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.
Cleared to face Chicago
WRMinnesota Vikings
November 16, 2018
Thielen (lower back/calf) isn't listed on the Vikings' final injury report ahead of Sunday's game in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
Coming out of a bye week, Thielen never seemed to be in any real danger of missing this crucial contest. He gets an interesting Week 11 matchup against a Chicago defense that has given up the eighth-most receiving yards per game to wideouts (177.6) this season, despite the fact the unit is playing at a high level as a whole.
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Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Adam Thielen's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats 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. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
101.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.56
 
% Team Air Yards
37.7%
 
% Team Targets
29.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
74.3%
 
Drop Rate
1.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.8
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Bears pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
The bars represents the team's percentile rank (based on QB Rating Against). The longer the bar, the better their pass defense is. The team and position group ratings only include players that are currently on the roster and not on injured reserve. The list of players in the table only includes defenders with at least 3 attempts against them.
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Sunday, Nov 18th at 8:20PM
Overall QB Rating Against
62.0
 
Cornerbacks
59.9
 
Safeties
39.8
 
Linebackers
80.5
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Remains limited Thursday
WRMinnesota Vikings
Back
November 15, 2018
Thielen (lower back, calf) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
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Dealing with back, calf injuries
WRMinnesota Vikings
Back
November 14, 2018
Thielen was a limited practice participant Wednesday due to calf and lower-back injuries.
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Snaps 100-yard streak at eight games
WRMinnesota Vikings
November 4, 2018
Thielen caught four of seven targets for 22 yards and a touchdown while adding a five-yard carry in Sunday's 24-9 win over the Lions.
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Another week, another 100-plus yards
WRMinnesota Vikings
October 28, 2018
Thielen hauled in all seven of his targets for 103 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-20 loss to New Orleans.
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Historic 100-yard streak continues
WRMinnesota Vikings
October 21, 2018
Thielen caught nine of 10 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-17 win over the Jets.
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