Adam Thielen Injury Update Points to Potential Return on Monday Night Football vs Seahawks in Week 13
Adam Thielen has been his usual dominant self when on the field this season. The problem is, the Minnesota Vikings' star wideout has already missed three games, and left after playing fewer than 10 snaps in two other contests.
Still, it looks like Thielen is on track to return in Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks, which gives his fantasy outlook a boost.
He's still no sure thing to suit up, but if he's able take the field he draws a pretty decent matchup against Seattle. The Seahawks' pass defense is nothing special, grading out as the 14th-best unit against the pass, per Football Outsiders DVOA rankings.
Over his first six games of the season, Thielen was averaging 61.0 receiving yards, 4.3 receptions per contest while scoring six total touchdowns during that span.
Other than the TD marks, Thielen's numbers aren't particularly eye popping, but it's worth noting that Kirk Cousins' play has improved significantly since his slow start to the year. Cousins averaged 183.8 passing yards per game over his first four contests, but that has since jumped to 288.6 per game over the seven subsequent games.
If Thielen is healthy, he could be in for a solid game in Week 13, with Cousins playing some of his best football as a Viking. He didn't crack the top-36 WRs in our Week 13 PPR rankings due to his uncertain status, but if he's a full-go, he's likely shoot up these rankings before Sunday.
However, there is some risk with Thielen, as he doesn't play until Monday night, which means he could be a surprise inactive, so his owners would be wise to pick up someone like Josh Gordon or Olabisi Johnson in case Thielen can't go.
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