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If you’re reading this article, you’re having a tough time setting your fantasy football lineup this week.

Don’t worry. We’re here for you.

Each week, we’ll share our take on players involved in the Minnesota Vikings’ matchup, place them in four different categories -- Rockers, Shockers, Mockers and Talkers -- and give them a percentage on our confidence level in their possible fantasy production.

Rockers: The no-brainers. These players should lead you to victory this week.

Mockers: Yikes. Keep these guys on the bench.

Shockers: Starting these sleepers could make you look like a fantasy genius.

Talkers: Boom or bust. It’s a risky play that could win or lose your fantasy matchup.

WEEK 5 ROCKERS

-- Vikings RB Alexander Mattison: Reports around the NFL indicate Dalvin Cook will miss at least the next two games after being carted off last week at Levi’s Stadium. Enter Mattison. The third-year back has started two games this season and racked up 150+ total yards in both, including 113 rushing yards and 40 receiving yards against the Lions in Week 5. If the Vikings get an early lead, Mattison will have a big workload. CONFIDENCE CLIP: 90%

-- Vikings WR Justin Jefferson: Frustration was apparent against San Francisco between Jefferson and quarterback Kirk Cousins, as they connected just four times, but the good news is he was targeted on nine passes. Over the last three weeks, the second-year star is averaging 7.0 receptions for 131.7 yards on 10.0 targets. He’s played against the Lions three times and has put together a solid stat line in each: 3-64, 9-133 and 7-124. CONFIDENCE CLIP: 90%

-- Vikings WR Adam Thielen: Opposing teams have begun to game plan against Jefferson, which has allowed Thielen to slip under the radar. In the last three games, Thielen has seen 7+ targets and has surpassed 62+ receiving yards in each – to go along with his three scores, of course. He’s tied for the NFL lead with 10 receiving touchdowns along with Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans. CONFIDENCE CLIP: 70%

WEEK 5 MOCKERS

-- Lions QB Jared Goff: If you drafted Goff to be your starting fantasy quarterback, you probably have as many wins as Detroit and haven’t checked your fantasy roster since Week 5. Over the last six games, Goff has tossed three touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s averaged under six yards per passing attempt and owns a 79.1 rating over that stretch. Yucky. CONFIDENCE CLIP: 10%

-- Lions TE T.J. Hockenson: There have been few bigger fantasy disappointments than Hockenson, who many pundits tabbed as a top-tier tight end behind Travis Kelce and George Kittle heading into the season. Still, though, Hockenson is the Lions’ top receiver with 57 catches for 534 yards. He snapped an eight-game touchdown drought last week with a 17-yard reception from Goff. However, the Vikings are allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to tight ends and have let just one TE cross the goal line all season. CONFIDENCE CLIP: 40%

WEEK 5 SHOCKERS

-- Minnesota Vikings D/ST: Due to injuries and COVID-19, the Vikings’ defensive line has more holes than a Louis Sachar novel -- this remains true even after defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. But the Lions offense is so bad, starting Minnesota’s defense is a good idea. Detroit logs 305.4 total yards and 15.8 points per game – third-lowest in the league in both categories. The Lions haven’t scored more than 19 points since Week 1. As a bonus, we don’t think the Lions will be giving Kene Nwangwu a chance to return any kicks as he’s taken two back to the house already this season, but it’d be fun to root for as you watch the game. CONFIDENCE CLIP: 70%

WEEK 5 TALKERS

-- Vikings QB Kirk Cousins: We’re looking for a bounce-back performance for Cousins, who struggled even lining up under the correct lineman last week against the 49ers. In eight career games against Detroit, Cousins is averaging 274.8 yards and has tossed 17 touchdowns and only two picks -- a 120.5 passer rating. The Lions surrendered 317 passing yards to a washed-up Andy Dalton on Thanksgiving last week. CONFIDENCE CLIP: 80%

-- Lions RB Jamaal Williams: Just like Minnesota, the Lions won’t have their top back on the field in Week 12 as D’Andre Swift is likely out for a few weeks. The Vikings know Williams well, as he spent the first four seasons of his career with Green Bay. While splitting the duties with Swift against Minnesota in Week 5, Williams logged 57 rushing yards on 11 attempts and caught two passes for eight yards. He played a season-high 63% of the snaps last week after Swift exited the game with injury and saw 15 carries and five receptions. The workload will be there for a solid game, especially against an injury-plagued Minnesota front four which surrendered 133 yards last week to sixth-round pick Elijah Mitchell. CONFIDENCE CLIP: 60%

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