Adam Thielen was the signature dark horse fantasy producer of 2016. Thielen’s 44.6 PPR points in week 16 ranked No. 1 among NFL wide receivers, meaning savvy fantasy gamers who started Thielen in their fantasy football league Super Bowl likely won the championship. Looking back at Thielen’s breakout season, for the first time in years, a wide receiver ranked in the top-10 across every key efficiency metric on PlayerProfiler.com, and yet, he is still available in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.
This offseason, Sam Bradford and Thielen were finally afforded a full training camp to build trust and rapport. Last season, the Eagles traded Bradford to the Vikings just in time to lead Minnesota’s offense against the NFL’s most difficult pass rush defenses while being “protected” by the league’s most injured offensive line.
2017 Fantasy Outlook
Fortunately, the Vikings face the NFC South and AFC North this season. If Sam Bradford can set the NFL record with a 71.6-percent completion percentage against impossibly wicked pass rushes, imagine the fantasy points that Bradford and Adam Thielen will post against less ferocious opponents.