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Amon-Ra St. Brown's Fantasy Outlook After Being Drafted by Lions

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2021

Southern California wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (8) runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game for the Pac-12 Conference championship against Oregon Friday, Dec 18, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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Fantasy managers often look for impact rookies in the first round of the NFL draft, but Amon-Ra St. Brown could be a difference-maker in his first year despite going in the fourth round to the Detroit Lions.

Even though the USC receiver lasted until Day 3, the Lions might have gotten a major steal with this pick. He was rated the 70th overall player by Bleacher Report's Scouting Department and the 12th-best receiver, but he lasted until pick No. 112 in the draft.

The upside is there as a true playmaker who showcased excellent hands throughout his career:

FOX College Football @CFBONFOX

The @Lions just got a big time offensive threat in @USC_FB WR @amonra_stbrown 🔥 https://t.co/RsgEFwKtvb

St. Brown finished with 178 catches for 2,270 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns across 30 games in his three years with the Trojans. He scored seven touchdowns in 2020 despite only appearing in six games because of the shortened season.

At 5'11", 197 pounds, the wideout can make a quick transition to the NFL with his ability to make catches close to the line of scrimmage.

From a fantasy perspective, he might have landed in the perfect location on a team that is lacking proven options at wideout.

Chris Meaney @chrismeaney

You HAVE to love the landing spot for Amon-Ra St. Brown who may just lead Detroit wideouts in targets in his first season.

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The Lions lost Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. to free agency and had only replaced them with Breshad Perriman. The team chose not to address the position with its first four picks but still got a quality target in St. Brown.

Look for the rookie to link up with Jared Goff early and often while especially becoming a threat in points-per-reception leagues. 

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