Linval Joseph
Linval Joseph
31-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Joseph is a hefty tackle (6-4, 329) who sees too many double-teams to make a big pass-rushing impact, but he can provide floor-setting production as a secondary defensive line IDP due to his ability to find ballcarriers. As much as his career-high four sacks is thoroughly unexciting, Joseph's standout athleticism and conditioning allow him to accumulate much better tackle volume than most DTs, with the upside scenario being his production from 2017. A knee tweak slowed him in 2018, but a return to his peak form is possible this year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $50.35 million contract with the Vikings in August of 2017.
Notches sack versus Packers
DTMinnesota Vikings
September 16, 2019
Joseph recorded six tackles (four solo) and one sack during Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Packers.
Joseph has logged a sack in each of his 2019 contests, already exceeding 2018's total. It appears unlikely that the 30-year-old will keep up his current pace -- Joseph has never exceeded five sacks in a single season -- but he'll work to keep his momentum as a pass rusher going Week 3 versus the Raiders.
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Measurables Review
How do Linval Joseph's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
329 lbs
40-Yard Dash
5.09 sec
Shuttle Time
4.71 sec
Cone Drill
8.12 sec
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
Broad Jump
100 in
Bench Press
39 reps
Hand Length
10.00 in
Arm Length
34.50 in
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Linval Joseph
IDP Analysis: Week 5 Matchups
18 days ago
Jim Coventry looks at IDPs who could be in for big games this week, including Minnesota's Linval Joseph, who should feast on the Giants offensive line.
IDP Analysis: Week 4 Matchups
25 days ago
If Falcons QB Matt Ryan attacks the Titans through the air, expect Logan Ryan and his defensive back teammates to have a busy day.
IDP Analysis: Last-Minute Injury News and Updates
54 days ago
In preparation for late drafts and week 1 lineups, Jim Coventry gives an update on various IDP players including DeMarcus Lawrence, who will be a must-start if he’s on the field Week 1.
2019 Minnesota Vikings
84 days ago
Peter Schoenke sifts through the first year of Kirk Cousins in Minnesota to see where it all went wrong.
IDP Analysis: Drafting Defensive Linemen
95 days ago
Jim Coventry kicks off the preseason with a three-article series to help IDP owners find outstanding values on draft day and help determine where guys like Calais Campbell should be drafted.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Joseph is generally overlooked by NFL fans and media, but he's one of the league's most feared interior linemen. Standing at a hulking 6-4, 329, Joseph is actually one of the league's most athletic defensive tackles, and he's plenty disruptive despite his nose tackle appearance. For three years in a row he's averaged more than one tackle for every 10 snaps played (56 on 532, 77 on 720, and 68 on 664), which means he should provide mainstream DL2 utility so long as he's seeing his standard workload.
Joseph is one of the league's better run-stopping interior linemen. He only has 16.5 sacks in 97 career games, however, so his IDP value is limited. Still, he's a key player on Minnesota's defense.
Linval may have been the best nose tackle in football last season with 56 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one-half sack, 26 quarterback hurries and defended a pass. He started just 12 games as he struggled with turf toe. His stats don't make him an option in most IDP leagues, but he's a key player on Minnesota's defense.
Joseph is a starting defensive tackle and strong against the run, but doesn't rate as well as a pass rusher. He's averaged three sacks over the past four seasons.
Joseph has been a very consistent player over the last three years, averaging 55.7 tackles per season while also recording nine sacks in that span. He's a big body that is primary focused on stopping the run, although his sack total shows that he can break through into the backfield. With the departure of Jared Allen in the offseason, the Vikings will be desperate for someone to fill the pass-rushing void. Joseph isn't likely to get close to 10 sacks, but half may not be unreasonable.
Starting interior defensive lineman.
Starting interior lineman, one of the keys to the team's run defense.
Starting defensive tackle will clog the run and try to generate some push up the middle.
Rookie tackle will be in the defensive line rotation as a reserve.
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Impressive pass rush in opener
DTMinnesota Vikings
September 9, 2019
Joseph recorded four tackles and a sack in Sunday's 28-12 win over the Falcons.
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Ready to go
DTMinnesota Vikings
September 3, 2019
Joseph has fully recovered from his upper-body issue, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
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Cleared for team drills
DTMinnesota Vikings
Upper Body
August 20, 2019
Joseph (upper body) was cleared for team drills at Tuesday's practice, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Working off to the side
DTMinnesota Vikings
Upper Body
July 26, 2019
Joseph (upper body) worked off to the side Friday with strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama, Courtney Cronin of reports.
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Limited through end of spring workouts
DTMinnesota Vikings
June 13, 2019
Joseph (undisclosed) remained limited through the end of spring workouts, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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