Cordarrelle Patterson – For a junior college transfer who played only his senior season at the University of Tennessee, many thought that the Vikings reached on selecting Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th overall pick in last year’s NFL draft. After Patterson took Sunday’s opening kickoff 105 yards to the house, it’s easy to see the kid’s raw talents. With 4.4 wheels and a big frame, Patterson projects to be a nice target this season. While Patterson has only seen 11 snaps on offense, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier has vowed to find ways to get Patterson more involved. Naturally, no one expected Patterson to immediately join the lineup as Minnesota’s WR2, but it’s more than realistic to expect Patterson to be a part of the Vikings offense by week 6, coming off the bye in week 5. Jerome Simpson’s track-record is enough to assume Patterson will be the Vikings #2 receiver sooner, rather than later.
The Bottom Heist: While Patterson may wear #84, he’s not Randy Moss. But, he’s a bench stash with incredibly high upside in 12+ team leagues.
Justin Blackmon – I can’t stress enough that the functionality of the waiver wire is to acquire players with big potential. The fifth pick in the 2012 NFL draft struggled out the gate with the Jaguars last year, compiling a mere 26 catches for 250 yards across his first eight games. However, Blackmon turned it up the second half of the season, catching five or more passes in six of the final seven games and recorded four TDs over that span. While Blackmon will have to sit out weeks 3 and 4 to complete his suspension, his pre-season performance was highly productive, as he was frequently locked in as the #1 target in the passing game.
The Bottom Heist: There’s no telling just how good Blackmon can be, regardless if it’s Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne throwing him the rock. Blackmon posted a monster Week 11 last year vs. the Texans, tallying a 13/236/1 line.