Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen
29-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
On the surface Thielen built on his 2017 breakout last year, cementing himself as one of the league's top receivers with a 153-113-1,373-9 line and 9.0 YPT (10th). But the shape of Thielen's efficiency and overall production changed under quarterback Kirk Cousins. Instead of making big plays, he simply caught a higher percentage of the passes thrown his way. Despite 11 extra targets, Thielen had two fewer catches of 40-plus yards and three fewer of 20-plus. And even though Thielen maintained his solid per-target efficiency, his YPC dropped from 14.0 in 2016-17 to 12.2 last year. In full PPR, perhaps this is for the best. Thielen's average depth of target was a modest 9.2 yards, helping him to a whopping 73.9 percent catch rate, the 17th-best mark of all time among 100-target wideouts. But the Vikings offense took a step back in 2018, and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was replaced by Kevin Stefanski. While it's unclear how Stefanski might change the scheme - he's only 37 and previously the quarterbacks coach - the Vikings' dink-and-dunk style might have been dictated as much by a shaky offensive line as it was by coaching philosophy, i.e., we could see more big plays from Thielen if it holds up better in 2019. (To that end, the Vikings used their first draft pick on a center, their second on a tight end and their fourth on a guard. They also signed guard Josh Kline and get center/guard Pat Elflein back from injury.) At 6-2, 200, with 4.45 speed, Thielen is a good athlete who has excellent hands (only two drops all year) and strong route-running skills. He was also used a good deal in the red zone (21 targets, 6th), and inside the 10 (nine targets, T-8th), meaning his spike in TDs was no fluke. Stefon Diggs is once again Thielen's only major competition for targets, but tight end Kyle Rudolph does siphon away some red-zone looks. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $64.2 million contract with the Vikings in April of 2019.
Five grabs in Saturday's loss
WRMinnesota Vikings
January 11, 2020
Thielen caught five of seven targets for 50 yards in Saturday's 27-10 loss to the 49ers in the NFC divisional round.
ANALYSIS
After topping the century mark in last weekend's upset of the Saints, Thielen had much less success against the Niners' stingy secondary. The 29-year-old receiver dealt with injuries for the first time in his career in 2019 -- he didn't miss a game through his first five seasons in the league, but Thielen was sidelined for six contests in the regular season this year and played fewer than 10 snaps in two of the weeks he was able to suit up. As a result, his production plummeted to its lowest level since he became a starter in 2016. If Thielen is able to stay healthy in 2020, he should be able to rebound and deliver another 1,000-yard campaign, but another checkered season could end up being his last in Minnesota.
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How do Adam Thielen's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
59.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.34
 
% Team Air Yards
17.7%
 
% Team Targets
11.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
12.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
62.5%
 
Drop Rate
6.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.9
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Sam Bradford, Case Keenum - it didn't matter to Thielen, who built on his 2016 breakout and solidified himself as one of the league's better receivers. He averaged 9.0 YPT (7th among the league's 27 100-target receivers) en route to a 91-catch (8th), 1,276-yard (5th) season. The knock on him was the meager TD output - he had only four, all in a six-week span - but that's probably a fluke, as Thielen saw 16 red-zone looks and seven targets inside the 10, modest opportunity, but enough to score at least a couple more times than he did. At 6-2, 200, and running a 4.45 40, Thielen is tall and fast, has excellent hands, runs good routes and adjusts well to the ball in the air. He's also capable of stretching the field - his five catches of 40-plus yards were tied for seventh in the league. Heading into 2018, Thielen should reprise his role opposite Stefon Diggs, with tight end Kyle Rudolph (nine targets inside the 10, eight TDs) siphoning off some of the easy scores. But the departure of Keenum and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur could shake things up. New OC John DeFilippo comes from a dynamic offense in Philadelphia, and new quarterback Kirk Cousins will be Thielen's third - and probably his best - in three seasons. Change always creates some added risk, but there's reward here too.
A former undrafted free agent, Thielen broke out during his third season in the league with 967 yards on only 92 targets. That comes out to 10.5 YPT, good for second among the league's 50 90-target WR. Thielen had only two catches for 40 yards, but 16 of 20 or more, despite the modest workload. At 6-2, 200 and with 4.45 speed, Thielen is just a notch below the typical NFL No. 1 receiver athletically, but he has excellent hands, runs crisp routes and makes good adjustments to the ball in the air. Thielen signed a three-year deal in March and enters the year as one of the Vikings' top targets along with third-year WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph, who sees most of the red-zone work. Last year's disappointing first-rounder, Laquon Treadwell, is also in the mix, but Thielen is the only option who can occasionally stretch the field.
The former Minnesota State standout made 12 catches on 18 targets for 144 yards in 16 games during the 2015 season, and also racked up 89 yards on four carries. Thielen will be buried on the Vikings' wide receiver depth chart again in 2016, so he figures to spend most of his time on special teams during what will be his third season in the league.
Thielen had eight receptions last season as he made the roster as a reserve receiver and special teams player. He'll try to reprise that role for the Vikings again in 2015. He was used at times as both a punt and kick returner. It's hard to see him having a large role on offense without multiple injuries in the receiving corps.
An undrafted free agent from Minnesota State who is a long shot to make the active roster.
Thielen will attempt to crack the roster as a reserve at receiver in training camp.
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Suiting up Saturday
WRMinnesota Vikings
Ankle
January 11, 2020
Thielen (ankle) is listed as active Saturday at San Francisco.
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Listed as questionable for Saturday's game
WRMinnesota Vikings
Ankle
January 9, 2020
Thielen (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the 49ers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
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Misses practice Thursday
WRMinnesota Vikings
Ankle
January 9, 2020
Thielen (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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More injury information surfaces
WRMinnesota Vikings
Ankle
January 9, 2020
Thielen required stitches for a bad cut on his ankle sustained during Wednesday's practice session, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Listed as limited Wednesday
WRMinnesota Vikings
Ankle
January 8, 2020
Thielen was limited at practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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