Adam Theilen: Dynasty Outlook
One of the Bigger Busts from 2019 was definitely Adam Theilen. Coming off a 300+ point PPR season, he was a popular late 2nd round pick. Unfortunately he finished as the WR63. He did miss six games, but his points per game were still only 11.4, good for the WR44 in point per game. Not good. Also not good, Theilen will turn the dreaded 30 just before the start of the 2020 NFL season. So, what do we do with Theilen in dynasty? Just last season we saw both Rob Gronkowski and Doug Baldwin retire at the age of 30. We have also seen players like Demaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, Jeremy Maclin and T.Y. Hilton completely fall off around this time. You don’t want to be left holding onto those players and getting zero value. You also don’t want to trade them away too soon like many owners have done with Julian Edelman and Larry Fitzgerald in the past. My thoughts....target Adam Theilen. His down year makes him a perfect trade target. I’ve been playing dynasty for awhile now and I think you can likely get him for an early 2nd round pick from the right owner. DO IT! He’s the type of player that dynasty owners tend to fade. He’s older and not very athletic. He reminds me of the Julian Edelman type. He’s a very hard worker who wins by perfected route running and discipline, not athleticism. Edelman came back from a torn ACL and had two amazing WR1 seasons at the ages of 32 and 33. I think Theilen can be a solid WR2 for the next couple of seasons. If you actually look at his points per target, he averaged 2.25 points per target, which was the 8th best of all WRs this year. So he was very efficient with his targets. It will be difficult for the Vikings offense to be as run heavy as it was at the start of the year, and we know how good he can be when given the targets, so target him this offseason.