When healthy, A.J. Green is unquestionably one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Yet, as his fantasy owners can attest, he has struggled to stay on the field in recent years. Green has missed a combined 13 games since the 2016 season, and he is likely set to miss at least a quarter of the year in 2019.
Now that his stock has plummeted again due to another injury, Green's average draft position (ADP) has fallen to WR26 in PPR leagues, according to FantasyPros.com. That's just one slot ahead of second-year breakout candidate D.J. Moore (WR25). So which WR should you target in fantasy leagues?
A.J. Green Fantasy Outlook
When on the field, Green was a beast last season. He was WR16 on a per-game basis in PPR leagues, averaging 16.6 points per contest. In 2017, Green finished as WR10, so he's clearly still going to be a force when he's not dealing with injuries.
But recent reports indicate that Green is almost certainly going to miss the first two weeks of the season, and he could be out for the team's first four games. Considering he's already hurt, and will likely be hampered by the Cincinnati Bengals' shaky offense, Green is looking like a risky investment.
D.J. Moore Fantasy Outlook
On the other hand, the reports out of training camp about Moore have been really positive. It seems like he's prepared to make a leap, and he was already an effective player as a rookie in 2018. From Weeks 11-14, Moore finished as WR10, averaging 17.2 points per game in PPR leagues.
Additionally, the Carolina Panthers let Devin Funchess walk in the offseason, and he saw 79 targets through 14 games last season. It's likely that a pretty decent amount of those looks will go Moore's way in 2019, which could help him become more consistent and productive on a week-to-week basis. That's important, as Moore was held below 30 yards receiving seven times as a rookie.
Right now, Moore is probably the better value. With a healthy Cam Newton, a potential uptick in targets, and some improvements as a second-year player, he has a legitimate shot at finishing as a top-15 WR.
While Green's ceiling is probably a little higher upon his return, Moore is talented enough to keep that close, and he doesn't come with any of those nagging injury concerns.
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