Jerome Simpson: Updated Fantasy Analysis & Outlook for Vikings WR

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIOctober 26, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 17: Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the game against the Buffalo Bills on August 17, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Jerome Simpson isn’t getting enough quality looks in the Minnesota Vikings’ passing attack to be fantasy-relevant in the near-future.

The fifth-year pro missed the first three games of the season due to suspension and he's also had to deal with injuries. In Simpson’s four games in 2012, he has been targeted 13 times.

He has seven catches on those targets (53.8 percent conversion rate) and gained 95 yards with no touchdowns and a fumble.

He might be able to solidify his rapport with quarterback Christian Ponder over the Vikings’ Week 11 bye week, but at most, he’ll be the third or fourth option in the passing game for a team that has the best running back in the league.

Simpson saw a season-high seven passes thrown in his direction in Week 8, good for third on his team, but only caught two for 37 yards and lost a fumble.

It'll be hard for Simpson to get back on track in Week 9 against the Seahawks defense and their massive starting cornerbacks, Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. 

The Detroit Lions are up in Week 10. They’ve already faced Minnesota with Simpson on the field, and he ended that game with his best outing of the season: four catches for 50 yards.

After the Vikings’ bye week, Simpson should see either Charles Tillman or Tim Jennings of the Chicago Bears. Both of those guys are studs at the cornerback position.

The remainder of the Vikings' schedule includes the Green Bay Packers twice, the Bears, the St. Louis Rams and the Houston Texans.  The Packers are the only team that rank in the top half of fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.

Don’t let those numbers scare you away from Harvin, though—Minnesota will find a way to get him the rock. He’s the exception.

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