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Fantasy football draft: Where to target Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen

Nathan Beighle
Sportsbook Wire

Following up on a disappointing season, Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen will have tempered expectations. Below, we look at Adam Thielen's 2021 fantasy football average draft position (ADP) and where you should draft him.

Thielen had back-to-back breakout seasons in 2017 and '18 as he solidified himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL a few years ago. Having played his collegiate ball at Minnesota State, not much was expected of Thielen.

He's shattered expectations, but after setting the bar high, he failed to tally 1,000 receiving yards the past two seasons.

With the addition of WR Justin Jefferson and his ascension to stardom, Thielen will be a WR2 again for the first time since WR Stefon Diggs (now with the Buffalo Bills) was in Minnesota.

The good part for fantasy football managers is that Thielen being the secondary threat may be a positive.

Thielen's ADP: 67.14

(ADP data courtesy of MyFantasyLeague.com)

Thielen is being taken as the 22nd wide receiver off the board in most leagues.

Still having seen over 100 targets last season, Thielen's stock should rise in PPR formats. He's been taken as high as No. 15 and as low as No. 130.

As for his own team, Thielen is the fourth Vikings typically taken. Draft type likely hurts his cause as rookie QB Kellen Mond , who isn't expected to start, is being selected a few spots ahead.

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Thielen's 2020 stats

Games: 15

Targets: 108

Receptions: 74

Receiving yards: 925

Touchdowns: 14

Where should you take Thielen in your fantasy football draft?

Thielen shouldn't slide too far down the board in PPR leagues.

He had 74 receptions last season. If QB Kirk Cousins can play up to his potential and the Vikings start to veer away from a run-heavy offense led by RB Dalvin Cook , Thielen could have a huge season.

The upside isn't great as it's unlikely he tops 100 receptions for the third time in his career. He's not a keeper option for most teams, and in dynasty leagues, he should be retained but potentially dealt if your team stands little chance.

Ultimately, Thielen is a great fifth-round pick in PPR leagues and could go as high as the fourth round in most drafts. If you need receivers, he's a terrific option in the late fourth round as he should rebound in a dynamic offense.

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