John Carlson's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 11

David DanielsSenior Writer INovember 17, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 07: John Carlson #89 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the football during the game against the Washington Redskins on November 7, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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For a Minnesota Viking not named Adrian Peterson to be worthy of a fantasy start has been rare this season, but tight end John Carlson has joined the exclusive club.

He reeled in five receptions for 69 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 11. Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel targeted him a combined seven times, the second most on the team.

Carlson’s effective outing proved that his breakout performance last week against the Washington Redskins was no fluke. He helped lead the Vikings to just their second victory that game, snagging seven balls for 98 yards and a touchdown.

No Minnesota receiver has been thrown to more than Carlson the past two weeks. With starting tight end Kyle Rudolph out until at least December with a foot injury and Greg Jennings now dealing with an Achilles injury, according to Chris Tomasson of, that trend will continue.

Carlson is likely available in your league and is worth a spot start as a TE2 with TE1 potential, so snatch him off waivers before his value rises even more.


David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.