Stop Sending Justin Jefferson DMs

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center during 2023 Mandatory Minicamp. Jefferson won the 2023 Offensive Rookie of the Year award and enters Year 4 as a pro in 2023.

Justin Jefferson may adore your support as a fan, but he emphatically does not care about your fantasy football team.

Source? Him.

Stop Sending Justin Jefferson DMs

Out of nowhere on Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver tweeted his grievance with fantasy managers, telling folks to stop with the direct messages.

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“My health is wayyyy more important than you winning your fantasy games. It doesn’t matter how many times y’all flood my dms talking about me selling your team. I DONT CARE😂,” Jefferson posted on the X app.

Jefferson is officially listed as questionable for Monday’s tryst with the Chicago Bears and has missed six straight games with a hamstring injury.

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Overzealous fantasy football participants evidently message the 24-year-old, ming-bogglingly believing he might oblige their requests. One can tell it’s The Digital Age — or a scene from the film Idiocracy — if sending notes to players about fantasy football seems like a sensible, logical strategy.

Regarding Jefferson’s eventual return, fantasy football be damned, the Vikings don’t sound terribly optimistic about his status this week. ESPN Kevin Seifert tweeted Monday, “Kevin O’Connell termed WR Justin Jefferson as ‘questionable’ for next Monday’s game vs. Bears. He also acknowledged ‘we do have to be smart’ about bringing him back, knowing the Vikings have their bye the following week and could get add a ‘free’ week to his 21-day window.”

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Indeed, Jefferson’s status could theoretically become rosier in the next few days, but all signs point to a return versus the Las Vegas Raiders — in 19 days. Minnesota still lives firmly in the NFC’s No. 7 playoff seed, and even after the loss in Denver, the Vikings own a 78.0% probability of reaching the postseason, according to ESPN.

If Jefferson does not play in Week 12, the club will again lean on pass-catchers Jordan Addison, T.J. Hockenson, and K.J. Osborn, among others. The trio didn’t have much luck against the Broncos, at least compared to the previous five games, but Denver’s defense is hot, and well, the Bears’ is not.

Moreover, the bye week factoid is accurate. Should the Vikings prefer slow-rolling Jefferson’s hamstring recovery out of an abundance of caution, the bye week provides an extra recovery week to situate Jefferson with optimal health.

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Sending Jefferson direct messages on Twitter or Instagram, though, will change nothing about his recovery or return to the field.

The Vikings are favored by 3.5 points to take down the Bears in Week 12.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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