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WR Stefon Diggs - Minnesota Vikings

6-0, 195Born: 2-10-1994College: MarylandDrafted: Round 5, pick 2015

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Diggs ran into Patrick Peterson in Week 6. He'll get a banged up Jets secondary in Week 7 and should be fine going forward.

Week 7: at New York Jets

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Kirk Cousins' efficiency has been amazing so far this season. Through 6 games as a Viking he's completing over 71% of his passes, and he sits 11th league-wide in adjusted net yards per attempt. (He'd rank higher if not for a porous front line that's already allowed 18 sacks.) A patient yet aggressive passer, Cousins is utilizing his talented weaponry with much more skill than Case Keenum did last year in (mostly) a caretaker role. His tendency to release low and have throws batted back in his face is annoying, but just a nitpick of a fantastic debut season in Minnesota. Adam Thielen has been the main beneficiary. His consistency is staggering, with at least 102 yards in each game thus far. Thielen keeps winning battle after battle in the slot, and he's proving himself one of the game's best downfield receivers from inside - his 8 catches of 20 yards or more ranks eighth in the league. Stefon Diggs trails him in terms of attention, but adds sure-handed explosiveness on the outside. On the whole, there's little to distrust about this attack. It's methodical yet striking, and it keeps succeeding regardless of matchup. There's incremental improvement on display, but the Jets still field one of the league's more beatable pass defenses. They've allowed their last 3 opponents to top 300 yards, and none were particularly imposing air attacks. Blake Bortles (388) and Case Keenum (377) both routinely found big openings downfield, and last week Andrew Luck (301) nickel-and-dimed them with a stripped-down receiving corps. Cornerback Morris Claiborne has been fantastic in coverage, but he's had little help from the team's inexperienced safeties. If fellow cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Buster Skrine remain out for Week 7, Claiborne will likely again be stretched too thin. Inside receivers have put on a show thus far against the Jets, and virtually anyone testing their zones down the seams have had great success.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 vs BUF 57 0 0 0 10 4 17 0 0 1.7
4 at LAR 62 0 0 0 15 11 123 0 0 12.3
5 at PHI 53 2 25 0 11 10 91 0 0 11.6
6 vs ARI 63 1 9 0 5 3 33 0 0 4.2
7 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 6 * * * *
7 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 5 * * * *
7 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 7 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Stefon Diggs's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 6 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

This week was all about Thielen and it came at the expense of Diggs and the rest of the receiving core. Diggs received a third of the targets that Thielen did (5 to 15) and never really got a chance to get going. He had the tough task of going up against Patrick Peterson and that had a lot to do with his quiet day. His longest reception was 16 yards and that accounted for almost half of his total for the game. Diggs was also given a single carry on an end around that he took for 9 yards. It was a little surprising that they did not give him the ball again, but Latavius Murray was having so much success between the tackles that they did not feel the need to. Diggs will look to get back on track next week against the Jets.

2018 Week 5 vs PHI (11 / 10 / 91 / 0 rec, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)

The Vikings have one of the best 1-2 punches in the league in regard to Diggs and Thielen. Diggs is a jack of all trades and is being used all over the offense. He led the team in targets this week with 11 and also had the longest rushing play of either team. Diggs took an end around for 20 yards for his first carry and then another 5 yards with his second. He accounted for almost a third of the team's rush yards in those 2 plays alone. In the passing game he continued his normal mix of short passes and screens as well as trying to stretch the field with long go routes. His longest catch was 25 yards, and he averaged 9 yards per reception this week. There were several quick hits and screens that were sniffed out by the Eagles and he was tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage. It seems like either Diggs or Thielen is going to break through every week and it just happened to be Thielen's turn this week. Diggs should have a great matchup again next week against Arizona.

2018 Week 4 vs LAR (15 / 11 / 123 / 0 rec)

If there is one constant in the Viking offense, it is that Diggs is going to catch just about everything thrown his way. He hauled in 11 of his 15 targets and surpassed 100 yards receiving for the third time this season. Cousins took a couple deep shots down the field for Diggs but was unable to connect on any of them. His longest play of the game was a 34-yard catch and run down the sideline. He spun off the initial tackle and then broke another on his way to a big first down. There was another play where a diving Sam Shields prevented Diggs from catching a ball down the sideline for what should have been a touchdown. Shields went full extension to knock down the pass and even Diggs had to smile and congratulate him on the play. Diggs is normally targeted in the red zone more, but he lost out on opportunity with Aldrick Robinson hauling in 2 red zone touchdown passes. Diggs is going to need every bit of his magic next week against the defending world champs in Philadelphia.

2018 Week 3 vs BUF (10 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

Cousins and Diggs just did not have it this week. After connecting on big plays, the first 2 weeks of the year, the QB/WR duo could not get anything going this week. Diggs was targeted 10 times but outstanding coverage from the Bills and an ineffective Cousins made it tough for Diggs to get anything going. Their longest play of the game was 7 yards and Diggs was outgained by 7 other Viking players this week. This is a far cry from the 100+ yards and a touchdown that Diggs has averaged so far this season. The blanket coverage on Diggs did open things up for Thielen underneath but it was not enough for the Vikings to score or really get anything going on offense all game. Diggs will look to rebound against a tough Rams secondary next week on Thursday night.

2018 Week 2 vs GB (13 / 9 / 128 / 2 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

With two touchdowns, over 100 yards, and a game tying two-point conversion, Diggs played a huge role for the Vikings again this week. Diggs was targeted 13 times and tied Adam Thielen for the team lead. This was his second straight game with over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. His first touchdown was a very interesting play. Cousins called him into motion, he broke in towards the backfield like he was going to run a jet sweep, then cut back outside after revealing the coverage, and eventually caught an easy 3-yard touchdown on a quick out. The motion back and forth looked odd, but it served a purpose and resulted in a touchdown. His second score came on a 75-yard bomb down the right sideline. He lined up next to Laquon Treadwell, who pulled the coverage to the inside, and all Diggs had to do was beat his corner in soft coverage. Cousins hit Diggs right in stride and he outran the safety who was late getting over in coverage. The two touchdowns were huge, but it was the two-point conversion play that helped send it to over time. The Vikings lined up in a bunch formation to the right side with Diggs left isolated on the left. Cousins looked right briefly and then threw a fade to the back corner of the end zone for Diggs. He caught the ball easily and attempted to silence the crowd with the score now tied late in the fourth quarter.

2018 Week 1 vs SF (6 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

There is a lot of competition in the Vikings' receiving core for targets, but the bulk are going to go through Diggs and Thielen. This may be one of the only times you see Diggs not in the top 2 players for targets in a given week. He finished a close third behind running back Dalvin Cook, but did one thing no other receiver did, found the end zone. Diggs had to contend with Richard Sherman and a stingy 49er secondary and only hauled in half of his 6 targets this week. He did bet his man down the left sideline for a 22-yard touchdown but could not find very much room to run outside of that. All the extra attention paid to Diggs did help open things up for Thielen and Treadwell, but Cousins struggled with accuracy this week and both receivers had at least one drop. Diggs looks to continue his breakout season from a year ago but is going to have a difficult time as opposing teams key in on trying to stop him.

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Latest News

Vikings | Stefon Diggs quiet in Week 6 (Sun Oct 14, 06:06 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught three passes for 33 yards against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.

Our View: Don't worry about Diggs, Patrick Peterson has done this to him before and many others before. Next week Peterson will tangle with Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton, and Demaryius Thomas, while Diggs should bounce back against a Jets secondary that was missing two starters today.
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Vikings | Stefon Diggs posts 116 total yards (Mon Oct 8, 12:26 AM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught 10 of his 11 targets for 91 yards and added two carries for 25 yards in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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