At the beginning of the 2018 fantasy season, Adam Thielen was on pace to be the #1 WR in football by a wide margin. He had a streak of eight 100 yard games to start the year, and put up 78/940/6 through the first half of the season. He then fell off significantly, putting up roughly half of the numbers he put up in the first half of the season, during the second half. He still finished as a top 10 WR, finishing with 113/1373/9 at season’s end. Things like a terrible O-line and a not so great running game may have affected Thielen’s stats during the second half of the season.
I expect the Vikings to make fixing their offensive line a priority this offseason, through the draft, as well as free agency. Matt Paradis should be a top priority for he Vikings in free agency. He would be a solid building block to help construct a more solid line for Minnesota, which will help Cousins, which will help Thielen.
Kevin Stefanski was hired as the Vikings new offensive coordinator. As the quarterbacks coach for the Vikings, and in his first year working with QB Kirk Cousins, the veteran completed over 70% of his passes, along with throwing 30 TD’s and only 10 interceptions. Stefanski will hopefully help the passing attack of the Vikings and in turn make Thielen an even better fantasy option for the 2019 season.
I think Thielen is still a top 10 WR for 2019, as long as the Vikings get some help on the line and Cousins stays healthy as well, I think he could put up similar numbers as his 2018 campaign. I don’t think he’ll get off to as hot of a start as 2018, but he’ll be solid.
Stat prediction: 105/1250/10