College: Central Michigan | 10 years
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 185 lbs
Birth Date: 7/10/1988
2019 Bye Week: -
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR
Brown had his usual big season, topping 100 receptions for the sixth straight season. He had a career-high 15 touchdowns. He found the end zone all but three games. Brown had five 100-yard games and was his usual consistent self. He was fifth overall in fantasy receiver scoring. He did miss the last game of the season because of a dispute with the Steelers, causing him to demand a trade after the season. He got his wish, getting dealt to the Raiders. He becomes the clear top option in the Raiders passing game, but moves to a team with a lot less prolific pass-ing attack. Brown has six straight seasons with 100-plus receptions and 1,000-plus yards. He also has double-digit scores four of his last five seasons. Brown remains one of the best at his position. He has top speed and great hands. He is good at making plays after the catch, show-ing explosiveness for the big play. Brown is a top route running, making him a top possession receiver as well as a big-play threat. He is the complete package at receiver. Brown is 31 years old but doesn't seem to be slowing down just yet. Fantasy Outlook: A move to the Raiders is not a good one for Brown's fantasy value. He should get a ton of tar-gets but his overall production could be down some. He remains a No. 1 but more so a low-end No. 1 fantasy receiver. He will get around 100 receptions for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown was the talk of the NFL and fantasy communities earlier this offseason. After all the drama with his former team and former teammates, Brown ended up in Oakland and will be a Raider for the 2019 season. Then the drama, dare we say, intensified. From frostbitten feet to reports than Brown will refuse to play unless he can wear his old helmet, it remains to be seen just how the move will affect Brown's fantasy value, with some analysts calling it a mostly lateral move and others seeing it as a massive downgrade. Brown is too consistent and too talented to move from the top-10, but it is likely that his age and a new (less talented) team could cause his numbers to drop a bit in 2019. Then, of course, there's the risk that he'll take things further than most expect and actually sit out for a silly reason. He put up an excellent 2018, catching 104 passes for 1297 yards and 15 touchdowns. Those numbers might all take a small hit this season, but he also won't have someone with the talent of JuJu Smith-Schuster to compete with, so who knows? Brown is still a top receiver in redraft formats and is a great buy-low target in dynasty leagues for win-now teams despite the risk involved with his off-the-field troubles.
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Updating previous reports, free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) is expected to have grievances filed against the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots heard by the system arbitrator next spring, according to multiple sources. He is seeking to have more than $40 million in unpaid salary, fines and voided guarantees recouped.
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) is reportedly working on a potential grievance which would allow him to recoup lost earnings from the Oakland Raiders. The NFL Players' Association is examining various scenarios to return money to Brown, who lost out on $30 million in guaranteed money after being cut Sept. 7. He is also filing a grievance over $10 million against the New England Patriots, who signed him following his release from Oakland but cut ties with him Sept. 20, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) on Thursday, Sept. 26, walked back his retirement declaration from earlier in the week, tweeting, 'I'm still the best why stop now.'
Fantasy Spin: Despite the crap show over the past two months, Brown still figures to have suitors if and when he is cleared by the league's ongoing investigation. That might not be until next offseason, so hang on to him in dynasty leagues but feel free to cut bait if you haven't already in other formats.
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) said that he would 'not be playing in the NFL anymore' in a tweet posted Sunday, Sept. 21, because much of the guaranteed money he had been expected to earn has been voided.
Fantasy Spin: It seemed unlikely that any NFL team would have pursued Brown until his legal problems were resolved and appears even less likely given all the other recent drama that has surrounded him. He can be safely dropped in most fantasy leagues, with the exception of deeper formats with large benches or space for inactive players.
Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown tweeted on Sunday that he's done playing in the NFL, citing the league's contract structure and the fact that teams can void guarantees. Brown's future in the league was already in question after being released by the Raiders and Patriots already this season while facing multiple claims of sexual misconduct, among other issues. While Brown's talent is obvious, his off-field issues have derailed his career and hurt numerous people in the process, and it would be a shock to see him on an NFL field again in 2019, if ever.
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown has had communication 'with a few teams that are interested,' according to agent Drew Rosenhaus Saturday, Sept. 21. Rosenhaus adds those teams 'want information regarding his legal situation and the NFL investigation.' A deal isn't likely to happen until the league's investigation is resolved, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) attracted interest from the Seattle Seahawks after his release from the Oakland Raiders, but that no longer appears to be the case after he was released Friday, Sept. 20, by the New England Patriots. 'We're pretty well set (at wide receiver) right now,' Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said when asked about Brown at a Friday news conference. 'We kind of know where we're going with that.'
Fantasy Spin: With the issues surrounding Brown morphing from bizarre to decidedly more serious, don't expect to see him in the league for the rest of the season.
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) is free to sign with any NFL franchise as an unrestricted free agent and will not be placed on the commissioner's exempt list until he lands on a roster, the league announced in a statement Friday, Sept. 20. In part, the NFL's statement read, 'Our office is presently investigating multiple allegations, some of which are the subject of pending litigation. We have as yet made no findings regarding these issues. The investigation is ongoing and will be pursued vigorously and expeditiously. As long as Mr. Brown is a free agent, placement on the Commissioner's exempt list is not appropriate. If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, he may also be subject to discipline if the investigation finds that he has violated the law or league policies.'
Fantasy Spin: While it seems awfully improbable any team will sign Brown until his legal woes are resolved, the possibility remains. Talent of his caliber is alluring to needy teams. Brown would be paid in the event he is put on the exempt list, so what incentive does a team have to sign him given all of the drama on top of pending legal matters? Brown can be dropped in shallow leagues. Deeper formats offer a little wiggle room to keep him until this shakes out, but it could take many moons to conclude.
New England Patriots WR Antonio Brown was released Friday, Sept. 20.
Fantasy Spin: Given the circus that Brown has seemingly created for himself over the last month and his reported behavior off the field for much longer than that, it's not a surprise this is how it ended. New England will move forward with Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett as its top three receivers for now. Edelman is back to being safe to use as a high-floor WR2, while Gordon should be considered a low-end WR2/high-end WR3.
The New England Patriots are releasing wide receiver Antonio Brown on Friday. The team said in a statement: The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time. This comes as the NFL was investigating sexual-assault charges against Brown. There was a chance he would be put on the commissioner's exempt list during the investigations, but obviously the Pats knew something that didn't sit well with them. After being released by both Oakland and New England to begin the year, it seems doubtful that Brown will latch on with another organization. With Brown now out of the picture, it makes Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon much more appealing once again in fantasy. They are both must-starts in Week 3 against the Jets at home. Phillip Dorsett should return to three-receiver sets as well.
The Patriots released receiver Antonio Brown on Friday. Brown played one game with New England before getting released.
New England Patriots WR Antonio Brown was present during practice Friday, Sept. 20, and head coach Bill Belichick said Brown's roster status has not changed.
Fantasy Spin: There's long-term risk regarding Brown to be sure, but as long as he's playing he's a solid fantasy start. Plug him in as a WR2 this week against the Jets.
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown's first game with the Patriots was a rousing success, catching four passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in Week 2. Brown sat out the first offensive play but then immediately got in on the action and his quick chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady was evident. This week the Patriots will take on a banged up Jets team and Brown's snaps should increase. The All-Pro receiver still is learning the offense but has the kind of elite talent that can shine in any system. He may not be fully up to speed but Brown should still deliver solid fantasy numbers in Week 3.
The NFL met with New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown's accuser on Monday for 10 hours in their investigation into sexual-assault allegations, according to a source. However, the matter looks to be a long way from being resolved, and two sources said the league hasn't scheduled a follow-up interview with Brown. It might take several weeks until the league has any updates on the investigation, which means Brown is unlikely to go on the commissioner's exempt list until then. As of now, the receiver is eligible to play in Week 3 against the Jets, where he'll be on the WR1/2 borderline. Brown's presence in the offense takes upside away from Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and James White in the passing game.
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown caught four passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots 43-0 drubbing of the Dolphins. Brown was not on the field for the first offensive play but made his debut on the following play and immediately caught a pass down the middle for a first down. Quarterback Tom Brady looked Brown's way early and often, punctuating their newfound romance with a 20-yard touchdown connection in the first half. Brown, wearing jersey number 17, looked crisp and elite running his routes. This performance could be just the tip of the iceberg for a Patriots offense that has come out of the gate dominating the opposition.
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Antonio Brown will be active for Week 2's game against the Miami Dolphins.
Fantasy Spin: Brown has only had a few days to become accustomed to a complicated offense, so expectations should be somewhat tempered for his first game in a New England uniform. However, he's too talented to remain on anyone's fantasy bench this week.
The New England Patriots will have their newest acquisition -- wide receiver Antonio Brown -- suit up and play on Sunday against the Dolphins despite facing sexual assault allegations, and the plan appears to be for the team to get Brown involved early and often offensively, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brown's talent and the porous Miami Dolphins Defense should allow him to find space and make plays in the passing game, though it'll be interesting to see how the team handles targets between Brown, Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon. Brown's in the WR2 tier on Sunday, but there's a lot of volatility in that ranking.
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is slated to make his Patriots debut in Week 2 against the Dolphins. The 'Antonio Brown Saga' has taken so many twists and turns this offseason that him simply being on the field will qualify as an achievement. Brown has had minimal practice time with quarterback Tom Brady and the offense but the All-Pro receiver is as talented as they come. He will go up against a Dolphins secondary that was absolutely shredded by the Ravens in Week 1 and Brown could easily post elite fantasy numbers. But fantasy owners should temper expectations as Brown works his way into the rhythm of a very potent Patriots offense.
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is making the trip to Miami and is expected to play in Week 2 against the Dolphins. Head coach Bill Belichick hinted that Brown hasn't really mastered the playbook in his limited time with the team since signing last week, so it remains to be seen how many snaps he'll actually play if he's active. We don't recommend benching Brown if he's playing in an excellent matchup with safety Reshad Jones out, but Brown will be a volatile WR3 if he makes his season debut. Phillip Dorsett's fantasy value takes the biggest hit with the presence of Brown.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that wide receiver Antonio Brown has a "long way to go" in learning the team's offense and that there are few similarities between their offense and the systems that Brown played in at Pittsburgh and Oakland. The NFL won't put Brown on the commissioner's exempt list at this time while he deals with a sexual-assault lawsuit, but it remains to be seen how much, if at all, the outspoken receiver will play in Week 2 against the Dolphins. The matchup is a great one, but Brown will be a risk/reward WR3 if he makes his season debut this weekend. Phillip Dorsett will lose the most value whenever Brown is fully involved in the passing game.