Antonio Brown isn't just good enough to be the top Fantasy receiver, he's good enough to be the No. 1 overall pick. In his past 41 games with the Steelers, Brown has posted 10-plus Fantasy points 30 times. His consistency along with the immense number of targets and catches make him an appealing choice. They don't come much safer in Fantasy Football. If there's a negative it's that his numbers really stunk without Ben Roethlisberger under center, and Big Ben is typically an injury risk for a couple of games per season. Other than that, he's a matchup-proof wideout capable of a great game every week. He's worth the No. 1 overall pick in PPR leagues and a top-five pick (if not No. 1 overall) in non-PPR formats.
Brown (concussion) was inactive for the Steelers' game against the Broncos on Sunday. The Pittsburgh offense struggled without Brown, who followed his stellar 2014 season with an even better 2015 campaign. This season, Brown caught 136 of 195 targets for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 28 yards on three carries and added 212 yards and a touchdown on 22 punt returns. Brown, who will be 28 when camp opens for the 2016 season, is well on his way to rewriting the NFL record book. He is the first player in NFL history with consecutive 125 catch seasons, and his 265 receptions are the most in any two consecutive seasons in NFL history. Since 2013, Brown has 375 receptions, the most in any three consecutive seasons in NFL history and, in 2015 he surpassed his own team record for receptions in a single season, and surpassed his own Steelers record for receiving yards in a single season. He has started 36 consecutive regular season games, the third longest active consecutive games started streak among NFL wide receivers, and has registered at least one reception in 84 consecutive regular season games dating back to October 2010.
Brown (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Brown thought early in the week that he would be able to play against the Broncos, but he did not show the needed improvement and remains in the league's concussion protocol, so he will not be available for Sunday's game. Markus Wheaton figures to step into Brown's starting receiver spot across from Martavis Bryant.
Brown (concussion) did not practice again on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Brown remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, and his status for Sunday's game against the Broncos is thus cloudy, though a return to the field -- in any capacity Friday -- could boost the wideout's chances of being available this weekend.
Brown (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers are hopeful that Brown -- who remains in the NFL's concussion protocol -- will be able to play Sunday against the Broncos, but such an outcome is far from a lock. According to coach Mike Tomlin, "we respect the protocol...we are going to adhere to it and follow it to the letter. He is going to participate fully in it. We will see where it leads us. Obviously, we are hopeful, but we are always hopeful. We are going to do what is right when it's said and done."
Brown (concussion) isn't "looking good" to play Sunday's divisional-round game at Denver, Bob Holtzman of ESPN reports. Brown was one of Vontaze Burfict's victims Saturday, taking a hit to the head on the Steelers' game-winning drive at Cincinnati. Quickly diagnosed with a concussion, Brown was reported to be in good spirits afterward, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette even said Sunday that he's "fine" and should be available in the second round. Significant concussion symptoms can notoriously emerge well after the fact, which appears to be the case with Brown, but his status will nonetheless be monitored closely as the week unfolds.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|5||10/09||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|7||10/23||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|13||12/04||New York Giants||23||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||180||125||1677||10||79||13.42||230|