Adam Thielen

#19 WR / Minnesota Vikings / EXP: 9YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 200 lb Age: 31 College: Minnesota State Bye 7

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Player Outlook

Thielen won't be the most popular receiver on Draft Day, but an undeniable red-zone connection with Kirk Cousins and a track record of being a good-hands man keeps him in the conversation as a top-30 receiver. Touchdowns and a high catch rate have helped cinch Thielen as a top-15 PPR point-scorer on a per-game basis in three of his past four seasons (his 2019 was a mess). Though his Fantasy numbers have been built on the back of his touchdowns, he remains viable thanks to a target share north of 7.0 per game. That shouldn't shrink as the Vikings become a more effective passing game under new coach Kevin O'Connell. Even at the ripe old age of 32 and with games missed in each of his past three seasons, we don't mind taking Thielen in late Round 5 or early Round 6 in PPR, and maybe a half-round later in non-PPR.

Player News
  • Thielen, who is bouncing back from season-ending ankle surgery, was a participant in Minnesota's organized team activities last week, Coral Smith of NFL.com reports. Thielen indicated that he's now past his injury woes, noting that his ankle "is great" at this stage. The wideout first suffered his ankle injury early in the Vikings' Week 13 matchup against the Lions last year, an issue that forced him to miss four of the team's final five games. Heading into the coming campaign, Thielen, who turns 32 in August, is set to reprise his starting role alongside Justin Jefferson. Though he hasn't topped 1,000 receiving yards since 2018, Thielen has managed to collect 24 receiving touchdowns (in 28 games) over the last two seasons.

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  • Thielen (ankle) is slated to restructure his contract with the Vikings, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports. Thielen's restructure is expected to lower his 2022 cap hit, possibly by converting a portion of his salary to a signing bonus. The veteran wideout is recovering from ankle surgery that he underwent in late December, but he is expected to be ready for spring workouts. By all accounts, Thielen is primed to play out his age-32 season in Minnesota as the No. 2 wideout alongside Justin Jefferson, and his restructured deal could make it easier for the team to maneuver in free agency.

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  • Thielen expects to be ready for spring workouts after Dec. 28 ankle surgery, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "It's a pretty easy recovery, a few more weeks here and I should be feeling back to normal," he said. Thielen missed two games with an ankle injury and returned in Week 16, but hurt the ankle again which led to surgery and caused him to miss the final two games. He finished the season with 67 receptions for 726 yards and 10 touchdowns on 95 targets. While he had double-digit touchdowns for a second consecutive season, he had a career low 10.8 yards per reception. Signed through 2024 and with a $16 million cap hit for 2022, the 31-year-old looks set to remain with the Vikings even if a new GM decides to overhaul the roster.

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  • Minnesota placed Thielen (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday. The wide receiver will soon undergo surgery and is facing a one-month recovery timeline, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Thielen might have a chance to play if the Vikings make a deep playoff run, but their currently odds of making the postseason would seem to be less than 50-50 at the moment as Minnesota prepares for a Week 17 matchup with division-leading Green Bay. K.J. Osborn will be Minnesota's No. 2 receiver to close out the season, with Dede Westbrook likely handling the No. 3 role and Dan Chisena and Ihmir Smith-Marsette providing depth. Meanwhile, Justin Jefferson has seen 39.5 percent of Minnesota's targets the past four weeks, averaging 7.5 catches for 106.0 yards and 0.75 touchdowns on 12.8 targets.

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  • Head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Thielen is feeling sore following his early departure in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Rams, but the wideout is hopeful to be back on the field for the Vikings' Week 17 game in Green Bay, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Minnesota was without two of its top playmakers for most of the Week 16 loss, as running back Dalvin Cook (reserve/COVID-19 list) missed the game entirely, while Thielen played only 23 snaps before leaving after aggravating the left high-ankle sprain that kept him out the previous two contests. Cook will be eligible to rejoin the Vikings on Saturday and is expected to be ready to play in Green Bay the next day, while Thielen's status is murkier, given the recurring nature of his injury. If Thielen is sidelined for the third time in four games, K.J. Osborn and Dede Westbrook would be in store for more reps alongside No. 1 wideout Justin Jefferson.

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Completed Games

WK OPP TAR RECPT REYD REAVG RETD FPTS
1 @CIN 10 9 92 10.22 2 21
2 @ARI 7 6 39 6.50 1 9
3 SEA 9 6 50 8.33 1 11
4 CLE 8 3 46 15.33 0 4
5 DET 3 2 40 20.00 0 4
6 @CAR 13 11 126 11.45 1 18
7 BYE - - - - - -
8 DAL 9 6 78 13.00 1 13
9 @BAL 7 2 6 3.00 1 6
10 @LAC 7 5 65 13.00 0 6
11 GB 10 8 82 10.25 1 14
12 @SF 7 5 62 12.40 2 18
13 @DET 2 1 0 0.00 0 0
*14 PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0
*15 @CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 LAR 3 3 40 13.33 0 4
*17 @GB 0 0 0 0 0 0
*18 CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0
PROJECTION 106 74 789 10.66 11 134

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Scheduled Games

WK DATE OPP OPP RANK OPP FPTS
1 09/11 Green Bay Packers 14 20.67
2 09/19 @Philadelphia Eagles 4 17.67
3 09/25 Detroit Lions 21 22.00
4 10/02 @New Orleans Saints 15 20.94
5 10/09 Chicago Bears 26 23.00
6 10/16 @Miami Dolphins 10 20.06
7 BYE - - -
8 10/30 Arizona Cardinals 30 25.11
9 11/06 @Washington Commanders 27 23.59
10 11/13 @Buffalo Bills 1 14.05
11 11/20 Dallas Cowboys 25 22.78
12 11/24 New England Patriots 5 18.56
13 12/04 New York Jets 13 20.65
14 12/11 @Detroit Lions 21 22.00
15 12/18 Indianapolis Colts 16 21.18
16 12/24 New York Giants 11 20.35
17 01/01 @Green Bay Packers 14 20.67
18 01/08 @Chicago Bears 26 23.00

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Career Stats

Season Tar Recpt ReYd ReTD ReFD ReAvg FPTS
2022 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 95 67 726 10 37 10.84 132
2020 108 74 925 14 52 12.50 179
2019 48 30 418 6 18 13.93 83
2018 153 113 1373 9 74 12.15 194
2017 143 91 1276 4 59 14.02 148
2016 92 69 967 5 44 14.01 125
2015 18 12 144 0 5 12.00 22
2014 14 8 137 1 7 17.12 19
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
3 Year Avg 84 57 690 10 36 12.11 129
Career 671 464 5966 49 296 12.86

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