WR John Brown - Buffalo Bills
|5-10, 179||Born: 4-3-1990||College: Pittsburg State||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2014|
Week 14: vs Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Buffalo's passing attack grades as an average-to-slightly-below-average unit across the board this season. The Bills lean towards a run-heavy approach, ranking 24th in total pass attempts this season, producing medial yardage, touchdown, and interception numbers to go along with their 6.3 net yards per attempt, ranking 17th in the NFL. Josh Allen has proven to be a competent quarterback here in year two, with definitive strengths and weaknesses to his game. Allen's athletic ability enables him to run frequently and successfully, yet remains behind the expected learning curve processing opposing defenses and making the proper reads. When Allen does air it out, he funnels the ball to John Brown and Cole Beasley the majority of the time. Brown leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and air yards, making him the most valuable fantasy asset on the team. However, Beasley has emerged in recent weeks as a viable fantasy receiver, tallying back-to-back 6-catch, 75+ yard, 1-touchdown performances. Moving forward, these two should continue to dominate the production through the air, even in an unimpressive passing attack as a whole. Baltimore's pass defense grades as an almost perfectly-average unit this season, defending almost exactly the league-average number of pass attempts and allowing the 15th-best net yards per attempt mark in the NFL. The Ravens have, however, excelled in preventing touchdowns through the air and forcing turnovers, with a 10-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio allowed, that ranks 3rd-best and 7th-best in the league, respectively. On the season, the Ravens rank fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, which makes it exceptionally difficult for wide receivers to flourish as well. A more nuanced feature of a pass-defense, tight end coverage, is another place that the Ravens accel, also posting the fourth-best fantasy defense in that regard. Along the defensive line, Matthew Judon stands out as the team's most feared pass-rusher. Judon leads the team in sacks, with seven on the season, and he has more than twice as many pressures on opposing quarterbacks as any other Baltimore defender. Then, in the secondary, Marcus Peters and Earl Thomas top the charts as the team's best defensive backs. Peters, a mid-season acquisition, leads the way with five interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the NFL, with three coming in a Ravens' uniform. Thomas, an offseason free agency acquisition, grades as one of the NFL's best pass-defending safeties once again this season, rounding out one of the NFL's best secondaries. In all, this is a unit that should give Josh Allen fits in Week 14, making Buffalo's quest to lock up a wild card spot exceptionally difficult down the stretch.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
John Brown's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
John Brown had a quiet game as a receiver against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving but saved his fantasy day with a reverse touchdown pass to Devin Singletary in the red zone. Brown was involved early with a short reception but had only one other reception before the fourth quarter. Brown is seeing increased defensive attention the past two weeks after a strong start to the season and face another tough test at home against Baltimore in week 14.
2019 Week 12 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 39 / 1 rec)
John Brown had a quiet day in terms of volume, with only four targets, but got open deep for a 34-yard touchdown along the perimeter. Brown's four targets were the second most targets on a day the Bills only threw 25 times. Brown also had a drop over the middle on a low throw from Josh Allen on third down. His performance was the lowest yardage total of the season, but he salvaged his fantasy day with the long touchdown, the second consecutive game where he was able to hook up with Allen for a long score. He will face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
2019 Week 11 vs MIA (14 / 9 / 137 / 2 rec)
John Brown had the best game of his strong season against the Dolphins. Brown scored two touchdowns on Sunday. The first was against cover 2 on a perimeter route where Josh Allen made a good timing throw to thread the needle to Brown between the corner and safety, which allowed Brown to make the safety miss for an easy touchdown. The second was a red zone bootleg, where Brown ran an over route when Allen threw the ball through a tight window for the score. Cast as a deep threat coming into the season, Brown has consistently made catches all over the field, and Sunday was no different. Brown has developed into a consistent number one receiver for Allen and his quickness allows him to create separation in the short game for Allen and he can make plays after the catch when Allen's throws are on time and accurate. Brown had other red zone chances including a fade in the end zone and a catch over the middle that was stopped short of the goal line on another drive. Brown also was missed on a deep over route that could have been another long gain. Brown will face Denver at home next week.
2019 Week 10 vs CLE (11 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
John Brown continued his strong season on Sunday against the Browns. Brown was the leader in targets for Buffalo with 11 targets and was consistently open during the game. Brown played all over the field, including on the outside and in the middle of the field. He had opportunities for more, but Josh Allen missed him on a slant route on fourth down and threw too far behind him on a deep back shoulder play. Brown has been over 50 yards every week this season and should have a good matchup next week at Miami.
2019 Week 9 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 76 / 0 rec)
John Brown had a solid game against Washington in week nine but missed out on multiple opportunities for a bigger game. Brown was quiet early in the game because of a heavy emphasis on the running game, but saw more action in the second half. He was targeted on the perimeter in the red zone which he caught and was tackled inside the five. Brown also got two other deep targets, mistiming his jump on one and dropping the other. Brown did have an excellent catch along the sideline on a third down scramble drill with Josh Allen that helped Buffalo run out the clock. He continued to be the best receiver on Buffalo, leading the Bills in receiving the past four games, and produced more than 50 receiving yards in every game this season. He will travel to Cleveland next week.
2019 Week 8 vs PHI (8 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
John Brown had a strong first half but turned in a quiet second half against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown was the best threat in the Buffalo offense early in the game, working both the perimeter and interior of the field, including a diving catch on a comeback along the sideline. Brown was quiet in the second half because of a combination of heavy winds and Josh Allen errant throws. For example, Brown won on a deep in route on fourth down in the second half, but Allen was late on the throw which allowed the Philadelphia corner to make a recovery play on the ball. Brown will have a good matchup next week against Washington.
2019 Week 7 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 83 / 1 rec)
John Brown had a strong game against the Dolphins on Sunday. Brown scored his first touchdown since week one, on a post down the seam on a well-thrown ball by Josh Allen. Brown also had a good reception on a deep dig route across the middle, where his speed was able to create separation on the route. Brown is consistently the number one option in the Buffalo offense and has a strong rapport with Josh Allen. He will get a good matchup against a week Philadelphia secondary next week.
2019 Week 5 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 75 / 0 rec)
John Brown had a strong first half against Tennessee before quieting down later in the game. Brown had a good catch in the intermediate area of the field on the first play of the game and then another first down catch for a first down. He also had a strong catch along the sideline on a low ball. Brown came to Buffalo with the reputation as a deep speed threat but has consistently shown the ability to win in the short and intermediate areas of the field through five weeks, with a strong rapport with Josh Allen. Brown will be off next week before facing the Dolphins in week seven.
2019 Week 4 vs NE (11 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)
John Brown had a solid game against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Brown saw a lot of coverage from Stephon Gilmore and managed to beat him down the perimeter on a third and long reception. Brown had more success in the middle of the field, including a slant and an intermediate crossing route. He had two deeper targets, one an interception in double coverage that should not have been thrown, and a second a deep pass that was overthrown in good coverage. He also had the opportunity to throw a touchdown pass on a trick play, but T.J. Yeldon was unable to make a contested catch on the play. Brown will face the Titans in week five with questions about the health of Josh Allen.
2019 Week 3 vs CIN (5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
John Brown had a down day against the Bengals after two strong weeks. Brown caught a ball along the sideline on a scramble drill play for a long third down conversion. He also had a catch on a dig across the middle. He could have had a bigger day on a deep target at the goal line, but the ball was broken up by double coverage. He added a bad drop along the sideline on third down. He will be a critical target next week against the Patriots.
2019 Week 2 vs NYG (8 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec)
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)
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 NewsBills | John Brown throws TD pass (Thu Nov 28, 08:12 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR John Brown caught three passes for 26 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13. He also threw a 28-yard touchdown pass during the game. Our View: Brown didn't have a big plays as a receiver, but his touchdown pass (the first pass attempt of his career) helped salvage something. He'll face the tough Ravens secondary in Week 14.
link to story Bills | John Brown finds end zone (Sun Nov 24, 05:14 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR John Brown caught two passes for 39 yards and one touchdown against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. He was targeted four times during the game. Our View: Brown was quiet against Chris Harris in windy conditions until a long game clinching score in the second half. He is having a career year heading into a Thanksgiving showcase against Dallas.
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