WR Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers
|5-10, 186||Born: 7-10-1988||College: Central Michigan||Drafted: Round 6|
Week 14: at Buffalo Bills
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Ben Roethlisberger threw some amazing passes against the Steelers, ending up with a solid 24/36 for 289 yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -17 yards. He found favorite Antonio Brown for one of the TDs (seven targets for 6/54/1 receiving), while ascendant tight end Ladarius Green (11 targets for 6/110/1 receiving) led the team in receiving and LeVeon Bell did some heavy lifting (seven for 6/64/0). Jesse James was fourth on the team with four targets for 3/32/0 receiving - despite the attritions among the wide receivers this year, Pittsburgh still has plentiful targets for Roethlisberger entering Week 14. The Bills' pass defense did little to slow down Derek Carr and company last week, coughing up 19/35 for 260 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks generated. Even though the Bills are third in the NFL with 33 sacks generated, they couldn't bust through the tough Oakland line. Pittsburgh has a similarly-tough front line (tied for second in the NFL with just 16 sacks given out this year). From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Buffalo has averaged 21.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (11th-most in the NFL); and 21.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (15th-least); with 4.5 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-least). This looks like a neutral matchup for the Steelers' passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 13 vs NYG (7 / 6 / 54 / 1 rec)
Antonio Brown had another routine day at the office. Early 1st quarter on a 3rd and 5, Brown ran a quick slant for a 5-yard reception. The reception put Brown over 1000 yards for the 4th consecutive season. Mid 2nd quarter, Brown scored a highlight-reel 22-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Brown showed great concentration to complete the reception in the back of the end zone while in tight coverage. As he was coming down to the ground, Brown made sure to keep both feet and his elbow in bounds while securing the reception. Late 3rd quarter, Brown ran a classic out-route for a 13-yard reception. On the play, Brown displayed an outstanding toe-drag to keep both feet in bounds.
2016 Week 12 vs IND (6 / 5 / 91 / 3 rec)
Antonio Brown dominated his individual matchup with Colts CB Vontae Davis. Late 1st quarter, on a 3rd and 5, Brown got behind Davis for a 25-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Brown displayed great timing and concentration coming down with the touchdown reception. Mid 2nd quarter, Brown scored his 2nd touchdown of the game, a 33-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Brown made a double-move while getting behind Davis for another touchdown. Mid 4th quarter, Brown got behind the Colts defense again for his 3rd touchdown of the game. On the play, Brown ran down the right sideline for a 22-yard touchdown reception.
2016 Week 11 vs CLE (10 / 8 / 76 / 0 rec)
Antonio Brown had 8 receptions for 76 yards. Due to game conditions, the passing game was not much of a factor in this game. Early 2nd quarter, Brown ran a post-route for an 18-yard reception. Later in the drive on a 4th and 3, Brown ran a curl-route for a 4-yard reception. Late 2nd quarter, Brown ran an out-route for a 21-yard reception. Mid 3rd quarter, Brown ran a slant for a 11-yard reception. He followed that up running a crossing-route on the next play for a 13-yard reception.
2016 Week 10 vs DAL (18 / 14 / 154 / 1 rec, 1 / -10 / 0 rush)
Antonio Brown found himself much more involved in the game plan as compared to last week. He was a focal point of the Steelers passing attack during the 2nd half. Late 1st quarter, Brown came down with a 9-yard reception as he wrestled the ball away from Cowboys CB Brandon Carr. Early 2nd quarter, Brown caught a screen pass and ran for a 9-yard gain. Mid 2nd quarter, Brown ran a comeback-route for a 13-yard reception. Early 3rd quarter, Brown just missed completing a 35-yard touchdown reception as he was unable to keep both feet in bounds. Early 4th quarter, Brown ran an end-around that fooled nobody for a 10-yard loss. During the next series, Brown completed 3 consecutive receptions, good for 12, 2 and 20 yard gains. Late 4th quarter, Brown scored a 15-yard touchdown reception on a fake spike. On the play, Brown beat man-to-man coverage and got behind his defender for the score. Late 4th quarter before time expired, Brown padded his stats with a 44-yard reception.
2016 Week 9 vs BAL (11 / 7 / 85 / 1 rec)
Antonio Brown often found himself in double-coverage during the first half when the Ravens placed help over the top and dared the Steelers to beat them with other receivers. Brown did not have any targets or receptions in the 1st quarter for the first time in over two years. Brown made his first reception with a little over three minutes remaining before halftime. Early 4th quarter, Brown made his first meaningful play, a 27-yard reception on a crossing-route. A few plays later, on 4th and 3, Brown scored a 23-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Brown found a soft spot in the defense as he came back for the reception.
2016 Week 7 vs NE (11 / 7 / 106 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
It was a tale of two halves for Antonio Brown as he played well during the first half and was injured during the 3rd quarter. Early 1st quarter, Brown ran a post-route for a 24-yard completion. Early 2nd quarter, Brown ran a crossing-route for a 51-yard reception. On the play, he outraced Patriots CB Malcolm Butler completing the reception as it dropped in over his left shoulder. Early 3rd quarter, Brown ran a reverse around the left side for a 13-yard gain. Mid 3rd quarter, Brown hobbled to the sideline with a leg injury. He was shown laying down on the sideline, in what looked like a serious amount of pain, as the training staff massaged his leg and thigh area. He exited to the locker room but returned sporadically throughout the remainder of the game. He only added 1 reception for 7 yards after returning to the game. Brown should benefit from the upcoming bye week.
2016 Week 6 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Antonio Brown had only 2 short receptions until late in the 4th quarter. The Dolphins often sold out with a corner underneath and a safety overtop of Brown and dared the Steelers to beat them with other options. Late 1st quarter, Brown ran a comeback-route for a 12-yard reception. Mid 3rd quarter, Brown made a spectacular 16-yard reception on the left sideline. On the play, Brown had to extend to make the reception because the pass was thrown behind him.
2016 Week 5 vs NYJ (11 / 9 / 78 / 1 rec)
Antonio Brown shared the workload with Sammie Coates and LeVeon Bell in this game. Brown was still productive in the short passing game with 9 receptions on 11 targets. Late 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 2, Brown ran a crossing-route for a 9-yard reception. Early 3rd quarter, Brown ran a comeback-route for a 16-yard reception. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Brown ran a crossing-route and found a soft spot in the defense for a 5-yard touchdown reception. On the next series, Brown ran a slant for a 16-yard reception. Brown was also one tackle away from breaking a punt return for a touchdown.
2016 Week 4 vs KC (5 / 4 / 64 / 2 rec)
Mid 1st quarter after a Chiefs turnover, Antonio Brown ran a crossing-route for an easy 4-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Brown displayed elite quickness to find a soft spot in the defense. Late 1st quarter, Brown struck again for his 2nd touchdown of the quarter. While in one-on-one coverage, Brown ran a deep-post route and came down with the 38-yard touchdown reception.
2016 Week 3 vs PHI (18 / 12 / 140 / 0 rec)
Antonio Brown was the only bright star on the entire Steelers roster. Brown did well working the short and intermediate passing game. Brown showed good chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger throughout the game but was unable to get free on any of his receptions. On the majority of Brown's receptions, he was swarmed by Eagles defenders instantly.
2016 Week 2 vs CIN (11 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Antonio Brown had a quiet afternoon due to a combination of slick field conditions and the offense focusing on the running game. Ben Roethlisberger often looked to his 2nd and 3rd options. Early 1st quarter on 3rd and 6, Brown found a hole in the zone defense for a 16-yard reception. Early 4th quarter on a 3rd and 7, Brown cut back to the left sideline on his route for a 17-yard reception.
2016 Week 1 vs WAS (11 / 8 / 126 / 2 rec)
The Steelers often moved Antonio Brown to the opposite side away from Josh Norman, so they could take advantage of the favorable matchup against Bashaud Breeland. During the second series, Antonio Brown caught a quick slant for a 5 yard reception. Early 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 8, Brown found a hole in the zone defense for a 13 yard reception. A few plays later on a 4th and 1, Brown found himself in man-to-man coverage with Bashaud Breeland. Brown got behind Breeland and went up for a 29-yard touchdown reception. Early 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 3, Brown ran down the left sideline and turned back for a 17 yard reception. Mid 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 3, Brown ran down the left sideline, got behind Breeland and hauled in a 26 yard touchdown reception. Brown showed great concentration coming down with the ball as he crossed into the end zone. Mid 4th quarter, Brown ran down the left sideline and came back for a 21 yard reception. Late 4th quarter on a 3rd and 5, Brown ran down the left sideline and came back for a 16 yard reception.
Latest NewsSteelers | Antonio Brown posts 54 yards, TD (Mon Dec 5, 02:02 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown racked up six receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Week 13 game against the New York Giants. He was targeted seven times. link to story Steelers | Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell fined (Sat Dec 3, 10:08 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown and RB Le'Veon Bell were both punished by the National Football League for their role in a joint touchdown celebration in Week 12. Brown was fined $24,309 and Bell was fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct following one of Brown's three touchdowns versus the Indianapolis Colts. link to story Steelers | Antonio Brown expected to have shadow (Fri Dec 2, 10:06 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is expected to be shadowed by New York Giants CB Janoris Jenkins in Week 13. Our View: This shouldn't discourage you from starting Brown, but it does make Ladarius Green more interesting as a possible #2 downfield target from the tight end position.
link to story Steelers | Antonio Brown receives day off (Wed Nov 30, 04:01 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 30. link to story Steelers | Three scores for Antonio Brown (Thu Nov 24, 11:55 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown had five catches for 91 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Nov. 24. Our View: Brown was getting free with ease where it mattered most. Ben Roethlisberger is healthy and Brown is peaking at the right time.
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