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WR Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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General News (Tue Jan 17): may receive a contract extension this offseason that would make him the highest paid receiver in the NFL. Brown is one of only two receivers in NFL history to achieve four consecutive seasons of at least 100 catches. Former Indianapolis Colts Marvin Harrison is the other.

Week 20: at New England Patriots

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. New England defeated the Steelers 27-16 at Heinz Field back on October 23rd, 2016. However, in that game Ben Roethlisberger sat out due to his torn knee meniscus cartilage that had been surgically repaired just prior to the Week Seven game. Obviously, the Pittsburgh passing attack functions at a high level when Roethlisberger is available to play, as he is this week - looking back won't tell us much about this matchup. Last week, Pittsburgh couldn't muster a single TD in Kansas City and yet won the game 18-16 thanks to a post-season record performance from place kicker Chris Boswell (6/6 in field goals). Roethlisberger threw 20/31 for 224 yards, zero TDs and one interception, with one sack taken for -6 yards. He relied heavily on three main targets - Antonio Brown (11 targets for 6/108/0 receiving), Jesse James (six for 5/83/0), and Eli Rogers (seven for 5/27/0). Brown (nine targets for 5/124/2 receiving in the Wild Card round vs. Miami) is the clear-cut #1 target for Roethlisberger entering the Conference Championships - Roethlisberger only needed to throw 13/18 for 197 yards passing, two TDs (and two interceptions) with one sack taken for -9 yards to defeat Miami two games ago. LeVeon Bell has posted 167 and 170 yards rushing in the past two games, easing the demands on Roethlisberger's throwing arm. Ladarius Green (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol, according to head coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday, January 17 - Green looks unlikely to play a meaningful role even if he does get cleared, as he's missed many weeks of practices at this point. Brock Osweiler had a rough go of it at Gillette Stadium last weekend, throwing 23/40 for 198 yards passing, one TD and three interceptions, while taking three sacks for -17 yards during the Patriots' 16-34 win. The Patriots' pass defense finished regular season ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 237.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 13 interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 34 sacks (tie-16th) generated. Over the final three weeks of regular season, New England averaged a mere 11.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (least in the NFL); 18.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers (13th-least) and just 3.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (sixth-least). Matt Moore had 24/34 for 205 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown vs. New England in the season finale - nobody has gone over that 205 net yards passing mark in the past three contests vs. New England (the Jets had 8/24 for 128 net yards passing, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown three games ago). The Steelers' passing offense sputtered in Kansas City, and they face another tough customer on the road in Foxboro on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
16 vs BAL 54 0 0 0 11 10 96 1 0 15.6
18 vs MIA 57 0 0 0 9 5 124 2 0 24.4
19 at KC 0 0 0 0 11 6 108 0 0 10.8
20 at NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 8 * * * *
20 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 8 * * * *
20 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 7 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 19 vs KC (11 / 6 / 108 / 0 rec)

Antonio Brown turned in another standout performance leading the Steelers receivers with 6 receptions for 108 yards. Mid 1st quarter on a 3rd and 10, Brown was left in one-on-one coverage with Chiefs LB Justin Houston. On the play, Brown ran a go-route and came down with a 52-yard reception. Late 4th quarter on a 3rd and 3 with the game on the line, Brown ran a crossing-route for a 7-yard reception to put the game on ice.

2016 Week 18 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 124 / 2 rec)

Business was boomin' early in the game for Antonio Brown! Brown led the team with 124 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. The rest of the Steelers receiving options totaled 73 yards. Brown started the scoring early in the first quarter with a 50-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Brown caught a WR screen pass and followed his blockers down the left sideline for the touchdown. Brown kept the foot on the pedal during the next drive with a 62-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Brown ran a slant over the middle and simply outran the Dolphins defense as he was untouched for his second touchdown.

2016 Week 16 vs BAL (11 / 10 / 96 / 1 rec)

It was a tale of two halves for Antonio Brown, who had only 1 reception in the first half. Brown also drew an offensive pass interference which wiped out a 68-yard third-down reception. With the Steelers down by 10 points in the 2nd half, the Steelers leaned on Brown, who finished with 10 receptions for 96 yards and 1 TD. Brown completed receptions of 21-yards and 26-yards early in the 4th quarter before the Steelers scored on a LeVeon Bell TD. Brown saved the drama for the Steelers final offensive play. With 13 seconds on the clock and no timeouts, The Steelers had the ball on the Ravens 4-yard line. Brown ran a quick slant and made the reception just shy of the end zone. While Brown was being held up by Ravens Safety Eric Weddle, Brown outstretched the football across the plane of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

2016 Week 15 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)

Antonio Brown had 3 receptions, all in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger looked to other options in the passing game during the 2nd half. Mid 1st quarter, Brown ran a slant route for a 13-yard reception. Mid 2nd quarter, Brown got behind the defensive back for a 32-yard reception while running down the right sideline. A few plays later, a 13-yard touchdown reception was called back due to a chop-block penalty by LeVeon Bell. Late 2nd quarter, Brown ran a comeback-route for a 13-yard reception.

2016 Week 14 vs BUF (11 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec)

Brown would have had a much bigger game if Ben Roethlisberger was on, but one deep target and one good run after catch effort still bailed out his fantasy day. He was heavily involved early and got an end zone target that was unsuccessful because it appeared a hold went uncalled. He also had a catch in the red zone to set up a first and goal. Roethlisberger later missed him when open deep and on another incompletion deep, Brown was called for offensive pass interference. When you consider that 5-78 is a poor game and near Brown's floor, it shows you just how high his level of play is.

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.

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Latest News

Steelers | Antonio Brown in rare company (Tue Jan 17, 07:01 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is one of only two receivers in NFL history to achieve four consecutive seasons of at least 100 catches. Former Indianapolis Colts Marvin Harrison is the other.

Our View: With the way that Brown is going, he could wind up breaking the record next year. He's a favorite target of QB Ben Roethlisberger and so long as he's healthy we should see Brown continue to dominate in the 2017 season.

Steelers | Antonio Brown could be fined (Mon Jan 16, 04:37 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown may be fined for violating the NFL's social media policy for his post-game live stream in the Steelers' locker room.

Our View: The "No Fun League" strikes again. League policy prohibits players from posting messages on social media 90 minutes before kickoff through post-game interviews.
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Steelers | Antonio Brown over 100 yards (Mon Jan 16, 01:20 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught six of his 11 targeted passes for 108 yards, including a long catch of 52 yards, in an 18-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our View: Brown had five catches for 101 yards in the first half. He ended up catching one more pass in the second half, and it was crucial. Brown was dragging across the field on a third down where the Steelers needed the first to end the game. He burst past the coverage and Ben Roethlisberger hit him near the sidelines to effectively seal the victory.
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Steelers | Antonio Brown may receive lucrative deal (Sun Jan 15, 01:08 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown may receive a contract extension this offseason that would make him the highest paid receiver in the NFL.

Our View: Brown is arguably the best receiver in Steelers history. Think about that....with Hall of Fame potential, the Steelers should make Brown the highest-paid wide receiver in the league. The deal could pay him more than the $15 million that Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green receives per season.
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Steelers | Antonio Brown catches two TDs (Sun Jan 8, 05:26 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught five passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the Wild Card playoff game against the Miami Dolphins.

Our View: Brown took short passes and turned them into long gains. He was able to do most of his damage early, then the Steelers built a big lead and took their foot off the gas.
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