Cordarrelle Patterson starts with a bang, gives fantasy owners food for thought

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

The Vikings rookie wide receiver demonstrated his speed early against the Packers. We break down the fantasy implications.

Minnesota Vikings rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson caught two passes for 26 yards in a 44-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. Patterson started the game with a bang, returning the opening kick off for an NFL record tying 109-yard touchdown.

Fantasy impact: Coming into this season, Patterson had been a popular sleeper pick in fantasy leagues. The Vikings were really impressed with the speed in the preseason and envisioned him as a raw talent that could replace the Percy Harvin, who was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason.

Although he has had a handful of big highlights in the return game this year, it seems like he still has a lot to learn. Fantasy owners can't really blame Patterson though, as the Vikings' struggles at the quarterback position this season have been well documented.

Given that teammates Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson have also had a tough time in 2013 and the Vikings are far from playoff bound, it is possible that Patterson will be a second-half surprise in fantasy leagues. One or two more losses will probably lead the Vikings to start evaluating their roster for 2014, which could mean a spike in opportunities and output for Patterson.

More fantasy football news from SB Nation:

Get live advice daily in the Fantasy War Room

Today's fantasy football player updates

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.