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Fantasy Harm Replace: Is A.J. Brown is taking part in this week?

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A.J. Brown had a tough time staying healthy until 2020. The Titans' talented receiver has played in just three of their five games this season when dealing with a cracked knee that knocked him out for the most part for a month. After a couple of great performances, Brown seemed out of the woods, but his knee injury may be back, which will force his fantasy owners to monitor the injury updates before making their week 7 decisions.

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WEEK 7 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker

Is A.J. Brown is playing this week?

TO UPDATE: Brown trained on Friday and is not in the Titans' final injury report.

Brown (knee) trained fully for the Titans on Wednesday afternoon, but according to their official injury report, he was out on Thursday with the knee injury. This calls into question his status in week 7 and makes Friday's training report of paramount importance to his game chances.

It's possible Brown just got a day of maintenance on his knee, but the fact that this happened the day after a full exercise was logged is a little worrying. Usually teams give players the first practice session of the week off when they want to rest. So the fact that Brown was downgraded at Thursday's session isn't a good sign.

WEEK 7 PPR RANKING:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker

If Brown can't leave, Corey Davis, who has come back from the COVID list, will be the Titans' # 1 recipient. Davis has averaged 5.0 catches and 68.7 yards per game so far this season. So it could be a good game against a Steelers defense who are giving WRs (26.8) the seventh most fantasy points per game. Additionally, Adam Humphries and TE Jonnu Smith will have other targets as threats to Ryan Tannehill in the middle of the field.

Brown's owners need to closely monitor its status on Friday and if it is declared they may need to find a streamer to use in its place. Fortunately, there are plenty of quality options in our WR leaderboard for week 7 to target. As such, some worthwhile gamers should still stand on the waiver wire when fantasy owners need them.

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