Wednesday, January 26

Will AJ Brown play Thursday night? Fantasy Injury Update for 49ers-Titans Week 16 Thursday Night Football



The Titans designated AJ Brown (chest) to return from injured reserve earlier in the week, but his status is still up in the air for Thursday night’s week 16 matchup against the 49ers. Your availability will have a huge effect on fantasy WR rankings and the decisions to start and seat them. Knowing the latest injury updates will be key before his first lineup call of the week. It could also be beneficial to know which players might become relevant to the fantasy if he doesn’t play. We have it all below.

We will continue to update this article with news about Brown until the official active / inactive report comes out on Thursday around 6:50 pm ET. For the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter @ SN_Fantasy.

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Will AJ Brown play Thursday night?

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Brown is likely to play week 16 against 49ersbut we’re always looking to be prepared for a setback, so stay tuned as we head into Thursday. Because Brown is still technically on the IR-R list, he does not have an official injury designation, but for all intents and purposes, consider it “questionable.”

WEEK 16 STANDARD RATINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

If he’s active, he’ll be up against the Niners defense that has allowed the 11th most fantasy points in WR for 15 weeks, so there’s obviously a lot of intrigue surrounding his status. Julio Jones (hamstring) is apparently going to play, but Brown could easily lead the team in goals. Ultimately, your lead is very high, but we are sure that many fantasy owners will be concerned about a disappointment or possible aggravation of their injury.

WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

If he’s out, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine has some appeal to complement a week with the favorable matchup, but his limit is limited, especially if he’s perceived as number one in WR by the 49ers defense. He or Chester Rogers could be solid plays in the DFS, but we’re not ready to say they’re trustworthy in the fantasy playoff semifinals.

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At the end of the day, Brown’s advantage seems worth rolling the dice at this location. He can be cautious, but he can’t be as scared in the playoffs. Fantasy isn’t an exact science, and we’ve all experienced bad breaks, but he could very well command more than 10 targets, and we know he’s a threat to bring any reception to the end zone. He has a game of 10 receptions, 155 yards and a TD on his 2021 resume, so it’s not like he was horrible when he’s active. That game also came without Jones in the lineup. Unless you’re ridiculously loaded in WR, start Brown.

We rank Brown as the WR27 in PPR and standard leagues, but again, he has a completely different level of advantage than most guys ranked in that rank.




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