If a player balls out in his first game, you could call it a one-hit wonder. If he does it the following week, then you must go hmmmm. Three games makes a trend. Four puts you on the fantasy football magic carpet ride.

Here are the first four games of Stefon Diggs’ career:

REC TGTS YDS TDS
6 10 87 0
7 9 129 0
6 9 108 1
6 12 95 1

To put that into perspective:

 

Who is Stefon Diggs?

Diggs is 21 years old and 6’0” 191 pounds. He was viewed as one of the best high school players in the nation and played his college ball at the University of Maryland. Unfortunately, injuries derailed much of his college career and he chose to enter the NFL Draft following his junior year. Diggs ran a 4.46 second 40-yards dash, 7.03 second 3-cone, with a 35 inch vertical jump and 9’7” broad jump at the 2015 NFL Combine. The Minnesota Vikings selected him in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. After being inactive for the Vikings’ first three games, Diggs received his chance because of injuries to Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright. The rest, as they say, is history. Matt Harmon of NFL.com and Footballguys.com has a methodology to break down receivers called Reception Perception. Go search it out and pay for access if you need to for his breakdown of Diggs. It is well worth it.

What to make of Diggs’ fast start?

Diggs runs good routes and catches the ball when thrown to him. That’s all fine and dandy, but so can most players in the league. There are two components that embody every relationship: trust and chemistry. Diggs has developed a connection with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. In three fewer games, Diggs leads the wide receiving core in yardage, touchdowns and is one reception behind Mike Wallace. During Sunday’s victory over the Bears, Diggs caught one pass for four yards in the first half. He ended with six receptions, including the game-tying 40-yard touchdown in crunch time.

Currently, Diggs is on pace to finish with 87 catches, 1,466 yards and seven touchdowns. Not quite Odell Beckham Jr.’s insane 2014 season, but impressive nonetheless.

There are some issues going forward though.

The Vikings are currently 5-2, with the blueprint for success being running the ball with Adrian Peterson and playing good defense. That philosophy is not changing anytime soon. The Vikings are currently ranked 24th in the number of scrimmage plays run (437) and 28th in pass attempts (211).

But Diggs has been balling in that environment you say?!

That could all change soon. Defensive coordinators are going to adjust and start paying more attention to Diggs. How that impacts Diggs and the Vikings offense remains to be seen.

I really like Diggs as a player but am wary of the situation that he is in. He will still be relevant in fantasy because of his skills and the chemistry he has with Bridgewater, but he will need to be hyper-efficient to maximize the opportunities that he receives. The Vikings still have Adrian Peterson, Mike Wallace, Kyle Rudolph, and Charles Johnson, so there is hope. With that said, it’s tough for me to project that Diggs can maintain the pace that he’s on. Because of that…

VERDICT

 

 

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  1. CMUTimmah says:
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    I think the yardage is going to happen… but the TDs will be few and far between. He’s scoring outside of the red zone… which leads me to believe he’s a mid WR2 in PPR going forward, but a mid WR3 in standard formats. High ceiling guy though, he could keep up the single coverage if Rudolph can continue to tie up a safety and All Day can draw a full box (who doesn’t love a full box?).

    I think he gets to 77 catches and 1200 yards max TDs 5. All dependent on Bridgewater surviving the season.

    • Son says:
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      @CMUTimmah: I can Diggs that

  2. Gio says:
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    lost allen, forte and bell last week. I have diggs, thoughts on selling high for another WR?

    • Son says:
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      @Gio: Depends on who you could get for him. As always, everything is league and team dependent. With that said, it would seem like a lateral move to sell Diggs for another WR. I don’t think too many people are going to give you the proper value for him. If you want to upgrade at the position, I’d imagine that you would have to make a package deal, but with your RBs getting dinged up I’m not sure you would have the depth to do that.

  3. Nugs says:
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    Would you start Diggs against the a great rams defense over an injured Brandon Marshall and no qb? Or Moncreif with an injured QB against Denver.

    • Son says:
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      @Nugs: Definitely can’t start Moncrief, so it’s between Marshall and Diggs. I’d play Diggs.

  4. Cheese says:
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    Tough offer right here…

    I give Ryan Tannehill, Latavius Murray and Brandin Cooks or Jordan Matthews
    I get Drew Brees, Ronnie Hillman and Brandon Marshall

    14 team 0.5PPR, 4pt passing TD

    QB – Andrew Luck
    WR – DeAndre Hopkins
    WR – Mike Evans
    WR – Brandin Cooks
    RB – Latavius Murray
    RB – Charcandrick West
    TE – Jason Witten
    W/R/T – CJ Anderson
    Q/W/R/T – Ryan Tannehill
    BEN – Victor Cruz, Jordan Matthews, Justin Hardy, Stevan Ridley, Mike Davis

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      @Cheese: I’d make that trade. Brees is a huge upgrade from Tanny and his schedule is very enticing. Luck also has a good end of season schedule but you never know about his injuries. I love Murray but you would get Hillman and lock up the Broncos backfield. That offense is going to continue to improve. I’d trade Matthews, keep Cooks and I like marshall

  5. JoeJ says:
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    Trade my AJ Green + Diggs for Antonio Brown? Worried Green plays DEN week 16 for championship
    My team now (standard) is
    Palmer
    Latavius, Hillman, Woodhead, Melvin (sigh), Langford
    Julio, Green, Diggs, Cooks, J Matthews
    Eifert
    Denver K
    Packers
    Thanks

    • Son says:
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      @JoeJ: I’d do that in a heartbeat

  6. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
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    I haven’t been in here yet, but damn good job on these bear/bull. I can dig it! (great video clip)

    • Son says:
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      @J-FOH: Thank you kind sir. I really appreciate that.

      • J-FOH

        J-FOH says:
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        @Son: I shout you out in the RCL update today. Keep up the good work

        • Son says:
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          @J-FOH: Holla!!! Will do. Thanks again

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Son: I see on your Twitter profile you are in LA. Where you at. I’m out here too in SGV

            • Son says:
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              @J-FOH: Nice! I’m in West LA (Del Rey). Where in the Valley are you?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Son: Del Rey, fancy aren’t you. Seth is in Culver City and the big boss man Grey isn’t that far either. I’m right by Pomona

                • Son says:
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                  @J-FOH: Lol. The Mexican food is good in the part of Del Rey I live in. I’m pretty much on the border of Culver City. Very cool that so many Razzball writers are out here.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Son: Teddy heater, who did a few DFS on baseball is also here. I live with a Mexican, wait that broad don’t cook, yeah I get lots of good Mexican in P-Town. You from here originally?

                    • Son says:
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                      @J-FOH: Lol. I was born and raised out here. Spent some time in NYC. How bout yourself?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      east san gabriel valley my whole life (besides a year in chico) even for community and regular college

  7. Son says:
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    You need some more Eastside Razzball crew members

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Son: we dont have them educated writing types out here …hence read my drivel. it’s like fantasy affirmative action for the short bus

      • Son says:
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        @J-FOH: LOL. Edumacated writing folk are overrated anyways. As Alvin Mack said, all you need to know is how to sign an NFL contract period.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Son: *googles Alvin Mack* damn, a Program name drop. I saw that in the theaters. No fancy boys over here with their grammar

          • Son says:
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            @J-FOH: Well, you are right next to Claremont, but something tells me that you don’t run with those folk

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Son: Hahahaha, Claremont: That city with Indian Food. Good call. You know your areas. I try to stay in Covina/West Covina most the time

              • Son says:
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                @J-FOH: Too many road trips to Vegas

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Son: less than 4 hours for me

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