AJ Brown Fantasy Outlook Remains Solid Despite Tough Wild Card Weekend Matchup vs Patriots

Zach Brunner
AJ Brown celebrates after a play against the Raiders.
AJ Brown celebrates after a play against the Raiders. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans have been one of the hottest offenses in the NFL in the second half of the season, averaging 31.8 points per game over their last eight. Much of this success has been due to the improved quarterback play, with Ryan Tannehill taking over as signal caller. He has also lifted the play of rookie wide receiver AJ Brown, who could be in for a big game this week despite a tough matchup against the New England Patriots.

The Patriots defense has been terrific this season, allowing the fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing wide receiver groups (25.5 per game). Much of this success has been because of cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who has given up a 49 percent catch rate and just one touchdown this season.

However, the Patriots' defensive play has dipped down the stretch, allowing 31.6 fantasy points per to wide receivers over the past five weeks (No. 13 in NFL). This could open the door for a solid fantasy day for Brown.

According to Pro Football Focus, it's Corey Davis who is expected to see coverage from Gilmore the majority of the time, meaning Brown would see the weaker coverage, giving him a one percent advantage over JC Jackson.

Brown has ranked as the WR5 in fantasy football over his last eight games, averaging 17.8 fantasy points per game. He has also totaled 100+ receiving yards in four of his six games since the bye week.

Brown ranks as WR7 in our Wild Card Weekend PPR fantasy rankings.

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