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WR Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-10, 186Born: 7-10-1988College: Central MichiganDrafted: Round 6, pick 2010

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News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 7): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.

General News (Thu Dec 6): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 5): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 14: at Oakland Raiders

All WR vs OAK

FBG says: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger continues to walk the line between mediocre real-life play and big fantasy results. He hasn't been sharp of late, throwing 6 interceptions and producing just 7.1 yards per attempt over the last 3 weeks. He's missed on a few key throws, and his turnovers have been back-breakers. But fantasy players have appreciated the massive volume (148 attempts) and yardage outputs (314, 462, and 281) over that span. Roethlisberger has followed game flow and aired the ball out constantly, and with his duo of world-class receivers, it's resulted in plenty of fantasy production. Antonio Brown (86 yards a game and 12 touchdowns) remains the league's toughest all-around cover, winning consistently in the slot, at the sidelines, and down the field. Brown is a matchup-proof superstar, burning the top-tier secondaries of the Jaguars (117 yards and 1 score) and Chargers (154 and 1) this month. On the other side, JuJu Smith-Schuster is averaging 6.9 catches and 92 yards a game of his own. He's dominating all comers, both outside and in the slot, and has outproduced Brown by every measure except touchdowns. There's also occasional noise from situational guys like Vance McDonald and Ryan Switzer, but the bulk of this high-octane unit's production winds up in the hands of Brown and Smith-Schuster. Both are easy WR1s in fantasy, and Roethlisberger is always an upper-tier QB1 regardless of matchup or script. You'd never know it from the box scores, but the Raiders pass defense has been quite possibly the league's worst here in 2018. They're allowing more net yards per attempt (8.2) and touchdowns (2.4 per game) than anyone, after all. But the 2-10 Raiders' typical game flow lets opposing teams stop passing early before big yardage is allowed. Still, this is a fully targetable unit for opposing fantasy options. There's almost no pass rush in play here, and the constantly-juggled secondary has struggled to cover anyone. The cornerbacks are inconsistent at best, and the safeties frequently misplay throws down the seams. Tight ends, in particular, have dominated this matchup, with 4 different guys topping 70 yards over the last 6 weeks. This is a defense that the only reason they have not given up more yardage against the pass is due to their run defense being so poor.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs CAR 51 0 0 0 6 6 96 1 0 15.6
11 at JAX 64 0 0 0 13 5 117 1 0 17.7
12 at DEN 72 0 0 0 13 9 67 0 0 6.7
13 vs LAC 67 0 0 0 13 10 154 1 0 21.4
14 at OAK 0 0 0 0 7 5 35 0 0 3.5
14 at OAK PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 7 * * * *
14 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
14 at OAK PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 7 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs LAC (13 / 10 / 154 / 1 rec)

This was a flashback to dominant Antonio Brown. He was winning with strong moves at the catch point with excellent body control, dominated one on one coverage, and beat double coverage. In addition to his ten receptions, Brown's season-high total, Brown had a reception turned over because he didn't get a second foot down. Brown's highlight catch came against double coverage. Brown ran an in-breaking post route which broke the coverage of two defenders and Brown was found in the endzone for a touchdown.

2018 Week 12 vs DEN (13 / 9 / 67 / 0 rec)

The season of shadow coverage continued in Week 12 with Antonio Brown being covered most of the game by Chris Harris. In the 2018 version of the match-up the Steelers were trying to find creative ways to scheme Brown open. Putting him in bunch formations to allow natural pick to occur and putting him in the slot where Harris did not often lineup. The Steelers even tried some trickeration by having Antonio Brown throw a pass to Jaylen Samuels. If Brown would have connected with Samuels, the pass would have been an easy touchdown. Instead, Brown sailed the pass over his receivers head. Outside of his pass play, Browns usage was close to the line of scrimmage on wide receiver screens or timing out routes.

2018 Week 11 vs JAX (13 / 5 / 117 / 1 rec)

Brown's day was extremely long being covered by Jalen Ramsey. In the first half Ben Roethlisberger tried forcing the ball to Brown and was picked off twice, once in the end zone. Brown did have his revenge in the third quarter when he faked his route as a simple hitch, which Ramsey bit on, and Brown turned up field for a deep route in the middle of the field. Roethlisberger found Brown on the defensive lapse for a touchdown. Brown almost had a second touchdown in the game on a simple double move past Jalen Ramsey. Unfortunately, Roethlisberger didn't see Brown deep and checked the ball down to James Conner. Brown's biggest catch of the game came on the Steelers final drive after James Conner's dropped ball. Brown was streaking down the field and caught the pass over his left should displaying great anticipation with Ben Roethlisberger.

2018 Week 10 vs CAR (6 / 6 / 96 / 1 rec)

Roethlisberger's efficient day also meant a lack of volume in targets for the other pass-catchers. Luckily, Brown did not need much to be effective. Like most games, Roethlisberger was trying to establish a rhythm with Antonio Brown early. Roethlisberger hit Brown on two consecutive screen passes. Brown's best reception of the game came on his touchdown reception. Brown was able to gain just enough separation

2018 Week 9 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)

Brown drew the tough match-up, for most of the game, of Baltimore's top defensive back, Jimmy Smith. Brown's touchdown reception came in the first quarter on a wide receiver screen. Brown was able to evade one defender and walk into the endzone. Brown's best reception of the day came on a crossing route which had him drag across the entire field and through traffic. With Jimmy Smith in trail coverage, Brown was able to make the reception. Brown almost had his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter. Being covered by Jimmy Smith, Roethlisberger's pass was behind Brown and the reception couldn't be hauled in.

2018 Week 8 vs CLE (8 / 6 / 74 / 2 rec)

Antonio Brown was matched up on the Cleveland Browns' talented rookie defensive back Denzel Ward for most of the day. Ward's coverage was tight on Brown all day and at times could have been considered defensive holding. Brown's first touchdown of the game came when Brown burned his defender and the safety was frozen from a Ben Roethlisberger pump fake. Brown's second score of the day came off a quick hitting wide receiver screen on the left-hand side of the formation. Brown's quick hips allowed him to transition from receiver to ball-carrier quickly at the goal line. Brown had on circus catch along the sideline on a pass thrown high from Ben Roethlisberger. Brown was able to highpoint the ball, tap his toes down in bounds, and showed incredible body control to twist and make the catch.

2018 Week 6 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 105 / 1 rec)

There were still opportunities for more, but Brown provided the Mortal Kombat finishing move to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6. The play may be viewed, by some, as controversial. The play itself did have a ěpickî nature to it where Justin Hunter picked the defender in front of him to allow Antonio Brown to get a free release. The play wasn't called a pick because the defender played so close to the line of scrimmage and there wasn't room for the receivers to get into their routes. Beyond the ěpickî part of the play, Antonio Brown showed amazing athleticism to outrun the coverage and score the game winning touchdown. Brown was also close on another long touchdown catch in the second quarter against Dre Kirkpatrick. Unfortunately, like all day long, Brown was being played extremely physically and was even held on the potential touchdown play.

2018 Week 5 vs ATL (13 / 6 / 101 / 2 rec)

The connection between Ben Roethlisberger and Brown started slow this week. Early in the game Roethlisberger escaped the pocket and threw off his back foot to Brown and it resulted in an interception. This result equals four of Ben's six interceptions coming from targets to Antonio Brown this season. Ben also missed Antonio Brown on a crossing route in second quarter which would have lead to a big gain after the catch and another almost interception where a defender had underneath position on Brown. Things course corrected for Brown and Ben in the third quarter. Brown exploded for two touchdowns. One was a route by Antonio Brown he had ran the exact same route twice against his defender and the second time was the charm. The second touchdown came on a deep throw from Roethlisberger where Brown was released, and the defender couldn't flip his hips and keep up downfield. By the time the over-the-top safety could come over to assist, Brown was off to the races.

2018 Week 4 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)

The receiving weapons for Ben Roethlisberger were not on full display Week 4. Baltimore did have Brown matched up one on one during the first half but started rotating over safety help going into the second half. The most impressive catch of the night for Brown was his touchdown grab over a defender who had excellent coverage on him. Ben Roethlisberger put the ball right where his guy could get it. Unfortunately, even with drawing an additional five targets after his touchdown Antonio and Ben were not on the same page.

2018 Week 3 vs TB (9 / 6 / 50 / 1 rec)

Brown's highlight catch of the day was on a smoke route reception from Ben Roethlisberger. Brown caught the ball, made a defender miss, and destroyed the angle of an oncoming defender. During the last two minutes of the first half Brown helped sustain the drive with a toe tap catch and drew a DPI in the endzone with 10 seconds remaining in the first half.

2018 Week 2 vs KC (17 / 9 / 67 / 0 rec)

It was not a normal Antonio Brown game. Even with high target volume, Brown was mostly targeted on check downs and was being missed deep by Ben Roethlisberger. Emotions ran high as you could see Brown frustrated with the communication between him and his quarterback. Brown did not hesitate to let his Offensive Coordinator know his feelings and was seen arguing on the sideline with him.

2018 Week 1 vs CLE (16 / 9 / 93 / 1 rec)

Brown was clutch and his connection with Ben Roethlisberger bailed out the Steelers when they needed it most. Even with double coverage, Brown caught a 22-yard touchdown after two consecutive scores were called back due to penalty. It isn't like Brown's stats were bad, you'd just like to see more from him when he is targets 16 times.

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Latest News

Steelers | Antonio Brown limited to 35 yards (Sun Dec 9, 11:13 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught five of his seven targets for 35 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.

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Steelers | Antonio Brown doesn't practice (Wed Dec 5, 04:40 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Steelers | Wednesday's practice report for Pittsburgh (Wed Dec 5, 04:27 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (not injury related), LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), RB James Conner (ankle), OT Marcus Gilbert (knee), CB Joe Haden (not injury related) and C Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. S Morgan Burnett (back), LS Kameron Canaday (knee), FB Roosevelt Nix (shoulder) and WR Ryan Switzer (concussion) practiced in full.

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Steelers | Antonio Brown shines on SNF (Mon Dec 3, 01:33 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 4.

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Schedule

14@ Oakland Raiders
15vs New England Patriots
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Cincinnati Bengals