Thielen corralled seven of nine targets for 86 yards in Thursday's 17-15 loss to the Cowboys. He also lost a key fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a Dallas touchdown. Thielen continued his ascent fantasy-wise Thursday, but his early fourth-quarter fumble deep in Vikings territory directly led to a go-ahead eight-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant on the very next play following the miscue. On the bright side, Thielen now has 15 receptions on 20 targets for 139 yards over the last two weeks, and Thursday's solid numbers encouragingly came with Stefon Diggs on the field. He'll look to continue his emergence against the Jaguars in Week 14.
Thielen could see an increased number of passes thrown his way Thursday against Detroit with Stefon Diggs inactive due to knee injury. Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson will start at wide receiver with Diggs out. Thielen and Patterson have been getting about equal targets as the top two receivers behind Diggs and will likely both get an equal uptick in targets as a result.
Thielen corralled all five targets that came his way in Sunday's win over Arizona, tallying 65 yards and a touchdown. Thielen opened the scoring for Minnesota with a gorgeous 16-yard catch off of a back-shoulder fade in the first quarter. The third-year receiver just barely sneaked both feet in bounds as he hauled in the catch. Thielen has now scored in consecutive weeks and has been targeted at least five times in five of the last six games. On a roster featuring two recent first-round picks, the Minnesota State alum has been the Vikings' second most consistent receiver behind Stephon Diggs.
Thielen had three receptions for 21 yards on four targets, including a three-yard touchdown, in Sunday's loss at Washington. He also had one carry for 11 yards. Thielen and Cordarrellee Patterson had the same number of targets as the duo has had a similar workload as the second and third receivers the past four weeks. Stefon Diggs has had a huge workload the past two weeks (15 targets on Sunday), so Thielen could get more work if defenses begin to commit more players to stopping Diggs.
Thielen had four receptions for 68 yards on six targets in Sunday's loss to Detroit. Thielen had fewer targets than Cordarrelle Patterson (8) and snaps (40 to 35) as the two have had about the same amount of opportunity as the No. 2 and No. 3 receivers the past three weeks. Thielen should remain a steady part of the offense under new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
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