A.J. Green Injury Update Could Downgrade Tyler Boyd and John Ross Fantasy Football Value

Jason Schandl
Wild Card Round - Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals
Wild Card Round - Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Fantasy football drafters knew they were taking a gamble on A.J. Green heading into 2019, as he was set to miss at least the first few games of the year with a foot injury. Earlier this week, Green's comments created some real concern about just how long he would be on the shelf.

But just as quickly as Green had us worrying, Cincinnati Bengals beat writers are giving us news to get excited about. It's good news for Green owners, but not so great if you have Tyler Boyd or John Ross on your roster.

Green has said that he won't return to game action until he's comfortable that he is 100 percent healthy, so this update may not mean that we should expect a return within the next week or two. It's certainly an encouraging sign though.

Green's return will have some serious fantasy football implications in the Bengals' offense. Through two weeks Andy Dalton has supported two viable WRs in Ross and Boyd, who have each accounted for over 20 percent of the team's targets while also playing over 75 percent of the available snaps.

Despite his explosive start to the season, Ross' role looks more likely to be reduced with Green's return. Green led the team with a 23 percent share of the targets when active last season, while Boyd saw 22 percent and Ross saw only 14 percent. Boyd also averaged nine more snaps per game than Ross.

A return for Green isn't imminent, so if you're relying on Boyd or Ross in your starting lineups you don't need to panic just yet. It is time to start hunting for some WR depth though, particularly if it's Ross that you're starting.

If you're flush at the WR position, this could also be the perfect time to sell high on Ross. Green's return isn't coming soon enough to destroy Ross' trade value, and with 270 yards and three TDs in only two games his production really has nowhere to go but down.

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