It was barely a full year ago that everyone was salivating over Minnesota Vikings stud wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Due to his immense talent, he was a lock to be 2014’s Josh Gordon. He was a hot sleeper. He was a lock to be awesome. And none of that went as planned. Instead, C-Patt had a great week one and pretty much flamed out the rest of the year, eventually giving way for an unknown in Charles Johnson to step up into Minny’s top receiver role. Now Johnson is viewed as the Vikings’ best wide receiver, per reports.
That’s what is coming out of Minnesota these days, and it should have fantasy football owners thinking big things for Johnson. Blessed with great size and ball skills, Johnson, not Patterson, could end up being the guy perfectly built to take over where Josh Gordon left off in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s vertical system two years ago.
Turner recently gave high praise to Johnson, saying he’s “far and away our best receiver”. High praise, indeed. That could be mere coachspeak, but after Johnson put up 475 yards on just 31 receptions in 11 games, it’s possible Turner is just calling it as he sees it and realizing he has himself a gem. If that’s the case, fantasy owners need to take notice for when their drafts roll around in August. Consider Johnson a mild sleeper that could quickly heat up if he in fact locks down a starting role. And if Teddy Bridgewater can continue his solid progress in his second season, look out.