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A.J. Green


#66 Wide Receiver

83 Projected Points

ADP: 17.9
Bye: 12
Experience: 10 Yr(s)
Age: 32
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 211
40 Time: 4.40

2021 Projections & Outlook


#66 Wide Receiver

83 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
17.9 47 590 4 0

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What You Need to Know:

  • Green mustered just 47 catches for 523 yards and 2 TDs last year, finishing 68th among WRs in PPR points and 75th in non-PPR.
  • That was despite him ranking 32nd among WRs with 104 targets.
  • He was 1 of the least effective receivers in the league. Among 87 WRs with 50+ targets, Green ranked …
    • 87th in yards per target
    • 82nd in yards per route run
    • 68th in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades
    • 87th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA
  • In his 9 healthy games last year, Bengals QB Joe Burrow averaged just 4.65 yards per attempt when targeting Green vs. 9.89 when targeting Tee Higgins and 8.22 when targeting Tyler Boyd.
  • Green turns 33 on July 30.
  • He signed a fully guaranteed 1-year, $6 million contract with the Cardinals in free agency.
  • Arizona returns WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk, who finished top 2 on the team last year with 160 and 79 targets, respectively.
  • The Cardinals also spent the 49th overall pick of this spring’s draft on Purdue WR Rondale Moore.
  • But, as of early June, the team has not re-signed WR Larry Fitzgerald. The soon-to-be 38-year-old might retire. Fitzgerald averaged a 79% snap rate and 5.5 targets in his 13 games last season.
  • Fitzgerald played 83% of his snaps in the slot last year. Green played just 16% of his snaps on the inside last year and has never recorded a slot snap rate above 22% as a pro.
  • We’ll see how Arizona opts to deploy Green. Both Kirk and Moore look like better options to replace Fitzgerald in the slot.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Green turns 33 in July and looked like a guy out of gas last season, ranking near the bottom of the league in most efficiency metrics.

He joins a fast-paced Cardinals offense with some target opportunity behind DeAndre Hopkins in 2021. So the potential is there for a bounce-back season. We’re just not sure Green has the goods to make it happen.

We’ll keep an eye on him throughout August.


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The Cardinals signed WR A.J. Green. No word yet on the terms, but it's likely a cheap, 1-year deal. After playing in just 9 games across 2018 and 2019, Green played all 16 last season -- but set career lows with an ugly 45.2% catch rate and 11.1 yards per catch. He ranked 79th in yards per route run and 66th in Pro Football Focus receiving grade among 84 WRs with 50+ targets. Green turns 33 in July and might just be out of gas. He figures to be no better than 3rd in line for targets in Arizona behind WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. We'll see if WR Andy Isabella is ready to take on a bigger role in 2021.

Update: It's a 1-year deal worth "up to" $8.5 million with $6 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) isn’t listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He put in a full practice on Friday, so he should be available for his usual role. That doesn’t make Green a recommended fantasy play, though. He hasn’t topped 51 yards all season.

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Bengals WR A.J. Green suffered a hamstring injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game vs. the Ravens. He was deemed doubtful to return, so don't expect to see him back out there. Green had already been getting out-played by rookie WR Tee Higgins over the past couple of weeks.

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Bengals HC Zac Taylor suggested that WR A.J. Green's snaps could be limited in Sunday's opener against the Chargers. "Fifty-five is a lot of snaps. You always monitor that," Taylor said. "We're fortunate because we're deep at receiver and we feel like there are a lot of guys that can step in there and be a primary receiver." Green missed about a week of camp this summer with a hamstring injury after an ankle injury cost him the entire 2019 campaign. We'll see exactly how big a role he's ready for on Sunday, but we'd try to not use him in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

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Bengals WR A.J. Green is expected to return to practice on Wednesday after missing the last week with a hamstring injury. "We’re early in training camp and we have some other guys at that position we need to look at," HC Zac Taylor said. "I think it was smart of us to hold him out for a couple of days." We'll see if Green can stay on the field between now and Week 1. His ADP is sitting in the late 6th round of best-ball drafts over the last week.

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