Adam Thielen

  • Height
    6' 3"
  • Weight
    200 lbs
  • Arm Length
    -
Adam Thielen headshot
  • Draft Pick
    Undrafted 2013
  • College
    Minnesota State
  • Age
    31.7

Adam Thielen Bio & Season Stats

Year Games Tgts Rec Rec Yds YPR Air Yds Rec TD Fantasy Pts/Game
2021 13 95 67 726 10.8 941 10 15.4 (#14)
2020 15 108 74 925 12.5 1291 14 16.9 (#11)
2019 10 48 30 418 13.9 590 6 11.4 (#42)
2018 16 155 113 1373 12.2 1553 9 19.1 (#8)
2017 16 143 91 1276 14.0 1572 4 15.0 (#10)
2016 16 92 69 967 14.0 990 5 12.2 (#36)
2015 9 18 12 144 12.0 - 0 3.9 (#117)
2014 7 13 8 137 17.1 - 0 3.1
  • College Dominator
    45.9% (92nd)
  • College YPR
    15.9 (66th)
  • College Target Share
    -
  • Breakout Age
    20.0 (61st)

Adam Thielen Advanced Stats & Metrics

2021

Snap Share

2021

Target Share

2021

Fantasy Points

Adam Thielen ADP

77.80
(-2.77)
Average Draft Position (2022)
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7.06 Pick
WR37 Rank

Value Over Stream

+3.7
(#50)

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Popularity Index

#175

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Adam Thielen Injury History

Low
Medium
High
Games Missed
Injury Reports
High-ankle sprain
Week 13 (2021)
Surgery: Ankle repair surgery (4-6 weeks)
4
5
Ankle laceration
Postseason (2019)
0
1
Hamstring strain
Week 7 (2019)
5
6
Back strain
Postseason (2017)
0
1
Back contusion
Week 16 (2016)
0
1
Shoulder strain
Week 10 (2016)
0
1
Ankle sprain
Week 7 (2016)
0
1
Back contusion
Week 16 (2015)
0
1
Shoulder strain
Week 10 (2015)
0
1
Ankle sprain
Week 7 (2015)
0
1

Adam Thielen College Stats

Year Games Recs Rec Yds Tgt Share Catch Rate Special Teams Age School
2009 9 (WR) 21 (NA tgts) 225 (10.7 ypr) 0.0% 0.0% - 19 Minnesota State
2010 11 (WR) 41 686 (16.7 ypr) 0.0% 0.0% 126 20 Minnesota State
2011 12 (WR) 62 715 (11.5 ypr) 0.0% 0.0% 294 (1 tds) 21 Minnesota State
2012 14 (WR) 74 1176 (15.9 ypr) 0.0% 0.0% 251 (1 tds) 22 Minnesota State

Who is Adam Thielen

Adam Thielen wasn’t drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft but, once again, remained in Minnesota, this time with the Vikings. Thielen’s entire rookie season was spent on the practice squad, but he made plays on special teams during the preseason. Thielen was a special team stalwart the following two seasons, while being an irregular contributor on offense. Because his special team ability kept him on the roster, an opportunity to contribute full-time on offense appeared during the 2016 season. In his fourth season, starting receiver Stefon Diggs was sidelined by a groin injury. Thielen would seize the opportunity in Week 5 against the Texans and finished with seven receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. Thielen would have another 100-yard game later in the season and a 200-yard game against the rival Green Bay Packers in Week 16.

The following 2017 and 2018 seasons would be Thielen’s two best seasons. He played and started all 32 games and would surpass 1200 receiving yards in both seasons en route to making the Pro Bowl in both seasons. In 2017 he was named to the All-Pro second team. In 2017, Thielen averaged 15.0 (No. 10) fantasy points per game. He finished top-12 in numerous opportunity and productivity metrics, including targets (143), Target Share (27.4-percent), Air Yards (1572), receptions (91), and receiving yards (1276). In 2018, Thielen started the season with eight consecutive 100-yard receiving games. To this day, that’s the NFL record for most consecutive 100-yard games to begin a season and most consecutive 100-yard games. Unfortunately for Thielen, his second-half of that season was nowhere near as dominant. He finished the second-half with only one game with more than 80 receiving yards.

After back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons, the Vikings rewarded Thielen with a four-year, $64 million contract. At that time, that was the eighth-largest average annual valued contract among wide receivers. Thielen had been an ironman in the NFL, having not missed a game in five seasons. That streak was broken in 2019 thanks to a hamstring injury that cost him five games. His season averages of 3.0 receptions and 41.8 yards were quite the decline from his Pro Bowl seasons. The following season saw two big changes in the Vikings receiver room: the departure of Diggs to Buffalo and the drafting of Justin Jefferson in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. No longer dominating the targets and yards like he did in 2017 and 2018, Thielen finished with 16.9 (No. 11) fantasy points per game thanks largely to his 14 (No. 3) touchdowns.

2021 saw more of the same from Thielen’s 2020 season. Receptions and yards were down, but touchdowns were high. Through 11 games, Thielen had 10 (No. 9) touchdowns. Then he suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 13 that essentially cost him the remainder of the season. Thanks to his touchdowns, Thielen finished with 15.4 (No. 13) fantasy points per game. His receiver teammate, Justin Jefferson, has asserted himself as one of the premiere talents at the position since entering the league pushing Thielen to a high-end second wide receiver role.