WR Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings
|6-3, 200||Born: 8-22-1990||College: Minnesota State||Drafted: ---|
News you need to know
General News (Mon Oct 15): had his sixth straight 100-yard game Sunday, Oct. 14, and only four players (Charley Hennigan in 1961, Michael Irvin in 1995, and Demaryius Thomas in 2014 each had seven, while Calvin Johnson had eight in 2012) in NFL history have a longer single-season streak, according to the NFLResearch Twitter account.
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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
2018 Week 5 vs PHI (10 / 7 / 116 / 1 rec - 21.1 points, $8300)
Everything seems to be going right for Thielen this season. He is now the first receiver to ever open a season with 5 straight 100-yard games, moving past Randy Moss and Issac Bruce. More than half of his yards came on a single play where he somehow found himself all alone down the sideline and took the ball 68 yards before running out of gas and getting tackled. He cut back inside to run past the corner but in doing so allowed the safety to catch up and tackle him. He also had a 3-yard touchdown reception with the corner draped all over him. It was a beautiful fade route into the corner of the end zone where Cousins got the ball just over the defender and into the arms of Thielen. Defensive holding was called on the play and declined. There were a few misfires in the game that could have given Thielen an even better game. There was one crossing route in the second half that Cousins over threw Thielen with no defender in front of him. It would have gone for 20+ yards but was simply over thrown. Thielen caught 7 of his 10 targets and led the team in receiving again this week.
2018 Week 4 vs LAR (12 / 8 / 135 / 1 rec - 23.5 points, $8300)
It was a game of big plays and Thielen was the main Viking making them. He led the team in receiving and hauled in a long touchdown to get the score within 3. Thielen came down with 8 of his 12 targets and was the top option on third down. He helped to complete 3 long 3rd down plays and missed an opportunity for a 4th when he was pulled from the field under concussion protocol. He briefly went to the tent and then was seen on the sideline the next play. Thielen's biggest play came on a 45-yard touchdown pass right up the seam. Cousins looked off the safety by starring down Rudolph on the right side of the field. Meanwhile, Thielen snuck up the seam and Cousins hit him in stride for the long touchdown. This was another night full of quick outs and deep comeback routes down the sideline for Thielen. With no run game in sight, Thielen is going to continue to see 10+ targets a game.
2018 Week 3 vs BUF (19 / 14 / 105 / 0 rec - 17.5 points, $8200)
The Bills defense did a great job shutting down Diggs and were happy to leave Thielen open underneath all game long. They were not worried about him breaking a big play for a touchdown and allowed him to run free at the linebacker level. Thielen pulled in 14 of his 19 targets and only had a single play over 15 yards. He broke one deep out route for 19 yards but was pushed out of bounds before he could do any extra damage. The defense was content doubling Diggs on the outside and would give Thielen the short underneath routes. He managed over 100-yards receiving, but that was mostly due to the volume of targets and not big plays. Thielen has lived up to the hype of last season but still cannot seem to find the end zone. If he can ever start to capitalize on teams giving help over the top to Diggs, then he will be really dangerous the rest of the season.
2018 Week 2 vs GB (13 / 12 / 131 / 1 rec - 25.1 points, $7600)
The breakout season from a year ago continues as Thielen racks up the catches. He snared 12 of his 13 targets and the most important touchdown of the day. His 131 yards lead the team this week despite the slow start to the game. Almost all of his damage continues to come across the middle or on out routes towards the sideline in the zone void left by the corner and safety. Thielen's hands are only second to Diggs on the team and Cousins has found a very reliable third down option. His biggest play came on his 22-yard touchdown catch. Thielen had worked his way down the sideline and had a step on his corner in coverage. Cousins floated the ball just above the corner but still put enough on it that the diving safety could not make a play. The ball went right between the two defenders and Thielen was able to pin the ball against his chest as he fell backwards into the end zone right at the pylon. This would have never happened had it not been for a questionable roughing the passer call that overturned a game sealing interception, but the Vikings made the best of what they were given.
2018 Week 1 vs SF (12 / 6 / 102 / 0 rec - 13.2 points, $7600)
Thielen looked to continue his breakout season from a year ago, just like Diggs, and benefitted from the 49ers paying more attention to Diggs. Cousins targeted Thielen a team high 12 times, but he only managed to bring in half of those targets. Thielen, normally a sure handed receiver, did drop two of the balls and could have had an even bigger day. He was targeted out of the slot again and ran his normal short crossing routes to try and get open. His big gainer came on a 34-yard busted coverage play. Kirk Cousins stared him down the entire play, yet Thielen managed to be standing all alone down the left side line. There was no defender within 10-yards of him and he sprinted down the sideline before being pushed out of bounds by the safety. The only real knock against Thielen is the lack of touchdowns, but if he continues to get 12 targets a game there is a much higher chance of him finding the end zone more this season.
Latest NewsVikings | Adam Thielen sets milestone (Mon Oct 15, 08:02 AM) - Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen had his sixth straight 100-yard game Sunday, Oct. 14, and only four players in NFL history have a longer single-season streak. link to story Vikings | Adam Thielen continues outstanding play (Sun Oct 14, 05:59 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught 11 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. Our View: Starting a season with six straight 100-yard games is like Halley's Comet. Obviously Thielen and Kirk Cousins have a special connection and they will face a banged up Jets secondary.
link to story Vikings | Adam Thielen in history books (Tue Oct 9, 02:52 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen is the first player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to begin a season with five games of 100 or more receiving yards. Our View: Thielen is averaging a whopping 117.8 receiving yards per game in 2018. He was a breakout player in 2017 with QB Case Keenum and he's certainly become the favorite target for QB Kirk Cousins this season. Fantasy GMs know he's a must-start WR1 every week regardless of the matchup.
link to story Vikings | Adam Thielen goes off for 116 yards (Mon Oct 8, 12:07 AM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught seven of his 10 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles. link to story
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