The playoff game-winning catch by Stefon Diggs last January will forever be in our heads, but we shouldn't overlook the rest of his résumé. Last season was the first time Diggs finished as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver, but 34.5 percent of his yards and half of his touchdowns came in his first three games. From Week 4 on, Diggs had three games with 10-plus Fantasy points and two games missed with injury. In fact, injuries have kept Diggs from playing 16 games every year. It's also crazy how he has six career 100-yard games (three with over 150 yards) and a whopping 19 with fewer than 60 yards and no scores. The addition of Kirk Cousins as the Vikings quarterback is a positive, but Diggs has never really suffered greatly from inferior quarterback play -- he's caught 68.7 of his career targets. What Fantasy owners should hope for is more targets, more games played and more consistency from Diggs. That's asking a bunch, but if you take him in Round 4, it's what you're hoping for
Diggs isn't wearing pads at Monday's practice, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Diggs still came out on the field with his teammates and wasn't sporting any sort of wrap or brace. The Vikings may just be rewarding him with a reduced practice workload after he caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive of Saturday's preseason win over the Broncos. It was encouraging to see Diggs account for three targets on Kirk Cousins' four pass attempts.
Diggs had three receptions for 35 yards, including a one-yard touchdown, in Saturday's preseason win at Denver. Diggs and Kirk Cousins showed quick chemistry together as Cousins connected with Diggs on a 28-yard pass with a narrow window for completion on the first-team offense's only drive. Diggs could be a primary benefactor if Cousins is able to take Minnesota's passing offense up another level.
Diggs and the Vikings have agreed to a five-year extension worth approximately $14 million per season, Ben Goessling of The Star Tribune reports. While yet to produce a 1,000-yard season, Diggs has vastly outperformed his fifth-round draft spot, averaging 67 catches for 824 yards and five touchdowns per season despite playing only 13 or 14 games in each of his three NFL campaigns. His new extension -- which will likely rank around 10th to 12th among wide receivers in average annual value -- could look like a slight bargain by the end of the season if new quarterback Kirk Cousins and new offensive coordinator John DeFillippo can help the Minnesota offense improve its vertical aspect. Diggs is now signed with the Vikings through 2023, while fellow wide receiver Adam Thielen has a four-year, $19.25 million contract that runs through 2020.
Diggs and fellow wideout Adam Thielen traveled to Atlanta in early April to spend time with new Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Vikings made significant changes on offense early in the offseason, luring John DeFilippo away from the Eagles to replace Pat Shurmur as coordinator, then signing Cousins to replace the departed trio of Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. The team also lost running back Jerick McKinnon and added receiver Kendall Wright, but retained four of five starters on the offensive line as well as its top three pass-catchers from 2017 (Diggs, Thielen and Kyle Rudolph). Diggs is hoping for a true breakout in the final year of his rookie contract after turning in three seasons that were productive but unspectacular, marked by fast starts followed by mid-season swoons. He did at least bounce back from his slump in 2017, scoring a touchdown in each game Weeks 15 through 17, then catching 14 of 22 targets for 207 yards and a touchdown in two playoff contests. The 24-year-old should get a few more deep shots in 2018 with Cousins under center.
Diggs caught eight of 12 targets for 70 yards during Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Eagles. Diggs tied for the team lead in targets, but he made just one play longer than 14 yards and wound up averaging just 8.8 yards per catch. The third-year wideout's usage was slightly down during the regular season, but he still managed 849 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns, not to mention his terrific game-winning catch in the NFC divisional round. Diggs has emerged as one of the bright young receivers in the NFL and will look to take another leap in 2018 as he plays out his rookie contract.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|2||09/16||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|4||09/28||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|7||10/21||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|8||10/29||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|12||11/26||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|13||12/02||@New England Patriots||27||22.58|
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