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What to do with A.J. Brown in Week 5 fantasy football

A tough matchup vs. Buffalo may could A.J. Brown’s breakout potential again this week. We look at whether you should play or fade the Titans’ WR on Sunday.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown runs away from Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones to score a touchdown after a catch during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

In the words of the great Jon Gruden: “Boy, is that guy electric.” Now Gruden didn’t actually say that, but I know you just said that phrase out loud in your Gruden voice and giggled a little bit. Yes, A.J. Brown is electric. But the Titans offense is not. That doesn’t mean he won’t offer some fantasy football value, coming off three receptions for 94 yards and two scores vs. the Falcons last Sunday, 24.4 fantasy points in PPR. This may be cliche but I feel like we can now start calling him A.J. “Downtown” Brown after that 55-yard TD to the crib vs. Atlanta. That was Brown’s second catch that went for over 50 yards on the season, so we can officially label him “Lightning in a bottle.”

Fantasy football analysis, Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown

Okay, enough accolades, let’s take a look at Brown’s Week 5 matchup. The Bills’ defense is good. Very good, in fact. Buffalo limited the Patriots to 16 points last week and haven’t allowed a team to go over 17 points in a game all season. New England WRs were held to 86 yards on nine catches. On the season, the Bills are only allowing 206.3 receiving yards per game, second fewest in the League. Titans QB Marcus Mariota still isn’t very good and he tends to spread it around to Corey Davis, Adam Humphries and Dion Lewis. Not to mention Derrick Henry is the focal point of the offense, leaving fewer targets for a receiver like Brown. We know what Brown’s ceiling is; he can go for a long TD at almost any time. Is this the matchup for him to do it again in? Unlikely. Buffalo is too good at limiting big plays and CB Levi Wallace is a tough draw.

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