Rookie wide receiver Jarius Wright could figure into the Vikings' long-term plans regardless of when Percy Harvin returns and could be a good second- or third-tier receiver for fantasy owners.
Minnesota's pedestrian receiving corps desperately needed a shot in the arm, and after Wright's standout performance against the Detroit Lions (4-5) on Sunday, he could stay in the starting lineup even when Harvin returns.
Wright caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown Sunday in a 34-24 win over the Lions.
He provided Minnesota (6-4) with a spark on offense that had been sorely missing on the 30th-ranked passing offense in the league.
Wright, a fourth-round selection out of Arkansas, was a solid slot receiver in college. He ran crisp routes, showed speed in and out of cuts and caught the ball well on the run.
He could be an effective option both with and without Harvin for Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, who has cooled off after a hot start to the season.
When looking at Wright's fantasy prospects, keep in mind his height—he's only 5'9"—and can struggle against taller defensive backs. He could be dangerous against some of the league's smaller corners.
But he's always been great at getting separation one-on-one and will surely face a lot of man coverage when Harvin returns.
Overall, Wright could prove a valuable addition to fantasy owners looking for a second or third wideout.