Adam Thielen COVID Update Boosts Week 13 Fantasy Outlook

Max Staley
Adam Thielen COVID update boosts his Week 13 fantasy outlook.
Adam Thielen COVID update boosts his Week 13 fantasy outlook. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
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Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Adam Thielen has been activated off the COVID/reserve list. It looks like he'll be good to go in Week 13, so his fantasy managers can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Thielen will be his usual WR1 self against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.

Adam Thielen Fantasy Outlook

Thielen was flat-out dominant over his last two games before missing Week 12. In that stretch he turned 18 targets into 12 catches for 166 receiving yards and a whopping 4 touchdowns. That touchdown rate is obviously unsustainable, but he should have plenty of chances to rack up stats against the Jaguars.

Jacksonville ranks No. 31 in the NFL in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metrics. Assuming he doesn't suffer any lingering effects from being on the covid-reserve list, Thielen should be a top-10 play at the position in Week 13.

Justin Jefferson Fantasy Outlook

This news doesn't impact Justin Jefferson's fantasy outlook all that much. He's been dominant when Thielen has been on the field, and he was dominant in Week 12 with Thielen off of it.

He's not likely to see the 13 targets he drew in Week 12 now that Thielen is back, but he's averaging 94.2 receiving yards per game since being named a starter in Week 3. The guy has become an every-week WR2 (with legitimate WR1 upside). Don't expect that to change any time soon.


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