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Viking Offensive Draft Picks – Fantasy Value

by Brad Crainer

There has been enough time since early May that it is safe to start looking at the Draftermath of this Spring’s NFL Draft. With OTA’s beginning, training camp around the corner, and only 96 days and counting until the first week of the season, it may be a little early to prognosticate the future of this year’s draft picks.

I’m going to do it anyway.

The Vikings probably had a great draft, in terms of team needs, but in terms of Fantasy Football it lacked luster. Of the 10 players drafted by the Vikings this year, only two are in positions of any fantasy value.

MyCole Pruitt – TE Southern Illinois

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Although he posted a school record 81 receptions for 861 yards and 13 TD’s in 2014, he stands only 6’2” and played FB in college. The real concern is that he is likely going to play behind Rhett Ellison, and the uber-talented Kyle Rudolph at TE. Although reports are that new head coach Norv Turner thinks that MyCole can do a lot of different things from a lot of different positions, there are only so many positions on the football field and most of these positions are filled with seasoned NFL veterans.

Ellison and Rudolph are only 26 and 25 years old, respectively, and have both had demonstrable (albeit limited) amounts of success in the league. Though Pruitt seems to have the requisite skills to be a successful TE2 in the league, there are only so many balls to go around and it is unlikely that Teddy Bridgewater is going to be connecting with Pruitt on a regular basis. Unless you’re a Minnesota Viking super fan, I would stay far FAR away from Pruitt unless there are serious injuries to the other two TEs.

Stefon Diggs – WR Maryland

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Stefon Diggs may be one of the coolest names on the team this year, but he is another late round pick-up by the team that is unlikely to make any real impact in his first year as a pro.

Diggs has some experience as a kick returner, but would likely have to challenge Patterson for that role at this point and it would be tough to make a roster spot available for a WR with low-end speed.

Injuries seem to have been a chronic problem for Diggs, though not in the way of most football players. Concussions do not seem to be a concern at this point in his career but Diggs has missed 3 games for a lacerated kidney in 2014, six games for a broken right fibula in 2013, and three games for getting in a fight prior to a Penn State game.

Unfortunately, this is another player that you should stay away from for the upcoming Fantasy Football season. Even in the event of a cataclysmic chain of injuries to the receiving corps, Diggs is a WR4 at best.

 

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