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WR Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings

6-3, 200Born: 8-22-1990College: Minnesota StateDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Thielen had a massive day with Kirk Cousins and might flirt with 1500 receiving yards this year. He's a WR1 heading into a cupcake matchup with the Bills.

Week 3: vs Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Good matchup. Any concerns over Kirk Cousins' transition to Minnesota have surely been alleviated by now. Through 2 games in purple, Cousins has averaged a career-best 8.02 adjusted net yards per attempt, which factors in yards, touchdowns, sacks, and interceptions. He's meshing beautifully with both Adam Thielen (a 75% catch rate for 233 yards and 2 scores) and Stefon Diggs (128 and 2 in Week 2), and this passing attack is suddenly far more menacing and downfield-oriented than it's ever been. Swapping out Sam Bradford and Case Keenum, both mediocre-at-best deep-ball throwers, for Cousins has created serious impact. Both Thielen and Diggs are excelling downfield and on comeback routes, putting tons of pressure on opposing defenses. Cousins routinely ranks among the league leaders in downfield volume and accuracy. Armed with those two outside threats as well as explosive check-down targets in Kyle Rudolph and Dalvin Cook, this has quickly become one of the NFL's most dynamic and dependable attacks. Vontae Davis's surprise retirement wasn't just a bizarre happenstance. It also crippled an already-thin cornerback group that was counting on Davis to play a significant role on this defense. Slot man Phillip Gaines was later lost to injury, leaving the Bills with just three healthy cornerbacks by game's end. At least the team has found a gem in Tre'Davious White, a playmaker on the ball whose presence is growing more and more feared by quarterbacks. If not for a rough midseason stretch that saw him gamble a few times too many, White would've challenged Marshon Lattimore for Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2017. He's carried that over into this year, as Joe Flacco and Philip Rivers barely looked his way in their meetings.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs SF 68 0 0 0 12 6 102 0 0 10.2
2 at GB 70 0 0 0 13 12 131 1 0 19.1
3 vs BUF PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 vs BUF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Adam Thielen's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs GB (13 / 12 / 131 / 1 rec)

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)

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 News

Vikings | Adam Thielen very busy in Week 2 (Sun Sep 16, 07:55 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen posted 12 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers.

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Vikings | Adam Thielen cracks century mark (Sun Sep 9, 05:57 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen posted six receptions for a game-best 102 yards with 12 targets in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Our View: Thielen was a more prominent target than Stefon Diggs and looked plenty capable of delivering on his ADP as a strong PPR WR2/low WR1. He'll be a strong play against the young Packers secondary next week.
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