Jaron Brown is trying to come back from last year's torn ACL, but even if he's healthy for training camp he has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues. Before getting hurt in 2016, Brown had 11 catches for 187 yards and one touchdown. The Cardinals have a crowded receiving corps with Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and JJ Nelson, and now Andre Ellington is converting to receiver. Keep an eye on Jaron Brown's recovery in training camp, but he's not worth drafting in most formats this year.
Brown hyperextended his left knee during Sunday's 16-13 overtime victory at Indianapolis, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. En route to four receptions (on 11 targets) for 73 yards by game's end, Brown suffered the injury when Colts safety Matthias Farley happened to fall on his knee in the fourth quarter. After stating the region was sore Monday, he also admitted his fortune that "it wasn't any more serious," as the knee endured a torn ACL last October. The Cardinals have a longer week than normal with a Monday night matchup against the Cowboys on tap, meaning Brown's health likely won't be touched on again until the team's first Week 3 injury report is released Thursday.
Brown turned a team-high 11 targets into four catches for 73 yards in Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over the Colts. Brown was quiet in Week 1 despite starting on the outside, but got significantly more volume in this one with John Brown (quad) sitting. While fellow wide receiver J.J. Nelson starred with 120 yards and the team's lone touchdown, quarterback Carson Palmer got enough attempts to produce multiple strong performances from Arizona's receiving corps as the team never led until converting the game-winning field goal in overtime. With veteran Larry Fitzgerald operating primarily in the slot, the two Browns and Nelson should rotate on the outside when healthy.
Brown is poised for a larger role in the offense Sunday at Indianapolis with John Brown (quadriceps) and David Johnson (wrist) out of the lineup, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports. Brown earned 55 of 75 offensive snaps in Week 1, behind only Larry Fitzgerald (74) and John Brown (63), but Carson Palmer didn't look his way even once among 48 pass attempts. Over the course of the contest, both (John) Brown and Johnson were targeted nine times, meaning the less-heralded Brown should be on the receiving end of some of those throws Sunday and beyond. What (Jaron) Brown does with them remains to be seen, but he's averaged 7.3 YPT and reached the end zone five times among his 55 career receptions.
Brown was on the field for 55 of the Cardinals' 75 offensive snaps in Sunday's 35-23 loss to the Lions. Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald logged 74 snaps, John Brown played 63 snaps and J.J. Nelson saw action on 30 plays. Jaron Brown, who also saw special teams work Sunday, wasn't credited with a target in the game, a reality that makes him a speculative play as the Cardinals' Week 2 date with the Colts approaches.
Brown was not targeted in Sunday's loss to Detroit. Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald logged a team-high 13 targets and caught six passes, John Brown turned his nine targets into four catches, and J.J. Nelson hauled in five of his six targets. While Jaron Brown saw his share of snaps in Week 1, until steady targets come his way -- and that may take an injury to another wideout -- he's only a speculative fantasy play.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||San Francisco 49ers||19||18.00|
|6||10/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||26.00|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Rams||9||13.00|
|9||11/05||@San Francisco 49ers||19||18.00|
|13||12/03||Los Angeles Rams||9||13.00|
|16||12/24||New York Giants||11||14.00|
|3 Year Avg||26||15||187||1||9||12.47||24|