Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR - #8 18.91 PIT Active 5 years 26 5'10 186 @AntonioBrown84

2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Jun-30-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

Antonio Brown was a dominant force last season. He finished second in both receptions (110) and receiving yards (1,499). Brown is locked in as a Top 5 fantasy receiver, particularly in PPR formats. Believe it or not, Brown may be even more of a focal point for the Steelers' passing game due to the departure of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Aside from tight end Heath Miller, Brown will be the only pass-catcher on the team that has proven chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger. Markus Wheaton leads the pack to assume the No. 2 role. If he doesn't perform up to expectations, even more of the offense will flow through Brown. Brown is an elite WR1 and will be a starter in all formats.

Editor's note: When the Steelers allowed Mike Wallace to depart via free agency last offseason, it was clear they were very high on Brown. The decision may have been based on finances; however, teams don't allow one of their better players leave without a contingency plan or solid backup. Needless to say, Brown turned out to be more than just a backup. A more balanced offensive attack should increase efficiency and lead to longer drives with more first downs.

Latest Update

Jul-27-14 Steelers WR Markus Wheaton to see 'greatly increased' role

According to CBS Sports, "several Steelers people" say that Wheaton is having a "strong start to camp" and that "his role will increase greatly" in the coming year. The Steelers drafted Wheaton in the third round of the 2013 draft, but he didn't see the field much in his rookie year. The depth chart at WR has thinned out in 2014, however, and Wheaton is set to see a starting role alongside Steelers WR Antonio Brown.

Fantasy Analysis:

Wheaton's a legitimate sleeper candidate for 2014, meaning he is a guy with a lot of potential value who isn't being talked up or over-drafted. If he does indeed end up with the No. 2 WR role in Pittsburgh, a breakout season isn't unlikely. Brown has the ability to stretch defenses and draw the bulk of coverage, which will free up opportunity for Wheaton. Wheaton's currently going 55th among WRs in drafts, and is potentially a very good value at that position. Take him as a WR4/5 and hope for more.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/27 - Steelers WR Markus Wheaton to see 'greatly increased' role
7/12 - Steelers want to use rookie WR Martavis Bryant in red zone

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
6.01 FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
5.07 The Huddle - Jason Witten was all queued up here, only to see him go off the board four picks ahead of me. The backup plan was taking the last of the top-tier quarterbacks, but Peyton Manning was picked just before me. So Brown is a bit of a consolation prize, though in a three-WR league having three of the top 16 WRs takes away a bit of the sting.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
5.09 FFMagicMan - Drafting Brown as my WR2 is like dancing with the girl with glasses and braces. She wasn't your first choice, but at least you're dancing. (And then, in the perfect world, you see her at the class reunion and find out she turned into a head-turning, drool-inducing hottie.) I hope Antonio finishes 2013 looking like a hottie.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
6.03 FootballDiehards - Mike Wallace's free-agent defection to Miami leaves Brown as the de facto No. 1 receiver in Pittsburgh. Is he ready for that role? We'll see. I thought he regressed a bit last season. That said, I'm pretty comfortable with him as my WR3 -- one with the upside to produce at a higher level.
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