NFL Trade Analysis: Vikings trade Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills
Jon Impemba breaks down the trade between the Vikings and Bills which sees Stefon Diggs heading to Buffalo
The official start date for the NFL season has yet to kick off but the “legal tampering period” has resulted in a wild Monday that already saw some big names swap teams with DeAndre Hopkins going to the Cardinals and David Johnson going to the Texans. We also had Hayden Hurst dealt from Baltimore to Atlanta to replace the departing Austin Hooper but as we approached midnight on the East Coast we had another bombshell trade with the Minnesota Vikings sending Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for a first, fifth and sixth-round pick in 2020 and a fourth-round pick in 2021. Let’s break down the fantasy impact this move will have on the upcoming season.
Things were rocky between Diggs and the Vikings for most of the season even though he had just signed a year five-year extension the season prior. There was word that he might have been traded last offseason and then around the trade deadline those rumors again resurfaced as there was some sort of rift between himself and the organization. Diggs was outspoken about the team’s offense along with teammate and fellow receiver Adam Thielen eluding to the play of quarterback Kirk Cousins who got off to a rough start. Even with the rumors of discontent we saw Diggs set a career high in 2020 with 1,130 yards receiving yards even though his 63 catches and 94 targets were the fewest he had recorded since his rookie year.
The trade to Buffalo is not one fantasy owners will be thrilled to see and it’s difficult to imagine that he will improve upon his 2019 production without a significant leap in development from Bills quarterback Josh Allen . Last season Allen ranked dead last in completion percentage at 58.8-percent while throwing for just 193.1 yards per game which was the third fewest among QB’s this past season. During the 2019 season the Bills leading receiver was deep threat John Brown who finished with 72 catches for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns. Slot receiver Cole Beasley ranked second on the team with 67 catches for 778 yards and six scores as well. Diggs will be joining this duo and competing for targets though he will step in as the team’s clear No.1 receiver for whatever that is worth. He finished 2019 with an average ADP of 34.8 which put him within the third-round of most standard league drafts but the move to Buffalo will certainly hurt his draft stock heading into the 2020 season by at least a few rounds in my opinion.