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WR Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-10, 186Born: 7-10-1988College: Central MichiganDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): If he hadn't dropped a touchdown, we would have been happy with Brown's first game in the Michael Vick regime. He's still a must start at San Diego, but this could be rough until Ben Roethlisberger comes back - which should be in 3-4 weeks.

General News (Wed Oct 7): said the timing with Michael Vick was off last week as he filled in for Ben Roethlisberger (knee). "I think (Mike Vick's passes) just come out a little bit later than Ben's," Brown said. "I don't think Mike Vick has yet adjusted to the timing of how we run things. His balls come out later in the routes, at the top of your route. You just have to get the timing down and make sure we're on the same page."

Week 5: at San Diego Chargers

All WR vs SD

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Mike Vick had the Steelers in position to win a game, but the team's placekicker blew two game-winning possibilities last week, and the Ravens pulled it out in OT. Vick didn't wow anyone with the 'Michael Vick Experience', but he was a competent game manager who threw 19/26 for 124 yards passing (though some easy throws sailed or hit the turf, as is usual with Vick), one TD and zero interceptions, while adding 9/33/0 rushing. Antonio Brown eked out 5/42/0 receiving on nine targets, while Darrius Heyward-Bey kept Martavis Bryant's seat warm for him with five targets for 4/31/1. We'll see if the return of Bryant this week from suspension can spark something more from the Steelers' passing offense (though they may not need to throw much with Le'Veon Bell picking on the Chargers' sorry rush D). The San Diego pass D allowed 32/41 for 332 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Josh McCown last weekend, after coughing up 13/24 for 121 yards passing, with zero TDs and one interception at Minnesota two games ago. This unit has swung wildly over the past two games, as you can see. San Diego is now 10th in the NFL averaging 225.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores handed out vs. three interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and five sacks (tied-28th) generated to date. This is a neutral matchup between so-so units.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at NE 68 0 0 0 11 9 133 1 0 19.3
2 vs SF 52 0 0 0 11 9 195 1 0 25.5
3 at STL 58 0 0 0 13 11 108 0 0 10.8
4 vs BAL 60 0 0 0 9 5 42 0 0 3.2
5 at SD PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 7 * * * *
5 at SD PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 7 * * * *
5 at SD PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)

Antonio Brown's receiving numbers suffered due to the quarterback change to Michael Vick. During the third series, Brown caught a wide receiver screen pass, reversing field for a 5 yard loss on the play. Later in the series on a 3rd and 15, Brown caught a short crossing route for a 6 yard gain. During the middle of the second quarter on a 1st and 10 from the Baltimore 36 yard line, Brown dropped the ball on an end zone corner route. It was a difficult catch but one which Brown usually makes. Late in the 2nd quarter on a 2nd and 16 from the Baltimore 41 yard line, Brown caught an 8 yard reception in loose coverage. On the next play, Brown caught an out-route while dragging his right toe for the 16 yard reception. The game script went away from Brown during the second half where he only received one target in the 3rd quarter. During the second series in overtime on a 1st and 10 from the Pittsburgh 41 yard line, Brown made a 17 yard reception on a comeback route.

2015 Week 3 vs STL (13 / 11 / 108 / 0 rec)

Antonio Brown was dominant again in the passing game. He extended his NFL record streak of 35 consecutive games with at least 5 receptions and 50 yards before the first quarter was completed. During the opening drive, Brown caught short passes for 7 and 6 yards. On a 3rd and 2, Brown caught a quick curl pass for a 12 yard gain. During the second series of the game on a 2nd and 4, Brown caught a skinny post for a 19 yard gain. Brown followed that up with a 16 yard gain on a quick slant. Later in the drive on a 3rd and 7, Roethlisberger found Brown for a 15 yard gain down the left sideline. Brown gained the bulk of his yardage, 9 receptions for 86 yards, in the first half. Early in the 3rd quarter, Brown picked up where he left off with an 8 yard gain on a quick hit. Later in the drive on a 3rd and 13, Brown caught a quick slant and fought hard for the first down. After Michael Vick entered the game, Brown did not register any more receptions.

2015 Week 2 vs SF (11 / 9 / 195 / 1 rec)

Antonio Brown was once again the main target in the passing game. Brown now has at least 7 receptions in 14 straight games including the playoffs. He was uncoverable at times even in double coverage. On the first drive, Brown caught an over the shoulder reception for a 23 yard gain. After a Heath Miller touchdown during the second series, Brown caught a 2 point conversion on a curl route. During the 3rd series on a 3rd and 6 from the Pittsburgh 39 yard line, Brown exploded out of double coverage for a 59 yard reception. He faked back across the field to gain an additional 15 yards on the play before being tacked at the 2 yard line. In the middle of the 4th quarter, Brown caught a 57 yard reception on a vertical route. Two plays later, he caught a 7 yard touchdown reception in the left corner of the end zone.

2015 Week 1 vs NE (11 / 9 / 133 / 1 rec)

Antonio Brown battled Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler throughout the game. During the second series of the game on a 3rd and 5, Brown made an amazing short catch while his arms were wrapped around Butler's helmet. A couple of series later on a 3rd and 6, Brown caught a vertical route for a 37 yard gain. On the fifth series of the game, Brown faked out Butler on a play action pass for a 33 yard gain. Late in the game from the New England 39 yard line, Brown undercut the secondary for a 29 yard gain. The play did not stand due to a offensive line penalty. With seven second left from the Patriots 11 yard line, Brown caught a touchdown in the back of the end zone against perfect coverage from Butler. Brown extended his streak of at least 5 receptions for 50 yards in 33 straight games.


Latest News

Steelers | Michael Vick's timing off in offense (Wed Oct 7, 01:27 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown said the timing with QB Michael Vick was off last week as he filled in for QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee). 'I think (Mike Vick's passes) just come out a little bit later than Ben's,' Brown said. 'I don't think Mike Vick has yet adjusted to the timing of how we run things. His balls come out later in the routes, at the top of your route. You just have to get the timing down and make sure we're on the same page.'

Our View: We agree and expect better numbers by the two players this time out. We see Brown as an easy WR1, while Vick is a low-rent QB2. If you play daily fantasy, Vick is cheap and with Brown catching the ball, could have some sneaky value.
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Steelers | Antonio Brown sees streak end (Fri Oct 2, 01:03 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown's streak of 35 straight regular season games with at least five catches and at least 50 yarrds ended in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4 Thursday, Oct. 1. He finished with five catches for 42 yards. The timing of Brown and QB Michael Vick looked off several times in the contest.

Our View: Brown was a dropped long touchdown away from a good game nonetheless. You can't bench him next week at San Diego on Monday night.
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Steelers | Antonio Brown could suffer with new QB (Thu Oct 1, 01:12 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown's production could suffer with QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) out four to six weeks. Brown credits astounding chemistry he has with Roethlisberger on and off the field to their success. Roethlisberger throws to Brown about 30% of the time on broken plays, and QB Michael Vick has had accuracy issues.

Our View: This makes sense, though Antonio Brown has the skills to bail out Vick on occasion as well. We still see him as a WR1, but not as productive as he was with Roethlisberger.
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Steelers | Antonio Brown loses his quarterback (Sun Sep 27, 07:41 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown posted 11 receptions for 108 yards in the Week 3 game against the St. Louis Rams. He was targeted 13 times.

Our View: Brown had another very productive game, but with no Ben Roethlisberger for at least the next month, he's no longer the #1 fantasy football wide receiver - that would be Julio Jones.
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