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Nick Mullens

#2 QB,

Vikings

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ACTUAL 2022

12 FPTS

RANK: 65

2023 SEASON

16 FPTS

RANK: 59

AGE

28 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'0'' / 201 lbs

COLLEGE

Southern Miss

SEASONGPFPTSRANKPAATTPACMPPAYDPATDPAINTCOMP%RUATTRUYDRUTD
202311659th37232541162.228undefined
202241265th25212241184.0480
3yr Ave44647th119778614465%420

Now backing up Darnold, not Cousins

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-13

Mullens looks set to work as the top backup to Sam Darnold, who is slated to ink a one-year deal with Minnesota, while Kirk Cousins is primed to move on to Atlanta, Christian Gonzales of NFL.com reports.

Mullens and 2023 fifth-round pick Jaren Hall are currently the Vikings' only options at quarterback behind Darnold, though the team could further bolster the position in free agency or the 2024 NFL Draft. Now heading into the final year of his contact, and having spent the last two seasons as a backup for Minnesota, Mullens could be cut with only $375,000 in dead money, but the team may see value in a veteran already familiar with the present offensive scheme. The Vikings hold the No. 11 pick in April's draft and could be a candidate to select a quarterback there, or to move up the board.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

-0.1
2.2
6.3
3.4

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKSPREADO/UATTCMPYDTDINTCOMP%RATINGATTYDTDAIRCATCH20YD+PLAYWRRBTE
9 @WAS Outdoor 71° -0.1 30th -3.043.511-300100.079.2000-6100%0%100%0%0%100%
11 DAL Dome 29° 2.2 31st 2.547.575540071.493.8000471%0%14%71%29%0%
17 @GB Outdoor 39° 6.3 28th 3.547.5445710100.0158.30009100%100%0%100%0%0%
18 @CHI Outdoor 32° 3.4 35th -6.544.513111160184.671.8480585%0%53%69%15%15%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing AveragesRushing Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMRANKYDTDINTCOMP%RATINGAIRCATCH20YD+YDTD
Home Outdoor 3 39.249th2131.0165.983.573%38%400.0
Home Dome 1 02.214th540.0071.493.871%0%400.0
Home Retractable Dome 2 216.54th2882.01.560.782.270%33%600.0
Away Outdoor 7 27.762nd1530.60.472.899.276%67%610.0
Away Dome 1 110.239th2471.0263.268.663%100%530.0
Away Retractable Dome 1 111.544th2192.0258.371.461%50%670.0

Career Stats by Season: 2018 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKATTCMPYDTDINTCMP%RATINGATTYDTDAIRCATCH20YD+PLAYWRRBTE
2018 23 SF 8 8 123 33rd2741762,277131064.290.818-160669%44%-46%18%31%
2019 24 SF 1 0 0 70th000000.039.63-3000%0%-0%0%0%
2020 25 SF 10 8 116 34th3262112,437121264.784.19805.770%65%28%56%20%22%
2021 26 CLE 1 1 10 62nd30201471066.789.20003.873%0%23%43%30%23%
2022 27 MIN 4 0 12 65th25212241184.0100.74805.184%33%38%72%16%12%
*"Air" yards thrown per completion. Pass was "Catch"able. Percent of passes thrown "20yds+" that were completed. "Play" action pass percent of total pass plays.

Remarkable numbers in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Mullens completed 30 of 44 passes for 396 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed twice for eight yards in the Vikings' 30-20 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Mullens put together an outstanding line from a fantasy perspective, but his two fourth-quarter interceptions helped sink any chance the Vikings had of temporarily remaining alive for a postseason berth with a win. Mullens put up plenty of eye-catching play on tape over his late-season three-game starting stint (five overall appearances), throwing for at least 303 yards and multiple touchdowns in all three games he opened under center. With Kirk Cousins' (IR-Achilles) future in Minnesota uncertain, it s conceivable Mullens could receive some consideration for the 2024 starting job, although he'll be 29 by the start of the new campaign and has profiled strictly as a backup throughout his career thus far.

Back in starting role

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-03

Coach Kevin O'Connell said Wednesday that Mullens will start Sunday's season finale against the Lions.

As Minnesota's quarterback carousel continues to spin, it has landed back on Mullens for the season finale. Mullens played the second half of the team's Week 17 loss to the Packers after the curious decision to start rookie Jaren Hall backfired. In two previous starts this season, Mullens threw for an impressive 714 yards and four touchdowns but also had six interceptions.

Finishes second half of blowout

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Mullens completed 13 of 22 pass attempts for 113 yards and a touchdown with a six-yard rushing attempt in Sunday's 33-10 loss to Green Bay.

Rookie Jaren Hall struggled to the tune of no touchdowns and two turnovers in his first career start, so head coach Kevin O'Connell switched back to Mullens at the start of the second half. The veteran signal-caller didn't give the offense a significant makeover, but he certainly produced the more fantasy-friendly half Sunday. O'Connell stated after the game that he has not committed to a starting quarterback for Minnesota's regular-season finale against Detroit, according to ESPN's Kevin Seifert. The more-experienced Mullens would be the logical choice for the 8-8 Vikings, as their playoff hopes (while slim) are still alive. Mullens also represents the option the higher fantasy upside after he threw two touchdowns and four turnovers in a narrow loss to Detroit when the two teams met in Week 16.

Moves back to No. 2 QB

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-28

Coach Kevin O'Connell named Jaren Hall the Vikings' starting quarterback for Sunday's contest against the Packers, with Mullens serving as the No. 2 option at the position, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

Following Kirk Cousins' season-ending Achilles tear back in Week 8, Minnesota has cycled through three different quarterbacks, with Mullens getting the call the last two games. While Mullens filled the stat sheet (48-for-69 passing for 714 yards and four touchdowns), he also tossed six interceptions in losses at Cincinnati and to the Lions. With Hall back in the top job, Mullens could have been demoted to No. 3 on the QB depth chart, but O'Connell will stick with him as the primary backup over Joshua Dobbs.

Fills stat sheet in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-24

Mullens completed 22 of 36 pass attempts for 411 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions in Sunday's 30-24 loss to Detroit. He had one rush for one yard and fumbled twice but did not lose either.

Mullens earned the starting nod after nearly leading Minnesota to victory in an overtime loss to Cincinnati last week. The veteran backup continued to sling the ball around freely, eclipsing 400 yards passing after throwing for 303 yards against the Bengals. While that style of play can result in the gaudy numbers we've seen so far from Mullens, it can also result in costly turnovers. The 28-year-old threw four more interceptions and nearly lost two fumbles after throwing two picks in his last start. That said, there is fantasy value to be had from Mullens based on passing volume alone -- especially in formats that do not punish turnovers harshly -- for next Sunday's home matchup against the Packers.

Confirmed starter for Week 16

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-18

Coach Kevin O'Connell confirmed Monday that Mullens will start Sunday's game against the Lions.

As expected, Mullens will make a second consecutive start. He threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals but had a pair of interceptions in Cincinnati territory. The 7-7 Vikings are in the playoff hunt and believe Mullens gives them the best chance to win over Joshua Dobbs or Jaren Hall.

Another start incoming

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-18

Mullens is expected to draw another start for Minnesota during Sunday's divisional matchup against the Lions, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Mullens moved the Vikings' offense during the team's Week 15 loss to Cincinnati, but he also had two costly turnovers in the 27-24 overtime defeat. In all Mullens completed 26 of 33 pass attempts for 303 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, an overall respectable effort. He faces a more favorable matchup against Detroit in Week 16, so fantasy managers can retain confidence in the prospects of top pass catchers of Justin Jefferson (7-84 vs. Bengals), Jordan Addison (6-111-2) and T.J. Hockenson (6-63).

Costly turnovers in spot start

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-16

Mullens completed 26 of 33 pass attempts for 303 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals on Saturday.

Mullens generally did a good job of moving the ball and made some gutsy throws, but Mullens' gunslinger mentality can be a liability at other times given his lack of throwing velocity. The Vikings ended up losing in overtime, and Mullens' two interceptions were part of how that happened. Mullens was a turnover-prone player even in his Southern Mississippi days, so it will probably always be part of his game. With that said, Mullens could have a favorable matchup against Detroit in Week 16 if he remains Minnesota's starter.

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