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WR Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Though the Steelers drafted Dri Archer to be a returner, for the time being Antonio Brown still is handling punt returns.

News you need to know

General News (Tue Dec 16): hauled in 10 receptions for 123 yards in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. He set a franchise record for catches in a season with 115, eclipsing the previous mark set by Hines Ward back in 2002 (112). Brown has had 30 straight games with at five catches and 50 yards, an unheard of level of consistency from a fantasy wide receiver. He might be the first wide receiver off of the board in PPR leagues next year.

Week 16: vs Kansas City Chiefs

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. This game has profound playoff implications for both teams - look for a hard-fought contest. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 340 or more passing yards in five of his last six starts, and bombed Atlanta for 27/35 for 360 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions (with one sack taken for -7 yards) most recently. He, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell are automatic starters here in Week 16, while Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Heath Miller should all be considered seriously as well. There are a lot of balls and lots of yardage to go around on the Steelers' offense right now. The Kansas City pass D is currently second in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game (199.2 net yards allowed on average), but they've given out 21 passing scores vs. a league-worst four interceptions generated this year. Though the Chiefs do have 38 sacks (tied for sixth in the NFL), they generally pile up big sack numbers at home in thunderous Arrowhead Stadium, rather than on the road. Pittsburgh is currently 17th in the NFL with 32 sacks allowed. Derek Carr was sacked four times for -20 yards at Arrowhead last week (27/56 for 202 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown), while Drew Stanton was sacked twice at University of Phoenix Stadium (for -14 yards) on his way to 15/30 for 225 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown. Roethlisberger has a tougher-than-usual pass coverage on the way, but he shouldn't throw a gaggle of interceptions against this surprisingly not-ball-hawking secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
13 vs NO 0 0 0 12 8 97 2 0
14 at CIN 0 0 0 14 9 117 0 0
15 at ATL 0 0 0 10 10 123 0 0
16 vs KC PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 8 * * *
16 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 8 * * *
16 vs KC PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 8 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs NO (12 / 8 / 97 / 2 rec)

The NFL's leading receiver continued to add to his gaudy numbers, although most of them came during garbage time late in the fourth quarter. Brown's biggest gain of the afternoon came on a 21-yard post route reception in the first quarter, where he had gotten past his defenders, but was tripped up by the safety to save an even larger gain. Brown scored two touchdowns within the last 3 minutes of the game while the Saints were in prevent mode; his first score came on a 4-yard slant with 2:37 left in the game, while the second was the result of 3-yard 'in' route as the game clock expired. Brown also added to his stats by being on the receiving end of a 2-point conversion on his first touchdown. Brown's status as a high-end WR1 remains unchanged.

2014 Week 14 vs CIN (14 / 9 / 117 / 0 rec)

Through only 13 games, Antonio Brown has already surpassed his 2013 numbers for touchdowns and he is on the verge of besting his reception and yardage totals, too. Against the Bengals' secondary, Brown was unstoppable--he was targeted a team-high 14 times and was able to pull in 9 of those targets for 117 receiving yards. While Brown did not score a touchdown for the first time in three weeks, he was targeted inside the redzone and was tackled inside the 5-yard line, just missing several scoring opportunities. Brown is matchup-proof and should be started in all fantasy formats regardless of opponent and/or suspected gamescript.

2014 Week 15 vs ATL (10 / 10 / 123 / 0 rec)

Antonio Brown had another superb outing, catching all 10 of his targets, but he was unable to find the endzone for the second consecutive week. Brown did nearly score a touchdown on a 28-yard pass near the end of the first half on an over-the-shoulder catch, but he went out of bounds at the 1-yard line (Le'Veon Bell ran for a 1-yard TD on the next play). A measure of just how involved Antonio Brown has been in the Steelers' offense this season? He now has the franchise record for receptions in a season (115), a record previously set by Hines Ward in 2002; Brown, however, still has two more games to play, which means that he will shatter Ward's previous mark.

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Latest News

Steelers | Antonio Brown sets franchise record (Sun Dec 14, 05:09 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown hauled in 10 receptions for 123 yards in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. He set a franchise record for catches in a season with 115, eclipsing the previous mark set by Hines Ward back in 2002 (112).

Our View: Brown has had 30 straight games with at five catches and 50 yards, an unheard of level of consistency from a fantasy wide receiver. He might be the first wide receiver off of the board in PPR leagues next year.
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Schedule

16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Cincinnati Bengals