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What is the impact of Justin Jefferson’s return on Vikings’ fantasy players?

We go over the fantasy football implications of the Justin Jefferson returning to the Vikings against the Raiders this Sunday.

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The Minnesota Vikings will hit the road on Sunday for a Week 14 showdown at the Las Vegas Raiders and wide receiver Justin Jefferson is set to make his return in this matchup.

The reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year has missed the last two months due to a hamstring injury and finally began practicing in full this week. Originally setting a goal to get to 2,000 yards this year, he re-adjusted it to 1,000 yards.

Fantasy outlook for Justin Jefferson

Things have changed for the Vikings offense since Jefferson went on IR as starting quarterback Kirk Cousins went down with a season-ending Achilles tear. Starting quarterback Joshua Dobbs has stepped up in his place and he’s mostly put up decent numbers outside of last week’s abysmal four-interception against the Bears.

Still, Jefferson has proven that he’s the best pass-catcher in the league when healthy, and as long as Dobbs can get him the ball, he’s a no-brainer start in any fantasy lineup. He caught 36 targets for 571 yards and three touchdowns prior to the injury and consider that even after missing seven games, he still ranks as a top 45 fantasy WR. Jefferson managers, rejoice, he’s back.

How Justin Jefferson’s return impacts QB Josh Dobbs, WR Jordan Addison, TE T.J. Hockenson

Dobbs is still a backup fantasy QB that you should only start in fantasy if you absolutely need to. However, Jefferson gives a boost to his fantasy viability as he’ll be able to boost his passing yards numbers with the All-Pro back in the huddle.

Even with Jefferson back, I wouldn’t shy away from Addison, who enters Week 14 as a top-20 fantasy WR. The rookie hasn’t recorded a touchdown since Dobbs’ arrival, but has established a quick rapport with him and is routinely garnering around seven targets a game. That target share shouldn’t change even with Jefferson back and he should be considered a starter for fantasy managers. The same goes for Hockenson, who enters this week as TE3 in fantasy.