Stefon Diggs RSP Sample, Mettenberger-to-DGB, QBs to ride, and options I still believe in.
Welcome to my in-season column. If you’re seeking strategic tips, match-up advice, game observations, IDP info, and dynasty advice with a little bit of current “football” events opinion (if anything involving the madness of the NFL commissioner’s office actually qualifies) added into the mix then you’ve come to the right place. Think of the in-season Gut Check column as a department store with a variety of areas:
- Futures (Rookies and College Prospects)
- Wild Side
How much attention each department earns depends on what I observe.
In recent weeks, I’ve written about players capable of filling bye-week gaps and many of them have the potential to become permanent starters. The names included, Gary Barnidge, Allen Hurns, Willie Snead, Marquess Wilson, Duke and David Johnson, Stefon Diggs, Ladarius Green, Jamison Crowder and Dwayne Harris. If any of these players are still on you waiver wire or you’re in the market to negotiate a deal that either involves one of these players as an added component to match what you’re giving up, read here.
RE-DRAFT & DYNASTY: DIGGIN’ IN
I wrote about Stefon Diggs after the Broncos’ game and said I had a gut feeling that the rookie would become a starter by year’s end. Mike Wallace compared Diggs to Antonio Brown in terms of the Steelers’ route skills, athleticism, and energy. The typical party line for such a comparison from a player after too good weeks is that Wallace is laying it on thick.
The party line is wrong.
The party line are the same people who follow box scores or are concerned about looking back more than are willing to stick with what they witness happening on a football field. We’re all guilty of this at one time or another if you play or write about fantasy football.
I’m buying what Wallace is selling, although the two pros I name-dropped in the 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio were Odell Beckham and DeSean Jackson:
A versatile player with healthy upside, Diggs can return kicks, play the perimeter, and develop into a slot option. He has good, but not great long speed, short burst, and change of direction. Diggs flashes hand-eye coordination and creativity that veers into the realm of special. How these skills aid his development as an NFL prospect could be fun to watch.