Fantasy Football ADP Duel: Would You Rather Draft Stefon Diggs or A.J. Green
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 2018 really was the "tale of two seasons" for Stefon Diggs and A.J. Green. The former had his best season to date, rewarding his fantasy owners on almost a weekly basis, while the latter played in just nine games.
However, the slate has been completely wiped clean now that we head into the 2019 season, and as things currently stand, the two wideouts are nearly on equal footing. Diggs has an average draft position (ADP) of WR13, while Green is currently being drafted as WR14, according to FantasyPros.
Diggs had an excellent 2018 campaign despite having to compete with Adam Thielen for targets, recording career highs in targets (141) receptions (102) receiving yards (1,021) and receiving touchdowns (nine). Diggs is definitely trending upward and could be in for a similar year in 2019 now that he's heading into his second season catching passes from Kirk Cousins.
Green, on the other hand, ran into a bit of bad luck last season, as a toe injury prematurely ended his season. However, the seven-time Pro Bowler was on pace to outproduce Diggs had he stayed healthy.
Based on his 2018 season averages, Green would have finished the year with about 82 receptions for 1,234 yards receiving and 11 TDs, numbers that would have made him a WR1.
The disparity here is that, while Diggs will likely rack up higher reception totals, Green has more big-play ability than his counterpart. Diggs averaged 10.0 yards per reception in 2018, while Green averaged 15.1.
Both receivers will be strong WR2 options with matchup-dependent WR1 upside in 2019. Green's big-play ability could give him an advantage over Diggs, but the Vikings' WR might be more reliable in PPR leagues.
Green might have more potential, but his injury history makes Diggs looks like the more consistent player. Those looking for a home run hitter might want to lean toward Green, while owners looking for a more consistent producer should think about drafting Diggs.
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