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Fantasy football hype train of the day: Equanimeous St. Brown

Equanimeous St. Brown hype train has come in. Should you get on board for the 2020 fantasy football season?

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (19) warms up during the National Football League preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens on August 15, 2019 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We are officially now in the hype season, or as we call it, NFL training camp. This is a time where you will hear plenty of praise for players from coaches, teammates and beat reporters. Maybe it’s a simple as someone slimming down and adding muscle or a receiver finally getting contact lenses or last season a player’s shoes were too tight, but now they’re nice and comfy. Whatever the hype, as fantasy players, we hear it as affirmation about a player we like or hollow praise about a player we don’t like.

Throughout camp we’ll keep an eye out for the hyped player of the day and see if the praise is something we should take notice of or disregard. For today, that player is Packers wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown.

St. Brown missed all of last season after a severe ankle sprain in the third preseason game of the year. In his rookie season, he caught 21 passes for 328 yards and no touchdowns. His 15.6 yards per catch were good and the most appealing statistic to hang our sleeper pick hats on for the third-year receiver.

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said about St. Brown, “The way he finished 2018, the way he goes about his business, the way he was performing in ’19 in training camp before he got injured. We’re really bullish on him. I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him.” per Zach Kruse of Packers Wire. Also, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said St. Brown made “great strides” as a rookie and has a “great approach to the game.”

The hype

Is the hype real?

We already highlighted the hype for Allen Lazard, another receiver looking to fill that No. 2 role in the receivers room. Is St. Brown going to push Lazard for that spot? How about Marquez Valdes-Scantling? The hype is for anyone with a chance to be Aaron Rodgers’ No. 2 receiver. That job isn’t as coveted as it once was, but if one receiver can take it from Week 1 and run with it, they will have fantasy value.

St. Brown’s hype also comes in part from his absence last season. We wonder, what would he have done if healthy? Would he have filled that huge void behind Adams? Who knows, but the thought that he might have is appealing. Add in the fact that he did improve his rookie year and the team was looking forward to seeing what he could do in 2019, and there is optimism that he will at least be part of the competition.

Is the hype too much?

So far there hasn’t been much fantasy football hype, as St. Brown isn’t even getting picked in most mock drafts at the moment. The hype from Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur is measured, but does give us some impetus to keep an eye on him for deeper leagues. He’s not someone to invest in for most 12-team leagues, but if he’s a free agent in your dynasty league, put him on your watch list.