WR John Brown - Buffalo Bills

5-10, 179Born: 4-3-1990College: Pittsburg StateDrafted: Round 3, pick 2014

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General News (Wed Sep 18): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 3: vs Cincinnati Bengals - $5900

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FBG says: Good matchup. In his second season, Josh Allen has shown modest improvement as an NFL passer. With a big arm and nimble, creative feet, he has tools in place to develop into a dynamic dual-threat quarterback. Allen sorely lacked weapons as a rookie, so the Bills made two key offseason additions, wideouts John Brown and Cole Beasley, to serve as his primary options. Through 2 games, they've combined to draw 46% of his targets and account for 63% of his passing yardage. Brown is still one of the NFL's fastest players, which has been on full display in Buffalo. He's also shown improved route-running skills, playing underneath and working back to the ball when needed for a quick completion. For his part, Beasley isn't much of a playmaker, as evidenced by his career 10.3-yard average. But he's quick-footed and adept at finding soft spots underneath, crucial traits for a young quarterback's security blanket. Beyond them, there's little to speak of here; no other Bill has caught more than five passes thus far. Zay Jones remains a low-impact reserve talent, and none of the team's bevy of tight ends has made a dent in the offense. At the moment, it makes sense to view Week 2 as this unit's absolute ceiling and play it accordingly. Allen simply doesn't throw often, and he's still quite raw when he does. Week to week, Brown is the only component that can be trusted - and even he's largely dependent upon splash plays for his value. The Bengals continue to trot out one of football's more enigmatic pass defenses. They boast a pair of strong cornerbacks in William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick, and a rising star at free safety in Jessie Bates. But despite that talent, the necessary cohesion and communication simply aren't there, and this matchup remains one of the juiciest in fantasy football. Offenses have little trouble finding soft spots under and between the secondary's zones, leading to big days through the air. Last week, the 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo snapped out of a year-long funk in this matchup, completing 17 of 25 throws for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns. Over and over, the Bengals were gashed by slot playmakers George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, while Marquise Goodwin kept the secondary backed up deep. If this unit is going to wake up and offer any resistance, it will have to tighten up in the flats and the seams. The Bills' receiving corps isn't flashy but boasts enough speed and quickness to create a handful of big plays.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at NYJ 59 0 0 0 10 7.0 123 1 0 5500 21.80 3.96
2 at NYG 60 0 0 0 8 7.0 72 0 0 6300 10.70 1.70
3 vs CIN 1 4 0 5 4.0 51 0 0 5900 7.50 1.27
3 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4.9 * * * * * *
3 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4.7 * * * * * *
3 vs CIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6.0 * * * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

John Brown's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs NYG (8 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec - 10.7 points, $6300)

John Brown was terrific again for the Buffalo Bills in a win against the New York Giants in week two. Brown consistently made plays including multiple third down conversions to help out Josh Allen. He could have had an enormous fantasy day but was overthrown by Josh Allen on what would have been a wide-open 52-yard touchdown. Brown has been the leading target receiver in both games of the season and has shown a good rapport with Allen. Brown will look to continue his strong play at home against the Bengals in week three.

2019 Week 1 vs NYJ (10 / 7 / 123 / 1 rec - 21.8 points, $5500)

John Brown was the leading wide receiver in his first game for the Buffalo Bills against the New York Jets in week one. Brown was terrific, consistently separating in coverage, especially running crossing and over routes. Brown drew two targets near the end zone that were both broken up by strong defensive plays but found the end zone on the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The play highlighted the relationship between Josh Allen and Brown, as Allen threw the ball into a contested coverage to Brown, letting him work back inside to catch the ball and break a tackle for a touchdown. Brown's skill set looked like an ideal match for Allen's strengths and that came to fruition in week one. Brown will look to continue his strong play in week two against the New York Giants defense that was carved up by Dak Prescott in week two


Latest News

Bills | John Brown ready to play (Fri Sep 20, 05:03 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

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Bills | Buffalo's Week 3 injury report (Fri Sep 20, 02:04 PM) - Buffalo Bills CB Taron Johnson (hamstring), TE Tyler Kroft (foot, ankle) and RB Devin Singletary (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Sept. 20, and have been ruled out for Week 3 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. LB Corey Thompson (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday and is listed as questionable. DT Star Lotulelei (rest) also did not practice Friday but no longer appears on the injury report. LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), WR John Brown (rest), RB Frank Gore (rest), OT Ty Nsekhe (rest), WR Andre Roberts (quad) and CB Tre'Davious White (neck) were full participants Friday and have also been removed from the injury report.

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Bills | John Brown receives day off (Wed Sep 18, 03:10 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Our View: It's just a day of rest here for the veteran. Brown has WR2 or flex appeal as a favorite target of Bills QB Josh Allen.
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Bills | Seven catches for John Brown (Sun Sep 15, 05:45 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR John Brown caught seven passes for 72 yards against the New York Giants in Week 2. He was targeted eight times during the game.

Our View: Brown didn't have any big plays but was the most dependable target and provided a high PPR floor in this one. He's a WR2 or WR3/flex at worst against the Bengals next week.
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Bills | John Brown a full participant (Fri Sep 13, 07:00 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

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