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How to handle Adam Thielen’s injury in Week 9 fantasy football [UPDATE]

It will be a game-time decision for the Vikings receiver this week.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen scores a touchdown and is injured during the play during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Thielen injury update

Thielen has aggravated his hamstring injury in the second quarter against the Chiefs in Week 9. Thielen left the game and was listed as questionable to return. Pam Oliver reported Thielen was seen saying “I’m done” to his teammates. Bisi Johnson will move into the starting lineup in his place opposite Stefon Diggs.

Adam Thielen game status update

Vikings WR Adam Thielen is officially ACTIVE for Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He is a must start against a bad Chiefs defense.

Adam Thielen injury status update 8:59 a.m.

The Vikings expect to have Thielen for their Week 9 matchup with the Chiefs. He is optimistic he can play, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, but he’s going to work it out before the game to make sure he’s “not at risk of re-injury.” Hamstring injuries can be tricky, so an aggravation does not seem entirely predictable. But, if he plays, fantasy owners have to start him against a bad Chiefs defense.

Is Adam Thielen going to play this week? Good question, but unfortunately we cannot answer it. In fact, we may not have a much better idea about his status than the Minnesota Vikings do. Thielen is going to be a game-time decision, meaning we probably won’t know until 90 minutes before the Vikings’ 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Chiefs.

Thielen said he felt good earlier this week, but he stopped short of clearing himself to play. The team will want to see what he can do and how really feels on the field before they make a decision to start him or leave him in street clothes.

He missed last week’s game too.

Fantasy football analysis, Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen

Something to consider here is that even if Thielen does end up playing this week, he will not be back to 100 percent health. That figures to limit his effectiveness. And with the team in a good place in the division as well as the wild card race, they can afford to give him another week to recuperate.

Stefon Diggs is a better play this week anyway. The man is almost literally on fire, with triple digit performances in his last three games.