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What to do with Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson in Week 8 fantasy football

We go over Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson’s fantasy football outlook ahead of the Vikings Week 8 matchup against the Packers.

Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings catches the ball for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Sunday Update: Thielen is good to start opposite Jefferson after dealing with shoulder pain this week. The veteran is projected for 16.31 fantasy points in ESPN leagues while the rookie is projected for 13.79. Both players should be viable options in this matchup.

So far this season, there appears to be room for two wide receivers to find success in the Vikings offense. Rookie Justin Jefferson has increasingly made his presence known as the season progresses, while Adam Thielen has continued to maintain his consistent WR1 status. Will each of these receivers continue to perform against Green Bay in Week 8? We break down the fantasy analysis below.

Fantasy Football analysis: Vikings WRs Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson

Adam Thielen is currently the 6th ranked fantasy wide receiver this season, averaging 19.8 points per game and scoring an impressive seven touchdowns. Thielen is averaging 8.2 targets per game, demonstrating the Vikings commitment to keeping him involved, even as Jefferson’s role emerges. The weather will not be friendly to the passing game on Sunday, as 40mph wind gusts are expected. Of the two receivers, Thielen may fare better in this scenario, as his average yards per reception is less than Jefferson at 13. Short passes and the running game may be the way to go this weekend . Thielen’s target share, his established chemistry with Cousins, and his high usage in the red zone make him worth a start in every league this weekend.

Justin Jefferson’s fantasy value is on the rise as he continues to improve his production on a weekly basis. He is averaging 17.0 points per game and is the 17th ranked fantasy wide receiver at the moment. He has demonstrated a boom/bust tendency thus far, with scores ranging from 5 to 30 points from one week to the next. It’s worth noting that Jefferson thrives on the long ball as his average yards per reception is 19, capping his upside in a windy Week 8 match-up. Blustery conditions aside, Jefferson has shown his capability as an elite receiver and is worth a start as a low end WR2/flex this weekend.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Adam Thielen as a WR1

Start Justin Jefferson as a WR 2