John Carlson Injury Report: Probable, Fantasy Value Remains Low

SEATTLE WA - JANUARY 08: Tight end John Carlson #89 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his 11-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8 2011 in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Vikings TE John Carlson is probable for Week 1 against the Jaguars. We break down the fantasy implications.

Minnesota Vikings TE John Carlson (knee) is officially listed as probable for Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Carlson missed the entire preseason with a sprained MCL, but was a full participant in practice all week.

Fantasy Impact: Carlson now the second-string tight end in Minnesota after the emergence of Kyle Rudolph. He probably won't contribute much this season even while healthy, which hasn't been often. Carlson missed the whole 2011 season with a torn labrum and hasn't been a fantasy factor since 2009. By now, the Vikings are probably regretting the 5-year, $25 million contract they gave him in the offseason. Keep him on the waiver wire.

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