Linval Joseph
Linval Joseph
30-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
Minnesota Vikings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Joseph is generally overlooked by NFL fans and media, but he's one of the league's most feared interior linemen. Standing at a hulking 6-4, 329, Joseph is actually one of the league's most athletic defensive tackles, and he's plenty disruptive despite his nose tackle appearance. For three years in a row he's averaged more than one tackle for every 10 snaps played (56 on 532, 77 on 720, and 68 on 664), which means he should provide mainstream DL2 utility so long as he's seeing his standard workload. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $50.35 million contract with the Vikings in August of 2017.
Returning from one-game absence
DTMinnesota Vikings
October 28, 2018
Joseph (ankle) is listed as active Sunday against the Saints.
Prior to landing on the Vikings' Week 7 inactive list, Joseph managed just one limited practice. On this occasion, he maintained a limited listing all week, which was enough for the training staff to give him the all-clear. Assuming he's almost all the way back, he should handle most of the reps at defensive tackle next to regular starter Sheldon Richardson.
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Measurables Review
How do Linval Joseph's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
329 lbs
40-Yard Dash
5.09 sec
Shuttle Time
4.71 sec
Cone Drill
8.12 sec
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
Broad Jump
100 in
Bench Press
39 reps
Hand Length
10.00 in
Arm Length
34.50 in
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Joseph is one of the league's better run-stopping interior linemen. He only has 16.5 sacks in 97 career games, however, so his IDP value is limited. Still, he's a key player on Minnesota's defense.
Linval may have been the best nose tackle in football last season with 56 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one-half sack, 26 quarterback hurries and defended a pass. He started just 12 games as he struggled with turf toe. His stats don't make him an option in most IDP leagues, but he's a key player on Minnesota's defense.
Joseph is a starting defensive tackle and strong against the run, but doesn't rate as well as a pass rusher. He's averaged three sacks over the past four seasons.
Joseph has been a very consistent player over the last three years, averaging 55.7 tackles per season while also recording nine sacks in that span. He's a big body that is primary focused on stopping the run, although his sack total shows that he can break through into the backfield. With the departure of Jared Allen in the offseason, the Vikings will be desperate for someone to fill the pass-rushing void. Joseph isn't likely to get close to 10 sacks, but half may not be unreasonable.
Starting interior defensive lineman.
Starting interior lineman, one of the keys to the team's run defense.
Starting defensive tackle will clog the run and try to generate some push up the middle.
Rookie tackle will be in the defensive line rotation as a reserve.
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Questionable for Week 8
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October 26, 2018
Joseph (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
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Inactive Sunday
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October 21, 2018
Joseph (knee/shoulder/ankle) is inactive for Sunday's road game against the Jets, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Listed as questionable for Sunday
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October 19, 2018
Joseph (ankle) carries a questionable designation into Sunday's contest against the Jets, Courtney Cronin of reports.
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Still not practicing
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October 18, 2018
Joseph (ankle) did not practice Thursday.
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Returns fumble for TD
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October 8, 2018
Joseph had five total tackles, a sack and returned a fumble for a touchdown in Sunday's win at Philadelphia.
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