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My definition of an elite fantasy wide receiver is a receiver that can finish in the top 10-15 in points for the season.

I see two guys that were maybe overlooked, or undervalued in drafts. They were both drafted as 4th or 5th WRs on most teams. These guys look like they have the potential to be low end No. 1, or high end No. 2 fantasy WRs this season.

Unexpected circumstances, combined with underrated talent have opened up the door for two Wide Receivers to potentially elevate to elite status.

The two receivers I’m talking about are Stefon Diggs of the Vikings, and Travis Benjamin of the Chargers.

The clouds seem to be aligning, creating the perfect storm for these to guys to rain down huge fantasy points all season.

The Next Two Elite Fantasy Wide Receivers

Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings

Diggs is off to a blazing start in his second season. He has 16 catches on 19 targets for 285 yards in two games. Diggs single handily just beat the Packers on Sunday night. He’s done this with Shaun Hill and Sam Bradford at QB, while playing against two very good defenses in Tennessee and Green Bay. (Tennessee has only allowed one offensive touchdown this season).

The loss of Adrian Peterson will just add fuel to Diggs fire. Without Peterson, and with Sam Bradford looking pretty good in his Vikings debut, Minnesota will definitely have to shift a more pass oriented attack. Diggs has absolutely no competition for targets. Teams will surely start game planning around him more, but he’s such a dynamic talent, I think he’ll be fine.

Diggs schedule is tough the next three weeks with the Panthers, Giants, and Texans. But after those games, his schedule is beautiful. It includes two games each against the Bears and Lions, and games versus the Jaguars and Colts in the fantasy playoff weeks.

How Diggs fell to the 5th round of the NFL draft last season is a mystery to me. He came out of Maryland, which isn’t exactly a football powerhouse. He’s slightly undersized, and didn’t run a blistering 40 yard dash. But when you watch him, he’s incredibly smooth, effortlessly explosive, and has excellent ball skills.

Diggs has a skill set that is somewhere in between Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham. I don’t think he’ll reach those guys’ numbers. He does play with a much lesser QB, but I still believe he has the potential to finish as a top 10-15 WR.

Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers

Benjamin spent his first four seasons in the league in the pro football wasteland known as Cleveland. Last season, Benjamin managed 966 yards and 5 TDs with the QB carousel of Johnny Manziel, Austin Davis, and Josh McCown.

He is also a great deep threat with a 15.6 career yards per reception. Benjamin runs a 4.3 40, and was a track and football start at Miami U. He was one of my favorite sleepers coming into this season as Phillip Rivers No. 2 wide receiver.

Now, Kennan Allen goes down for the year with a torn ACL, making him the clear cut No. 1 option. Last week, Danny Woodhead also tore his ACL. Woodhead had 80 receptions last season that now need to replaced.

I don’t fully trust Tyrell Williams do be a consistent producer. He’s still a very raw talent in his second season out of Western Oregon. He barely saw the field last year. The Charger’s passing game will now revolve around Benjamin and Antonio Gates.

Benjamin leads the league right now in percentage of targets caught at 94%. He’s hauled in 13 of 14 passes, including 6 catches for 116 yards and 2 TDs last week, in his first game without Allen. Rivers only attempted 22 passes in that blowout versus Jacksonville. San Diego isn’t going to blowout many teams.

The Chargers have a very soft schedule with the exception of two games against Denver. With Benjamin’s talent, Rivers slinging him the ball, and a guarantee of ample targets, I believe Benjamin has the potential to finish as a top 10-15 WR along with Diggs.

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