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A.J. Brown Injury Update Threatens to Cloud Week 1 Fantasy Outlook

Jason Schandl
AJ Brown's Week 1 fantasy football outlook could be clouded by his latest injury update, which could also provide a boost for Julio Jones.
AJ Brown's Week 1 fantasy football outlook could be clouded by his latest injury update, which could also provide a boost for Julio Jones. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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Even with Julio Jones in town, A.J. Brown measures up as one of the most exciting wide receivers in fantasy football.

Fantasy managers who spent a second or third-round pick on Brown in their drafts will be watching the Tennessee Titans' injury report carefully in Week 1, however, as a limited practice has suddenly threatened to cloud his fantasy outlook against the Arizona Cardinals.

Brown underwent two knee surgeries this offseason, so while this might just be a rest day, it should certainly be on your radar as a situation to monitor.

if Brown plays, he'll be one of the best WR plays of the week in a game with a hefty 52.5-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Julio Jones Fantasy Outlook

If Brown doesn't play or is limited, Julio Jones could be in for a massive workload. Brown is the only remaining Titans player who saw even 55 targets last season. Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith and Adam Humphries' departures already vacate 41% of the Titans' targets from 2020, and adding Brown to that list would bump it up to an absurd 64%.

Even if the Titans leaned on Derrick Henry in that situation, Jones would be all but a lock for double-digit targets in his debut.

The most likely scenario is still that Brown plays, and we have Brown at WR5 and Jones at WR13 in our Week 1 PPR fantasy football rankings. Regardless, keep a close eye on the Titans' Thursday injury report you're counting on Brown this week.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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