The Vikings Best Players of 2022

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After the end of the 2022 regular season, these are the Minnesota Vikings grades from best to worst per Pro Football Focus. The scores are from the 2022 regular season and account for Week 1 through 18.

This series updated the Vikings grades in real time each week after every game. Now, the scores are locked in for good.

The Vikings Best Players
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Of note, only players who qualify for PFF’s minimum snap count are listed.

The Vikings Best Players of 2022

1. WR – Justin Jefferson (90.4)
2. LT – Christian Darrisaw (90.3)
3. EDGE – Danielle Hunter (86.3)
4. RT – Brian O’Neill (83.1)
5. EDGE – Za’Darius Smith (82.2)
6. CB – Duke Shelley (81.5)
7. CB – Patrick Peterson (80.7)
8. NT – Khyiris Tonga (77.9)
9. DL – Dalvin Tomlinson (77.1)
10. QB – Kirk Cousins (77.4)
11. LG – Ezra Cleveland (73.5)
12. NT – Harrison Phillips (72.1)
13. HB – Alexander Mattison (71.3)
14. TE – T.J. Hockenson (70.2)
15. C – Garrett Bradbury (70.2)

Starters Playing
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16. SS – Harrison Smith (69.1)
17. HB – Dalvin Cook (67.4)
18. LB – Jordan Hicks (65.4)
19. WR – K.J. Osborn (65.1)
t20. DL – James Lynch (65.0)
t20. WR – Adam Thielen (65.0)
22. CB – Cameron Dantzler (64.7)
23. EDGE – Patrick Jones (62.5)
24. LB – Eric Kendricks (61.1)
25. FS – Camryn Bynum (58.2)
26. EDGE – D.J. Wonnum (58.0)
27. RG – Ed Ingram (57.1)
28. TE – Irv Smith (56.6)
29. DL – Jonathan Bullard (56.5)
30. CB – Chandon Sullivan (55.8)
31. TE – Johnny Mundt (51.2)
32. OT – Bobby Evans (29.8)


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 Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).