News: 1 day agoThielen caught seven of eight targets for 76 yards and rushed once for six yards in Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Vikings.
Spin: Thielen led the Panthers in receiving yards despite falling to his former team. After a quiet Week 1, Thielen has now caught 25 passes on 31 targets since. The 33-year-old offers a dependable option for rookie quarterback Bryce Young, providing good value despite Young's inconsistencies.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Thielen signed with the Panthers after a successful nine-season run in Minnesota. That run resulted in three top-10 fantasy campaigns (and the fourth-most TDs among WRs over the last five seasons), but Thielen is now one of the league's oldest wide receivers at age 33 and his production has started to slip. He missed 11 games during the 2019-21 seasons and, though he did hold up for all 17 in 2022, he finished outside the Top 25 receivers in targets, receptions, yards and fantasy points. His 17% target share was his lowest since 2016. Thielen figures to start opposite DJ Chark and will be a solid, veteran presence for rookie QB Bryce Young, but he's well past his prime and figures to max out as a deep league flex option.