John Carlson's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 9

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 7, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15:  John Carlson #89 of the Minnesota Vikings is chased by James Anderson #50 and Stephen Paea #92 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 31-30.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Not a lot of people thought that John Carlson of the Minnesota Vikings would have a big game against the Washington Redskins, but he did to prove everyone wrong on Thursday Night Football.

After scoring a big touchdown in the third quarter, Carlson had five receptions for 79 yards and that big score.  He finished the game with 98 yards and seven receptions. That was good enough for 15 points in ESPN's standard scoring leagues, and it was his only game with more than 23 yards this season.

Before this game, he had just 11 receptions for 61 yards. He was replacing Kyle Rudolph in this one, and he may have to do this more often, as Rudolph has a fractured foot and could miss the next month, according to Ben Goessling of

Although Carlson hasn't been a very productive player in 2013, this game showed that he is capable of stepping up in Rudolph's absence.  He may not be a top-tier tight end, but he has the chance to put up some decent points over the next few games while he's in the starting lineup.