|Date of Birth:||07/11/1988|
|Drafted:||2010 | Round 6 | Pick 195|
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The Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown.
On Twitter, Brown tweeted: “Thank you for the opportunity @Patriots #GoWinIt”, signaling his release from the team. That was quick, and the Patriots today hinted at this potentially happening—Bill Belichick hinted something might be coming, while Tom Brady did not mention Brown’s name despite being asked multiple questions about him. The Patriots have clearly decided they don't want to deal with Brown’s off-field issues that have become magnified in the past week, and now it’s difficult to see where the former All-Pro receiver lands, at least until his legal situation is sorted out. We would still hold Brown if he’s on your roster considering the draft pick it took to get him, but it’s understandable if you want to cut bait. AB played one game and had 56 yards and a touchdown for New England
Antonio Brown scores in Patriots debut.
Brown caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, with the score coming on a 20-yard back-shoulder throw to the end zone. The Patriots clearly made an effort to get AB involved early in the game, and he had three of his four receptions on the opening drive. He was targeted later in the 43-0 victory at Miami, including on an underthrown ball to the end zone that could've been another touchdown, but, overall, it was a strong first outing with his new team. Brown did throw his arms out a couple of times (including on the underthrown pass to the end zone), but it's unclear if it was directed at the legendary Tom Brady or not. Anyway, New England is probably going to feed Brown targets to ensure he stays happy and doesn't cause any issues, and he'll be an obvious WR1 versus the Jets in Week 3.
Antonio Brown has been accused of sexual assault and rape, according to The New York Times.
The New York Times reports Brown has been accused of raping his former trainer, according to a federal lawsuit filed today in the Southern District of Florida. Britney Taylor, a gymnast that went to Central Michigan with Brown, alleges Brown sexually assaulted her twice in 2017 and in 2018, with the final incident happening months after she ended their working relationship because of the first two incidents. In a statement from Taylor's lawyer, she says: "As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision. I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault." Taylor also says she would cooperate in an NFL investigation. Brown has a history of poor off-field behavior, including throwing furniture off a balcony that allegedly nearly struck a child, and the NFL will undoubtedly take these allegations very seriously. This is something to keep in mind from a fantasy perspective, as there's a chance Brown is facing a very lengthy suspension if the NFL finds these allegations to be true [UPDATE: Brown denies the allegations and says everything was consensual.]
Antonio Brown's contract with the Patriots has an option for 2020, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The option is for $20 million and is said to help the Patriots for cap purposes this season, so perhaps the two sides agreed the team will not execute the option for next season. However, if everything goes well, $20 million for another year of Brown would be a potential bargain given how much receivers are making on long-term deals now. For dynasty leagues, expect AB to remain in New England for the long-term if (and it's a big if) he can fit in and behave.
Antonio Brown is signing with the Patriots, according to multiple reports.
Well, after about the biggest circus in NFL history, Brown exits the situation in an ideal situation with probably the best chance possible to win a Super Bowl. You'd have to think New England will set themselves up to cut Brown without it costing them much if things don't work out with his attitude, but this is obviously a huge upside signing adding one of the best players in football to the defending champions. AB is not eligible to play tomorrow night against his former Steelers team, but expect him to get back up to speed quickly and play in Week 2 versus the Dolphins. Catching passes from Tom Brady, Brown is back in the WR1 mix and offers top-five upside as usual despite joining a new offense without an offseason or training camp. This also should boost Brady into solid QB1 status. It cost burning bridges in two cities and causing dysfunction on two teams in the past several months, but Brown lands in the situation he might have been aiming for all along dating back to the end of last year.
The Raiders have released Antonio Brown.
Brown essentially left the Raiders no choice but to make this move. With the way Brown has handled himself all summer and in the past week in particular, this is not the least bit surprising, and it finally ends one of the strangest sagas in NFL history. There will now be a battle over Brown's guaranteed money which was voided after a fine for conduct detrimental to the team, but it's difficult to see him seeing one cent from the Raiders. Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock took a chance on Brown after the All-Pro burned bridges in Pittsburgh, and the troubled receiver already burned bridges in Oakland with his behavior. Brown's talent could earn him another opportunity, but it's difficult to see any team jumping at the opportunity to sign him. Brown should still be held in fantasy leagues in case he does land with another team, but it'd be understandable if you just want to cut bait with him.
The Raiders voided the nearly $30 million guaranteed in Antonio Brown's contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Brown was fined $215,073.53 last night for conduct detrimental to the team, and this probably explains the recent Instagram post telling Oakland to release him. Head coach Jon Gruden has done everything he can to repair the relationship, but this could be the final straw if AB decides to not show up to Monday's game, as the team would almost certainly decide to cut their losses and move on. There will likely be an update (or several more updates) today.
Antonio Brown says "release me" on Instagram and tags the Raiders.
This is just beyond ridiculous at this point. Brown just posted on Instagram with a picture that reads "You are gonna piss a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you"; and with it, he put the caption: "And that’s fine ! I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines.Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years. 'I’m not mad at anyone. I’m just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong.' Release me @raiders #NOMore". Clearly, Brown just doesn't get it, and he stands to lose $30 million if the Raiders to release him for conduct detrimental to the team—also, at this point, it's difficult to see any other teams jumping at the opportunity to sign Brown if he is released. AB is literally asking for it at this point, and he obviously has some issues he needs to work out. Jon Gruden clearly wants the All-Pro receiver on his team, but it's difficult to justify sticking with him, as he's made it clear he'll be a problem all season.
The Raiders now plan to play Antonio Brown on Monday night.
The Raiders must have accepted Brown’s apology in today’s team meeting, as the All-Pro is back in the mix less than 24 hours after it looked like his time with the franchise might end before he plays a snap. We would have to think Brown is on his last strike and must stay on his best behavior from this point forward, but for now, you can safely fire him up as a WR1 in your fantasy lineup. It’ll be interesting to hear what general manager Mike Mayock says about this, if anything.
Antonio Brown issued "an emotional apology", according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.
Anderson, who reported earlier today that Brown started the argument had called Raiders general manager Mike Mayock a derogatory name (while Mayock coolly tried to defuse the situation) during his outburst at Wednesday's practice, says that Brown issued the apology at a team meeting this morning "with team captains standing with him." Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's brother David said on NFL Network last night that the team captains had gone to Jon Gruden and said they'll have his back whatever the team decides to do with Brown, so this is noteworthy that the team captains stood with him here. An apology from Brown was probably a requirement for the Raiders to even consider allowing him to play with the team at any point, but a suspension for Week 1—which could have guaranteed money consequences for Brown—still seems likely. This apology does probably make it more likely that he suits up for Oakland at some point, though. However, AB has made it difficult to trust him, so stay tuned.
The Raiders are planning to suspend Antonio Brown, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Schefter tweeted that Brown and Raiders general manager Mike Mayock "got into it Wednesday," and the team is now planning to suspend Brown. This obviously stems from the Raiders fining Brown for missing a team walk through on August 22 while he was dealing with his helmet issue, as well as a previous fine for missing a training camp practice on August 18. Brown made an Instagram post yesterday voicing his displeasure with the fines, saying that even his "own team want to hate". Good for Mayock not just letting his star receiver do whatever he pleases, as it's hard for a fair-minded person to think that AB has acted appropriately in these last several months dating back to his time with the Steelers. Jon Gruden could potentially step in and stop the suspension, but we would not expect it to be for more than one game if the Raiders go through with it.
Antonio Brown practiced with a certified helmet today.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden says his All-Pro receiver is "all in ready to go." Ahead of today's practice, Brown made waves when he briefly left to reportedly hit the weight room, but he returned shortly after with the rest of the team. Brown seemingly doing his own thing at times might be a concern, but all might be forgiven by his teammates because of how hard he works. AB filed a new grievance against the NFL and is still trying to play with the type of helmet he prefers, but at least he isn't outright refusing to wear another helmet. Brown might have realized he might be out of a team if he kept up his antics for much longer after general manager Mike Mayock's comments on Sunday.
Antonio Brown has filed a new grievance against the NFL, according to multiple reports.
Brown already lost one grievance against the league, and it's nearly impossible to see him somehow winning a new one. Either Brown is going to need to sign a waiver where he accepts all responsibilities for any future head injuries that may have been caused from the outlawed helmet (which the NFL probably doesn't want to do because people would still blame them) or he'll have to get used a new helmet. We'll see if the Raiders remain supportive as AB looks to play with the helmet he wants, but they certainly wish this ordeal was over at this point. Tomorrow night's episode of 'Hard Knocks' on HBO should be another interesting one.
Antonio Brown is back with the Raiders.
We'll see what happens, but it sounds like Raiders general manager Mike Mayock's message might have been heard loud and clear by Brown. No matter how he feels about not being able to wear the helmet he wants, it's time for the All-Pro receiver to make Oakland not regret taking a chance on acquiring him this offseason. Hopefully this is the end of the entire saga, but don't be surprised by anything at this point.
Antonio Brown is away from the Raiders because of his helmet issue.
This story remains crazy. We thought this helmet issue was in the past after Brown said he accepted the arbitrator's decision on him not being able to use his old helmet (despite him looking for a usable version of the helmet), but apparently it is still a big issue. The Raiders have to be getting very frustrated at this point, and general manager Mike Mayock said that the team has "pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief," adding that it's time for Brown to be "all in or all out." To this point in his Raiders' tenure, Brown has clearly been more of a distraction than someone that's helped the team.
Antonio Brown (feet) returned to practice.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr says Brown "did everything" in the team’s walkthrough, so it sounds like the All-Pro is at full strength or very close to it. It'd be nice to see Brown get some live reps in Oakland's third preseason game, but you can safely lock AB in as a solid second-round pick in 2019 fantasy drafts.
Antonio Brown (feet) is close to practicing.
Brown is currently warming up a bit ahead of the Raiders' preseason game tonight versus the Cardinals, and he's apparently close to returning to the practice field. Expect AB to return to practice sometime late next week at the latest. With his helmet issue now in the past and his feet close to 100%, you don't have to worry about Brown's Week 1 status if you're drafting early.
Antonio Brown will play in 2019.
In an Instragram post shortly after it was revealed that he lost his helmet grievance against the NFL, Brown put out a statement reading: "While I disagree with the arbitrator's decision, I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field. I'm excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet!" It'll still be interesting to see if we get an inside look at this entire saga on HBO's 'Hard Knocks' tomorrow night, but this story should end here. If you're comfortable with the risk a potential blow up or issues from Brown during the season, he's probably worth a selection in the second round of fantasy drafts.
Antonio Brown lost his grievance to wear his old helmet, according to USA Today's Mike Jones.
This was fully expected, as the NFL and NFLPA have a joint policy for the helmets that must be worn for the sake of player safety, so it was going to be tough for Brown to get an exception. AB has made it pretty clear that he doesn't mind walking away from football, though we'll see if his stance of not playing if he can't wear his old helmet was just posturing in an attempt to get a ruling in his favor from the arbitrator, or if it was serious. Stay tuned because with the way Brown has acted in the last year, we shouldn't be surprised by anything that happens. Tomorrow's episode of 'Hard Knocks' on HBO should be fun.
Antonio Brown told the Raiders he won't play football again unless he can wear his old helmet, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
This reads like something straight out of a parody account, but people should genuinely believe this with the way Brown has acted in the last year. Schefter says that Brown "believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch." Between Brown's feet and the helmet situation, this is pretty insane. AB's adjustment to playing for the Raiders certainly doesn't seem to be going smoothly, and it's not lock he suits up in Week 1 this season. Those drafting early should clearly downgrade Brown while upgrading Tyrell Williams, who Raiders quarterback Derek Carr recently said could be a 100-catch, 1,000-yard guy if he was the featured receiver on offense. Again, hopefully you are holding your fantasy draft late in the summer, after the preseason and closer to the start of the regular season.
Antonio Brown has reportedly caused multiple issues over the past few months due to new helmet rules, according to NFL Network.
Brown has apparently been staying away from Raiders camp because of the helmet issue (he isn't allowed to wear the helmet he's had for his entire career because of safety reasons) more than his feet injuries, and the superstar receiver has lashed out at his new team, including complaints about Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers being allowed to have the same helmet—which isn't true. AB has also tried simply sneaking the helmet onto the practice field multiple times, and because the team—not the player—would be subject to punishment, it appears he may simply feel he is an exception that Oakland should take the appropriate fines for. We should get more details in the coming days/weeks, including on HBO's 'Hard Knocks', but this may be reason enough to knock Brown down a few spots in fantasy drafts.
Antonio Brown is considered day-to-day, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Images posted on Brown's social media show that the All-Pro receiver is apparently dealing with ugly-looking blisters on bottom of both feet, so it's not anything like a break or a ligament issue. Brown probably just needs to get the situation under control so that he's more comfortable, and that could mean some medicine to remedy the issue. AB might sit the team's first preseason game (which he might have done anyway), but this shouldn't be an issue that lasts much longer or affects him into the regular season. Expect him to get back on the practice field soon.
Antonio Brown is seeing a foot specialist, according to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur.
This explain why Brown started training camp on the NFI list and has been missing practice time since being activated. Hopefully the foot isn’t much of an issue, but we should get more information soon. HBO’s Hard Knocks, premiering this Tuesday, could also give an inside look at this storyline.
Antonio Brown has been taken off the non-football injury list.
Brown passed his physical and is ready to go for the Raiders after missing just one training camp practice. AB will continue to work on his chemistry with new quarterback Derek Carr while also serving as an example to the entire team on how to work hard during practice. Brown should almost certainly remain a fantasy WR1 this season despite switching teams, as the Raiders are going to funnel him the ball.
The Raiders placed Antonio Brown on the non-football injury list.
It’s unclear what Brown is dealing with, but it should be a short stay for him on the NFI list. The Raiders want Brown out there as an example to the entire roster on how to work during practice, as that’s one reason they felt comfortable acquiring him from the Steelers. If this lingers for more than a few days, we should get an inside look at AB’s status from HBO’s Hard Knocks.
The Steelers are trading Antonio Brown to the Raiders, according to multiple reports.
Just moments ago, Brown took to social media and posted a photoshop of him in a Raiders uniform as well as a shout-out to quarterback Derek Carr, and reporters have confirmed it means a trade will go down when the new league year begins. According to NFL Network, AB will be acquired for a third- and fifth-round pick, and he will get a reworked contract that will make him the league’s highest-paid receiver. This is obviously a huge boost for Carr and the entire Oakland offense, and for Brown, the landing spot is probably the best he could have hoped for, as Jon Gruden will undoubtedly feature him—though it’s hard to see Brown’s value getting much higher than it was in Pittsburgh with future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger force-feeding him the ball at times, and that chemistry between Big Ben and Brown won’t be replicated over night. Most importantly, the Raiders kept the key picks on late Day 1 and early Day 2 of next month’s draft.
The Antonio Brown trade between the Steelers and Bills fell through.
Multiple reports say Brown refused to play in Buffalo, which isn't a surprise after he said he didn't "need" to play football in an ESPN interview. Bills GM Brandon Beane said in a statement: "We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers. We had positive discussions, but ultimately it didn’t make sense for either side. As great a player as Antonio Brown is, we have moved on and our focus is on free agency." It's unclear what the compensation in a trade for Brown would've been, but the Steelers might be running out of teams that are interested in a player that wants a new contract, says he doesn't need football, and has caused issues about not getting the ball enough even with a Hall of Famer as his quarterback. Frankly, it wouldn't be that surprising if Brown just doesn't play anywhere in 2019.
The Bills are closing in on a trade for All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, according to Ian Rapoport.
Pittsburgh had reportedly set a deadline for Friday to get a deal done, but the landing spot is what makes this a bit of a stunner. The Bills are undoubtedly an up-and-coming franchise with a young signal-caller to be excited about in Josh Allen, but Sean McDermott has largely built things on culture. Perhaps McDermott feels that culture is exactly the reason they will be able to get Brown on board, though, and the team already has a championship-caliber defense in place. However, from a fantasy perspective, this is basically the worst possible landing spot for Brown, as the offense is centered around the running game, and when Buffalo does decide to air it out, Allen will often do damage with his legs—potentially taking away production from AB, who clearly loves his numbers. It will certainly be interesting to see a) what the compensation is, and b) Brown's next move after recently claiming he doesn't need football.
Antonio Brown says Steelers owner Art Rooney II agreed it's time to move on.
Brown just tweeted: "Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization!" So it sounds like Brown will be on his way out of Pittsburgh one way or another (either a trade or an outright release), which isn't a surprise considering AB has clearly been adamant about not wanting to play for the Steelers again. The All-Pro receiver also recently said on Instagram Live that he wants a team with "guaranteed money" to call him, so it does in fact sound like he not only wants to be on a new team, but that he also wants a new contract despite just signing a huge four-year, $68 million deal in 2017. This desire for a new contract could certainly scare some teams off, but it could also make him less costly to acquire via a trade—which could be what Brown wants so that the Steelers don't get a good return for him. Expect Brown to be traded sometime between the start of the new league year and the draft.
Antonio Brown will meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Earlier today, Rapoport reported that Rooney wanted to meet with the All-Pro receiver in Florida but that Brown had "no plans" to meet with the Steelers owner. However, Brown is now going to meet with Rooney, which is obviously the right thing to do to show respect to the person that leads the organization he's played for the past nine years (and paid Brown a ton of money). This meeting indicates there might be a chance the two sides can come together and work things out while continuing their relationship despite Brown posting on social media that he was done with the Steelers earlier this week. Pittsburgh would have a huge cap hit if they trade Brown, and they ultimately might just want to do all they can to work this out. Brown might not change his mind about wanting out, though. Stay tuned.
Antonio Brown declares his time with the Steelers is over after nine years.
Brown took to Twitter, saying, "Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years" along with the hashtag "#NewDemands", which suggests he has formally requested a trade. It had seemed like the door might have been opening up for a potential return over the past couple weeks, but this appears to put an end to that. However, the Steelers have all the control here, and they probably won't be happy about a public demand to be traded if that's how the tweet should be interpreted. The most likely scenario is AB being traded soon—San Francisco and Oakland are the top landing spots that come immediately to mind—so both sides can end the drama, but it also wouldn't be surprising to see Pittsburgh keep him on the team somewhat out of spite if they don't get worthy offers.
Antonio Brown fully denies allegations.
In a statement to ESPN, Brown's lawyer Darren Heitner stated: "The allegations are baseless and false. It’s unfortunate that the media is trying to use distractions like this and prior stories in an effort to tarnish my client’s name and reputation. We have no further comment." This comes a few hours after TMZ Sports reported a woman alleged misconduct by Brown last month, which the police reportedly investigated. It's possible nothing comes of this situation, but it's certainly worth keeping in mind.
A woman has alleged misconduct against Antonio Brown, according to TMZ Sports.
It should be noted that no arrests have been made, but TMZ Sports reports "a woman contacted the Hollywood Police Dept. in Florida in mid-January and made a report alleging misconduct by Brown." The Hollywood Police Dept. told TMZ that Brown was involved in a "domestic dispute" but that no arrests were made, and TMZ says the matter was investigated. It's unclear if anything more will be made of this situation, but it's worth keeping an eye on for a player that's had off-field issues. If Brown did something physically to a woman, it's not out of the question that he'd be done in the NFL—though being such a great player would probably help him get another chance. Given everything that's gone on with the team, and now this, it's difficult to see the Steelers bringing their All-Pro receiver back in 2019.
A "fresh start" is the preferred outcome for Antonio Brown and the Steelers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport says the Steelers have not given Brown and his agent permission to facilitate a trade with another team (which potentially would've meant agreeing to a new contract with the new team while allowing both sides to see if it's a fit), but that he "should draw significant interest on the market." However, Rapoport does also note that AB has not closed the door on returning to Pittsburgh and that the All-Pro receiver has still communicated with some people within the organization. It'll probably take some healing on both sides to continue together, but the chances of Brown returning obviously increase if the Steelers don't feel another team is willing to offer enough in a trade.
Steelers owner Art Rooney II says Antonio Brown isn't likely to return to the Steelers.
On a possible return to Pittsburgh, Rooney said there's "not that many signs out there that that's going to happen." This has been the way things have sounded since the Week 17 debacle in which Brown basically skipped work while still collecting his paycheck, including Mike Tomlin not shying away from stating the fact that it's difficult for them to trust Brown at this point. Barring something unforeseen happening, it's a matter of if, not when, AB is traded. Nothing can be official until the start of the new league year on March 13, but teams can still talk to each other, as was the case with the Alex Smith trade from Kansas City to Washington last year.
Apparent Antonio Brown issues arise in Pittsburgh.
Multiple reports state that Brown was actually benched for yesterday's win over the Bengals, which is why he was inactive for the game. NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala says there was "a little bit of a disagreement" between Ben Roethlisberger and Brown during last Wednesday's walkthrough, and then Brown didn't show up to the team's walkthrough on Saturday. It's worth noting that while the talk was Brown had a knee issue, the injury report officially listed him as "Coach's Decision/Knee", which was a bit peculiar. Kinkhabwala also says Brown left yesterday's game at halftime, which is pretty stunning/ridiculous if true. It's unclear if Brown is jealous/angry that JuJu Smith-Schuster was named the team's MVP last week, but obviously something is up. We'll see what Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says about the situation, if anything, this Wednesday at his press conference. Especially with the emergence of JuJu as an elite receiver, don't be surprised if the Steelers part ways with Brown this offseason.
Antonio Brown (knee) is officially inactive for Week 17.
Brown didn’t practice all week, and there were media reports that emerged stating it didn’t look like the star receiver would play against the Bengals; it turns out he really isn't able to go in this must-win game for the Steelers, which is a bit of a surprise and indicates the knee issue could keep him out into the playoffs if Pittsburgh makes it. Brown's regular season ends with 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. He broke his own franchise record for touchdown receptions in a season, and his 100 receptions made him the first player in NFL history to hit the century-mark in catches for six consecutive seasons. AB might be down to more of a second-round pick after the emergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster, but he should remain as safe as it gets in 2019 fantasy drafts.
Antonio Brown (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Week 17.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says Brown is undergoing tests on his knee. He didn’t practice the last two days while being listed as “Coach’s Decision/Knee”, but it now looks like this knee issue is something that could keep him out Sunday against the Bengals. We believe he’ll tough it out and suit up in the regular season finale with the Steelers needing a win to have a chance at the postseason, but it’s no lock. Pittsburgh kicks off at 4:25 PM ET on Sunday, which could complicate things for fantasy owners if there’s no more clarity on the situation in the next 24-48 hours.
Antonio Brown torches the Saints in Week 16.
Brown caught 14 passes (on 19 targets) for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' loss. The first touchdown was a three-yarder where Brown got wide-open in the corner of the end zone against a busted coverage, and the second was on a go route where he split the double team and caught a perfect strike from Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers did not shy away from Marshon Lattimore, who shadowed AB, which isn't a surprise. Brown extended his own franchise record for touchdowns in a season, with 15 after this two-touchdown performance. Brown will remain a strong WR1 option to conclude the regular seasons next week against the Bengals.
Antonio Brown scores versus the Patriots.
Brown caught four passes (on seven targets) for 49 yards and a touchdown, with the score coming on a 17-yarder where he got free down the seam between a few defenders. Later in the game, a pass intended for him on a slant was broken up and intercepted by the Pats. Overall, the Patriots did a solid job of containing AB, but the touchdown made it a productive day for fantasy owners. Brown will obviously remain a WR1 for fantasy title matchups starting next week against New Orleans.
Raiders limit Antonio Brown in Steelers' Week 14 loss.
Brown caught five passes (on seven targets) for 35 yards against the Raiders. This was Brown's lowest receiving total of the season, and it comes at a bad time for fantasy owners in the playoffs. But AB will look to bounce back with a big game in a potential shootout next week against the Patriots. JuJu Smith-Schuster emerging as an elite weapon probably helps Brown, as it's possible less of New England's focus is on taking him out of the game.
Antonio Brown puts up 10/154/1 line in losing effort.
Brown had a monster first half as the focal-point of the offense, and the highlight was a 28-yard strike to close out the second quarter. However, the Chargers dominated after the break, and AB struggled to make much of an impact in an eventual 33-30 loss. Brown was able to eclipse 1,000 yards for the sixth season in a row, though, and his 12 touchdowns so far is already one away from tying a career-high. Next week against Oakland could be a blowup spot for the entire Steelers offense, and Brown will likely be the top play at the position for Week 14.
Antonio Brown catches nine passes in Week 12.
Brown was targeted 13 times against the Broncos, gaining just 67 yards on his nine receptions. He also was 0/1 passing, as he missed a wide-open Jaylen Samuels on a trick play on what would've been an easy touchdown, though Brown was hit low while making the throw. It appeared Brown might have stopped his route on Ben Roethlisberger's first interception of the day; and a second interception came on Pittsburgh's last offensive play, as Brown was targeted on a run-pass option that he was completely blanketed on. Overall, Denver did a very good job of limiting AB, and this ends his streak of eight straight games with a touchdown reception. Brown will look to bounce back in a primetime matchup with the Chargers next Sunday.
Antonio Brown catches 78-yard touchdown in Week 11 win.
Brown caught five passes for 117 yards and the score, which got Pittsburgh on the board after Ben Roethlisberger struggled early on with three interceptions that happened mostly due to locking onto his No. 1 receiver. AB was able to get behind the defense in the third quarter, though, and the Steelers have now won six in a row heading into next week's matchup against the Broncos. He should see a bunch of Chris Harris, but Brown has owned him in the past, and he obviously remains an elite WR1 for Week 12.
Antonio Brown nears 100 yards with a touchdown against the Panthers.
Brown caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in tonight’s win to kickoff Week 10. The score was a 53-yarder down the right sideline, where Brown probably got away with offensive pass interference against Panthers rookie cornerback Donte Jackson. This makes it seven straight games with a touchdown for AB, and a touchdown in every game but one this season. Even in a matchup with Jalen Ramsey and company next week, Brown is obviously a WR1 in Week 11 fantasy lineups.
Antonio Brown scores ninth touchdown of the year as Pittsburgh defeats Baltimore, 23-16.
Brown caught five passes for 42 yards, including a six-yard score on a screen pass in the first half. AB saw a team-high 11 targets, but the Ravens mostly did a good job against him. The usual yardage hasn't been there for Brown with James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster both doing weekly damage, but he's caught eight touchdowns over the past six games and is now on pace for a 102/1,192/18 pace at the season's midway point. Consider the four-time All-Pro an elite WR1 for Thursday night's matchup against the Panthers.
Antonio Brown scores twice in Steelers' win.
Brown caught a 43-yard touchdown after getting wide open deep down the field after Ben Roethlisberger did a great job of buying time in the pocket, and he also caught a quick screen pass designed for him at the goal line. Overall, Brown caught six passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 8 victory over Cleveland. Brown will look to keep it going against a Ravens team he had a 5/62/1 line against in Week 4, but Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (suspension) wasn't in the lineup for that game.
Antonio Brown scores game-winning touchdown in 28-21 victory over the Bengals.
Brown caught five passes for 105 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown on a quick pass with ten seconds remaining to give the Steelers a huge divisional win. Pittsburgh's offense looked really good on the road because AB (six targets) wasn't forced the ball, as he trailed JuJu Smith-Schuster (ten), Vance McDonald (eight), Jesse James (seven), and James Conner (seven) for looks in the passing game. The superstar wideout heads into the bye with a 40/478/6 line in six games, and he will be an elite WR1 against the Browns in a couple weeks.
Antonio Brown scores twice against the Falcons.
Brown was again the focus of Ben Roethlisberger throughout the game, and the pair connected on some big plays. AB was targeted 13 times (oner three times more than any other player on the team) and caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns, including a 47-yard score, in the Week 5 win. As long as Brown is receiving this many targets, he'll be an elite WR1 every week.
Antonio Brown scores in win over the Ravens.
Brown caught five passes for 62 yards, including a nice 26-yard grab in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Big ben locked onto AB far too often, and the superstar wideout's pouting this season could cost the Steelers more than Le'Veon Bell's holdout, secondary issues, or anything else. Plus, whether Brown knows it or not, having everyone else go off will only open things up for him as the season progresses. Through four games of his age-30 campaign, Brown is on pace for a 116/1,088/12 line. He's obviously an elite WR1 option next Sunday against the Falcons, and we can expect a bunch of talk about him and Julio Jones leading up to and following the game.
Antonio Brown scores in win over the Bucs.
Brown caught six passes for 50 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown in the second quarter of a 30-27 victory. On the score, Brown caught a smoke route and easily got past Brent Grimes and Justin Evans for six, but it was by no means the monster performance that was perhaps expected after AB's frustration last week. Pittsburgh's superstar receiver will probably not make much noise to cause a distraction for the rest of the season after his image took a slight hit, but it's fair to wonder is JuJu Smith-Schuster's emergence will knock him off the no-doubt, every-week high-end WR1 pedestal. Either way, Brown should obviously be in lineups against Baltimore next Sunday night.
Antonio Brown did not show up to work yesterday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are reporting this, as they say it's unclear if Brown was excused by head coach Mike Tomlin, but that "several sources indicated they did not know why Brown didn't show up with the rest of his teammates for meetings and film review." Maybe he was excused, but this does not look good—especially after Brown responded to criticism on Twitter (about Ben Roethlisberger "making him" and getting him paid) by saying that the team should trade him to find out whether that's true. AB voiced displeasure to offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs despite the team putting up points, and he was also reportedly not celebrating with his teammates after Roethlisberger's big rushing score in what was a tight game. Quite honestly, it seems like Brown is unhappy he isn't getting the ball as much as he wants to put up huge numbers, and the fact that teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster is off to an outstanding start to the season could be adding fuel to the fire. We'll see what comes of this.
Chiefs limit Antonio Brown in Week 2.
Brown was targeted a whopping 17 times in a shootout with the Chiefs, and he caught nine passes, but he was only able to gain 67 yards in the loss. Brown's frustration was evident, including when he seemed to voice displeasure with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner on the sideline. AB could be in store for another heavily-targeted game on Monday night against the Bucs, but there's a chance Ben Roethlisberger doesn't worry too much about Brown's unhappiness with JuJu Smith-Schuster and others playing so well.
Antonio Brown breaks out in the second half of 21-21 tie to open the season.
Brown was held in check early, but he finished with nine receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown, which came from 22 yards away against No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward in the third quarter. AB is a no-doubt top-two play in Week 2 against the Chiefs and their struggling secondary.
Antonio Brown (hip) returned to practice.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Brown will not play this Thursday against Philadelphia, which is not surprising. AB is not a full participant yet, but he should put this hip issue behind him quickly.
Antonio Brown's injury is a quad strain, according to PFT.
Brown is only expected to miss a few practices, so the injury doesn't sound serious. Perhaps Brown will sit out the first preseason game next week, but he might not have played much if at all anyway. We'll keep you updated if anything changes with Brown's status.
Antonio Brown (undisclosed injury) is day-to-day.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin would not disclose the body part Brown injured, but the star receiver has been sent from training camp back to Pittsburgh for evaluation. We don't want to speculate, but hopefully it's not anything too serious. We should get an update on Brown in the coming days.
Antonio Brown plays great in playoff loss to the Jags.
Brown entered the game with some concerns about his calf injury (according to some reports), but he certainly didn't show any issues and appeared to be 100%. AB caught seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the Divisional Round loss, with the scores coming on two spectacular caches on go routes to the left side of the end zone. The first was a one-handed catch, and the second was on a deep ball that he went out and snatched in tight coverage. AB will turn 30 this July, but he takes care of his body unlike most players and is still right in his prime. He'll be among the safest selections early in fantasy drafts this summer.
Antonio Brown (calf) is officially active for the Divisional Round.
Despite reports emerging that stated Brown was no lock to play today against the Jaguars, AB practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday before missing Friday with an illness, and teammates and head coach Mike Tomlin both indicated the All-Pro receiver looked like himself. Now some reports are saying he’s not close to 100%, but there could be a couple of reasons for those reporters emerging: one, it could be some mind games by the Steelers to get the Jaguars to think Brown might not be himself; and two, it could be an excuse inserted in case Brown doesn’t play well in a difficult playoff matchup. We expect to see the usual Antonio Brown out there after he worked extremely hard to get himself ready to play, and he should make a lot of big plays like he usually does each week.
Antonio Brown (calf/illness) is officially listed as questionable for the Sunday.
Brown is basically just listed on the injury report because of the illness that forced him to miss practice practice today, as he was a full participant on Wednesday and Thursday and is apparently over the severe calf injury he suffered in Week 15 against the Patriots. AB is still fully expected to play in the Divisional Round matchup with the Jaguars, and he's expected to be in his usual All-Pro form; but check back in on Sunday to make sure.
Antonio Brown (calf) says he'll play in the Divisional Round.
This basically just confirms what has been clear: The Steelers will have their All-Pro receiver in time for their first playoff game. AB told reporters he's not sure if he'll be his usual self, but he hasn't tested the calf fully yet and it sounds like he'll continue hitting rehab hard to get where he needs to be. The good news is Pittsburgh doesn't play until Sunday, giving Brown at least an extra 12+ hours compared to if he had to play on Saturday. Even at potentially less than 100% and against an elite secondary, Brown is a great WR1 option for fantasy purposes.
Antonio Brown (calf) would be questionable if the Steelers played this week.
Pittsburgh has a first-round bye and won't play until next weekend, and it sounds like Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic about Brown's status. AB has posted some videos on social media of himself working out and trying to get back to full strength, and with the way he's attacking his rehab, it wouldn't be surprising if he didn't show any issues when he makes his return—hopefully in the Divisional Round.
Antonio Brown has a partially torn calf muscle, according to Adam Schefter.
Schefter says Brown is expected to miss next week but be back for the postseason, so it sounds like he’ll miss both Weeks 16 and 17. However, it’s certainly no lock AB will be ready to go for the playoffs, either, as calf injuries can linger. For now, just expect to be without your best player for fantasy championships.
Antonio Brown (calf) has been ruled out for the rest of today's game.
The team announced Brown will actually be taken to the hospital, which is a bit of a surprise. Pittsburgh is up seven on New England at halftime, but now we need to worry about Brown moving forward. Hopefully he ends up being OK and able to get back on the field soon.
Antonio Brown is questionable to return with a calf injury.
The team isn't ruling Brown out yet, but his status isn't looking great. A calf injury is probably better than a high-ankle sprain or something else, but we'll see what the severity is.
Antonio Brown leaves with an apparent lower leg injury.
Brown just nearly had a touchdown on a deep pass to the end zone but instead went down with an injury and had to be helped off the field. AB wasn't putting any pressure on on his leg, which clearly isn't a positive sign. In the biggest regular season game of the season for the Steelers, Brown is someone they can't afford to lose in what's shaping up to be a shootout with the Patriots. His leg did twist a bit on the play, but it's difficult to identify what the potential injury might be. We'll update you as more information becomes available.
Antonio Brown goes over 200 yards as the Steelers clinch the AFC North.
Brown was given a ton of opportunities against the Ravens, as Ben Roethlisberger targeted him a whopping 18 times in the victory. AB caught 11 passes for 213 yards, as he picked up chunk yardage throughout the night, particularly on a few go routes where he probably got away with pushing off Ravens defenders. Next week against New England might be a big challenge if they try to completely take him out of the game, but it’s unclear what the Patriots will try to do. Obviously, you’re keeping Brown in your lineup as an elite WR1 regardless.
Antonio Brown scores versus Cincinnati.
Brown was a target monster in tonight's Week 13 win, catching eight of 15 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown. Entering the game battling a toe injury, AB did appear hobbled at the start of the game, but you couldn't notice Brown was having any issues by game's end. The touchdown was on a slant route in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, and he was drilled with a helmet-to-helmet hit but thankfully was fine. Brown nearly had a touchdown earlier in the game, too, but Bengals cornerback Williams Jackson made an excellent play of poking the ball out in the end zone, not allowing Brown to finish the process of the catch. You're obviously keeping Brown locked into fantasy lineups for the first week of the fantasy playoffs next week.
Antonio Brown (toe) is active tonight against the Bengals.
Brown was just testing his toe in pregame and didn’t look 100%, but he told ESPN's Lisa Salters that he's giving it a go versus Cincinnati. We'll update you if Brown happens to be inactive when the actives/inactives are released in just under ten minutes, but we would expect Brown is telling the truth when he says he's going to play. AB is simply too good of a player to keep out of lineups if he’s in the game, so you can keep him in your lineup as your WR1.
Antonio Brown (toe) misses practice again.
Brown missed practice yesterday and it wasn't seen as a big issue, but a second-straight misses practice today puts his Week 14 status in a some doubt. AB is officially listed as questionable for Monday night versus the Bengals, and we would expect him to play, but be sure to have a backup option from the Steelers or Bengals in case Brown is inactive.
Antonio Brown goes off again in primetime.
Brown caught 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns, but the most important play might have been an unbelievable sideline catch to help set up the game-winning field goal. It wasn't quite as good as Julio Jones' performance from earlier in the day, but Brown continues to play his best when the lights come on. With Jones set to contend with Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings, Brown should be the top fantasy play in Week 13.
Antonio Brown goes off in Steelers' win.
The superstar receiver had yet another big-time game in primetime, with the Titans being his victim this time. Brown caught ten of 13 targets for 144 yard and three touchdowns in the Thursday night win, as he made great plays from start to finish. The first touchdown came on the first drive of the game, as Ben Roethlisberger drew the Titans offsides and took a shot to the end zone to Brown, who went up for a 41-yard touchdown catch amid poor play on the ball by the Titans. The second touchdown was on a slant route to the end zone that Brown hauled in. And the third touchdown was the most spectacular—a great helmet catch that Brown made look easy on a fade from the slot. So far, this was the best game of another great season for Brown, who with this game went over 1,000 yards for the fifth straight season. He'll obviously be an elite WR1 in Week 12 versus the Packers.
Antonio Brown held to 47 yards in win over Indianapolis.
Brown caught three passes for 47 yards, as he was held to 15 yards for most of the day until a 32-yard catch-and-run on the game's final drive to set up a game-winning field goal. AB also uncharacteristically dropped a potential touchdown, but that probably won't happen again. He's probably the top option for Week 11 with the Titans coming to town on Thursday night.
Antonio Brown caught five passes for 70 yards in Sunday's win over the Lions.
Brown had to deal with Darius Slay all night, and it allowed JuJu Smith-Schuster to go off for nearly 200 yards. Also, he had a touchdown called back due to an offensive pass interference call where he pushed off on Slay. Through eight games, AB is on pace for 114 receptions for 1,670 yards, and six touchdowns. He's obviously a high-end WR1 option when the Steelers return from their Week 9 bye to take on the Colts.
Antonio Brown scores against the Bengals.
AB capped the first drive for the Steelers with a nice touchdown grab on an in-breaking route in the end zone, as he made what wasn't an easy catch look easy. Overall, Brown had four receptions on ten targets for 65 yards and the touchdown. Young Bengals corner did do a very good job on Brown after the quick start, but fantasy owners will take another solid afternoon for the All Pro receiver.
Antonio Brown caught eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Chiefs.
The highlight was a 51-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to put the Steelers up 19-10, as a Big Ben pass bounced off Phillip Gaines' helmet and Brown was able to snatch it and avoid a hit from the safety before sprinting down the left sideline for a score. AB has really turned it on over the past couple weeks, and he now has exactly 700 receiving yards through six games. He's obviously a top-end WR1 next week against Cincinnati.
Antonio Brown bounces back in a difficult matchup, but Steelers are blown out at home.
Brown caught 10 passes for 157 yards in a 30-9 loss to Jacksonville. Big Ben looked his way after AB has a sidelines outburst in last week's win, and while it turned into big numbers for Brown, the Steelers were on the wrong end of the outcome this week. Even with the team's offensive struggles, Brown is a top-two option next week against the Chiefs in a big Sunday afternoon game.
Antonio Brown shows frustration on sidelines as Steelers defeat Ravens.
Brown caught four passes for 34 yards, as Big Ben spread the ball around with Le'Veon Bell carrying the load on offense. AB's frustration came after his quarterback didn't attempt a deep ball to him when he was wide open, but it wasn't a good look for the superstar receiver, as he threw a Gatorade container and slapped offensive coordinator Todd Haley's hand away when he tried talking to him. Things won't get much easier against the Jaguars in Week 5, but Brown remains a no-doubt top-five option.
Antonio Brown catches 10 passes in Week 3 loss to Chicago.
Brown caught 10 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, which was a seven-yard score in the fourth quarter. AB now has 10+ receptions in two out of three games to start the season, and he's a top-two option for next week's matchup with the Ravens.
Antonio Brown gets team-high 11 targets in Week 2.
AB had a difficult matchup against Minnesota and shutdown corner Xavier Rhodes, but he still had an OK day, catching five passes for 62 yards. Brown should have an easier time next week against the Bears.
Antonio Brown is unstoppable in Week 1 victory.
Brown caught all 11 of his targets for 182 yards, with the highlight being a jump ball over three defenders. The chemistry between AB and Big Ben remains as good as anyone's. He will have a tough matchup with the Vikings next Sunday, but Brown obviously needs to be in lineups as an elite WR1.
Antonio Brown catches both targets in Steelers' preseason game.
AB and Ben Roethlisberger looked to have their usual great connection, as Brown caught two passes for 28 yards in the exhibition against Indy. You can't go wrong with drafting Brown on your fantasy team, as he's probably the safest player in all of fantasy, offering an insanely high floor and also has great upside.
The Steelers and Antonio Brown have agreed to a new contract to make Brown the highest paid receiver in the NFL, according to Adam Schefter.
We'll update you when the exact numbers come in, but it'll be over $15 million per year. The speculation that the Steelers might trade Brown was obviously off base, as the two sides came to an agreement even before the combine. AB will be with the Steelers for a long time.
*UPDATE: The extension is worth $68 million over four years, according to Schefter.
Antonio Brown catches seven passes for 77 yards as Steelers are eliminated by New England.
Brown was shadowed by Malcolm Butler for most of the game and seemed to be double teamed a lot. In 2017, Brown will be among the safest, if not the safest, fantasy options.
Antonio Brown catches game-sealing catch to send Steelers to AFC Championship.
Brown had six receptions for 108 yards against the Chiefs. He didn't have any catches in the second half, until he converted a third down to seal the game for the Steelers. It was a key play that if not converted would have given the Chiefs the ball in need of only a field goal to win.
Antonio Brown scores two 50-yard first quarter touchdowns in first round of the playoffs.
AB's touchdowns came on the Steelers' first two possessions of the game. His first came on a short screen that he took down the sideline for six. The next score came on a slant route against man coverage and then Brown easily juked the safety and was off to the races. He had five receptions for 124 yards and the two touchdowns in the game. He'll have a tougher matchup next weekend versus the Chiefs, after he faced a banged up Dolphins secondary without top corner Byron Maxwell today.
AB inactive for Pittsburgh.
The Steelers aren't going to risk injury while they're locked into the third seed in the AFC. Antonio Brown finishes his regular season with 106 catches for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was absolutely worthy of being the first receiver off the board in fantasy drafts this season and did nothing to disappoint.
Best player in the league? Brown stretches for Christmas Day win.
Antonio Brown caught 10-of-11 targets for 96 yards and the game-winning touchdown in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Ravens. His touchdown was pure determination. The Steelers were down three with no timeouts remaining, and Roethlisberger hit Brown on an in route that he caught at the one-yard line; had he been tackled, the game could have ended, but AB reached the ball over the goal line with defenders pulling him back. There's a good chance the Steelers rest everyone with the #3 seed locked up, but Brown could push the coaching staff to let him pad his All-Pro numbers. If he does play, it'll be tough to bench him against Cleveland.
Antonio Brown caught three passes for 58 yards in the Steelers' win over the Bengals.
Brown could have had a huge day but his two missed targets were both near touchdowns in the end zone, and he also had a long score called back on a Le'Veon Bell penalty. AB84 doesn't usually shred the Ravens, but he remains the overall WR1 for Christmas Day against Baltimore. Fantasy owners should be due at least one explosion over the final two weeks.
Antonio Brown caught five passes for 78 yards in Sunday's win over Buffalo.
Brown didn't need to do much with Le'Veon Bell totaling nearly 300 yards as the snow fell in Western New York. AB had just four catches for 39 yards in the Steelers' first meeting with the Bengals this season, but he is sure to improve on those numbers in Week 15. Brown is the no-doubt #1 wide receiver with Julio Jones battling turf toe.
AB84 makes spectacular touchdown catch in win.
Brown finished with six catches for 54 yards, including the 22-yard score over a mismatched Janoris Jenkins where Brown got his elbow down after skying for the ball in the back of the end zone. Despite facing negative game flows over the past three weeks, Brown is averaging 15.0 fantasy points per game. He's, as he has been all season, a top-two option for the fantasy playoffs.
He'll have thirds: Antonio Brown catches three touchdowns on Thanksgiving Night.
AB had five catches for 91 yards and three touchdowns against the Colts. It's Brown's first career game with three receiving touchdowns. He leads the league with 10 receiving touchdowns and is obviously an elite WR1 next week against the Giants.
Antonio Brown caught eight passes for 76 yards in Sunday’s win over the Browns.
With the wind being a huge factor in the passing attack, Brown did well to end up with the numbers he did. AB had a couple end zone targets at the end of the first half, but was interfered with on both plays, which eventually led to a Le’Veon Bell rushing touchdown. Have fun watching Brown dominate this week against the Colts on Thanksgiving Night.
AB dominates Cowboys in Week 10.
Brown had 14 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. The TD came on a fake spike play. Obviously Brown is the top WR to own along with Julio Jones. Keep him in your lineup.