Buy Low Candidate: Why The Cardinals’ John Brown Is An Ideal Target

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was hard to explain the disastrous season endured by the Cardinals’ John Brown.  After a big sophomore campaign that saw him rack up 65 receptions, 1,003 yards and 7 TD the expectations were that he’d top those numbers in his “magical” third season.  Instead he endured the worst season of his career, setting career lows across the board:

39 receptions
72 targets
517 yards
2 TD

As the season progressed there was no explanation, but we recently got some answers.  According to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN (click here for the article):

“Brown said Tuesday that a cyst found on his spine during an X-ray was drained after the season, relieving pain while re-energizing the 27-year-old after a difficult season both on and off the field. Within 24 hours of the procedure, Brown said he began feeling “normal” again. After a few weeks, he was back doing things he struggled with, like playing with his daughter or walking for long periods of time.”

Of course the cyst was only part of the problem, as he also missed time during training camp due to a concussion and was diagnosed with carrying the sickle-cell trait.  Things look and feel differently than they did just a few months ago.  Quarterback Carson Palmer was quoted by Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic (click here for the article) as saying:

“He just has a different energy about him,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “He’s heavier, he’s stronger. He looks more explosive than he did last year. He’s got that smile. He’s having fun, enjoying it. It’s not a grind. He just seems emotionally in a better place.”

Obviously this is still just words, and he’s currently battling a hamstring injury.  That said at this time a year ago he was a much sought after commodity, now he owns a 122.3 average ADP and is the 44th receiver being selected.  Considering the upside of producing Top 25 numbers as the clear starter across from Larry Fitzgerald, he screams of a no-brainer buy low selection.  Even if he fails to live up to the potential what exactly do you lose?  At the same time think about the tremendous payoff if he hits.

Sources – ESPN, Fantasy Pros, Arizona Republic

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