You don't need some so-called Fantasy expert to tell you Antonio Brown is a great receiver to draft. Or that he's worth a first-round pick. Brown has delivered 10-plus Fantasy points in 70.2 percent of his games over the past four seasons, a great figure for a receiver. Things should get even better for him this year as the Steelers are expected to welcome back Martavis Bryant to their offense. Adding him to a mix that includes so many other multi-dimensional players will make it impossible for opponents to double-team Brown moving forward. It also won't hinder his targets -- he's averaged over 11 targets per game over the past four years and should be right in that neighborhood again in 2017, even with the Steelers' deep receiving corps. Brown's worth taking as soon as No. 4 overall in non-PPR leagues and potentially No. 1 overall in PPR formats.
Brown caught five of 11 targets for 62 yards during Sunday's 26-9 win over the Vikings. Brown was the most targeted Steeler by a healthy margin, but he struggled to break off many big plays as the stout Minnesota defense keyed in on him. While this wasn't the type of production Brown's fantasy owners hoped for, his usage remained high and he is still just a week removed from catching all 11 of his targets. Brown should bounce back with a big performance next week against the Bears.
Brown caught all 11 of his targets for 182 yards in Sunday's win over Cleveland. He had one fumble, but the ball scooted out of bounds. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected with Brown on two deep balls, totaling 88 yards, but he did most of his damage on quick outs, slants, and drags - allowing Roethlisberger to deliver the ball in rhythm and produce yards after the catch. Such catch-and-run throws are hard to stop given Brown's speed and technical ability, so expect Brown's high target-to-catch conversion rate to continue - especially when not doubled up. While singling Brown might have been unheard of last season, the return of Martavis Bryant and early success of Jesse James will make it hard for opponents to shade to Brown.
Brown hauled in both of his targets for 28 yards in Saturday's 19-15 preseason loss to the Colts. Brown joined Ben Roethlisberger for the first two series, with Saturday's game marking the pair's preseason debut. The multi-time Pro Bowler made an impressive twisting grab over the middle and appeared to already be in regular-season form. Brown is fully expected to sit out next Thursday's exhibition finale versus the Panthers and next take the field in the Sept. 10 opener versus the Browns.
Brown will make his preseason debut during Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Brown did not suit up for either of the Steelers' first two preseason games as the team elected not to risk its No. 1 receiver's health. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will also make his preseason debut Saturday, but the amount of playing time the duo will see remains unclear at this point. Brown will continue to serve as the primary weapon in the Steelers' wide receiver corps, while Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates and rookie Juju Smith-Schuster (knee) battle for targets behind the veteran.
Brown will not play in Sunday's preseason game against the Falcons, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Brown will join quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in sitting out Sunday's contest. The wideout didn't feature in the Steelers' preseason opener either, so it wouldn't be surprising if he uses next week's meeting with the Colts to get his lone taste of game action prior to the regular season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||25.00|
|12||11/27||Green Bay Packers||17||17.00|
|15||12/17||New England Patriots||29||27.00|
|3 Year Avg||177||124||1605||12||78||12.94||235|