Amon-Ra St. Brown was one of most productive pass catchers in the NFL, and one the top wide receivers in fantasy football, for the final several weeks of his 2021 rookie season. He carried that right into a nice second season. And it could have been even better, if he hadn't missed a game and been limited in a couple others last season.
Unchecked as the No. 1 option in the Lions' passing game, St. Brown's fantasy stock is naturally high heading into his third season. There's clear room for positive correction in one area too, raising his ceiling if that fortune turns good for him. He is also looking to expand his game to become more of a deep threat this year.
Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus (subscription required) has St. Brown on his list of three "league winning" wide receivers for this year. The explanation to make the list is players with an ESPN league ADP in the first four rounds, but who Jahnke has ranked higher than said ADP.
St. Brown has an ESPN ADP, as of Tuesday anyway, of 19.8--middle of the second round in a 12-team league. That's about where he is no matter the ADP source.
Lions' Amon-Ra St. Brown named a potential fantasy league-winning WR for 2023
Here are a few of the notes about St. Brown from Jahnke's piece.
"-He was targeted on 28.8% of his routes, leading to a catch on 21.9% of his routes — which both ranked second last season.
-His 0.53 receiving PPR points per route run ranked fourth
-The only problem is St. Brown ran the 43rd-most routes, with 483."
Then, Jahnke's punchline on St. Brown pushes toward going all-in.
There is certainly a path, with plenty of target volume in a good offense and touchdown correction feeling very likely, for St. Brown to finish as the WR1 (presumably in PPR) this year. At a glance, to say that seems awfully bold. But is it really that bold? Or out of the question?