Thielen caught five of 10 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Patriots.
Despite seeing double-digit targets yet again, Thielen garnered plenty of attention from the Pats defense and finished with his second-lowest yardage output of the season. He did managed to haul in a five-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, which somewhat salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective. After topping 100 receiving yards in his first eight games, Thielen has now been held under 70 in three of the last four and finished with less than 30 yards in two of those. He has found the end zone three times in that span, however, which keeps him in the upper tier of fantasy wideouts for next Monday's matchup with the Seahawks.
Thielen (calf) isn't listed on the final injury report for Sunday's game in New England, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
While there was never much concern about Thielen's availability, fellow wide receiver Stefon Diggs (knee) is listed as questionable after managing just one limited practice this week. A Diggs absence might push a few extra targets in Thielen's direction, but it would also allow the Patriots to shift their focus even more toward the middle of the field where the 28-year-old does his best work. Either way, Thielen is safely established as a top-10 WR play each and every week.
Thielen (calf) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
For the third week in a row, a calf injury was attached to Thielen, inducing a cap on his practice reps. Expect him to be cleared on the Vikings' final injury of Week 13, as he has been before both of the previous two games. Assuming he does, Thielen will face a Patriots defense Sunday that has yielded 7.5 YPT and 12 touchdowns to wide receivers this season.
Thielen (calf) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice.
Thielen had been listed on the Vikings' practice reports the last couple of weeks with both calf and lower-back injuries, but it appears the latter issue is no longer a concern. The calf injury probably isn't anything worth worrying about either, given that Thielen still managed to practice in some capacity during the Vikings' first session of Week 13. Thielen is in little danger of missing Sunday's game against the Patriots and should remain a highly-targeted option in the Minnesota passing game.
Thielen brought in eight of nine targets for 125 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-17 win over Green Bay.
After starting the season with a record-breaking eight straight 100-yard games, Thielen had fallen into a mini slump with just 88 combined yards over his previous two. The 28-year-old got back to his WR1 ways, and even made a highlight-reel leaping catch in double coverage to secure a huge gain in the second quarter. Next week's opponent, the Patriots, surrender 381.4 yards per game to opposing passing offenses, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Thielen post another huge stat line in Week 13.
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