Adam Thielen's Projected Yardage Total for 2020 NFL Season is Disrespectful

Max Staley
Adam Thielen's projected yardage total is disrespectful to the Minnesota Vikings' WR.
Adam Thielen's projected yardage total is disrespectful to the Minnesota Vikings' WR. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Since becoming a full-time starter in 2017, Adam Thielen has been one of the most consistent threats in the league. From 2017-18 he averaged 1,324.5 receiving yards per year, making the Pro Bowl in each season.

After an injury-riddled 2019 campaign, though, it appears as if Thielen's reputation around the league has taken a hit. His projected yardage total, via FanDuel Sportsbook, is so low it can only be described as disrespectful.

The over/under for Thielen's receiving yards has been set at 1,049.5. That would represent a significant drop in production for the Minnesota Vikings' wideout.

Last season, Thielen was on a 16-game pace to reach about 976 receiving yards before a Week 7 hamstring injury derailed his season. However, that number is significantly impacted by an outlier game in Week 4, when Thielen recorded just 6 yards. Taking that game out of the equation, he was actually on pace to put up 1,152 yards on the year prior to Week 7.

It's also reasonable to expect Thielen to see more volume than ever in 2020. The departure of Stefon Diggs should force Kirk Cousins to lean on the two-time Pro Bowler early and often.

Thielen surpassed this total with relative ease in both 2017 and 2018, and he likely would've done it again in 2019 were it not for a bad hamstring. Set to potentially handle career-high volume, Thielen should beat this mark without breaking a sweat if he plays all 16 games.

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