How Valuable Were The Vikings Wide Receivers & Tight Ends In 2022-23?

How Valuable Were The Vikings Wide Receivers & Tight Ends In 2022-23?
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The Minnesota Vikings had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL last season, averaging nearly 25 points per game. One of the reasons why they were so prolific was due to their passing attack. Kirk Cousins had one of the best passing seasons of his career, throwing for 4,547 yards and 27 touchdowns. 

The Vikings had a plethora of playmakers for Cousins to throw to including All-Pro WR Justin Jefferson. But what passing target for Cousins was the most valuable last season? 

As we wait for Minnesota Sportsbooks to launch in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, breaks down the Vikings wideouts and tight ends from last season. 

Cap Hit Per Statistic For Vikings 2022-23 Receiving Unit was able to gather the data on cap hits per receiving yard and touchdown for the Minnesota Vikings last season and the results were quite surprising. Here are the full results:

PlayerCap Hit Per Receiving Yard*Cap Hit Per Receiving Touchdown*
TE T.J. Hockenson$1,033$178,704
WR K.J. Osborn$1,480$192,389
WR Justin Jefferson$1,978$447,368
WR Jalen Nailor$4,191$750,165
TE Johnny Mundt$8,464$1,185,000
TE Irv Smith Jr.$10,137$922,479
WR Adam Thielen$16,296$1,944,706
WR Jalen Reagor$17,466$1,816,425
TE Ben Ellefson$22,009No receiving TDs

*Cap hits rounded up to the nearest whole number

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Who Were the Top Vikings Value WRs & TEs?

The best value for the Vikings last season was none other than TE T.J. Hockenson, who the team acquired via trade from the Detroit Lions midway through the season. Hockenson appeared in 10 games with the team, totaling 519 yards and three touchdowns. According to, his cap hit was only $536,111, so it’s not hard to see why he was among the most valuable players to the Vikings last season.

The next name to see here is Justin Jefferson, who had a cap hit of just $3.5 million in 2022. Jefferson led the NFL in receiving yards last season with 1,809 on 128 receptions. But surprisingly, he only caught eight touchdowns on 184 targets. Jefferson is already the most valuable and underpaid receiver in the league. But with a few more added touchdowns, he would be the best value player in the entire NFL. 

The only other name worth pointing out here is Adam Thielen, who was paid nearly $2 million per touchdown last season. Thielen had a cap hit of $11.6 million but scored just six touchdowns on 107 targets. While he was a fantastic player for years for the Vikings, it was time to move on as it was clear that he was just becoming too expensive for his declining production. 

The Vikings should be one of the most explosive offenses again this season and with both Jefferson and Hockenson on relatively cheap deals, they should provide a ton of value again next year. Stay up-to-date on the latest Minnesota prospects with the Vikings playoff chances all season long. 

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Marcus Mosher is a betting analyst covering the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for The host of the Locked On Cowboys podcast, Marcus also has been the managing editor of The Raiders Wire and contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly, FanSided and FanRag Sports.