Jerome Simpson: Updated Fantasy Football Analysis and Outlook

Nick KostoraContributor IIISeptember 30, 2012

Aug 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson (81) against the Buffalo Bills at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bills 36-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Jerome Simpson is going to be an integral part of the Minnesota Vikings passing game moving forward, but he is not worthy of starting on your fantasy football team.

Yes, Simpson is the guy that flipped his way into the end zone for a touchdown last season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He is also the guy that had to sit out the first three games of this season due to suspension.

He is a potentially game-breaking wide receiver, but the Vikings offense is not exactly built around an aerial attack.

Let's break down Simpson's fantasy analysis and outlook now that he has returned to the field.



At 6'2", 190 pounds, Simpson is not a physically imposing wideout, but he has dramatically improved in each of his three NFL seasons and is not afraid to attempt routes over the middle of the field.

Simpson has 75 catches for 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns since coming out of Coastal Carolina, and he has averaged over 14 yards per reception the past two seasons.

Minnesota still has a developing quarterback in Christian Ponder, who does not exactly run a high-powered passing game. In fact, the Vikings are averaging 233 yards passing per game this season. 

However, outside of Percy Harvin, Simpson may be the biggest receiving threat on the team, and that means he will be targeted.

In his first game back against the Detroit Lions in Week 4, Simpson managed three catches for 45 yards on four targets.

Not great statistics, but those numbers are sure to rise.



Simpson is never going to be a WR1 or WR2 option on any fantasy roster. He is simply not going to find the end zone enough to warrant that type of placement. But as a WR3 player, he could find some value.

Ponder is getting dramatically better this season and is being given more leeway within the framework of Minnesota's offense.

As Simpson gets back up to game speed and finds comfort within the offense, his numbers will increase along with his targets.

There is no reason to rush to add Simpson to your fantasy team, but in a bind, he is not a terrible pick-up. And if you are patient with him, Simpson's value will only get higher as the season wears on.