The Detroit Lions' wide receiving core was not very deep to start the season and now heads into Week 2 likely without a top competitor. It doesn't look like veteran pass-catcher Tyrell Williams will be able to play on Monday night as he continues to work his way through the concussion protocol.
Williams took a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit during the Lions' Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. His absence would boost the fantasy outlook of Detroit's 2021 fourth-round pick Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Amon-Ra St. Brown Fantasy Outlook
Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn told reporters that St. Brown would see an uptick in playing time assuming Williams cannot play. The rookie's raw talent should shine over the rest of his competition that includes the likes of Kalif Raymond, Quintez Cephus and Trinity Benson.
St. Brown ended up playing in 64% of the offensive snaps in Week 1, which ranked second amongst all Lions' wide receivers. His 4 targets tied for the most at the position and he turned them into 2 receptions for 23 yards. It helps that St. Brown finds himself on a suddenly pass-heavy offense.
Quarterback Jared Goff threw the ball an insane 57 times in Week 1 as the Lions posted a passing play percentage of 71.4%. It was largely due to the fact that they found themselves down by at least a touchdown for the majority of the game. More of the same can be expected this week as Detroit is slated as an 12.5 point underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Everything adds up for St. Brown to take on a larger role and become a reliable target for Goff. The 21-year-old is an underrated FLEX option in Week 2.
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