Are Fantasy Players Expecting Too Much From Stefon Diggs?

Stefon Diggs was a hot pickup in fantasy football leagues after Week 6, but can the rookie produce the same type of results moving forward?
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According to ESPN’s Most Added/Dropped list, players were scrambling to get their hands on him after he hauled in seven receptions for 126 receiving yards.

Diggs even saw more offensive snaps than Mike Wallace and Jarius Wright in Week 6.

Player Offensive Snaps Offensive Snap %
Stefon Diggs 57 81%
Mike Wallace 54 77%
Jarius Wright 31 44%

You may have just grabbed him because of his solid performances recently without really knowing much about him.Let’s take a quick look at Diggs’ numbers in college.

Stefon Diggs, University of Maryland

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During his time at Maryland, Diggs didn’t produce mind-blowing stats.

Year Receptions Receiving Yards Touchdowns
2012 54 848 6
2013 34 587 3
2014 62 792 5

While he doesn’t have the size as a 190-pound receiver to outmuscle defenders in the end zone, Diggs’ 2015 NFL Combine Profile highlighted where he is most effective.

“Doesn’t possess the strength or long speed to make a living as an outside receiver, but he can be an extremely effective weapon from the slot as a pro, turning short third-down throws into first downs. Diggs can make things happen when he has the ball in his hands and could become a consistent, productive weapon for the right offensive coordinator.”

Looking Past the Stefon Diggs Hype

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After his Week 6 performance, I went out and grabbed Diggs in as many leagues as I could.

But, fantasy players like myself may be disappointed with the rookie moving forward…

You see, Teddy Bridgewater is only averaging 204.6 passing yards per game. He’s also only thrown three touchdown passes. While Diggs is currently averaging 108 receiving yards per game, it’s unrealistic to expect him to account for more than 50% of Bridgewater’s average passing yards each and every week.

Head coach Mike Zimmer is also making it more difficult to predict what to expect out of Diggs moving forward. On Wednesday, Diggs practiced with the first team. He practiced with the second team on Thursday but went back to practicing with the first team on Friday.

With the playoffs right around the corner, it wasn’t a bad move if you picked up Diggs as long as you didn’t give up too much to acquire him. Waiver wires are certainly lacking talent and upside by this point, and now is the perfect time to drop under-performers and build up more depth for your roster.

Zimmer still seems committed to getting Charles Johnson involved, however, which will limit Digg’s potential.

Week 6 could have been his best performance of the year, so brace yourself if Diggs underwhelms moving forward.

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