Week 16 of the fantasy football wide receiver-cornerback matchups to target and avoid features Detroit Lions rookie receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, who has a WR2 floor with WR1 potential in a pristine matchup this week.
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WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions vs. S/CB Richie Grant, Atlanta Falcons
The Lions aren’t the best football team, but it hasn’t slowed St. Brown one bit. The first-year pass-catcher has topped 15 fantasy points in each of the past three weeks, with two of those performances netting 23-plus points. He’s the WR3 in total scoring in that time frame, while his 33 targets rank fourth at the position.
It’s clear the rookie has developed into a go-to weapon, but he also happens to have a sweet matchup against Grant in this contest. Grant is a safety playing out of position and it shows, as he’s allowing the third-most receiving yards per coverage snap this season.
St. Brown has WR2 upside in this matchup with a legitimate shot to finish as a top-12 player at the position on this slate.
Brown will make his return, and it couldn’t come at a better time for a Bucs team that has already lost Chris Godwin and could potentially be without Mike Evans this week. Brown hasn’t played since Week 6, but he has three games with 20-plus fantasy points and four with double-digits in just five appearances. He’s a dominant player and even led the Bucs with a 20.9% target share in the weeks he played.
A matchup against the Panthers won’t be easy, but Brown is a must-play based on sheer volume and past production. He’s also getting a cornerback who’s conceded the fourth-most fantasy points per route and a whopping 82% completion percentage. Henderson hasn’t played many snaps this season but is giving up an absurd 154.9 passer rating on throws into his coverage.