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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.

Week 9: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. WOW! Ben Roethlisberger is nuclear hot entering the second half of the season, having thrown for an incredible 40/49 for 522 yards passing, six TDs and zero interceptions (with zero sacks taken) against the Colts last Sunday. As usual, Antonio Brown led all receivers with 13 targets for 10/133/2 receiving vs. Indianapolis, followed by old stalwart Heath Miller (eight for 7/112/1). Youngsters Martavis Bryant (seven for 5/83/2) and Markus Wheaton (five for 5/56/1) also caught TD passes, while Le'Veon Bell snagged 6/56/0 on seven tries. It is all GREAT for the Steelers entering this key AFC North showdown. Last time Roethlisberger and company saw Baltimore (Week 2) the passing game was struggling (22/37 for 217 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception), but that is not true as of Week 9. This is a new game, friends. The Ravens' pass D coughed up 21/28 for 239 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception to Andy Dalton last week (two sacks taken for -27 yards), after holding Matt Ryan and company to 29/44 for 186 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions (with five sacks taken for -42 yards behind their injury-ravaged offensive line). So far this season, Baltimore is ranked 22nd in the NFL averaging 256.0 net passing yards allowed per game,with seven passing scores given out vs. five interceptions (tied for 20th in the NFL) and seventeen sacks (16th) generated to date. The Steelers have given out 20 sacks this season (tied for 23rd in the NFL) - Roethlisberger is likely to have some pass rushers in his face this weekend. If Roethlisberger can avoid taking a lot of sacks, he should have a good game against the sub-par Ravens' secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at JAX 0 0 0 12 5 84 0 0
6 at CLE 1 -2 0 10 7 118 0 0
7 vs HOU 0 0 0 13 9 90 0 0
8 vs IND 1 5 0 13 10 133 2 0
9 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 8 * * *
9 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 8 * * *
9 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs CLE (10 / 7 / 118 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

The only fantasy value coming from the Steelers in Week #6 was Antonio Brown; he continued his dominance of cornerback Joe Haden, finishing with another 100-yard receiving day. Brown worked Haden throughout the afternoon and was the only Steelers' receiver who was consistently open; Ben Roethlisberger rewarded those efforts with 10 targets, of which Brown managed to haul in 7 receptions. In the 1st quarter, Brown missed an opportunity for a touchdown catch when he beat Buster Skrine in coverage and Roethlisberger lofted a catchable pass for Brown near the endzone, but Skrine latched onto Brown's jersey to slow him down and prevent the touchdown. Later in the game (4th quarter), Skrine somehow escaped a blatant pass interference call when he leveled Brown on a quick slant route in the endzone, which would have otherwise been a touchdown for Brown. Brown got a single carry in the game on an end-around play that went for negative yardage.

2014 Week 7 vs HOU (13 / 9 / 90 / 0 rec)

Antonio Brown was once again the keystone of the Steelers' passing game; he now has 19 consecutive 5-catch, 50-yard games. Against the Texans, Brown caught 9 passes for 90 yards, but he would have finished with 100+ yards and a touchdown if not for a questionable replay decision on a touchdown reception in the 4th quarter; the replay booth determined that the tip of his foot touched the sideline prior to getting both feet in bounds, which reversed the 16-yard touchdown. Brown did, however, get involved in a touchdown play when he threw a 3-yard TD pass to Lance Moore on a designed trick play in the 2nd quarter; on the play, Brown took a toss from Ben Roethlisberger on a sweep, but reversed direction and found Lance Moore on a crossing pattern in the endzone for the touchdown.

2014 Week 8 vs IND (13 / 10 / 133 / 2 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Antonio Brown may want to consider wearing a red suit and a white beard soon because he is starting to resemble Santa Claus--he's everywhere. Brown caught short passes, deep routes, crossing patterns, and even rushed the ball once on an end around. He also extended his streak of 5-catch, 50-yard games to twenty and added 2 touchdowns in the process. Brown's 1st touchdown came on an 8-yard fade route, when he made a nifty one-handed, diving catch on a perfectly-thrown ball by Ben Roethlisberger. On his 2nd touchdown reception, Brown broke free from his defenders while Roethlisberger was under pressure in the pocket; Roethlisberger escaped pressure and floated a ball to Brown, who caught it near the Colts' 20-yard line and scrambled down the sideline to pick up the score. At the beginning of the 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger overthrew Brown on a deep pass that could have resulted in Brown's 3rd touchdown of the afternoon. Brown remains a must-start in all formats.


Latest News

Steelers | Antonio Brown having amazing year (Tue Oct 28, 03:59 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 60 catches and is second in receiving yards with 852 after the first eight weeks of the season. Brown is on pace for 120 catches and 1,704 yards, which would both be team records. He set the team record for receiving yards last year with 1,499. Brown has seven touchdowns, which is just one fewer than he had all of last year. He had 10 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 8 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: Is Antonio Brown the best receiver in the game today? He's in the discussion that's for sure. Brown is a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger and we've see the Steelers turn their offense over to the veteran quarterback. That means Brown will be heavily targeted and heavily involved each and every week. He's a no-brainer must-start for fantasy owners.
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Steelers | Martavis Bryant emerges as another WR option (Tue Oct 21, 12:48 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant cut into WR Markus Wheaton's workload in Week 7 against the Houston Texans, and QB Ben Roethlisberger took three 'shot' plays down the field to Bryant. The team is unsettled at receiver behind WR Antonio Brown, with WRs Wheaton, Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey fighting for targets. It was the first game in which Bryant was active this year.

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