Would You Rather: Draft Adam Thielen or Stefon Diggs in 2019 Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
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Despite not holding up as one of the top offenses in the NFL, the way the Minnesota Vikings spread the ball around has allowed them to generate some huge fantasy football value in recent years.

Both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs finished in the top 12 among wide receivers in fantasy points per game in both 2017 and 2018. One season sustaining two top WRs could be a fluke, but after the repeat performance last year, they are both solidified as top fantasy options heading into 2019.

With an average draft position (ADP) of WR10 for Thielen and WR14 for Diggs, they're both going in the same area of drafts, forcing to you take a stance on which one to select.

Adam Thielen Fantasy Outlook 2019

Thielen has finished ahead of Diggs in fantasy points per game in each of the last two seasons. He ranked 11th among WRs in 2017 and jumped to seventh in 2018.

Thielen has also topped 140 targets in each of the last two seasons, and he's certainly a safe bet to continue soaking up huge volume. He's also consistently posted solid efficiency on these looks, averaging 9.0 yards per target in each of the last two seasons.

Stefon Diggs Fantasy Outlook 2019

On the surface, Diggs' numbers may look a bit more concerning, with only 95 targets in 2017 and 149 in 2018 — fewer than Thielen in each year. He missed a few games with injury in that time though, and he did see more targets per game in 2018 than Thielen did.

His career average of 7.9 yards per target is a concern, but that mark is most likely dragged down by his struggles while playing hurt in 2018. He averaged 8.5 across his first three years.

Being used recently in shorter areas of the field than Thielen (Diggs' average target depth was almost one yard shorter than Thielen's in 2018), we can expect a higher catch rate and possibly more consistency from Diggs.

With Diggs' most recent numbers looking ugly thanks to those injury problems, his ADP has him often available about a full round later than Thielen in 12-team drafts. The two were very close in fantasy efficiency when Diggs was healthy in 2017, and this injury discount could prove to make Diggs the more valuable pick in 2019 fantasy football drafts.

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