Adam Thielen $7,200
Volume speaks volumes in fantasy sports. Theilen has become an enormous volume wide receiver for the Vikings. He has had five or more catches in every contest this season aside from last weeks low scoring affair against the Falcons. 74 receptions for 1056 yards puts him in the upper echelon of fantasy receivers this season. The only thing missing from his resume is a higher touchdown number which currently stands at three.
This week the Vikings get to play the Panthers who are ranked 26th worts at giving up points to opposing wide receivers. Yardage wise the Panthers are a solid team, but in the red zone, they allow too many touchdowns. Case Keenum looks Theien has thirteen targets in the red zone, but only four catches. This is why he just has three touchdowns. He should get plenty of opportunities again this week and go for over 150 yards and a pair of scores.
Demaryius Thomas $5,000
Thomas on the season has 60 receptions for 678 yards and three touchdowns. Entering this season the expectations for him were much higher, and he has been somewhat of a fantasy letdown. If you are looking for one week that he could be most useful down the stretch, this could be that week. The Jets are 27th worst in the league by giving up points to opposing wide receivers.
Allowing 233.8 yards-per-game through the air the Broncos should have no problem passing the ball over and around the Jets defenders. Thomas is still a target monster as he had ten last week and continues to be force-fed the ball by Trevor Siemian for better or worse.
During a three-game stretch, this season when Siemian was the quarterback Thomas recorded at least 44 yards and a score. This week he should get back to that production but on a much larger scale. I predict at least 100 yards and a score from the Broncos receiver this week.
Julio Jones $8,500
Jones gets to go against the Saints in a prime-time matchup Thursday night.On the season the Saints are scoring a lot of points averaging almost 30 points per game. This means for the Falcons to keep up they will be slinging the ball all over the field. The recipient of most of those could be Julio.
While he only has three touchdowns on the season, it’s not for lack of trying on Matt Ryans part. Jones has been targeted a total of twelve times in the red zone, but he only has three receptions. The Saints are a mediocre statistical team when their backs are pushed against the wall which is why they have to score 30 points per game to get wins.
This could be another massive game for Jones as all the pieces line up and look perfect for his type of contest. It’s doubtful that he reaches the 253 yardd he scored against the Buccaneers two weeks ago, but it’s alwo highly unlikley he only fges for 24 yards like alst week. I see something in the middle around 150 yards and a pair of scores making Julio a top play this week.