Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota Vikings

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Vikings Beat: Offense is progressing

Monday, August 6, 2018, 10:35am

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Minnesota is five days away from opening preseason action against Denver, its first chance to test where the team stands and the areas that need honing in. While still early in the process with a new quarterback and offensive coordinator, elements of the install that once felt foreign are now starting to click.

“As far as learning the concepts we’ve been learning since minicamp and OTAs and going into training camp, it was a lot smoother because ... we have learned the concepts,” Stefon Diggs said. “So now we’re kind of like – you have a subject in class that you’ve been studying for a little while, you’re starting to get it and you’re starting to find the small nuances of it that you want (to make) little tweaks here and there and that kind of thing.”

Related players: Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook

Fantasy Impact:

There have been more good days lately, despite a hiccup now and then, which is to be expected with all the injuries on the offensive line, and including a new QB in Cousins. Diggs added the unit continues to work on timing.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

Stefon Diggs had a strong season in 2017, setting a career-high in touchdowns (8). When he’s on the field, he’s highly productive and we can’t ignore the fact he’s in a contract year as a good season means a big payday. He also gets an upgrade at quarterback as Kirk Cousins replaces Case Keenum. If he stays on the field, we could see a career-year out of Diggs.

Fantasy Downside

Diggs had nice final season numbers in 2017, but 46 percent of his yards came in the first four games of the season, and half of his touchdown total came in the first three games. Diggs has also never been able to play a full season in three years due to injuries.

2018 Bottom Line

If Diggs can stay on the field for all 16 games and have a little more consistent production, he could end up producing low-end WR1 numbers. He’s especially valuable in PPR formats as last season he finished with five or more catches in eight of his 14 games. You can expect to snag Diggs near the fourth round of drafts this season.

2018 Strength of Schedule - MIN
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
20
SF
29
@GB
3
BUF
13
@LAR
28
@PHI
23
ARI
22
@NYJ
14
NO
19
DET
BYE9
@CHI
29
GB
30
@NE
18
@SEA
10
MIA
19
@DET
9
CHI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1NO7932813.291-600-6.0020.727.758/6589.2%
2@PIT2270613.5014004.003.15.161/6692.4%
3TB817321121.620000-29.337.352/7470.3%
4DET5980719.600000-9.814.848/5685.7%
5@CHI14044.000000-0.41.449/7070.0%
6GB--------------
7BAL--------------
8@CLE427066.751-100-1.002.66.664/8575.3%
9BYE--------------
10@WAS4781519.500000-13.817.851/6183.6%
11LAR432068.000000-3.27.253/7867.9%
12@DET5660713.2019009.007.512.566/7390.4%
13@ATL2320516.0015005.003.75.748/6672.7%
14@CAR66401010.670000-6.412.470/7494.6%
15CIN530166.0017007.009.714.746/6768.7%
16@GB5601812.0013003.0012.317.353/6581.5%
17CHI6651610.831-800-8.0011.717.762/7582.7%
Per game4.5760.640.576.7913.270.570.93001.639.5914.1655.79/69.6480.36%
Totals6484989513.27813001.63134.2198.2781/97580.36%