Could Jarius Wright be the biggest beneficiary in Norv Turner's offense?
Bill Musgrave’s offense wasn’t kind to many players on the Minnesota Vikings the past three seasons. As he was shown the door along with Leslie Frazier last January, there are plenty of crimes that he could be tried for in failing to get a unit with some talent to perform consistently.
Because of that, fantasy football players everywhere were singing to the heavens when Norv Turner was brought in with the hiring of Mike Zimmer. There’s been plenty of minicamp hype centering on what a legitimate offensive mind can do with the likes of Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
However, the biggest beneficiary of Turner’s scheme could be Jarius Wright.
As a fourth-round pick coming out of Arkansas in 2012, Wright was sparingly used by the previous regime. Perhaps it was a feeling that he was too raw to make an impact at the time, but his numbers show he could be the best field stretcher on the Vikings roster.
Just last season, Wright appeared in all 16 games but only had 26 receptions. But it’s not about volume, it’s what he does with his opportunities that makes him intriguing.
With 434 yards and three touchdowns, Wright averaged 16.7 yards per reception in 2013. Had he qualified, that would have tied for sixth in the NFL along with Chris Givens and current fantasy darling Terrance Williams.
The rest of the Viking receiving corps hasn’t had the same success stretching the field. Greg Jennings is more of a possession receiver at this stage of his career and Patterson had most of his touches manufactured via short routes and screens. Even Jerome Simpson had his inconsistencies despite having 25 percent of his targets being passes over 20 yards.
Perhaps the best part about Wright’s sleeper campaign is that it will cost you next to nothing to stash him on your roster. It’s all about upside late in fantasy drafts and it’s a better idea to take a flier on Wright than to see if an aging receiver has one last solid season left in the tank.
If Wright is able to impress the new coaching staff, he could be a sneaky contributor for your fantasy roster.
Chris Schad is the Minnesota Vikings Lead Writer for Pro Football Spot. His work is also featured on Cold Omaha for 105 The Ticket in Minneapolis. You can follow Chris on Twitter [twitter]crishad[/crishad].