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Adam Thielen | Wide Receiver | #19

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
College: Minnesota State-Mankato
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Restricted free agent Adam Thielen's representation is pushing for a long-term deal.
The Vikings should be able to retain Thielen on a second- or, to be safe, first-round tender, but agent Blake Baratz is looking for a long-term commitment. "They have the ability to do right by him, and he's far exceeded anyone's expectations," Baratz said. "We want to do something that makes sense for the team and makes sense for Adam. Otherwise, someone's going to be unhappy." A former undrafted free agent, Thielen should be looking to cash in coming off a breakout season, but the Vikings might want to see him do it again on a one-year tender, especially with 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell waiting in the wings. Feb 16 - 12:26 PM
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Adam Thielen caught his lone target for seven yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

Thielen's season ended on a big "WELP!" With no Stefon Diggs (hip), Thielen played 60-of-63 snaps, but was an afterthought in the finale after a monster Week 16. Overall, the big picture for Thielen was pretty nice in 2016. The fourth-year UDFA finished with a 69-967-5 line, averaging a robust 14.0 YPR in one of the least-explosive offenses. Thielen really came on late in the year, posting a 4-101 line in Week 14 and a massive 12-202-2 in Week 16. He has good size at 6'2/200, and as his YPR would reflect, he also has some big-play ability. Thielen will be extended an offer as a restricted free agent and is the favorite to open 2017 as the No. 2 receiver. 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell should push him for the gig, but Treadwell showed nothing as a rookie.
Jan 1 - 6:11 PM

Adam Thielen caught 12-of-15 targets for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' Week 16 loss to the Packers.

The Vikings lost 38-25, but this was not a garbage time aided effort. Thielen was ripping up yardage from the opening whistle, getting open at will. The highlight was a 71-yard touchdown in the second quarter where Thielen pantsed Quinten Rollins with a double move down the sideline. The monster effort cements Thielen's emergence as the Vikings' No. 1 receiver, and leaves him 40 yards shy of 1,000 heading into the finale. Closing out his age-26 season, Thielen will be a restricted free agent.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Adam Thielen said he feels "fine" after suffering a neck injury against the Colts in Week 15.

He's practicing Tuesday fully expects to play Saturday against Green Bay. Before his injury-shortened game in Week 15, Thielen had averaged a respectable 76.3 yards over his previous four outings. He'll be on the WR3/4 radar in a good matchup against the Packers.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 12:52:00 PM

Adam Thielen is done for the day in Week 15 with a neck injury.

Thielen suffered the injury early in the third quarter and will not return after being taken into concussion protocol. Charles Johnson has taken over alongside Stefon Diggs and Cordarrelle Patterson in three-receiver sets. Before exiting, Thielen was held catch-less with just one target.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 03:16:00 PM

Adam Thielen exited Sunday's Week 15 game with an apparent head/neck injury.

Thielen took a helmet directly to the head at the end of a contested pass by Colts CB Darius Butler. Thielen originally appeared fine, but later went to the locker room. The Vikings announced Thielen will go through concussion protocol.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 02:47:00 PM

Adam Thielen caught 4-of-5 targets for 101 yards in the Vikings' Week 14 win over the Jaguars.

Thielen's biggest play was a 41-yard gain on the Vikings' second drive. Despite Stefon Diggs' healthy return, Thielen has carved out fantasy value as Minnesota's No. 2 receiver, well ahead of both Cordarrelle Patterson and Laquon Treadwell on the depth chart. Thielen is an every-week WR4/flex consideration. He gets a favorable matchup at home indoors against the Colts next.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Adam Thielen caught 7-of-9 targets for 86 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.

Soaking up checkdowns, Thielen actually led the Vikings in receiving yards, but committed a catastrophic blunder in the fourth quarter, losing a fumble on a punt return. It was encouraging that Thielen remained so involved even with Stefon Diggs back in the lineup, but his kind of game is his absolute ceiling. Most weeks he'll catch 4-6 passes for 40-60 yards. You can do better.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:12:00 AM

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (shoulder) is practicing in full for Week 13.

Thielen drew 10 targets on Thanksgiving, but that number will probably halve if Stefon Diggs (knee) is ready to return against the Cowboys. Even were Diggs to sit, Thielen would be a WR4.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Adam Thielen caught 8-of-10 targets for 53 yards in the Vikings' Week 12 loss to the Lions.

A glorious day for PPR league players, but a whole bunch of nothing for everyone else. Thielen was the intended target on Sam Bradford's game-costing interception, arguably letting Darius Slay run his route for him. Thielen is a nice fit for the Vikings "short passes, don't screw up" offense, but that offers limited fantasy appeal in standard leagues. He'll have trouble compiling against the Keepaway Cowboys in Week 13.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 04:12:00 PM

With CB Marcus Sherels inactive, Adam Thielen is expected to return punts Week 12 against the Lions.

Thielen already is in for a lot more work with Stefon Diggs (knee) inactive, and his fantasy value gets another boost in return-yardage leagues with this news. In DFS, he is an interesting correlation play with the Vikings DST. Even in non-return leagues, Thielen is shaping up as a solid WR3 with upside.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 11:09:00 AM

Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught 5-of-5 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown on Sunday's Week 11 win over the Cardinals.

Credit to ESPN's Britt McHenry for alerting us that Thielen would have a bigger Week 11 role than usual with Patrick Peterson on Stefon Diggs. Although Thielen was technically out-targeted by Cordarrelle Patterson (8), everything thrown Thielen's way was caught and he got started early with a first-quarter touchdown. Thielen's usage can be hit or miss in Minnesota's low-volume passing game. He's a better real-life than fantasy receiver.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 06:49:00 PM

ESPN's Britt McHenry was told by a Vikings coach Adam Thielen will be "targeted a lot" Week 11 against the Cardinals.

With Stefon Diggs expected to draw shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson, Thielen could get more involved against the Cardinals' lesser defensive backs. Good for around five targets every game, Thielen might be able to push for eight looks this week. That would put him squarely on the WR3 map.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 11:43:00 AM

Adam Thielen caught 3-of-4 targets for 21 yards and a touchdown in Week 10.

The touchdown was Thielen's only notable play. It's his first score since Week 5, but he had gone over 40 yards in four straight weeks. Thielen isn't a Week 11 streaming option against Arizona.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Adam Thielen caught 4-of-6 targets for 68 yards in the Vikings' Week 9 loss to the Lions.

Thielen continued to come up with critical gains in clutch situations, but he lacks fantasy value short of missed games by Stefon Diggs. Thielen blew up when Diggs missed Week 5 with a groin injury, but otherwise he's been a low-volume role player. Thielen won't be much of a fantasy consideration in Week 10 at Washington. He's certainly a useful player in Minnesota's offense, however.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 05:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Taylor Heinicke
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3C.J. Ham
4Bishop Sankey
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Adrian Peterson
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Jarius Wright
3Isaac Fruechte
4Moritz Bohringer
WR21Adam Thielen
2Charles Johnson
3Laquon Treadwell
4Cayleb Jones
WR31Charles Johnson
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Kyle Carter
LT1T.J. Clemmings
2Rashod Hill
3Marquis Lucas
LG1Alex Boone
2Willie Beavers
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Zac Kerin
2Austin Shepherd
RT1Jeremiah Sirles
2Reid Fragel
K1Kai Forbath
2Marshall Koehn