The NFL Draft was the talk for months in football circles. Who would be selected first overall? What about second overall? What do we think about this wide receiver class? The NFL front offices answered a lot of our questions for us with their selections, and we're going to dive into our first 2023 Fantasy Football Rookie Profile: Jordan Addison.
Minnesota had to fill the void left by Adam Theilen's departure, be it through the draft or free agency. How big of a void Theilen left is up to your opinion. But, nonetheless, wide receiver was a position of need. Aside from Justin Jefferson, opposing secondaries didn't have a lot to fear, even when you consider T.J. Hockenson.
Addison gives them a first-round, award-winning talent to pair alongside Jefferson and is a great fit in my opinion.
Now, let's dive in a little more, shall we?
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Addison's Prospect Profile
Addison was my pre-draft WR2. As with any, or at least the vast majority of prospects, there are pros and cons to Addison. One big flag to note is he's not the most athletically gifted wide receiver. However, Player Profiler comped him to Diontae Johnson, who scored similarly in the athletic department but I think he is doing just fine. If Addison can manage a Diontae type of career, that is golden for the Vikings and fantasy managers alike.
He was an absolute monster at Pitt in 2021 with Kenny Pickett at QB, amassing 100 receptions for 1593 yards and 17 touchdowns on his way to the Biletnikoff Award. His production slipped once he transferred to USC, but he still led the Trojans in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.
I've mentioned Addison's lack of high-end athleticism earlier, but another issue is his size. He's a good height at 5'11", but his 173lb frame is on the slender side of things. When looking at players of similar size who have attended the NFL combine in the last 10 years, very few ended up having fantasy-relevant seasons in the NFL.
But the more recent you look, the better the outlook is. Marquise Brown in 2019. Darnell Mooney in 2020. Last year guys like Jahan Dotson and Wan'Dale Robinson showed promise. Jameson Williams is on the list as well, but he just hasn't played enough for me to say he's a good example of what could be in store for Addison.
As far as players under 180lbs, Dotson, Brown, and Tavon Austin are the only players with first-round draft capital since 2013. Austin might be the weakest of the bunch, but even he put up a couple of useable seasons for fantasy.
All to say: Addison has some things working against him, but it's not the end of the world. He still has draft capital, historical comps, and skills to "beat the odds" and become a great option for fantasy players in dynasty and redraft leagues.
Addison on the Vikings
Jordan Addison single coverage with Justin Jefferson and TJ Hockenson on the field😍 pic.twitter.com/aFGIy6o4kL
— tanishka (@taanishkaaa) April 28, 2023
He instantly steps in as the wideout opposite Justin Jefferson, no questions asked. It seemed the general thought was that Addison, while good, couldn't be the go-to guy in an offense because of his size. With Justin Jefferson on the opposite side of the field, he doesn't have to be.
It's a perfect situation for him. He will always be facing the second-best corner on a team unless Jefferson is out with an injury. It's not always going to be heavy lifting. Thus, Addison can grow and learn the NFL next to one of the best wideouts in the league.
And, frankly, despite all the hate he gets every season, Kirk Cousins is a solid quarterback who can support multiple targets.
As far as his potential workload, Thielen left behind 107 targets in Minnesota. It wouldn't surprise me if Addison soaks up most or all of them. I can legitimately see him ending 2023 as a WR3. And that might be modest, especially with historically consistent producers at the position getting older or dealing with questionable situations (Mike Evans's 1000-yard streak is in trouble right now).
All to say, we love this fit a lot.
That's going to do it for our Rookie Profile: Jordan Addison to the Minnesota Vikings! We're cranking out a lot of content to get you ready for the upcoming 2023 NFL season, stay tuned!