WR Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings
|6-3, 200||Born: 8-22-1990||College: Minnesota State||Drafted: ---|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Adam Thielen's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 19 vs SF (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
The talk all week was about the ankle injury to Thielen and if he would be able to play through the stitches. Thielen came into the game saying he was not 100% but that he was going to give everything he had. Unfortunately, the offensive line could not protect Cousins and Thielen was unable to win matchups down the field. Thielen caught 5 of his 7 targets and was second on the team with 50 yards. He trailed Dalvin Cook in targets by 1 and Stefon Diggs in yards by 7. His longest catch went for 17 yards and there was just not enough time for Cousins to push the ball down field. It was an injury-plagued season for Thielen after a true breakout last year. The Vikings are very thin at receiver and Thielen should be in line for an excess of targets again next season.
2019 Week 18 vs NO (9 / 7 / 129 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
It was a nightmare of a start for Thielen this week. On the first drive, the Vikings forced a penalty against the Saints, got a nice run from Cook, and then Thielen fumbled after making a 3-yard catch for a 1st down. Thielen should have had the ball in the arm closest to the sideline, and by having it on the wrong side it allowed Janoris Jenkins to put his helmet on the ball and for Von Bell to recover the fumble. Thielen missed a blocked that got Cook blown up in the back field and was called for a holding penalty on a long run by Alexander Mattison. Thielen was able to salvage his day with a 34-yard catch over Marshon Lattimore and then a 43-yard catch in over time to setup a 1st and goal from the 1. Lattimore was on the sideline for the overtime catch after tweaking his ankle. The Vikings took their shot to Thielen with the Saints top cover man on the sideline. Thielen ended the day catching 7 of his 9 targets for over 100 yards. He may have gotten off to a rocky start, but he made up for it in the end and showed that he is healthy after missing several games with a hamstring injury. Thielen should see a lot of Richard Sherman next week and that should open things up for Stefon Diggs and others in the offense.
2019 Week 17 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Another star and another player the Vikings elected to rest. Thielen has dealt with a hamstring injury this season and the Vikings wanted to play it safe. Thielen came out and said being held without a catch last week had nothing to do with the hamstring and that he is healthy and ready for the playoffs.
2019 Week 16 vs GB (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
It has now been 2 weeks with Thielen back in the lineup and something seems to just not be right. Thielen was held without a single catch this week and was given a single carry that went for 2 yards on an end around. It does not make a lot of sense why the Vikings would use him in back to back weeks on rushing attempts after he is coming back from a hamstring injury. Thielen tied for 3rd on the team with 4 targets but did not make a single catch. His best chance was borderline pass interference with the defender getting tangled and taking him to the ground. Thielen still almost made the catch on the ground and the Vikings elected not to challenge the no pass interference call. It has been a tough comeback for Thielen thus far and the Vikings will really need him to get going in the playoffs if they want to make any sort of run.
2019 Week 15 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
It took longer than most expected, but Thielen finally made his return to the starting lineup. The Vikings did not try, and force feed him the ball and were able to let him rest down the stretch when they had the game firmly in hand. Thielen made the catch on all 3 of his targets with the longest going for 13 yards. He also had a single carry on an end around that went for 3 yards. The rushing attempt seems risky given the prior hamstring issue, but the Vikings feel confident that he is back and healthy. Thielen did not seem to be suffering any ill effects from the injury and was able to cut and show his explosive speed this week. Look for the Vikings to ease him back into things, but he has had a great track record against the Packers over the past 2 seasons and is back at the perfect time for a playoff push.
2019 Week 14 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It is the hamstring injury that will never end. Thielen was ruled out again this week and there is no real time table for his return. He wants to get in a full week of practice with no setbacks and feel 100% again before returning for the Vikings. He said he was never close to playing this week after missing time early in the week and only getting in a limited practice on Friday.
2019 Week 13 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite practicing as recently as Saturday, Thielen was held out again this week with the same hamstring injury that has kept him out for 3 games and through the Vikings Bye week. What is more concerning is that he did not even travel with the team to Seattle. Thielen suffered a setback with his hamstring early in the week during practice and was held out after having 2 limited sessions to close the week. Thielen has said he will not come back until he feels 100% healthy and able to give everything he has to the offense.
2019 Week 11 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thielen did not practice at all this week and it was almost a guarantee he was not going to play against the Broncos with his hamstring injury. The Vikings were about to head into their Bye week and a week off here would have allowed Thielen to rest all the way until 12/2 and the Vikings Monday Night Football game against Seattle. The Vikings have a tough stretch to close out the season and need a healthy Thielen to make the playoff push.
2019 Week 9 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was not the return that many had hoped for Thielen. He was targeted a single time on the opening offensive drive and then left after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. Thielen could be seen on the sideline testing out that injured leg, but never felt confident enough to come back into the game. All of the stars for the Vikings struggled this week and Thielen not being on the field made things that much more difficult.
2019 Week 7 vs DET (2 / 1 / 25 / 1 rec)
Everything was looking good this week for Thielen and Cousins. They were coming off back to back good games and started this week off with a 25-yard touchdown connection. Unfortunately, Thielen was injured on the play and did not return to the game. It has been ruled a hamstring injury and could hamper him for the next few weeks. Thielen ran a deep drag route after coming all the way across the field in motion for Cousins to check the defensive coverage. Cousins saw it was zone coverage and rolled to his left long enough for Thielen to beat his man and catch the ball in the back of the end zone. Thielen got 2 feet down and injured his leg as he was sliding out of the back of the end zone. No timetable has been set on the injury, but this was his last play of the game this week.
2019 Week 6 vs PHI (8 / 6 / 57 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Cousins and Thielen picked up where they left off last season on the first drive of the game. The Vikings marched 70 yards down the field and Thielen caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone. It was a beautifully thrown fade that Thielen ran under and tapped his toes for the score. The duo added a 20-yard connection later in the game and connected on 6 of 8 passes. Thielen was the main beneficiary last week and saw that role go to Diggs this week. Cousins worked hard to repair the relationship with Thielen last week and continued that this week to a lesser extent. Thielen will have a tough matchup next week against Darius Slay and the Lions.
2019 Week 5 vs NYG (8 / 7 / 130 / 2 rec)
Everything finally seems right with Cousins and Thielen after an interesting week in Minnesota. Thielen seemed to call out Cousins after the loss last week and Cousins proceeded to apologize on his radio show and promise to be better. The pair turned that into a 100-yard receiving day and 2 touchdowns. The first touchdown was a beautiful 15-yard back-shoulder fade to Thielen in the end zone. The ball threw him open as Thielen did not have much separation from his defender and he had to make the catch as he was falling to the ground. Thielen was the second option on the play after Cousins looked across the middle first and it showed a level of chemistry that has been missing all season. His second touchdown was a circus catch in the back of the end zone. Cousins let loose a high 9-yard pass that Thielen had to go up and get for the score. The pass was high to get up and over the linebacker in the middle of the field and Thielen had enough room in the back of the end zone to complete the catch. Thielen also accounted for the longest play of the game for either team on his 44-yard reception. Thielen set season highs for catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns this week. This game will go a long way to repairing the relationship between Cousins and Thielen and now they will just have to work on getting Diggs back into the mix.
2019 Week 4 vs CHI (6 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
After getting off to a great start last season, Thielen has seen a steep decline this year. There looks to be no chemistry with Cousins now and every pass that comes his way seems to be off the mark. Thielen caught 2 of his 6 targets this week and found himself venting to the media after the game. Cousins missed Thielen up the seam for what should have been an easy touchdown after he beat his man. The ball was thrown 5 yards too far down the field despite Thielen having more than 2 yards of a cushion on his defender. This was a throw that any quarterback in the NFL should be able to make. Thielen came into the year talking about being a team player and wanting to win over personal stats. This philosophy may go out the window if the offense continues to struggle the way it has.
2019 Week 3 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 55 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
One of the few things going right for Minnesota's receiving core is Thielen. HE continues to make plays through the air and even chipped in one on the ground this week. Thielen has yet to surpass the 100-yard mark through the air this season but has made several big plays. He hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Cousins on a play action boot play where Cousins threw back across the field to Thielen who had run a deep drag pattern. Thielen simply out ran his defender in coverage and Cousins put the ball out in front of him so he could run it in for the score. The 35 yards accounted for 2/3 of his total yardage through the air and was the first touchdown of the game for the Vikings. He added a 1-yard touchdown run off the right end on a jet sweep for the third touchdown of the game for his only carry of the game. Thielen is doing everything from catching passes and throwing blocks down the field to now running in touchdowns on the ground. The yardage numbers from last season may not be there, but he is doing a great job finding the end zone so far this year.
2019 Week 2 vs GB (8 / 5 / 75 / 0 rec)
It is hard being a receiver when your quarterback cannot seem to hit the broad side of a barn. Thielen made the best of his situation this week and caught 5 of his 8 targets. Every catch seemed to be contested or thrown just a little behind or too far in front of him this week. Thielen had a single big play with a 30-yard catch and run down the sideline, but he also had to make a play on an overthrown ball by Cousins that was almost intercepted. Thielen is not enjoying the same success that he had the beginning of last season and did not continue the streak of 100 yards and a touchdown against the Packers he had in both games last season. Thielen continues to stress that he is not worried about personal numbers as long as the team is winning, but that may change if Cousins continues to struggle under center.
2019 Week 1 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
After reeling off 8 straight games with 100 yards to start the year last season, Thielen had a much quieter debut this year. Thielen caught all 3 of his targets this week and added the only touchdown through the air. It was a beautiful 23-yard deep crossing route where Cousins threw him open and Thielen did the rest of the work after the catch. He turned the ball up field, out ran his defender, and then ran over 2 more at the goal line for the touchdown. Thielen came into the season saying he did not care about personal stats and just wanted to see the team win. He showed this later by throwing the key block on a Dalvin Cook rushing touchdown later in the game. There will be games where Thielen is targeted 10+ times, but this week they just did not have to rely on him at all with how well the rushing attack worked.
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