2014 Fantasy Football Early Sleeper: Cordarrelle Patterson
The Minnesota Vikings finished at the bottom of the NFC North just one year after making the playoffs as a Wild Card team. The team has some star players on both sides of the ball, but the quarterback play has been horrible for years. We all know how great Adrian Peterson is, but there is one young wide receiver that fantasy owners can get excited about in 2014. His name is Cordarrelle Patterson.
Even with the inconsistent play from quarterbacks, Patterson finished as the 32nd-ranked wide receiver with 107 fantasy points. He had 61 points in the final four games of the season and outscored all other wide receivers in that span. Patterson scored five total touchdowns in the those games.
Patterson had a good rookie season, but this is only the beginning. The Vikings hired former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner did alright with the Browns offense overall, but there was one player that made fantasy owners keep the Browns in the back of their minds. – Josh Gordon.
If Turner can bring the play-calling he had for Gordon to the Vikings and implement them for Patterson, then the sky is the ceiling. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the first thing Turner did upon being hired was “put in 10 plays for Cordarrelle Patterson,” NFL.com reports. This is a good sign, but we need to see results in the preseason and regular season before jumping the gun.
Patterson has the ability the be a top-10 wide receiver, but he’s not there yet. He may be on the same level as Gordon in terms of excellent play-making despite not having a superstar quarterback under center. Patterson will finish the 2014 season as a top-20 fantasy wide out.
Come draft day, Patterson will be selected as a WR3 with a lot of upside in standard 10-team leagues. This time next year, Patterson may not make it out of the first four rounds.