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By Nicholas Hopkins, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Jul 24th 7:56pm EDT

The Pittsburgh Steeler superstar has recently acquired a ridiculously stylin' Rolls Royce to cruise into training camp with. A custom, black and yellow, personally signed Rolls Royce Phantom. (Source: NFL Network on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The best wide receiver in the league is beaming. Brown is atop the NFL world and living the dream that only elite talents can achieve. Despite the tougher schedule this season, I believe Brown will post 100+ receptions, over 1000 yards and double digit TDs again. Count it!

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, May 26th 6:30pm EDT

Antonio Brown reported to and participated in Steelers OTAs today despite rumors that he's unhappy with his contract. Brown told reporters he's a "team first" guy.

Fantasy Impact: Antonio Brown isn't even in the top 10 in terms of wide receiver salaries in the league which is strange considering he's been a top 4 receiver the past 2 years. Regardless of whether or not Brown gets a new deal, feel confident with him as the #1 overall WR in fantasy football, especially now that he's confirmed he won't hold out for a new deal.

 

By Matt Muller, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Apr 27th 12:32pm EDT

Antonio Brown is participating in offseason workouts today. (Source: Steelers via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There had been speculation that Brown was holding out for a new contract, but this should help quiet that. There are no solid indications of any trouble, and Brown remains an elite fantasy WR.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Apr 22nd 4:18pm EDT

Antonio Brown quieted rumors that he's missing voluntary offseason workouts because he wants a new deal with 3 seasons left on his current contract. Brown tweeted, "Just enjoying my new born Ali can not wait to get back with my teammates!"

Fantasy Impact: Looks like Antonio Brown is just spending some family time with his new baby before totally focusing on football. Don't worry about a hold out and remember, these are "voluntary" workouts. Brown is the #1 overall wide receiver in fantasy and should be drafted right after the stud running backs in Round 1 of most drafts.

 

By Matt Muller, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, Apr 21st 12:42am EDT

Antonio Brown has decided to skip voluntary team workouts because he wants a new contract, according to NFL.com (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: The workouts are just voluntary, and Brown is currently under a 6 year contract, so it's a bit early to draw any conclusions from this. While it could indicate that a future holdout is possible, for now it's simply a situation to monitor as the regular season draws closer.

 

By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Jan 5th 2:31pm EST

Antonio Brown capped off an amazing season in the playoffs against the Ravens. He caught nine passes for 117 yards on 14 targets.

Fantasy Impact: Brown was one of the only bright spots for the Steelers on Saturday. After posting elite stats for the second straight season, Brown should be near the top of fantasy owners' draft boards going into the 2015 season.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 3:39pm EST

Antonio Brown finished the 2014 season by scoring another 2 TDs against the Bengals Week 17. He returned a kick cutting back and forth across the field to pay dirt and also took a short Big Ben pass a long distance for a score.

Fantasy Impact: Antonio Brown finished the 2014 regular season by leading all other WRs with 129 catches for 1,698 yards and 13 TDs. He's the clear cut #1 WR in fantasy football and should be taken in RD1 next season.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 11:53pm EST

Antonio Brown caught 7 of a team-high 9 targets for 72 yards and a score.

Fantasy Impact: Many were left wondering before the game whether Brown could get his against a tough KC secondary. Antonio Brown proved again that he is matchup proof. Brown will be a top shelf option against the Bengals Sunday night in Pittsburgh as the two rivals duke it out for the AFC North crown.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 8:12pm EST

Antonio Brown led the team with targets (10) and caught all of them for 123 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Antonio Brown showed up in the clutch as he has all along giving fantasy playoff owners something to smile about. The Steelers host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16 and you can fire Antonio Brown up as a WR1. He cannot be stopped against anyone.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 5:30pm EST

Antonio Brown had 9 catches on 14 targets for 117 yards as the Steelers beat the Bengals Week 14.

Fantasy Impact: Antonio Brown had a nice enough week against the Bengals tough pass defense. All that was missing was a TD. Brown is a locked-in elite WR1. He faces the Atlanta Falcons next week.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 5:46pm EST

Antonio Brown extended his 5 catch/50 yard per game streak Sunday with an eight catch, 97 yard and two touchdown performance.

Fantasy Impact: The Saints defense held Brown in check for most of the game Week 13. Brown grabbed two TDs in the 4th quarter as the Steelers tried to fight their way back against Drew Brees and the Saints. Brown now has 110 catches for 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He's an every week WR1. Brown returns to action next week against the Bengals.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 1:13pm EST

Antonio Brown has 16 more catches than any other receiver in the NFL. He's the clear cut #1 overall WR in fantasy and he's on his bye Week 12. Don't be sad, help is probably sitting on waivers and suiting up for Monday Night Football. Take a look at Steve Smith Sr. (Ravens), Kenny Stills (Saints), and Marques Colston (Saints).

Fantasy Impact: Steve Smith Sr. has sputtered lately after a really strong start this season. It is possible he's been dropped, so you can consider adding him in a prime time match-up against an old division rival, New Orleans (26th against WRs). Other potential replacements for Brown's bye may be found on the Saints as Kenny Stills and Marques Colston should get more looks from Drew Brees against the Ravens (28th against WRs) with Brandin Cooks out for the season on IR.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, Nov 18th 12:28am EST

Antonio Brown caught nine of a team-high 10 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Antonio Brown was too much for second-year corner Wreh-Wilson of the Titans. Antonio Brown continues to produce as this year's best fantasy receiver. The Steelers have a bye Week 12, but keep him locked-in as your WR1 in a potential shootout with New Orleans in Week 13.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 9th 8:21pm EST

Brown secured 8 of 9 targets for 74 yards but lost two critical fumbles that ultimately turned the momentum of the game into the hands of the New York Jets. On the bright side, he extended his record streak of games with at least 5 catches and 50 yards.

Fantasy Impact: It was merely a fluke game for Brown. Most leagues count fumbles as negative points, so that hindered his production today given that he didn't find pay dirt. He still remains the best receiver in fantasy this year and can be locked in as a top start against the Titans in Week 11.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 12:24am EST

Brown caught 11 of a whopping 16 targets for 144 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Brown is, without a doubt, the most consistent fantasy receiver in the league in 2014. He is one of the few "sure things" there are in the league right now and don't expect any less against a woeful New York Jets squad in Week 10. Antonio Brown is a WR1, matchup-proof stud.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 11:20pm EDT

Brown was the lead receiver yet again, hauling in ten receptions for 133 yards and two scores.

Fantasy Impact: Antonio Brown just can't be stopped. He may be the fantasy MVP by the end of the year. Brown extended his own record of consecutive games with at least 5 catches and 50 yards. Despite a matchup with a tough Ravens' defense in Week 9, Brown is about as sure-fire stud WR1 in this game you can find and treat him as such.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, Oct 21st 9:32pm EDT

Antonio Brown led all receivers in targets (13) and caught 9 of them for 90 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 7 win over the Houston Texans. Antonio Brown caught a TD but it was overturned after review. He also threw a TD pass to Lance Moore from three yards out on a reverse in the red zone.

Fantasy Impact: Antonio Brown remains one of the most consistent fantasy players out there for owners and is a sure-fire WR1. Despite a likely date with Colts' lock-down corner Vontae Davis in their Week 8 matchup, don't count Antonio Brown out. Count on him as a stud in a game where the Steelers will likely have to pass a ton to come out on top.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 5:08pm EDT

Brown broke the 100-yard mark yet again with a 7 catch performance for 118 yards.

Fantasy Impact: It was just another day of Antonio Brown putting up stats. Despite not scoring, he managed to post solid numbers for fantasy owners. He's been the most consistent offensive weapon for Pittsburgh, and you can chalk him up as a top-flight receiver against anyone. Don't expect his craziest game of the season in Week 7 though, against a tough Houston Texans defense that has proven to be pretty stout against the pass.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 9:04pm EDT

Antonio Brown sure had a down day-- for his standards. He keeps getting it done, even though teams know that Roethlisberger will be going his way often. Despite not scoring for only the second game this season, he did extend his own record with twenty-one straight games with at least five completions.

Fantasy Impact: Brown had a season low in average at 84 yards, but still came through for owners with an at worst "average" day. He's been, without a doubt, the most consistent receiver in fantasy this year. Fire him up as a WR1 against a Browns secondary that just got torched by Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 9:35pm EDT

Antonio Brown racked up 131 receiving yards on seven receptions and found the end zone twice.

Fantasy Impact: Brown is becoming one of the few "sure things" in fantasy this year. He just gets it done regardless of the opponent and has a knack of turning nothing into something. Lock him in as a top-5 WR next week in Jacksonville in what could turn into a high-scoring affair against Blake Bortles and the Jaguars.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 1:18pm EDT

Brown scored twice Sunday night, catching ten balls for 90 yards overall against a tough Carolina Panthers defense.

Fantasy Impact: Brown's a monster WR1 in any format. Coming on strong just last year as the WR1 for Pittsburgh, Brown is one of the most consistent fantasy WRs in the game and should be treated as such. He has now played three tough defenses and is thriving in every game. Brown isn't the biggest pass-catcher, but surely does not act like it. He just finds ways to get open and the targets will keep flowing. Lock Brown in as a WR1 against a Tampa Bay defense that got torched by Julio Jones and a Roddy White-less WR crew on Thursday Night Football.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 3:17pm EDT

Antonio Brown was one of the few bright spots for the Steelers, getting the Steelers in situations to score though they couldn't pull through. He got rocked in the first quarter and was tested for a concussion, but quickly returned to play.

Fantasy Impact: Antonio Brown is a WR1 week in and week out. He now has had back to back games with over 90 yards receiving, and that has been against two good defenses in the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. He somehow finds ways to make a five-yard play and turn it into something special, as few players in the league are more dangerous than Brown in open space. Antonio Brown will be low-end WR1 at worst in the Week 3 contest against the Carolina Panthers. Start him every week.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 7:38pm EDT

Antonio Brown was targeted six times and ended the game with five receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: It was just another day at the office for Antonio Brown. He is dangerous anytime he gets his hands on the ball, whether it is thrown down field, a screen pass, or through his special teams play. He is an absolute WR1 every game regardless of the opponent. He put up huge numbers today against one of the best cover-corners in Joe Haden. Start Brown with confidence this Thursday as your WR1 against the Baltimore Ravens.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 8:15am EDT

Antonio Brown is projected to get 7 receptions for 83 yards and a TD. (Source: FantasyPros)

Fantasy Impact: Pittsburgh will need to establish the run against Cleveland's solid front 7 early in the game. This will allow the passing lanes to open up thus giving Brown all the room he needs to run his routes. Brown is a WR1 this week and should be started in all formats.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 9:25pm EDT

Early in the first quarter, Brown caught a short pass from Roethlisberger and took it to the house for a 76 yard score as he torched the Bills secondary. He ended his night with two catches on two targets, and 93 total yards with his score. (Source: Yahoo)

Fantasy Impact: Brown's night was short and sweet, but he's continuing to be Mr. Reliable for Ben Roethlisberger. Perhaps overshadowed by Mike Wallace during his years in Pittsburgh, Brown never was openly praised for his speed, but he brought it tonight. Brown is currently ranked as the ninth best WR in FantasyPros' Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR). Brown seems to not get the respect like some of the flashier guys (AJ Green, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery to name a few), but he is an absolute stud WR1 and should be drafted in any format with absolute confidence.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 9:10pm EDT

Brown had 2 receptions for 93 yards and a TD in 1+ quarter of action. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: Brown had a long 76 yard TD reception on a shallow crossing pattern when he outran the defense to the end zone. He's the clear cut WR1 for the Steelers that could draw double coverage until the younger receivers prove themselves to opposing defensive coordinators. He still has 4.4 speed and will continue to run past corners. If afforded multiple opportunities in single coverage during the season, he will make the opponents pay with long TD catches like tonight. With projected stats of 104 receptions for 1366 yards and 7-8 TDs, Brown's current ADP is 27 overall and the 8th WR off the board. In PPR leagues, Brown should be strongly considered in the middle of the second round.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Aug 1st 9:27pm EDT

By all objective standards, Antonio Brown’s spectacular breakout season in 2013 was an unassailable success. He obliterated the Steelers' single-season receiving record with 1,499 yards and came within two catches of tying Hines Ward’s 2002 team mark of 112 receptions. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: Antonio Brown is the undeniable WR1 on the Steelers. He will be Roethlisberger's first choice on the majority of pass plays and will draw double coverage most of the time due to the youth and inexperience of the other WRs lining up across from him. His 110 receptions and 1499 yards from 2013 may not be achievable this year. Per FantasyPros current projections, Brown is set for 104 catches for 1366 yards and 7-8 TDs. His current ADP is as a WR8 and the 27th player off the board. If the younger WRs excel during the preseason, this might alleviate some of the double coverage and his receptions and yardage totals could go up slightly. Brown has some upside available.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Sat, Jul 26th 5:17pm EDT

Various reports on Twitter show that Dri Archer is working as the number one punt returner early in camp. (Source: Dale Lolley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If this does pan out, it has the potential of saving Antonio Brown from some brutal hits during the season and limiting his exposure to injury. He is the clear cut choice to be the team's WR1 and giving up punt return duties seems the prudent thing to do. He should be a little less fatigued later during games which could help out his yardage numbers. Per Fantasy Pros projections, he is forecast to get 102 receptions for 1343 yards. A little less work, even in punt returns, should help him achieve those numbers.

 
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 2nd
No. 1 fantasy WR in '15 has combined for 36 more catches than any other NFL player over the past 2 seasons - has 70+ receiving yards in 18 straight games
Breaking Football | Aug 2nd
Brown isn't the biggest but he's turned into a superstar due to his amazing role and elite athleticism. Is he still getting better?
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 2nd
Brown had one of the best seasons in NFL history in 2014 with a league leading 129 receptions and 1,698 yards. He also scored 13 touchdowns. Brown turns 27-years old this year and he is entering the prime years of his career.
Fantasy Football Empire | Aug 2nd
Here is a perfect example of why it's important to dig deeper into the stats and let them do the talking. In 2014, Brown was 1st in receptions (129), a close 2nd in targets (182), 1st in receiving yards (1,698), tied for 2nd in receiving TDs (13), 1st in receiving yards per game (106.1), 1st in first downs (85), and 6th in yards after catch (568). The stat that really jumps out at you is the receptions. Brown had 129 receptions versus Dez Bryant who had 88 receptions last season. That's a difference of 41 fantasy points in PPR leagues. He is a model of consistency and has increased his numbers each season over the past 3 years. I like his added value with returning punts for potential TDs. His fantasy playoff schedule includes a neutral matchup at Cincinnati in week 14, a tough matchup versus Denver in week 15, and a tough matchup against Baltimore in week 16.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 1st
Falls out of top 4 for me with the expected emergence of Martavis Bryant, Won't fall out of the top 3 in PPR.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 1st
Expect Brown to be at or near the top in all WR categories again in 2015.
The NY Times | Jul 31st
2014's 180 targets & league high 129 grabs make a strong case for first pick overall in PPR formats.
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
Last season, we saw Mr. Brown become the most consistent fantasy wide receiver in the league by a wide margin. This season, he'll be going for his third-consecutive 100+-reception and 1,400+-receiving-yard season, and there is little besides injury to believe that won't happen. With the Steelers' defense tilting toward the bottom half of the NFL, there won't be many games where Ben Roethlisberger won't be throwing in the fourth quarter, and with Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant helping to take some pressure off Brown, there should be plenty of scoring opportunities for him to take advantage of this season.
EDSFootball | Jun 30th
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown led all receivers in fantasy points scored last season regardless of scoring format. Which AFC wide receiver will score the most fantasy points in 2015? While Brown led the NFL in receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698), the most impressive thing about Brown's production over the past couple of seasons has been his consistency. Oddly enough, Bro...
CBS Sports | Jun 16th
PPR is a different animal. This 12-team mock draft reinforces that, and makes Gronk at No. 3 overall in a bit less surprising. Ditto Antonio Brown four picks later.
CBS Sports | Jun 16th
PPR is a different animal. This 12-team mock draft reinforces that, and makes Gronk at No. 3 overall in a bit less surprising. Ditto Antonio Brown four picks later.