anymore.
Sammie Coates was a good find, but not out of the ordinary. C.J. Fiedorowicz was a stretch, yet panned out with a late touchdown. And last week, Marqise Lee not only had the best game of his career, but led all Jaguars in receiving.
It seems that I keep going deeper and deeper, yet no matter the situation, they all produce. And so, for this week, I figured what better way to test my magic than to go back to a former high-end wide receiver who fell off the map and no one wants to use at this point (I looked, and yes, I drafted CP84 in the fifth round in 2014).
Almost out of nowhere, Cordarrelle Patterson has become a piece in the Vikings’ offense. I noticed it a couple weeks ago when he got a number of looks in the win over the Giants. I thought it was just a fad that wouldn’t continue, but that hasn’t been the case.
Over the last three games, Patterson has 16 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns. That’s obviously not very much, but hear me out.
The uptick in snaps for Patterson is evident since early in the season. In the first three weeks, Charles Johnson was the third receiver for the Vikings and Patterson was an afterthought, but that changed in Week 4.
Against the Giants, Patterson played 36 snaps, 49% of Minnesota’s total. The next week, with Stefon Diggs out, it was a similar case, as Adam Thielen stepped into the lead role while Patterson saw 45 snaps, or 61% of the total.
After the bye, with Diggs a little healthier last week, Patterson had 51 snaps, 67% of the total.
Yes, the Vikings passed a little more than normal due to being down against the Eagles and Patterson got his touchdown in the final seconds, but he led all Vikings wide receivers with seven targets. As a bonus, he caught all seven passes, which is something you couldn’t say about him two years ago.
His ownership went up a few points due to that performance, but he’s still only owned on roughly five percent of teams at this point. And in daily fantasy, he’s near the minimum.
The only problem I envision in this game is that the Vikings get out to a lead and run it most of the second half against a faltering Bears team.
But in similar instances in wins against the Giants and Texans, Sam Bradford still attempted 36 and 30 passes in those games, respectively. As long as Bradford attempts 30-to-35 passes, Patterson should once again be in line for five-to-seven targets.
Maybe that doesn’t equal fantasy gold, but as his latest touchdowns show, Patterson is getting looks in the end zone, as well.
In a night game, I’ll go with 50 yards and a touchdown for Patterson. Not amazing, but good enough to pick him off the free agent list for free.
I could easily go with another option like Russell Shepard, or more well known players such as Bilal Powell or even Matt Asiata, but I’m going with the receiver who was labeled a bust a long time ago.