The story of Week 6 will be the reemergence of Stefon Diggs. He crushed every receiver on this slate with his monster performance and is going to generate a ton of buzz. In this piece, we’ll look at his matchup for Week 7 along with Cooper Kupp, who went MIA in the Rams’ loss to the 49ers.
Stefon Diggs ($6,300) vs. Detroit Lions
Diggs’ big day helped Kirk Cousins have one of his own. Because of that and only a $400 bump in salary, Diggs is going to be highly talked about heading into their matchup against the Lions in Week 7. The squeaky wheel in Minnesota was finally silenced but can it continue on?
One factor that must be considered is how poor the Eagles’ secondary is. If anything, it should have been more of a shock if Diggs did NOT have a game like he did. Before this game took place, the Eagles allowed an average of 191 receiving yards and 45.6 DKFP. It’s not as if the Eagles had a tough schedule either, this is against Washington, Falcons, Lions, Packers and Jets. Sure, these teams have their fair share of talent but I wouldn’t say they faced the Chiefs, Patriots, Cowboys, etc.
With the buzz being as high as it will, Diggs is going into a much tougher matchup against a Lions’ secondary that’s allowing an average of 168 receiving yards and 35.7 DKFP prior to their Monday night matchup against the Packers. Diggs could end up seeing Darius Slay or Rashaan Melvin, both of whom have been stellar in coverage. Melvin has been targeted against 27 times allowing 12 receptions for 203 yards while Slay has been targeted against 17 times allowing nine receptions for 146 yards. Neither corner has been scored upon up until this point either.
Diggs will be a tough sell for me in the run-first Vikings offense, who’ll likely find much more success running the ball than relying upon the arm of Kirk Cousins, who I also wrote up in my quarterback’s article. If you’re looking to take anyone from the Vikings in Week 7, my choice would be Dalvin Cook.
Cooper Kupp ($7,400) vs. Atlanta Falcons
After logging over 100 receiving yards in four of his first five games, it was shocking to see that Kupp ended with just 5.7 DKFP in Week 6, catching four passes for 17 yards.
Actually, I take that back.
It’s NOT shocking when you consider his quarterback completed only 13 passes for 78 yards. Now it makes all the more sense.
Nonetheless, Kupp left a sour taste in our mouths, as he was looked upon someone to lock in for the late slate of games as a reliable, consistent receiver. Then we see his salary actually went UP for Week 7, rising my $300. If this is going to shy people away, I’m all for it.
Kupp draws a fantastic matchup against the Falcons, who simply cannot stop slot receivers. Damonte Kazee is their primary slot defender and entering Week 6, he’s been targeted against 15 times, allowing 12 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. This matchup is so much softer than the tough one they just had against the 49ers, so I have no reason to doubt we should see a really nice bounce-back spot for Kupp. Even with the abysmal Week 6 performance, Kupp is averaging 11.5 targets, 87 yards and 22.3 DKFP per game. Pay up for Kupp in Week 7.
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