Adam Thielen Is Still Good, But Will Be Far From Great

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Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen played in just ten games in 2019 and his stats fell off a cliff as a result. In 2017 and 2018 Thielen was a reception and yardage monster, hauling in 204 yards for 2,649 yards during that span. 

With Stefon Diggs now playing in Buffalo and Thielen fully recovered from his hamstring injury, the Minnesota receiver should once again dominate in PPR fantasy football formats.

InsideTheVikings editor Will Ragatz and Sports Illustrated’s fantasy analyst Corey Parson joined Kaitlin O’Toole to discuss Thielen’s fantasy football outlook for 2020.

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Kaitlin O'Toole: Sports Illustrated is taking you inside the world of fantasy sports. Joining me now from inside the Vikings is Will Ragatz and SI's fantasy and gambling analyst Corey Parson. Well, I want to talk about Adam Thielen's health. Do you think he can stay healthy this season?

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Will Ragatz: Yeah, there's really no reason to be too worried about Adam Thielen's long term health status. This is a guy who had never missed a game before last year when he missed half the season with a hamstring injury. Those can be tricky to recover from as he learned when he was trying to do so. But I don't think, with a full offseason to recover, there's any reason to be worried about Theilen being healthy this year.

Kaitlin O'Toole: Corey, do you think there's any chance that he'll go back to being one of the top wideouts in fantasy football?

Corey Parson: Listen, in 2017 and 2018, Adam Thielen really impressed with the numbers he put up.

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 Matter of fact, you know, some of the best numbers in the league, fantasy wide receiver ones. A lot of people, though, think that having Stefon Diggs on that roster with him lining up on the other side of him, played a big key in him developing into that role. Now, right now in fantasy leagues, he's gone off the board as the 16th wide receiver. I think that is correct. I don't know if he's any longer a wide receiver one. I think the addition of Justin Jefferson is going to be important to that team. Obviously, I think Kirk Cousins is a guy who can be an MVP candidate this year. So he's in a good spot. But wide receiver 16 seems to be about right. I don't think he finishes inside the top twelve, but I do think he's a worthy fantasy asset, especially as a wide receiver 2.

Kaitlin O'Toole: All right, good insight, guys. Thank you so much for joining me, I appreciate it. For all the latest in fantasy and gambling analysis. Stay with SI.com. 

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