When the Detroit Lions selected WR Amon-Ra St. Brown in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, I immediately said that he would be the Lions' second-leading receiver this season behind T.J. Hockenson.
I was wrong.
Instead, St. Brown has been on an absolute tear over the Lions' past five games and he will end the season as the Lions' leading receiver.
Because of his late-season heroics, St. Brown has won the Pro Football Focus award for Best Fantasy Comeback.
From Pro Football Focus:
BEST FANTASY COMEBACK
The same can’t be said for St. Brown, who was nothing short of masterful during his final five games of the season despite being forced to catch passes from Jared Goff and Tim Boyle:
- Week 13: 8 receptions-86 yards-1 TD, PPR WR6
- Week 14: 8-73-0, WR26
- Week 15: 8-90-1, WR6
- Week 16: 9-91-1, WR6
- Week 17: 8-111-1, WR2
St. Brown (43) had more receptions than anybody other than Kupp (46) during this span. The Lions’ rookie slot maven proved that PPR scoring can be great for managers that identify true target hogs, even if they happen to be operating inside anybody’s idea of a true bottom-five real life offense.
Winner: Amon-Ra St. Brown
St. Brown was also nominated for the Best Fantasy Championship Game Performance award.