Linval Joseph
Linval Joseph
31-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Joseph is a hefty tackle (6-4, 329) who sees too many double-teams to make a big pass-rushing impact, but he can provide floor-setting production as a secondary defensive line IDP due to his ability to find ballcarriers. As much as his career-high four sacks is thoroughly unexciting, Joseph's standout athleticism and conditioning allow him to accumulate much better tackle volume than most DTs, with the upside scenario being his production from 2017. A knee tweak slowed him in 2018, but a return to his peak form is possible this year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $50.35 million contract with the Vikings in August of 2017.
Finishes 2019 with three sacks
DTMinnesota Vikings
January 15, 2020
Joseph recorded eight tackles (five solo) during Saturday's 27-10 divisional-round loss to San Francisco.
ANALYSIS
After concluding the regular season with 44 tackles (26 solo), three sacks and one forced fumble across 13 contests, Joseph added 10 more stops to his ledger between Minnesota's two playoff games. Joseph has been a stalwart along the defensive line for Minnesota since 2014, and with three years remaining on his contract, he's in line to fill a starting role again in 2020. The consistent double teams that Joseph faces limits his upside as a pass rusher, but his floor as a run stopper gives him some IDP value.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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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.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
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
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Ready to rock
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January 9, 2020
Joseph (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's NFC divisional-round game against the 49ers.
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Sits out walkthrough
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Knee
January 7, 2020
Joseph (knee) didn't participate in Tuesday's walkthrough practice.
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Upgrades to full practice
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December 12, 2019
Joseph (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
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Limited Wednesday
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Knee
December 11, 2019
Joseph (knee) was listed as a limited participant for practice Wednesday.
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Ready for Week 14
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December 6, 2019
Joseph (knee) is clear of the injury report for Sunday's game against the Lions.
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