When writing about fantasy sports, there is a broad audience of players. Some want to find a cheat sheet with some highlighted players from a site they trust to beat their hard-working league mates. Other drafters want to know the back story of each player while spending countless hours studying camp news and potential draft flows. In the end, it’s all about your investment and potential reward.
For someone looking for a mid-range breakout stud, Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown should have a circle around his name. He is the 23rd ranked receiver in the National Fantasy Football Championship in late August with an Average Draft Position of 54. Last year he finished 22nd in wide receiver scoring (227.30 fantasy points) in PPR formats despite a quiet start to 2021 over the first eight games (27/250 on 38 targets). However, St. Brown turned into a difference maker over his final six starts (10/86/1, 8/73, 8/90/1, 9/91/1, 8/111/1, and 8/109/1) while receiving double-digit targets in each matchup.
An injury to tight end T.J. Hockenson helped his late-season success and led to a large target share opportunity. St. Brown came to the NFL with a hard-working background and a quest to be an elite player. Strength is an asset, along with his ability to get open and catch the ball. His foundation skill set projects as a 100-catch receiver with some help in scoring.
St. Brown should be drafted in front of Allen Robinson, Courtland Sutton, Marquise Brown, DK Metcalf, Terry McLaurin, and Diontae Johnson. I have him projected to catch 99 balls for 1,058 yards and seven touchdowns while offering a high consistency factor.
Ideally, St. Brown works best as a WR3 despite projecting to have a mid-WR2 floor.
The Detroit playmaker is currently ranked in Tier 6 on Athlon's wide receiver rankings.