Amon-Ra St. Brown: Useful Bye Week Waiver Wire Addition (2021 Fantasy Football)
If there’s one team that genuinely lacks elite talent at receiver, it’s the Detroit Lions. Could Amon-Ra St. Brown change that? Even if he does, will he blossom quickly enough to save your fantasy season? Let’s get into it.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, brother of Packers’ WR Equanimeous St. Brown, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL draft. At USC, he shined as a sophomore in 2019, totaling 1,102 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in 13 games.
St. Brown isn’t jump-off-your-screen spectacular at any one thing yet, which may have contributed to his falling to the fourth round. He runs a middling 4.51 40 yard-dash, is just shy of six feet tall, and isn’t particularly strong.
However, he’s creating separation with routes from the slot and quickly climbing the unimpressive totem pole that is Detroit’s receiving options through six games with Detroit.
In the last three weeks, St. Brown has tallied his three highest snap counts of the season, seeing 23 targets, catching 18 passes for 161 yards, and a two-point conversion in that span.
State of The Offense
The winless Detroit Lions desperately need pass-catchers, and St. Brown is ready to fill that void. WR1 Tyrell Williams has been on IR with a concussion, leaving St. Brown to compete with Quintez Cephus, KhaDarel Hodge, Kalif Raymond, and Trinity Benson for targets. Of course, TE TJ Hockenson is emerging as a rock-solid receiving option, and RB D’Andre Swift is one of the better pass-catching backs in the league.
Despite playing from behind often, the Lions may not be an excellent situation for a receiver. As I mentioned, Hockenson and Swift will likely see the bulk of red-zone work. Also, Jared Goff is graded by PFF as the 26th out of 33 QBs.
However, targets are targets, and if the Lions keep playing catch-up, St. Brown will stay on the field, and it’s not a stretch to say he is the most exciting receiver in Detroit. For the sake of development, the Lions may force-feed St. Brown the rest of the season.
St. Brown’s Outlook
He doesn’t have the highest ceiling in the world, but St. Brown is worth adding as we move into the thick of bye weeks. He’s the third-most targeted player on the team after Hockenson and Swift and has four red-zone targets, tied for second with Hockenson after Swift’s five.
St. Brown is rostered in just under 18% of ESPN leagues. For the rest of the season, I’d rather have St. Brown than Tyrell Williams, Elijah Moore, Van Jefferson, and Russell Gage, among some of the players with similar roster exposure.
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