A.J. Green Injury Update Leaves His Fantasy Value in Further Decline With Extended Return Timetable

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 6: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to playing the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately, for A.J. Green, his fantasy owners and the Cincinnati Bengals, the latest news on the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver's foot injury isn't the update most were hoping for this season.

Green was reportedly expected to return between six and eight weeks from the July injury, which would have caused him to miss at minimum the first three games of the 2019 NFL season. However, Green recently gave a conflicting report to his originally reported six-to-eight-week timetable for return this season when speaking to senior writer for Bengals.com, Geoff Hobson, last Wednesday.

"I don’t know where they got the six to eight weeks from. It’s going to be longer than that,”

A.J. Green

Green also went on to note that he anticipates returning to the field whenever he feels "100 percent" ready to do so, indicating any concrete timetable for his return might be hard to accurately derive.

This is certainly a tough blow for any fantasy owners that drafted and stashed Green in their leagues this season, as any return beyond Week 8 would greatly diminish his value. Considering the Bengals' Week 9 bye this year, that means its possible don't see the return of Green until in Week 10, only a couple of weeks before many fantasy football regular seasons end.

The Bengals' wide receiving core behind Green has also stepped up in a major way in his absence through Week 2, headlined by John Ross III finally showing so much of the potential that saw him drafted No. 9 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. While speed and hands are an entirely separate conversation when it comes to NFL WRs, it'd be wise not to forget that Ross' 4.22-second, 40-yard dash is still the NFL Combine's all-time record.

Ross leads the NFL in receiving yards with 270, and his three receiving TDs are also tied with the likes of T.Y. Hilton, Julio Jones and Sammy Watkins for the most in the league as well.

Tyler Boyd had already risen to fantasy prominence in the Bengals' passing attack by the end of last season, and we've seen much of the same through Week 2 of 2019 season.

While it's hard to see Ross maintaining his early success rate, it seems likely that both him and Boyd will remain viable fantasy WR options throughout Green's absence, which sounds like it will be later rather than sooner.

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