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It’s time to put some respect on A.J Green’s name in fantasy football.
After a stellar career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Green joined an already full Arizona Cardinals wide receiver room. Despite being buried on the depth chart by DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk, Green has found his place in the Arizona offense.
A.J. Green has been a solid fantasy football WR2/WR3 through four weeks on the NFL season. The new Cardinals wide receiver has been targeted six times in four consecutive weeks. This adds up to a healthy target share at 19.5%.
Green had a disappointing fantasy football season last year. However, a bounce back in 2021 should have been expected. The former Bengals wide receiver is still one of the more talented receivers in the NFL and wouldn’t need to be “the guy” with the Cardinals.
Additionally, Green was in a contract battle with the Bengals and wanted to get paid big again. However, the Bengals decided to hit him with the franchise tag. With no security in case of injury, Green wasn’t happy and he did get hurt playing under the franchise tag. Once a player gets hurt under a contract year or playing under the tag that hurts their value and leverage to cash in a big contract.
Last season in Cincinnati, Burrow and Green didn’t seem to have chemistry. It also seemed as if Green wasn’t interested in going through yet another rebuild. Green’s had an overall negative demeanor in 2020, giving up on routes, having negative body language in the huddle, and was caught on video on the sideline saying “Trade me”.
Add all of those together and you get the result of last season statistically – 104 targets and 47 catches. However, while he had 104 targets, only 63 of those were catchup. That means of the 63 targets, he didn’t come down with 16. That’s not a terrible ratio with a true catch rate at 75%. That’s a healthy number and it’s what we are getting out of him as the number two option in a high-powered Cardinals offense.
Right now, Green is on just 38% of fantasy football rosters. That should make him pretty easy to scoop up on waivers. Green is outscoring players like Juju Smith-Schuster, Robert Woods, Allen Robinson, and CeeDee Lamb in fantasy football points. There’s no reason why he can’t keep this up moving forward.
As mentioned , Green has four consecutive weeks in a row with at least six targets in each game. He also has the same amount of red zone targets as DeAndre Hopkins. This should make fantasy football owners feel good about him finding the endzone on Sundays.
AJ Green might not be an attractive name, but he is someone who is producing right now in fantasy football. The Arizona Cardinals offense is showing no signs of slowing down. If Green continues to be a favorite target of Kyler Murray, he’ll be a must-have on fantasy football rosters.