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Amon-Ra St. Brown questionable for Week 5 vs. Patriots

We break down the news that Amon-Ra St. Brown is questionable for Sunday’s game. What it means for Week 5 and beyond.

Amon-Ra St. Brown #14 of the Detroit Lions warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: St. Brown is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

Friday update: St. Brown will try to practice on Friday, per Kyle Meinke. We’ve seen reports that Dan Campbell said St. Brown would “try” and some that say he “will” practice today. Either way, this is the test to see if he’ll have a chance to return this week.

Thursday update: Aman-Ra St. Brown was not spotted at practice once again on Thursday, per Dave Birkett. This isn’t a good sign for his availability this week, but a Friday practice could give him a chance still. The good news for the Lions is that DJ Chark, Josh Reynolds and T.J. Hockenson were all practicing after sitting out Wednesday.

The Detroit Lions accomplished something rare last week. Even without their starting running back or their top two wide receivers, they still scored 45 points against the Seattle Seahawks. Amon-Ra St. Brown missed out on the fun but could miss this week’s game against the New England Patriots. He has been dealing with an ankle injury and did not practice on Wednesday, per Colton Pouncy.

Fantasy football implications

If St. Brown can play on Sunday, you will want to start him in your lineups. He plays with a noted chip on his shoulder from falling so far in his draft class and has done a good job of proving to teams that they were wrong to pass up on him. St. Brown has caught 23 of his 33 targets for 253 yards and three touchdowns. He is arguably Jared Goff’s favorite target when he plays and has weekly upside to finish as a top wideout in the league for fantasy football.

If St. Brown sits, the uptick in receiving work would be spread out among his teammates. He sat out Week 4, and TE TJ Hockenson saw 12 targets while WR Josh Reynolds saw eight. If St. Brown misses this game, Reynolds could be a dart throw play, but it just means that you need to make sure Hockenson is in your lineup if you have him on the roster.