One of the first questions fantasy owners ask themselves at the end of each week is how to react to the unexpected big performers. Are these breakout players one hit wonders who won’t be heard from again or talented sleepers who may be worth a pickup?
To almost everyone’s surprise, Minnesota’s Jerome Simpson put on a clinic during Week 1 against the Lions catching 8 balls for 140 yards.
Before that, Simpson’s best season came in 2011 when he caught 50 balls for 725 yards and 4 TDs for the Bengals. The following season, Simpson moved to the Vikings who hoped that he could become a number 1 or 2 receiver. The 27-year-old dashed expectations during his first season in Minnesota catching only 26 passes for 274 yards.
That’s why last Sunday’s 8 catch, 140 yard performance blew the minds of the Minnesota coaching staff and fantasy owners alike. The problem is that this game was likely the high point of Simpson’s season and he we fall back to earth during the Vikings Week 2 matchup against the Bears.
The problem for Simpson is that there are already other receivers in line in front of him like former Green Bay great, Greg Jennings and 1st round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson. Both of them will be in line for a much greater percentage of targets in an already run-heavy Vikings offense.
This isn’t to say that Simpson is a complete bust. If he can continue to post solid numbers, he might be able to edge into the number 2 receiver’s slot, but fantasy owners shouldn’t count on it.