WR Stefon Diggs - Minnesota Vikings
|6-0, 195||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Diggs was unstoppable until the last two weeks, when he has been a marginal factor in the Vikings passing game. He'll face Chris Harris and Denver this week and is only a boom/bust WR3/Flex.
Week 11: vs Denver Broncos
FBG says: Bad matchup. Kirk Cousins executed the Vikings game plan to near perfection last week as he passed for two early touchdowns and 220 yards while committing no turnovers. Cousins was off to a slow start this season, but he has since turned it around with 15 touchdowns and just one interception in his last six games, scoring the third-most fantasy points among quarterbacks over that span. This passing offense receives the benefit of one of the best rushing offenses in football though, so despite the touchdowns and efficiency from Cousins, it remains a relatively low volume unit. Top receiver Adam Thielen will likely remain sidelined until after their Week 12 bye, leaving Stefon Diggs the top wide receiver option for Cousins. However, Diggs has taken a big step back in recent weeks with just four receptions for 53 yards in his past two outings after stringing together over 140 receiving yards and seven receptions in each of three straight games from Weeks 6 thru 8. Dalvin Cook, on the other hand, has been consistent in the passing game with at least six targets and 45 receiving yards per game over the past three weeks--including a season-high seven receptions for 86 receiving yards last week. Tight end Kyle Rudolph is a touchdown-dependent option, but those touchdowns have been rolling in lately as he scored twice last week and now has four touchdowns in his last four games. The Broncos pass defense remains one of the top groups in the league, giving up an average of just 202.1 passing yards per game (4th-fewest) while holding opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers alike to the third-fewest fantasy points per game (PPR scoring). Whether looking at the early or late season, this defense has consistently performed well against the pass. They have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in just two games while holding opposing offenses to zero passing touchdowns in four of nine outings. Cornerback Chris Harris has been nothing short of elite, while the pair of first-year starters Duke Dawson Jr. and Davontae Harris are both carrying their weight alongside the veteran Harris. It also helps to have two of the best safeties in football over the top in addition to a blossoming young linebacker A.J. Johnson to help in coverage over the middle. The defensive line has also been solid despite coming up relatively short in the sacks department this season. With the Vikings playing a man down in the receiving corps, Stefon Diggs will have his hands full while Kirk Cousins should be in for a challenge to find open options downfield.
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
2019 Week 10 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
It was not the big game we were expecting to see from Diggs this week. He was very quiet last week against the Chiefs and was expected to do big things with Thielen ruled out this week. He caught 3 of his 6 targets and was second on the team in receiving yards behind Cook this week. He had a big catch of 27 yards to help setup a field goal just before half time for the Vikings. The play was originally ruled incomplete with the official thinking the ball hit the ground. After replay, the official saw that Diggs made his way back to the ball and made a sliding catch with his arm underneath the ball the entire way. Thankfully the Vikings had a time out or there would have been a 10-second run off and they were able to kick the field goal as time expired into half time. Diggs plays much better when Thielen is on the other side and the defense cannot put safety help over the top. He is going to see a lot of Chris Harris in coverage next week and it will be a good test for Diggs and the Vikings.
2019 Week 9 vs KC (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
The string of impressive games for Diggs came to a screeching halt this week when he managed to catch just 1 of his 4 targets for 4 yards. There seemed to be a clear disconnect with Cousins again this week as they were just missing on several big time plays. Cousins over threw a diving Diggs on a play that should have gone for a touchdown and then was just off on almost every other throw that went his way. The pair could be seen on the sideline talking calmly and looking at replays on an iPad, but they were never able to get things going this week. It was a frustrating loss for the Vikings and Diggs this week.
2019 Week 8 vs WAS (7 / 7 / 143 / 0 rec)
Diggs tied Randy Moss for the Viking franchise mark of 3 straight games with 125+ receiving yards this week. He caught all 7 of his targets and the only blemish was a fumble on the 1st drive of the game. Diggs and Cousins have turned things around since the receiver voiced his displeasure with how the season was going and the Vikings continue to push the ball down the field. Diggs did not get his home run shot this week but did have receptions of 39 and 33 yards on deep crossing patterns that he turned up field on his own. Cousins had a chance to find him on a boot leg play where Diggs had clearly beaten his man, but Matt Ioannidis was already in his face and Cousins had to throw the ball away. Diggs leads all receivers with 3 fumbles so far this season but that has been the only issue in recent weeks for the Vikings star receiver. He got a boost this week with Adam Thielen ruled out, but there looks to be enough targets to go around when he comes back. Bisi Johnson has not done enough to take away too many targets from Diggs and his only other competition is the number of times the Vikings choose to run the ball.
2019 Week 7 vs DET (8 / 7 / 142 / 0 rec)
All of the frustration felt by Diggs by lack of production in the offense seems to have melted away in the past 2 weeks. Diggs has caught 14 passes for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last 2 weeks. Diggs caught a long 66-yard pass from Cousins deep down the right side and was tackled at the Detroit 4-yard line. This setup Dalvin Cook's second touchdown of the game and put the nail in the coffin for the Lions. Diggs also chipped in a ling 27-yard catch and run across the middle of the field to setup their second touchdown of the game. While the stat line looks great for Diggs this week there were a few issues hidden behind the monster yardage. He fumbled a 10-yard reception that was thankfully jumped on by Alexander Mattison and he dropped what would have been a touchdown catch that went straight through his out stretched hands in the end zone. Diggs normally comes up with those catches and seemed to just lose concentration on the ball as it came down. This was his only missed reception of the game, but it would have gone for a long touchdown had he caught it. If Adam Thielen is out next week with a hamstring injury, Diggs will see the greatest bump in targets again against the Redskins.
2019 Week 6 vs PHI (11 / 7 / 167 / 3 rec, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
After all of the back and forth in the media and expressing how unhappy he was, Diggs finally had the game he was hoping for this week. He was targeted a team high 11 times and caught 7 of those passes for over 100 yards and 3 touchdowns. Diggs could have had a 4th touchdown if he were not held by the defense, but that allowed Cook to get a touchdown on the ground 2 plays later. Diggs opened things up with a 62-yard catch down the middle of the field. He simply outran the entire defense and the safety never even looked in his direction. Cousins put the ball right into his arms and in stride for the easy touchdown. The second touchdown was another deep throw for 51 yards down the left side of the field. The entire defense bit on the play action and Cousins rolled to his left and threw another strike to Diggs in stride for another long touchdown. The third score was a ball thrown a little high to Diggs in the back of the end zone and he was able to come down and get both feet in for the score. The play went for 11 yards with Diggs starting his route to the outside before cutting back in to maker the play. The ball was left high enough that either Diggs would make a play, or it would have gone incomplete out the back of the end zone. There were no sly comments about wanting to be traded or subtle digs at Cousins in the media after the game this week and everything seems to be clicking in the Minnesota offense right now.
2019 Week 5 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
After all the trade drama and missed practices, Diggs suited up for the Vikings this week and played on Sunday. It was not the results he wanted after a big game against the Bears, but at least there was progress with his quarterback and pushing the ball down the field. Diggs caught 3 of his 4 targets for less than 50 yards this week and was the 3rd leading receiver on the team and had nearly half his yards come on a single catch for 20 yards. Diggs was targeted in the end zone on a deep ball from Cousins but saw it fall incomplete for his long scoring chance. There was a lot of contact on both sides and either player could have been called for potential pass interference. Diggs is still clearly unhappy with the Vikings and the $200,000 fine he got for missing meetings and practices last week are not going to help things.
2019 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 7 / 108 / 0 rec)
The only person in the offense who produced this week was Diggs. He caught all 7 of his targets and had his first 100-yard game of the season. He also chipped in a big 39-yard catch that showed Cousins can still push the ball down the field. Unfortunately, his day was dampened by a fumble on their last offensive drive before half time. Diggs looked to catch the ball across the middle for 10 yards before having the ball come loose and picked up by the Bears. The play was originally ruled incomplete but was challenged by Chicago. After the replay, it was ruled that Diggs had caught the ball, made a football move, fumbled the ball, and there was a clear recovery by the Bears. Chicago proceeded to go 57 yards in 20 plays and run more than 6 and a half minutes of the clock before kicking a field goal to send it to half. Diggs has had a tough start to the season and will only see that continue until they can get better play from Cousins.
2019 Week 3 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
It was a very quiet game for Diggs again this week. He seems to have taken the biggest hit from the struggling Cousins and is not on pace to have another 1,000-yard season. He caught all 3 of his targets for 15 yards. Each catch went for 5 yards and he was held in check by a very shaky Raiders secondary. The only real play of note from Diggs came before the game even started when he was playing catch with fans in the stands. He completed a pass to a kid in the second deck with a throw that should have Cousins worried that he is coming for his job. The Vikings are going to need Diggs and Cousins to work things out if they want to compete for a playoff spot this season.
2019 Week 2 vs GB (7 / 1 / 49 / 1 rec)
The SpongeBob 'ight imma head out' cleats went viral before the start of the game this week and Diggs did everything he could to live up to the hype they created. He caught a beautifully thrown 45-yard touchdown pass that landed just over his outside shoulder in stride but proceeded to be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he took his helmet off in celebration. The penalty pushed the extra point try back and Dan Bailey missed again after an earlier field goal miss. This ended up being the only catch for Diggs after he had a 3-yard touchdown catch across the middle nullified after a successful offensive pass interference challenge by Green Bay. The call came against Dalvin Cook and the Vikings had to settled for a field goal rather than a touchdown that drive. Diggs was targeted 7 times this week and only wound up with a single reception. It was a rough day for all Viking receivers with Cousins struggling under center. Diggs should see plenty of volume next week with the Vikings taking on an Oakland team that was picked apart by the Chiefs through the air.
2019 Week 1 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
It was a question all week as to if Diggs was going to play this weekend. He had been nursing a strained hamstring and was questionable heading into the weekend. Diggs was able to go, and the Vikings only had 4 receivers suited up for this game. Diggs hauled in both of his targets and looked great on his 31-yard catch and run down the sideline. He did not look limited at all this week; the Vikings just did not need him. Diggs and Thielen will make up the bulk share of targets again this season and he should have a great shot at eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards again this season.
Latest NewsVikings | Quiet night for Stefon Diggs (Mon Nov 11, 12:48 AM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught three passes for 49 yards in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys. link to story Vikings | Just two touches for Stefon Diggs (Sun Nov 3, 07:49 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs posted one catch for four yards on four targets and one run for 12 yards in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Our View: Diggs was an afterthought in the game plan for reasons unknown. The Chiefs secondary usually has multiple weak spots, but it was good in the toughest matchup it had this week. Diggs is still going to be tough to leave on the bench against the Cowboys next week since he came into this one red hot.
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