K.J. Osborn caught 7-of-9 targets for 76 yards in the Vikings' Week 1 loss to the Bengals.
Nine targets may end up as a season-high for Osborn when all is said and done but he has clearly cemented himself as the WR3 in Minnesota. Chad Beebe was placed on injured reserve prior to final roster cuts, ending his season before it began. Beebe only managed 20 catches for 201 yards in that role last year but the losses of Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith could make the job more valuable this year.
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K.J. Osborn caught 5-of-6 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's Week 2 loss to Arizona.
Osborn put the Vikings on the board first, separating for a 64-yard touchdown on play-action to take a 7-0 lead behind his first career score. The fifth-round rookie also came up big late, making a diving catch on the team's final drive to put Greg Joseph in position for a (missed) 37-yard field goal. Osborne quietly leads Minnesota in receiving yards through two games (167), likely convincing coach Mike Zimmer to continue using 11 personnel as the team's base package moving forward. Osborn should (surprisingly) be considered a real WR4/5 threat for deeper leagues, especially in Week 3 against Seattle.
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The relationship between Conklin's production and Osborne is noticeable.K.J. Osborn caught both of his targets for 26 yards in the Vikings' Week 3 win over the Seahawks.
Osborn's hot start to the year ended with a five-percent target share in Seattle. Unsurprisingly, the second-year receiver finally took a backseat to Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, who both scored. Osborn also gave up targets to tight end Tyler Conklin, who earned eight looks in the passing game. Osborn can be held onto in deeper leagues but is too risky to consider starting in Week 4.
K.J. Osborn caught 3-of-7 targets for 26 yards in the Vikings' Week 4 loss to the Browns.
Osborn has back-to-back 26-yard scoreless games after going a combined 12-167-1 on 15 targets Weeks 1 and 2. Osborn is the fourth option in the Vikings' low-volume offense, making him nothing more than a low-floor WR5. He'd be a name to watch if either one of Adam Thielen or Justin Jefferson gets hurt.
K.J. Osborn caught 1-of-2 targets for 20 yards in the Vikings' Week 9 loss to the Ravens.
Osborn has ceded most middle-of-the-field targets to Tyler Conklin over the past few weeks. That continued Sunday against Baltimore, as Conklin led the Vikings with seven targets and Osborn's lone catch came on a scramble drill by Kirk Cousins late in the first half. Osborn has precious little fantasy value as long as Conklin is serving as the Vikings' No. 3 pass game option.
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I think Osborn gets more volume and is a more complete WR. FWIW, he has a higher pff grade 61 to 53.I personally believe Osborn is the better play, even with the WR troubles for the Chargers. Ekeler might get 20 targets in this game. I don't think I can trust Guyton in an important fantasy game.
Landry has maybe had 1 game on the level Osborn has produced. I listed the totals he has produced in his 4 games where he saw 29 targets total...how many targets is Osborn a s a rookie going to see behind JJ and Thielen all year plus Kirk "He's with us" Cousins throwing the football you never know what horrific play will limit your opps. Stil a better option than Baker Mayfield I would say.I'm debating between Osborn and Landry... not exactly a confidence-inspiring situation....
He's been hurt a good chunk of the season, and now doesn't have OBJ to share targets with. He still lacks a receiving TD on the season. The positive for me is that I don't really need to win this. At this point it's just jockeying for playoff seeding, and I don't know if I'm better off winning or losing.Landry has maybe had 1 game on the level Osborn has produced. I listed the totals he has produced in his 4 games where he saw 29 targets total...how many targets is Osborn a s a rookie going to see behind JJ and Thielen all year plus Kirk "He's with us" Cousins throwing the football you never know what horrific play will limit your opps. Stil a better option than Baker Mayfield I would say.
But I understand, the Ravens are running Ronald McDonald and The Hamburgler out there at DB and Landry is the best Cleveland has at WR...I get it. Think long and hard about it.
In the same boat. Already in. No byes to clinch. It's all random each week anyway.He's been hurt a good chunk of the season, and now doesn't have OBJ to share targets with. He still lacks a receiving TD on the season. The positive for me is that I don't really need to win this. At this point it's just jockeying for playoff seeding, and I don't know if I'm better off winning or losing.
12-16 as a Starter 2020 and 2021, I'm not saying you're wrong or nothing, and it was more of a lighthearted joke, I sure hope you haven't put the Hex on him tonightI think Kirk Cousins has helped his team this year more than hurt them. He's been better than some of the QBs that are considered elite.
PPR would you play Osborne over Gallup?
Appreciate the kind wordsKenny Powers said:Surprised by all the ppl starting Osborn over Gallup. I also had the same dilemma, although it was moreso start Osborn in case Melvin Gordon doesnt play. I personally never considered starting Osborn over Gallup, as this game tonight could be a bit ugly plus the brutal thurs night whereas I expect the DAL game to be high scoring or at worst them playing catch up mode.
K.J. Osborn caught 3-of-9 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's Week 14 win over Pittsburgh.
It wasn't exactly efficient, but Osborn was able to dial up a 62-yard touchdown on a play where he was able to create just enough separation from Cameron Sutton one-on-one. Osborn's back-to-back solid fantasy performances in relief of Adam Thielen put him in line for WR3 consideration against the Bears in Week 15 if Thielen's ankle continues to keep him out.
Dec 10, 2021, 12:10 AM ET