Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen
28-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Minnesota Vikings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Sam Bradford, Case Keenum - it didn't matter to Thielen, who built on his 2016 breakout and solidified himself as one of the league's better receivers. He averaged 9.0 YPT (7th among the league's 27 100-target receivers) en route to a 91-catch (8th), 1,276-yard (5th) season. The knock on him was the meager TD output - he had only four, all in a six-week span - but that's probably a fluke, as Thielen saw 16 red-zone looks and seven targets inside the 10, modest opportunity, but enough to score at least a couple more times than he did. At 6-2, 200, and running a 4.45 40, Thielen is tall and fast, has excellent hands, runs good routes and adjusts well to the ball in the air. He's also capable of stretching the field - his five catches of 40-plus yards were tied for seventh in the league. Heading into 2018, Thielen should reprise his role opposite Stefon Diggs, with tight end Kyle Rudolph (nine targets inside the 10, eight TDs) siphoning off some of the easy scores. But the departure of Keenum and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur could shake things up. New OC John DeFilippo comes from a dynamic offense in Philadelphia, and new quarterback Kirk Cousins will be Thielen's third - and probably his best - in three seasons. Change always creates some added risk, but there's reward here too. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $19.25 million contract with the Vikings in March of 2017.
Catches 14 passes in loss to Bills
WRMinnesota Vikings
September 23, 2018
Thielen caught 14 of 19 targets for 105 yards during Sunday's 27-6 loss to the Bills.
ANALYSIS
Thielen was peppered with passes as his team played from behind virtually all day, finishing first on the team in targets, catches and yards. He went over 100 receiving yards for the third straight game to start the season, though most of his receptions were of the short variety and he averaged just 7.5 yards per catch. Still, it's clear who the top option in the passing game is for Kirk Cousins, though his rapport with Thielen will be tested Thursday against the Rams.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    204
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
787
93
2017
1034
4
2018
204
0
Minnesota Vikings Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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A former undrafted free agent, Thielen broke out during his third season in the league with 967 yards on only 92 targets. That comes out to 10.5 YPT, good for second among the league's 50 90-target WR. Thielen had only two catches for 40 yards, but 16 of 20 or more, despite the modest workload. At 6-2, 200 and with 4.45 speed, Thielen is just a notch below the typical NFL No. 1 receiver athletically, but he has excellent hands, runs crisp routes and makes good adjustments to the ball in the air. Thielen signed a three-year deal in March and enters the year as one of the Vikings' top targets along with third-year WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph, who sees most of the red-zone work. Last year's disappointing first-rounder, Laquon Treadwell, is also in the mix, but Thielen is the only option who can occasionally stretch the field.
The former Minnesota State standout made 12 catches on 18 targets for 144 yards in 16 games during the 2015 season, and also racked up 89 yards on four carries. Thielen will be buried on the Vikings' wide receiver depth chart again in 2016, so he figures to spend most of his time on special teams during what will be his third season in the league.
Thielen had eight receptions last season as he made the roster as a reserve receiver and special teams player. He'll try to reprise that role for the Vikings again in 2015. He was used at times as both a punt and kick returner. It's hard to see him having a large role on offense without multiple injuries in the receiving corps.
An undrafted free agent from Minnesota State who is a long shot to make the active roster.
Thielen will attempt to crack the roster as a reserve at receiver in training camp.
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Leads team in receiving versus Packers
WRMinnesota Vikings
September 16, 2018
Thielen caught 12 of 13 targets for 131 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 29-29 tie with the Packers.
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Eclipses century mark in opener
WRMinnesota Vikings
September 9, 2018
Thielen brought in six of 12 targets for 102 yards in Sunday's 24-16 win over the 49ers.
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Good to go for Week 1
WRMinnesota Vikings
September 5, 2018
Thielen (leg) wasn't listed on the Vikings' Week 1 injury report Wednesday.
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Positioned for regular slot work
WRMinnesota Vikings
Leg
September 2, 2018
Thielen (leg) likely will spend a lot of time in the slot this season, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
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Severity of injury downplayed
WRMinnesota Vikings
Leg
August 28, 2018
Thielen (leg) isn't believed to be dealing with a "long-term concern," Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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