• Adam Thielen

  • WR
  • , Minnesota Vikings
  • 30
  • 195 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Thielen missed several games in 2019 with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 7. Prior to that, he had averaged 4.3 catches for 61 yards and 0.83 touchdowns on 6.3 targets, which was solid usage but a far cry from his volume in 2018 (7.1-86-0.56 on 9.6 targets per game). Kevin Stefanski had taken over late in 2018 and made the Vikings very run-heavy at HC Mike Zimmer’s request. Through six weeks in 2019, he was the No. 8 fantasy receiver, thanks in large part to the five touchdowns in six games. He was injured in Week 7, and only appeared in four more games, catching all of three passes for 27 yards. Stefanski is out and Stefon Diggs was traded to Buffalo, so Thielen should be the clear No. 1 target in the Minnesota offense under new OC Gary Kubiak. He’s a solid value in the fourth round of fantasy drafts, especially in PPR formats since he has 100-catch upside.

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Scouting report

by Richard Mejia

MIN WR Adam Thielen - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Through the first six weeks of the 2019 season, Adam Thielen was the WR8 in fantasy football have five touchdowns an almost 400 receiving yards. However, a Week 7 hamstring injury cost Thielen to miss five games and derailed what appeared to be another promising season. Prior to last season, Thielen finished as the WR9 in 2017 and the WR7 in 2018, his first season with QB Kirk Cousins when he amassed career-highs in targets (153), receptions ( 113), yards(1,373) and touchdowns(9). With Minnesota trading away Thielen’s primary competition for targets in WR Stefon Diggs, Thielen is poised to be yet another target hog on a team that does not have much behind their primary WR.

Fantasy Downside

As seemingly the lone receiver for the Vikings, Thielen should command most targets for the team, however the amount of those targets can be exceedingly small. Minnesota’s heavy run scheme meant the team only passed the ball 444 times in contrast to their top-five, 476 rushing attempts. Even though there should be some positive regression in passing attempts, the 30-year-old Thielen will have to be mighty efficient with volume he gets to make a difference on fantasy rosters.

2020 Bottom Line

Prior to last season, Thielen was consistently one of the best receivers in the NFL and was a weekly WR1 in all leagues. Barring another injury, Thielen should once again be one of the league’s top producers at the position a lack of target competition coupled with a consolidated target distribution in a run-first team give Thielen serious potential for yet another 100-reception season. We have Thielen ranked 14th amongst wide receivers and his current ADP in 12-team leagues has him going in the middle of the 4th round. A true primary WR with the targets all to himself in Minnesota, Thielen has tremendous value as he has legitimate low-end WR1 potential in 2020.

2020 Strength of Schedule - MIN

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
16
GB
18
@IND
15
TEN
22
@HOU
17
@SEA
21
ATL
BYE16
@GB
32
DET
3
@CHI
6
DAL
14
CAR
11
JAX
29
@TB
3
CHI
20
@NO
32
@DET

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1ATL3431314.3300000.0010.313.347/5388.7%
2@GB5750815.0000000.007.512.564/6598.5%
3LV3551518.3311101.0017.620.655/6387.3%
4@CHI26063.0000000.000.62.659/6295.2%
5@NYG71302818.5700000.0025.032.060/7184.5%
6PHI657189.5010000.0011.717.759/7183.1%
7@DET1251225.0000000.008.59.59/7312.3%
8WAS--------------
9@KC00000.0000000.000.00.07/719.9%
10@DAL--------------
11DEN--------------
12BYE--------------
13@SEA--------------
14DET--------------
15@LAC327039.0013003.003.06.033/6550.8%
16GB00040.0012002.000.20.250/5492.6%
17CHI00000.0000000.000.00.00/490.0%
Per game3.0041.800.604.7013.930.400.600.1001.508.4411.4444.30/64.8070.28%
Totals3041864713.9346101.5084.4114.4443/69770.28%
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