Antonio Brown Fantasy News

Markus Wheaton likely to start
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh beat writer Scott Brown believes that Markus Wheaton starts for the Steelers in 2014:

The Steelers return every offensive starter from 2013 except for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders but I think you'll see second-year man Markus Wheaton emerge this season opposite Antonio Brown.

Fantasy Impact:

Wheaton will be fantasy relevant with a big jump in snaps and targets and a solid QB throwing him the ball.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:58pm

Steelers.com - [Full Article]

The Steelers have signed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract, the team announced today.

Fantasy Impact:

A former seventh overall pick of the Raiders, he was on the Colts last year and actually won the WR2 job from T.Y. Hilton. Eventually, DHB fell on the depth chart and wasn't really heard from much of the second half. At best, he'll be behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 2:24pm

Gerry Dulac on Twitter - [Full Article]

Antonio Brown is NFL's leading receive but Steelers HC Mike Tomlin removed him from game at end because missed assignment caused interception.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown is already slated to start at WR in Week 10 for the Steelers.

Antonio Brown lashes out over lack of targets
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:54am

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

The Steelers’ problems go deeper than their 0-2 record, and they bubbled over along the sideline in the second half of Monday night’s game in Cincinnati.

There, wide receiver Antonio Brown confronted offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Brown angrily complained to the coach that not enough pass plays were called for him, several sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Specifics of the argument were hard to come by but sources say that Haley was upset by Brown’s actions and that the two were still seething about it Tuesday. Brown’s complaint to Haley was harsh enough and the reaction to it along the sideline volatile to the point that many people there noticed, although it was not shown nor apparently caught on camera by anyone, including ESPN, which broadcast the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Through two games Emmanuel Sanders leads the team with 22 targets, while Brown and Jerricho Cotchery each have 16. Eight targets per game extrapolates to 128 for the season. The 32 most-targeted WRs averaged 134.8 targets in 2012, so Brown is essentially seeing WR1 involvement thus far. Fantasy-wise, there isn't much difference between Sanders and Brown at this point, though the squeaky wheel usually gets the grease.

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 8:57pm

Steelers.com - [Full Article]

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on WR Antonio Brown:

What have you seen from Antonio? What do you expect from him?

The sky is the limit. He can be as good as he wants to be. I have seen growth in him and improvements, and that is what we want to see. He has come along as a number-one guy.

Emmanuel Sanders "stood out" more than Antonio Brown
Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:17pm

Jamison Hensley, ESPN AFC North - [Full Article]

The assumption is Antonio Brown would take over Wallace's role as the No. 1 receiver. But in my two of days at camp, Emmanuel Sanders was the one who stood out the most. Roethlisberger's best deep throws went to Sanders, and the quarterback was in a better rhythm with Sanders on crossing routes. This is a big year for Sanders, who will be a free agent after the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown has had a better career thus far, but Sanders could surprise and make this more of a WR1 and WR1a situation in the Pittsburgh passing game. With Wallace gone, both players are nice picks, but Sanders comes at a reduced price in the 9th-11th rounds.

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 11:03am

Adam Teicher on Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Dwayne Bowe could be back on practice field for Chiefs this morning. He passed his physical, according to the NFL's transaction notice.

Fantasy Impact:

We predict Bowe to be a solid WR2 when all is said and done. He's currently ranked 15th among our WRs and has an ADP of the early 5th round, which is a bit higher than some WRs around him like Torrey Smith, Antonio Brown and Marques Colston who all have ADPs of the sixth or higher. A pass-happy coach in Andy Reid and a new QB in Alex Smith make Bowe an interesting pick this year.

Big Ben on his knee: "It feels better than ever."
Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 10:31am

7M Sports - [Full Article]

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on his surgically repaired knee:

"It feels great, it feels better than ever, like it's a brand new knee and I feel younger than ever, I feel good."

Fantasy Impact:

On a per game basis, Big Ben was QB12 in 2012 and QB13 in 2011, so as long as he stays healthy -- which isn't a sure thing these days -- he's likely to provide fringe fantasy starter numbers for owners in 2013. However, with Mike Wallace in Miami, Roethlisberger will be without his biggest weapon in recent years. Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will try to pick up the slack, but it appears that Roethlisberger may be without TE Heath Miller to start the season as well.

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:36pm

Sports Radio Interviews - [Full Article]

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on the loss of WR Mike Wallace:

“We had good chemistry. I’m going to miss him as a person and as a teammate. He is a great locker room guy who always brought a smile to your face because he was fun, because he was funny. Really going to miss him. But on the field, he was something special. He really was. People don’t realize how important it is to have a guy with his ability on the football field and the guy who is probably going to notice it the most right from the get-go is Antonio Brown. Safeties have to respect Mike’s speed. Cornerbacks and the defense are scheming to stop Mike Wallace going deep. It opens up other receivers, so to lose a guy like that is really going to be tough for all of us.”

On the importance of TE Heath Miller:

“He’s been my MVP vote very year since he has been here. That’s what I think of Heath Miller. That’s how key he is to this team, to me. He is something special. It hurt so bad to see him get hurt. It hurt me more as a person than it did on the football field because of what Heath is.”

Fantasy Impact:

Depending on Miller's status to start the season, Roethlisberger could be down two of his top three weapons from last season. We like him as a fantasy QB, but it's going to be tough for him to post his usual numbers without Wallace and Miller.

Dolphins sign Mike Wallace to five-year deal
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 4:46pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Dolphins give Mike Wallace a five-year deal worth up to $65 million.

Fantasy Impact:

It's reportedly a five-year deal worth up to $65 million. Mike Wallace has the #17 PPG average (in standard formats) over the last two seasons, and if he's able to develop a rapport with QB Ryan Tannehill this offseason, he should be a capable fantasy WR2 in 2013. His YPC (13.1) and Catch % (55%) dropped, but that was partly due to Ben Roethlisberger missing three games during the season. Even though he had a down year in 2012, he averaged 4.5-63-.67 in 12 games with Roethlisberger, which are similar to his 4.5-75-.50 averages in 2011. We typically prefer receivers whose situations are obviously improved (or at least relatively unchanged), but Wallace should be able to make some noise in South Beach. This is obviously good news for Ryan Tannehill and bad (though expected) news for Roethlisberger. Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders get a boost in Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 1:03pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Steelers WR Antonio Brown said on SportsCenter today that Pittsburgh’s locker room was fractured in the 2012 season, in a way he hadn’t seen previously since being drafted by the Steelers in 2010.

“It was definitely different — guys weren’t really together,” Brown said.

Brown said Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was among the veterans who spoke out and tried to explain to the team that selfish behavior wouldn’t be tolerated. But that talk was apparently not enough.

“That’s when you know you’ve got issues and you’ve got to come together as a team. Because the reality of a team game is everyone on the same page, committed to the same thing, dedicated for one goal, and that’s winning,” Brown said.

Although he didn’t name any names, Brown said he thought he had teammates last year who cared more about their individual goals than about the team’s record. And he described going 8-8 as “a bitter taste” that he hopes will motivate all of his teammates to act differently in 2013.

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:27pm

Steelers.com - [Full Article]

With fellow receiver Mike Wallace about to enter free agency, Antonio Brown knows that he could be called upon to carry more of the load for the Steelers going into the 2013 season. He feels ready for whatever comes his way, and knows every extra bit of work he puts in this offseason will help to ensure that.

“I am always ready,” said Brown. “I am ready no matter who is here, no matter who goes. I am always working on getting better. I will be ready no matter what the situation is. Whoever stays in the room, we just have to know the importance of working hard and with the right attitude. We haven’t really won anything, we haven’t done anything, so we have to take the poor man approach that we don’t have anything and we are hungry to get everything and appreciate what we have. We have to work with that mentality and if we do that we will make less mistakes and mental errors and win more.”

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