START: Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
What a year it’s been for Mr. Thielen.
A hometown favorite before this season, he’s become a house hold name if you play fantasy football.
With his 83 catches and 1,191-yards on the season, he’s got a shot at a legitimate 100 catch season while already eclipsing the century mark in yards.
He’s only had four touchdowns however, and this is what keeps him out of the top tier of wide receiver discussions.
If you’re in a PPR league, this is an easy call. He’s had five or more catches in all but two games this year.
Facing the Green Bay Packers in Week 6, Thielen went for nine catches and 96-yards. I’m thinking he can do even better this weekend.
SIT: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
We were all a bit excited to see if Nelson’s fantasy football relevance would return with Aaron Rodgers.
It did not. The veteran receiver was drafted very high coming into 2017, but since Rodgers’ injury, he’s collected five or more receptions just once.
He hasn’t had more than 50-yards receiver once either, and he hasn’t had a touchdown since the game before Rodgers’ injury.
Randall Cobb on the other hand, has had five or more catches three times since his star quarterback went down. So, you see, Nelson isn’t the second-best receiver with Hundley on the field. He’s the third. Even with Davante Adams out with a concussion, Nelson is a bench warmer.
SLEEPER: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
If I have to pick one, it’s going to be Diggs from Minnesota.
Essentially, the Vikings need a full head of steam going into the playoffs, and are playing for a first-round bye.
Right now, according to fivethirtyeight.com, the Vikings have a 91% chance of gaining a first-round bye.
If I’m Minnesota, I don’t like that 9% lingering out there. Which means it’s time to exploit the Packers for everything we can get.
Diggs is definitely touchdown dependent, but he may get a couple.