Jerome Simpson puts up big fantasy numbers against the Lions

Gregory Shamus

Simpson surprised many with 140 yards during Sunday's loss to the Lions. We take a look at the fantasy implications.

Jerome Simpson managed to haul in seven receptions for 140 yards against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He led all Vikings' wide receivers in every category. Christian Ponder targeted Simpson eight times -- only one target ahead of newest acquisition Greg Jennings. Jennings only managed three catches for 33 yards and was the second most production receiver on the roster.

Fantasy impact: Simpson's performance has to come as a bit of a surprise to many. He had nearly a quarter of his reception total from 2012 (24) and outshined Jennings, who signed a five-year $47.5 million contract in the offseason. Despite Simpson's output, it's important to remember that Minnesota's offense has few reliable fantasy players (not named "Adrian Peterson") primarily due to the quarterback play of Ponder.

Simpson is owned in only two percent of Yahoo! leagues, and could be worth watching in deeper leagues. However, it's likely that his performance is a Week 1 anomaly that  will simply frustrate owners hoping for a repeat performance. He's always been touted for his upside athletically, but can never seem to consistently deliver.

The Vikings play the Bears in Week 2. The Bears allowed 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns to A.J. Green, but not much else to other wide receivers. Expect Ponder to struggle with his receivers against their division rival.

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