2012 Team Outlook: Minnesota
WR Jarius Wright, MIN - Dynasty Only
Wright is a bit of a Percy Harvin clone measuring just 5-foot-9 and 182 pounds with top end speed and elite playmaking ability on special teams. He had a breakout 2011 season totaling 1,117 receiving yards with 12 touchdowns and could see some time in the slot during his rookie season. However, the presence of Percy Harvin likely limits Wright's upside to deeper dynasty leagues.
WR Joe Webb, MIN - Deep-league Only
The dual threat QB from UAB has shown flashes of his potential, but he'll likely remain more of a Kordell Stewart type / wildcat option provided Christian Ponder remains healthy. Webb is entering his 3rd NFL season and has 3 TD passes and 5 INTs in limited duty. His running ability is a true asset as Webb has amassed 4 rushing TDs, but remains as nothing more than waiver wire material unless he emerges as a starter in training camp (unlikely considering the Vikings used a first round pick on Ponder last season).
WR Devin Aromashodu, --- - Deep-league Only
The Vikings resigned the Auburn alum to a 1-year contract, but his first year with Minnesota was less than impressive (just 26 receptions for 468 yards and one TD). He's entering his 5th NFL season, but remains off the fantasy radar despite his adequate size/speed combo. Aromashodu does remain a solid option if you're playing NFL scrabble.
WR Greg Childs, MIN - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
The Vikings selected their 2nd Arkansas WR when they nabbed Childs with a 4th round pick in April's draft. He has ideal size (6'3, 220), but injury concerns caused a draft day slide. Childs suffered a knee injury in October 2010 and never fully recovered during his senior 2011 season (only 21 catches for 240 yards). He led the Razorbacks in nearly every receiving category as a sophomore in 2009, finishing with 48 catches for 894 yards and seven touchdowns. His junior year was even more impressive as he had 46 catches for 659 yards before tearing the patella tendon in his right knee in the 8th game against Vanderbilt. He proved his health at a March 7 pro day by running a 4.41 forty and posting a vertical jump of 41 1/2 inches. Childs has the potential to see some snaps on the outside as a rookie and has the size to emerge as a red zone threat. Monitor training camp reports as he has big time sleeper potential if he proves to be healthy.
UPDATE: Childs tore up both knees and his season is over before it started. The oft injured WR might never play a snap in the NFL.Injury Status: Out - Knee
WR Michael Jenkins, --- - Low Potential
Jenkins will be 30 years old when the 2012 season starts and he's yet to average more than 50 YPG in any of his first eight NFL seasons. His first season in Minnesota finished with just 38 catches for 466 yards and 3 TDs. Jenkins' inability to separate from defenses and the addition of Jerome Simpson makes him #3 on the depth chart. He does have ideal size (6'4) to excel in the red zone, but has just 23 TDs over his 8 seasons. Rookies Greg Childs and Jarius Wright could easily surpass Jenkins if the Vikings decide to go with upside over experience. It's worth noting that he could have some relevance in the first 3 weeks of the season with Simpson suspended, but his limited upside makes him waiver wire material except in the deepest of PPR leagues.
TE John Carlson, MIN - Bye Week Fill-in
Carlson signed one of the bigger head scratching free agent contracts when the Vikings inked him to a five-year, $25 million deal. He missed the entire 2011 season with a torn labrum in his shoulder, but is fully expected to be 100% healthy for the 2012 season. The Vikings will employ multiple 2-TE sets which could give Carlson some relevance in deeper leagues. In three seasons with Seattle (2008-2010), the Notre Dame product has averaged just 32 YPG. He did post 7 TDs in 2009 and has 13 touchdowns on his career. With Kyle Rudolph penciled in as the starting TE, Carlson is nothing more than a BYE week fill in.
UPDATE (August 1st): Carlson suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks putting his status for week 1 in jeopardy.