A.J. Green has been productive, but not sensational. At least not sensational in the sense of having "blow-up" games (over 150 yards and/or multiple TDs in a game) like fellow rookie WR Torrey Smith.
That might be keeping the rookie Green from being a sexy pick in next year's drafts.
That's good for you.
Consider that a general rule of thumb for fantasy owners is to downgrade rookie WRs.
The reason is first-year wideouts struggle to learn the offense, earn trust from their QBs and separate from NFL-quality defenders, making them inconsistent options. What very few fantasy owners realize is that A.J. Green has been the amazing exception to that rule of thumb.
So far this year, impressively, no other WR has fewer single-digit games (in Yahoo standard scoring, non-PPR) than the rookie Green. He only has three such games.
That's right: Wide receivers like Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker, etc—all have more "fail" games than Green.
Talk about consistency...it's a fantasy owner's dream.
Yes, it's true that Green hasn't had a "blow-up" game (over 150 yards and/or multiple TDs in a game).
But if you want to pencil in consistent, productive numbers every week in your lineup and sleep like a baby, A.J. Green is your guy.
Plus, as the undisputed No. 1 WR on his team, you know he's going to get the targets. In 2012, with a full offseason to improve his game and work with fellow rookie QB Andy Dalton, Green will certainly give you a few of those blow-up games to go along with that consistency, making him a viable WR1 without requiring the expense of a high draft pick.