28-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Minnesota Vikings
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Simpson's 2013 performance essentially equaled his 2011 career year in Cincinnati, but with Cordarelle Patterson set to assume a larger role in the Vikings' passing game this season it's hard to see S...
Jerome Simpson Contract Information:
Signed with the Vikings in March of 2014.
Jarius Wright took most of the first team reps at slot receiver in spring practices and is seen in a battle with Simpson for the job, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including Jerome Simpson – simply subscribe now.
|Receiving||Rec Distance||Big Rec Games||Rushing||Kick Ret||Punt Ret||Fumbles|
|2014 Proj||28||MIN||Subscribe now to see our 2013 projections for Jerome Simpson|
Age is determined on September 1st of each season.
|Fantasy Points Per Game||Receiving Stats||Red Zone Targets||Rushing Stats||Red Zone Runs|
|2014 Proj||28||MIN||Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jerome Simpson|
Age is determined on September 1st of each season.
|Snap Count||Receiving||Rec Distance||Rushing||Fumbles||Kick Ret||Punt Ret||Red Zone Targets||Red Zone Runs|
A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.
Jerome Simpson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With Greg Jennings returning and Cordarrelle Patterson expected to handle a bigger role in his second season, Simpson will likely be facing a drop in volume, after catching 48 passes for 726 yards and one touchdown on 102 targets in 2013. Of course, the Vikings don't have much behind Patterson and Jennings (besides Simpson), and injuries always crop up throughout the season. If Minnesota doesn't make any big moves for another receiver, Simpson could conceivably hit the 100-target threshold again, even if he's not likely to. In terms of per-target production, he's been one of the league's least efficient receivers since 2010, when he caught 20 of 25 targets in five games for the Cincinnati Bengals. Through two seasons in Minnesota, Simpson has caught 74 out of a possible 154 targets (48.1 percent), while averaging a mere 6.5 receiving yards per target.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Simpson entered the game on the second play and may have missed more of the game, but Greg Jennings was a surprise scratch with a strained Achilles tendon. With Minnesota's quarterback situation again in flux, Simpson wouldn't be a great option this week, even without the possibility of more discipline.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)While the distinction of starting isn't all that important, Simpson could lose snaps to Cordarrelle Patterson. Regardless of Simpson's legal situation following a DWI, the Vikings may want to consider increasing Patterson's playing time at the expense of Simpson and/or Greg Jennings. Now that playoff contention is a pipe dream, it makes sense for the organization to see what it has in Patterson, who was selected 29th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. As for Simpson, he's tentatively expected to play against the Seahawks on Sunday, but remains in danger of facing discipline from the league.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Simpson had a disappointing season last year with only 26 receptions, no touchdowns and four dropped passes in just 12 games. He did struggled with a back injury that impacted his legs much of the season. He'll enter training camp as the starting wide receiver next to Greg Jennnings, but he could easily lose his starting job or significant targets to Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright.
At worst, the Vikings will know where to go if conventional medicine isn’t providing relief. Simpson who’s best known for being caught receiving 2.5 pounds of marijuana at his home – and also doing a forward flip over a defender into the end zone last year – will miss the first three games on the year, but when he returns has a chance to start opposite Percy Harvin. At 6-2, 199, Simpson has decent size, good speed and uncanny athleticism – hence the flip. He struggled with drops last year (eight on 105 targets), and he caught just 48 percent of the passes thrown his way. Still, with Adrian Peterson coming back from a torn ACL, and Christian Ponder likely to throw more in his second season, Simpson could have a prominent role in the offense once he returns.
With Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco out, Simpson emerged as the Bengals' top target with 18 catches for 247 yards and three scores over the season's final two games. Simpson was a second-round pick in 2008 but saw very little action – just 13 games on the active roster over three seasons. At 6-2, 200 and with decent speed, Simpson flashed his playmaking ability and almost certainly earned himself a longer look. With all world prospect A.J. Green in the fold along with Jordan Shipley, Andre Caldwell and last year's first round pick, tight end Jermaine Gresham, Simpson's role will likely be determined this summer. Either way, he's more likely to be catching passes from rookie Andy Dalton, or newly acquired Bruce Gradkowski, than disgruntled veteran Carson Palmer, who has threatened to retire if he's not traded.
It's fish-or-cut-bait time for Simpson, the Bengals' second-round pick in 2008. He's hardly seen the field in his two years with the team, and now they've brought in a slew of veteran talent, making it nearly impossible for him to make his mark. It's not beyond the realm of possibility to see him rot on the bench with the Bengals, get signed elsewhere and see him thrive when he finally gets his chance. But it doesn't appear likely soon.
The Bengals spent a second-round pick in 2008 drafting Simpson as a project, and his performance demonstrated that he still has a long way to go. Right now he's fifth at best among their wide receiver options.
Simpson is an athletic wideout that could actually contribute at a decent level in his rookie campaign. He is one of the frontrunners to fill Chris Henry's vacancy as Cincinnati's third wideout, not a bad position to be in with the amount of three-receiver sets the Bengals run. Henry had 605 yards and nine touchdowns in 2006 and while you can't expect quite those numbers from Simpson, especially not unless he's officially named as the No. 3 receiver, he does have a relatively high ceiling that could make him a fantasy sleeper.