College: Minnesota State-Mankato | 6 years
Height: 6'2" | Weight: 200 lbs
Birth Date: 8/22/1990
Depth Chart: WR1.1
2019 Bye Week: 12
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR
Thielen had a career year, finishing seventh overall in fantasy receiver scoring. He was the top fantasy receiver about half the season before fading a little down the stretch. Thielen had eight straight 100-yard games to start his season but just one more the rest of the way. But even with that said, he still had double-digit fantasy points all but two games. He had at least five receptions 13 of 16 games. He had more than 100 receptions for the first time in his career. Thielen has two straight seasons with 90-plus catches and 1,200-plus yards. He is a top option in the Vikings pass-first offense. Thielen just makes plays. He runs top routes and can be a big-play threat despite lacking some top-end speed for the position. He has plus hands and a knack for making clutch plays. Fantasy Outlook: Thielen is a top-10 fantasy receiver. He gets a high-volume of receptions and will post good yard-age numbers. The only knock is a lack of scores, failing to have double-digit touchdowns any season. It wouldn't surprise if that changes this year if the Vikings get more consistent play from Kirk Cousins. Thielen can get 100-plus receptions, 1,300 yards and around 10 scores.
Thielen is slotted right in that third tier of WR next to Amari Cooper, Keenan Allen, and T.Y. Hilton. This is a deep year at receiver and all of these guys are either high-upside or extremely safe options that are going to see 140+ targets a piece. The same can be said for Thielen, who reeled in 113 of his 153 targets in 2018 on his way to a WR7 ranking. Its worth noting he dropped a bit in the second half and ranked WR23 from weeks 9-17. The Vikings didnt add any pass catchers to compete with Diggs and Thielen, so a comparable season can be expected. The schedule is phenomenal with the only real tough games coming against the Bears. He still had success against them last year, however. I wouldnt go out of my way to reach for Thielen, but would certainly let him fall in my lap towards the late third round or early fourth.
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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen had an efficient game in Week 1, catching 3-of-3 targets for 43 yards and a receiving touchdown. Thielen had a productive fantasy day despite Kirk Cousins throwing just 10 times, a number that will surely rise against the Packers in Week 2. The Packers Defense looked great against the Chicago Bears on opening night, but Thielen will have a clear matchup advantage against Kevin King and the rest of the defensive backfield for Green Bay. Look for Thielen to see more targets and lock him in as a solid WR2 in Week 2 against the Packers.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen led the receiving core on Sunday, snagging 3-of-3 targets for 43 yards and the team's only receiving touchdown. Thielen managed to come away from this game with a usable fantasy line despite quarterback Kirk Cousins passing for only 98 yards, which has to be considered a win. The lack of a passing game is concerning for Thielen's outlook, but it may be wise to wait a few weeks before hitting the panic button. Expect Thielen to garner a heavier target-share in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, and you're still plugging him in as your WR1/WR2 in standard leagues.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen tied the NFL record for consecutive 100-yard receiving games in 2018, and he'll look to get off to a hot start on Sunday afternoon against the Falcons. Though the Vikings may be looking to feature a more balanced offense this year, Thielen is a great candidate for 8-10 targets and a chance at reaching the end zone against the subpar Falcons defensive backfield. He needs to be locked into fantasy lineups in Week 1 as a low-end WR1 with a safe floor given his likely high target-share.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen hasn't played a snap since a Week 2 preseason game versus the Seahawks, where he easily excelled in limited playing time with three catches for 45 yards, including a nice 34-yard over-the-top grab, followed by a huge pass interference call that helped the Vikings secure a victory. Head coach Mike Zimmer says he "was a little sore" after that game and decided to keep him out against the Cardinals, but there is "nothing to be concerned about." He won't be suiting up for the final preseason game against the Bills either, as they will remain cautious with their Pro Bowl wide receiver going into Week 1 at home against the high-flying Falcons. He remains a WR1 and should be started with confidence in all formats.
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen didn't play in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 24, for 'precautionary' reasons, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'Thielen could have played,' Zimmer said. 'Practiced all week, he could've played today but he was a little sore'
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was his usual dependable self on Sunday, snagging all three of his targets for 45 yards in limited action with the first-team offense. Thielen made a nice over-the-shoulder grab for 34 yards in the first quarter and drew a pass interference penalty on a deep ball the very next play. Thielen is simply one of the top receivers in the league, breaking out for 1,373 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. He also tied the record for consecutive games with 100+ yards receiving with eight, joining Calvin Johnson. Thielen is being drafted at 28 overall (WR11) in points-per-reception formats and is worth a look as a rock-solid WR1 in 2019.
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen led the league with 68 receptions out of the slot last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fantasy Spin: Signed to a four-year, $64 million extension last month, Thielen ranks fourth in the league with 204 receptions over the last two seasons combined. While it is fair to wonder if the Vikings desire to run the ball more often will cut down on his opportunities a bit, Thielen has established himself as a supreme route-runner capable of getting open against almost any cornerback. Owners should feel confident in him as a low-end fantasy WR1 in 2019.
The Minnesota Vikings signed wide receiver Adam Thielen to a four-year contract extension worth at least $64 million on Friday. The deal could be worth up to $73 million and keeps him under contract through 2024. Thielen finished fourth in the league last year with 113 catches for 1,373 yards and also tied an NFL record by starting the season with eight straight 100-yard games. The 28-year-old is an excellent weapon in fantasy leagues, both standard and PPR, and should remain so for the 2019 season with Kirk Cousins still throwing him passes. He's tied for third in the NFL with 82 third-down catches and is tied for seventh in both catches and receiving yards since the start of 2014.
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with the Vikings Friday, April 12, worth $64 million. The deal includes $35 million in guaranteed money and could be worth as much as $73 million.
Fantasy Spin: Thielen was one of the top receivers in the NFL this past season and finished with 113 receptions, 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns. He will continue to be a main part of the passing game for the Vikings and can be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues.