A.J. Green Fantasy Value Improves Slightly After Joining Cardinals
By Max Staley
A.J. Green has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Despite coming off an underwhelming 2020 campaign, Green does have a chance to revitalize his career now that he's with Kyler Murray.
The change of scenery makes him a really interesting target in fantasy football leagues this year, though fantasy managers shouldn't draft him expecting a total return to form.
A.J. Green Fantasy Outlook Cardinals
As mentioned above, Green fell off in a big way last year. In fact, 2020 was the least productive season of his career by quite a bit. He finished the year with 47 receptions for 523 yards and 2 touchdowns while hauling in just 45.2% of his targets for an average of 5.0 yards per target. Aside from the reception total, those were all the worst marks of his career.
Still, the move to Arizona could help him bump those numbers back up.
Last year, Murray had the league's best passer rating (128.9) on throws that traveled 20-plus yards. That could make him a pretty solid match for Green, who is historically one of the NFL's best deep receivers.
The move could help Green be a lot more efficient than he was in 2020. Likely playing the WR3 role (behind DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk) for the Cardinals, Green could be a sneaky late-round target this season.
There's definitely some real touchdown potential for Green in 2021, though his value would take a big hit if Larry Fitzgerald were to officially announce his return. Green is a name to keep an eye on going forward.
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