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  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
 
 
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  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. ATL at CAR
Week 2 at GB vs. NO
Week 3 vs. OAK at CLE
Week 4 at CHI vs. TB
Week 5 at NYG at SEA
Week 6 vs. PHI vs. SF
Week 7 at DET at ATL
Week 8 vs. WAS vs. CIN
Week 9 at KCBYE WEEK
Week 10 at DAL at PIT
Week 11 vs. DEN vs. CHI
Week 12BYE WEEK vs. BAL
Week 13 at SEA at ARI
Week 14 vs. DET vs. SEA
Week 15 at LAC at DAL
Week 16 vs. GB at SF
Week 17 vs. CHI vs. ARI
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
Receiving
   
Receptions86.474.0
Rec Yards1,121.51,114.2
Rec TDs6.66.3
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts3.46.6
Rush Yards20.541.8
Rush TDs0.00.5
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points153.4156.0
   
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
2018 Points 
Week 110.29.3
Week 219.115.9
Week 310.59.0
Week 419.518.6
Week 517.6
Week 618.35.3
Week 717.013.1
Week 815.88.3
Week 98.717.4
Week 1016.9
Week 118.610.7
Week 1218.5
Week 138.86.2
Week 147.82.2
Week 151.95.9
Week 168.36.2
Week 173.718.2
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
2018 Targets 
Week 1128
Week 2139
Week 3198
Week 4128
Week 5100
Week 6136
Week 7105
Week 878
Week 978
Week 1012
Week 111212
Week 129
Week 13106
Week 1477
Week 1527
Week 1663
Week 1749
  Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Brandin Cooks
WR - LAR
Brandin Cooks
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It was right to be a bit hesitant about Thielen last year, as it was going to be tough for both him and Stefon Diggs to be top-15 options. Fortunately, he and Diggs each saw at least 150 targets allowing both of them to finish as top-10 options. They didn't add anyone to take targets away from them, outside of rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr., and we all know not to expect much out of rookie tight ends. It is worth noting, though, that after his hot start, Thielen was the WR23 from Week 9 through Week 16Most wouldn't believe it, but 2018 was Cooks' most consistent season from a fantasy standpoint. That's impressive considering it was his first year in the offense while the other receivers had more experience. He finished as a WR2 or better in 53.3 percent of his games, which ranked 14th among wide receivers. With Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods getting theirs, it'll be hard for Cooks to get into elite territory, but knowing he was this consistent should give drafters confidence in taking him as a high-end WR2
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
He was shot out of a cannon in '18, with 8 straight 100-yard games - have to worry about how much OC change (to curb pass game) impacted his final 8 games, though (56 rec. YPG)There was negligible difference between him and teammate Woods in fantasy last season - both were tucked right inside the top 20 in half-PPR FAN PPG
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Thielen was utterly electric for most of the 2018 season, ripping off eight straight 100-yard games and scoring touchdowns at will. And although he finished with an impressive 113 catches, like Stefon Diggs, his production dropped off significantly at the end of the season. If the Vikings focus on the run more like they did in their last few games, then Thielen will have a hard time producing much more than low-end WR2 numbers. But chances are that with Gary Kubiak on board as an adviser, Minnesota will get a bit more creative with their offense. Given what Thielen showed over the first half of last season, he should be considered a high-end WR2.Cooks' lack of production in the fantasy playoffs may scare fantasy owners off, but it shouldn't. He's been remarkably consistent throughout his career, seeing at least 100 targets and totaling at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past four seasons. Although Cooper Kupp should be back and healthy, Cooks was actually better with Kupp on the field, so that shouldn't be a negative for fantasy owners. He's a safe WR2, who should give you steady production all year.
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Thielen has put up 1277 and 1373 yards the last two seasons, respectively. He also has 12 total TDs over that span, doubling his output from 4 to 8. He was fourth in the league in red zone receptions in 2018, so 8 TDs can certainly be reached again. Super safe pick. 
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
 - 4 straight 1,000 yard seasons. - 4 straight seasons playing all 16 games. - 5,147 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Even though his teammate Diggs managed over 100 receptions, Thielen posted 113 to go with a career-high 1,373 yards and 9 scores. There is room for both of them to finish as top 12 fantasy wideouts seeing that the rest of the receiver corps is barren. Their upside is limited, however, unless one goes down with an injury.Cooks has now been a top 13 fantasy receiver in four straight seasons so if you are suddenly expecting that to change, you might be disappointed. He will have to split the target share with Woods and Kupp, of course, but Cooks has managed to produce these big numbers despite averaging just 119 targets per season in that time.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Thielen was the 7th ranked fantasy wide receiver with 113 receptions for 1,373 yards and 9 touchdowns. He should continue to be a WR2 with QB Kirk Cousins behind center, but the Vikings commitment to the running game at the end of the season may take away the targets Thielen needs to be a WR1.Cooks is one of the best deep-ball threats in the NFL, but he is similar to Cooper in that he is a little hit or miss in a run-heavy offensive scheme.
Kyle Yates
The Fantasy Footballers
The Vikings are going to have a new dedication to running the ball this season, but that doesn't mean there still won't be massive opportunities for Thielen in this offense. Kirk Cousins and Thielen clearly have chemistry together and there's no reason to doubt Thielen's ability to repeat as a Top-12 WR next season. 
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
It was really a tale of two seasons for Thielen in 2018. He started the year with 8 consecutive games of over 100 yards, averaging a stat line of 9.25/116/0.75. Over the final 8 games however, he had just one 100 yard game, averaging a stat line of 4.9/56/0.4. Theilen was the top scoring WR by 37 points over the first 8 games, but was just the WR 26 over the second half, ranking behind Zay Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Adam Humphries. So which version of Thielen will we see in 2019? Probably something in the middle. My projections love him. They have him with just under 100 receptions for around 1,400 yards and 7 TD's. If he can put together a season like that, then he's going to be well worth his late second round ADP.I absolutely love Cook's 4th round ADP. This is guy who's posted four consecutive 1,100 yard seasons, even after playing with 3 different QB's! In fact, there have been just 5 players with at least 5,000 receiving yards and 30+ TD's before their age 26 season. Their names are Randy Moss, Larry Fitz, DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, and Brandin Cooks (Pat Thorman). We know for a fact that Cooks is going to have a massive role on an elite offense, and that's not even considering that Kupp won't be 100% to start the seasons. He's and elite WR, with an elite opportunity share, on an elite offense. Cooks is a lock in the 4th round. He should absolutely be going in the early third in all formats.