WR Stefon Diggs - Minnesota Vikings
|6-0, 195||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): Diggs was able to play through his knee injury, but like the rest of the Vikings pass offense, he was a Week 13 disappointment. We can't bench him but practice reports will be important for him going into a matchup at Seattle.
General News (Sat Dec 8): partially participated in Saturday's practice but is not on the team's injury report.
General News (Fri Dec 7): partially participated in Friday's practice.
General News (Thu Dec 6): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
Week 14: at Seattle Seahawks
FBG says: Good matchup. Production from Kirk Cousins and this passing offense has tailed off in recent weeks with some very inconsistent outings. A week after over 340 passing yards and three touchdowns, Cousins musters just 201 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions with a season-low 4.6 passing yards per attempt against what has not been just a slightly above average Patriots passing defense. While Cousins completed 72 percent of his passes, he was off the mark on all six deep balls last week--which is surprising since Cousins had been proficient with his deep passes for most of this season. Stefon Diggs felt the pain of those inaccurate deep balls as he could not haul in his typical big play last week while he finished with his lowest reception total since Week 6. Adam Thielen has also cooled off in recent weeks with just one game over 70 receiving yards in his last four outings. Thielen is still a favorite target in this offense though as he went back to leading the team last week along with converting on his only red zone look for his ninth touchdown of the season. Dalvin Cook must also be mentioned here as he is was targeted just as much as Thielen last week to finish with his best receiving game of the season. Cook is a dangerous receiver out of the backfield and could continue to see heavy usage, especially is the Vikings are forced to play catch-up. The Seahawks secondary was burned again last week as they gave up a game of 100 or more receiving yards to an opposing wide receiver for the fourth time in their last five outings. This secondary has played poorly for most of this season while they are missing the presence of elite safety Earl Thomas to prop them up. Since the midway point in the year at Week 8, the Seahawks have given up the seventh-most fantasy points per game (PPR) to wide receivers. Both stud receivers for the Vikings should have no issue getting open this week. Dalvin Cook will have to deal with the tough coverage from Bobby Wagner though, which could prove to be troublesome unless they get Cook in space on quick screens. The primary risk to this Vikings offense will be what has been a strong Seattle pass rush at times. Frank Clark has been the Seahawks' best defensive lineman, but he will have an even matchup with the Vikings' best offensive lineman Riley Reiff. As a unit, the Vikings offensive line has actually been average in pass protection, so if they can hold off the Seahawks defensive pressure they could have a big game this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Stefon Diggs's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs NE (5 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
It was a frustrating day for Viking receivers. They seemed to take exception with the coverage by New England and were looking for flags all over the place. Diggs was visibly angry on the sideline when they did not call pass interference on a play in the end zone to Robinson. Diggs caught all 5 of his targets this week but only broke free once for 24 yards. This was one of the rare times a Viking player was able to break a tackle and get extra yards after the catch. It was not a great game for the Viking pass game this week and Diggs is going to have to play much better next week if the Vikings want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
2018 Week 12 vs GB (11 / 8 / 77 / 1 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
It can be had to co-exist in an offense dominated by Thielen, but Diggs continues to carve out a big chunk every week. He continues to show that he has some of the best hands in the league and seems to make a big play every week. Diggs kicked off the first scoring drive with a 24-yard catch and run across the middle and made a tough catch on a ball behind him to get a first down on the final drive to run out the clock for the Vikings. Diggs also had a 12-yard end around rush for the longest play on the ground for the Vikings this week. The touchdown play was a thing of beauty and was the second longest pass of the game for the Vikings. After the play action fake to Cook, Cousins found Diggs wide open down the side line and into the end zone. A crossing route between Diggs and Thielen caused his defender to get confused and fall, leaving Diggs wide open for the easy score. This was high 6th touchdown on the season and Diggs has a realistic chance at over 1000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns if he keeps up his current pace.
2018 Week 11 vs CHI (18 / 13 / 126 / 1 rec)
After missing the game right before the Bye week due to a rib injury, Diggs was back in full force this week. He was the main beneficiary of the Bears focusing on Thielen underneath and torched them on the outside. He saw a career high 18 targets this week and hauled in a 5-yard touchdown at the end of the game. It was 3rd and goal from the 5-yard line and Diggs beat the zone coverage to the inside on a quick slant. You could see him point out in front of him as if he was telling Cousins where to throw it. The Vikings failed the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt as well as the onside kick attempt. Diggs also chipped in a 25-yard catch and run down the sideline, but his big day was not enough to propel the Vikings to a win. Diggs will really need to step up in the coming weeks if the Vikings want to remain in the playoff hunt.
2018 Week 8 vs NO (11 / 10 / 119 / 1 rec)
After playing second fiddle to Thielen for most of the season, Diggs finally got back on top this week. He surpassed Thielen in targets, catches, and yards this week. His 11 targets were a team high this week and his 31-yard reception was the longest of the game. Diggs scored the Vikings first touchdown of the game in the 1st quarter when he was able to catch a 4th down pass from Cousins in the side of the end zone. Diggs had just enough room to drag his back foot and retain possession of the ball for the score. He has a great opportunity for a second touchdown in the 2nd half but was tackled by a falling down Eli Apple for a clear pass interference call. Apple did not have any help over the top and Diggs had shook him so hard that he fell down. It would have been an easy score, but never came to be. It has been a much slower season so far for Diggs, but he is drawing the top coverage from the opposing team every week. He has another tough matchup with Darius Slay next week and the Lions.
2018 Week 7 vs NYJ (14 / 8 / 33 / 0 rec, 2 / -7 / 0 rush)
It was another week to forget for Diggs. He had the volume this week with 14 targets and 2 carries in the run game, but he did not have the production to go with it. The blocking just was not there, and he was consistently tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage. He led the team in targets but only averaged 4.1 yards per catch. Teams continue to get burned by Thielen and Diggs has not been able to capitalize on the additional attention paid to Thielen. Diggs also did not have any luck in the rushing offense either and had 2 runs with negative yards. His longest play of the day was 10 yards and he did not find any more room than that. Defenses are going to continue to devote more coverage to Thielen and it should give Diggs more room to run. He is going to need better play design and more opportunity down the field if he wants to make a difference. Diggs will take on the light defense of the New Orleans Saints next week as he tried to recreate the Minneapolis Miracle.
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.
Latest NewsVikings | Stefon Diggs limited Saturday (Sat Dec 8, 07:04 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) was limited in practice Saturday, Dec. 8. Our View: Diggs has been able to get in a limited practice all three days this week, which is an improvement from last week. He's a safe strong WR2 play against Seattle this week.
link to story Vikings | Stefon Diggs listed as limited (Fri Dec 7, 07:29 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 7. Our View: Diggs is doing better than last week when he missed two practices before returning on Friday, so we shouldn't have to sweat a game time decision for him on Monday night.
link to story Vikings | Stefon Diggs limited in Thursday 's practice (Thu Dec 6, 07:10 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) was limited at practice Thursday, Dec. 6. Our View: This is an improvement from last week's practice plan, so it looks like we aren't going to have to sweat a game-time decision from Diggs on Monday night.
link to story Vikings | Stefon Diggs mostly held in check (Sun Dec 2, 09:44 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs posted five receptions for 49 yards on five targets in Week 13 against the New England Patriots, and his three-game touchdown streak was snapped. link to story Vikings | Stefon Diggs active for Week 13 (Sun Dec 2, 02:58 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) is active for the Week 13 game against the New England Patriots. Our View: Diggs is still a risky play but if you were waiting on him you got your wish.
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