Fantasy Football: Where's the Love for Antonio Brown?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 1, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a first down against the Washington Redskins during the game on October 28, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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I know Antonio Brown only has one touchdown this year, which is leading to some frustration in fantasy circles. There are plenty of people considering dropping him outright. Why?

Sure, he’s not living up to his draft-day position, but he’s averaging 68.6 yards per game. Maybe there are some decent option on your waiver wire, but how many of them have averaged 69 yards over the past 23 games?

He has been subpar two of the past weeks with games of 20 and 38 yards. He did have a season-high 96 yards sandwiched between those games. Plus, he has had 74 or more yards five times this year.

Brown has also caught at least four passes every game this year and has had at least six targets a game. Last week was the only time he did not receive eight or more targets. Big Ben only attempted 33 passes, which is five less than his season average.

Granted, it was a juicy matchup with the league’s worst pass defense, so it’s frustrating when your guy only has 38 yards, but don’t let two games cloud your judgement.

Brown leads the team in both receptions and targets. He’s tied for 14th in the league in receptions and 15th in the league in targets. He’s gotta be owned.

I’m not saying you have to start him, but he at least has earned the chance to get back on track.

That could start this week against the Giants.


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