Post-bye fantasy football outlook: Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown
Coming off a bye week where he was able to rest an ankle injury, will Amon-St. Brown still be a top-tier fantasy wide receiver from here on out this season?
The drum has been beaten before, but Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown won a lot of fantasy football leagues with the closing run to his rookie season last year. He carried that pretty much right into this season, as a top-10 fantasy receiver through Week 4 (with a missed game).
St. Brown missed Week 4 with a high ankle sprain, but returned to a very limited snap count in Week 5. He openly acknowledged how much he welcomed the bye week to rest that ankle, and coming back from the week off he said his ankle feels better.
"It was good,” St. Brown said of his week off. “Get that week off, get some rest, get some treatment back home. It feels better, better than it did last week. So, we’ll see what happens.”"
So let’s assume St. Brown plays without restriction in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys, and remains healthy enough to play the rest of the season.
Will Amon-Ra St. Brown be a top-end fantasy wide receiver over the rest of the season?
Based on Yahoo! 0.5-point PPR scoring, here’s how Detroit’s remaining opponents stack up in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers entering Week 7,
Week 7-at Cowboys: 16th-fewest
Week 8-vs. Dolphins: 8th-most
Week 9-Packers: 7th-fewest
Week 10-at Bears: 4th-fewest
Week 11-at Giants: Fewest
Week 12 vs. Bills (Thanksgiving): 11th-fewest
Week 13- vs. Jaguars: 14th-most
Week 14 vs. Vikings: 15th-most
Week 15-at Jets: 13th-fewest
Week 16-at Panthers: 10th-most
Week 17 vs. Bears: 4th-fewest
Week 18 at Packers: 7th-fewest
The sample of this season is large enough now to be telling. At a glance though, the Bears aren’t as tough a matchup they look and the Vikings cornerbacks this side of Patrick Peterson have been burned at times.
If his ankle remains a thing that limits his practice participation, there will be risk of game like Week 5 for St. Brown (four catches for 18 yards, while playing 21 snaps). But otherwise, if his ankle is right and he suits up, he’s a stone-cold weekly lock for fantasy lineups as a no less than a WR2 from here on out this year.