News: 4 days agoThielen recorded six receptions on eight targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Lions.
Spin: Justin Jefferson was swarmed by the Lions' defense, and Thielen took advantage by tying for the team lead in targets. His biggest contribution came on a one-yard touchdown reception, though he also tallied two receptions that went for 15 yards. Thielen has steadily picked up his performance as the season has progressed, and he's now topped 50 receiving yards in consecutive games.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Thielen entered 2021 at age 31 and seemingly set to take a step back as Justin Jefferson took control as Minnesota's clear No. 1 wide receiver. Indeed, Jefferson took a leap forward, but not at the expense of Thielen. The veteran receiver posted a 63-686-10 receiving line through his first 11 games and sat seventh at the position in fantasy points, trailing Jefferson by only 14 points. Thielen went down with an injury in Week 13, but not before he continued his scoring dominance. Thielen has an absurd 24 TDs on 202 targets over the last two seasons. He remains positioned for a big role in 2022, but his age and durability (11 missed games over the last three seasons) are red flags and knock him to WR3/flex territory.