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Adam Thielen Injury Update Could Limit Fantasy Value Following Early Touchdown Against Lions

Jason Schandl
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Adam Thielen's day got off to strong start for his fantasy football owners, catching a 25-yard touchdown on the Minnesota Vikings' second drive of the game against the Detroit Lions.

Adam Thielen Injury Status

That could very well be the end of his fantasy production for the day, however, as he went down with a hamstring injury on that play and is currently questionable to return.

Even with the Vikings' offense opening the year as an incredibly run-heavy unit with a struggling passing game, Thielen has consistently returned strong fantasy value. He only posted fewer than 12.5 PPR points in one of his first six games, averaging 15.2 per game.

He had also dominated what volume there was to go around in the Vikes' offense, seeing a team-high 25 percent of the targets in the passing game.

If Thielen is forced to miss any time, then Stefon Diggs, who is second on the team with a 22 percent target share, will see a massive boost in fantasy value.

It's an encouraging sign that Thielen has not been ruled out yet, but with a hamstring injury, it would be a surprise to see him return to the field in Week 7. His status for Week 8 is still up in the air, but we should have a much better idea after Monday or Tuesday's injury reports are released.

If Thielen does suit up, he'll be a fantasy must-start with a great Week 8 matchup against the Washington Redskins, but Diggs will be one of the week's top WR plays if Thielen remains sidelined.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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