Antonio Brown Fantasy Football News 2018

The Steelers nabbed Oklahoma State WR James Washington with the 60th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Washington posted huge numbers in the Cowboys’ pass-friendly offense. He broke out for a 53-1,087-10 line as a sophomore and improved to 71-1,380-10 as a junior. This past year, Washington led the entire country with 1,549 receiving yards and tied for 4th with 13 TDs. He ranked 5th among all draft-eligible players with 3.47 yards per route run, per Pro Football Focus, and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top WR. Washington goes just 5’11, 213 pounds but plays bigger thanks to hand size, arm length and wingspan all in the 62nd percentile or better among WRs. He also boasts some of our favorite tape in this WR class, flashing technique and craftiness that belies a 21-year-old. This isn’t a great landing spot for Washington, though. He’ll sit behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster on the target totem pole in the short term. In the long term, Pittsburgh needs to find a successor to QB Ben Roethlisberger.

11:01am EST 1/14/18

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (calf) is officially active for today's game against the Jaguars. So pregame warmups evidently went well enough. Brown remains a risk/reward fantasy play at less than 100% in a tough matchup.

A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Steelers WR Antonio Brown's calf is "not close to 100%." He'll test it in pregame warmups and is expected to "give it a go" against the Jaguars, the source said. But Brown's effectiveness and ability to make it through the game are now in question. He's a tournament-only play in DFS.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (calf, illness) participated in Saturday's walkthrough and looked healthy, teammates told NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. Brown was sent home sick on Friday. He put in full practices on Wednesday and Thursday, which means the calf shouldn't be a major issue. He's a nice DFS tournament play with what figures to be depressed ownership. hears that Steelers WR Antonio Brown (calf, illness) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's Divisional Round meeting with the Jaguars. Brown missed Friday's practice with an illness, but PFT reports the calf "remains an issue." HC Mike Tomlin didn't express much concern on Friday afternoon, saying he didn't “have a lot of reservations about [Brown] from a physical health standpoint.” We'll continue to keep an eye on this situation -- and will get Brown's official status around noon ET on Sunday.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars -- not with his calf injury, but with an illness. Brown put in full workouts on Wednesday and Thursday, so the calf shouldn't be an issue. The illness kept him out of Friday's practice but shouldn't be a factor come Sunday. We'll keep an eye on him into the weekend, though.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (calf) was a full-go in Monday's practice, HC Mike Tomlin said. It's confirmation that he'll be ready for his usual role against the Jaguars this weekend. Brown turned 19 targets into a 10-157 line vs. Jacksonville back in October.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Steelers WR Antonio Brown will be at 100% for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Jaguars. He'll be 4 weeks removed from the calf strain at that point. Brown posted a 10-157 line on 19 targets vs. Jacksonville's league-best pass defense back in October.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that WR Antonio Brown's recovery from his calf strain is "going well." Tomlin added that Brown would be questionable if Pittsburgh was playing this weekend. That seemingly puts him on track to be ready for the Divisional Round, but we'll continue to track his progress.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (calf) is not expected to be ready for the Wild Card round of the playoffs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Pittsburgh can avoid playing in that round by winnings its final 2 games against the Texans and Browns. But this report raises the question of whether Brown will be available for the Divisional Round. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his status for those of you playing in postseason fantasy contests.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday that WR Antonio Brown (calf) is out for this weekend's game against the Texans. Tomlin said Brown is dealing with a "significant contusion." He wouldn't speculate about Brown's status beyond Week 16, but previous reports have him unlikely to play in the regular-season finale. The Steelers should be able to knock off Houston and Cleveland without their #1 WR. Brown's absence leaves JuJu Smith-Schuster, Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers as Pittsburgh's top 3 WRs.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers WR Antonio Brown has a "partially torn" calf muscle. Brown is "unlikely" to play against the Texans next Monday, per Schefter, but is expected back for the playoffs. It's relatively good news for Pittsburgh but a tough break for fantasy owners who advance to Week 16. Assuming Brown is out, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers figure to serve as the Steelers' top 3 WRs in a plus matchup vs. Houston.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown suffered a left leg injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Patriots. His lower leg got trapped between 2 defenders as he went to make a catch. Brown put no weight on the leg as he was helped off the field. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: The Steelers announced that Brown has a calf injury and is questionable to return.

Update: HC Mike Tomlin said heading into halftime that he doesn't expect Brown to return today.

Update: The team announced that Brown is heading to the hospital for further evaluation and won't return today.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown said his injured toe is "feeling a lot better" heading into Sunday night's game against the Ravens. He put in full practices on Wednesday and Friday, sitting out in between. Brown, of course, ripped off an 8-101-1 line vs. the Bengals last Monday night. Expect another big one against a Baltimore secondary missing top CB Jimmy Smith.

7:12pm EST 12/4/17

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (toe) is active for tonight's game against the Bengals. He reportedly went just half-speed during warmups and moved "gingerly," according to ESPN's Suzy Kolber. There's certainly more risk than usual with Brown, but he's still worth getting in fantasy lineups if you waited on him.

There's "optimism" that Steelers WR Antonio Brown (toe) will be able to play against the Bengals tonight, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. She adds, though, that Brown remains a game-time decision. Fantasy owners simply need to wait until inactives are announced around 7 pm ET tonight. Brown remains a must-start if he suits up.

There's a "real question" whether Steelers WR Antonio Brown (toe) is able to play against the Bengals on Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter. Brown didn't practice on Friday or Saturday, and it's become clear that this toe issue is a legitimate concern. He'll be worth getting into fantasy lineups if he's active tomorrow, but you need to have a replacement option from that game if you plan on using Brown.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown missed practice again Saturday with his toe injury and is officially questionable for Monday night's game at Cincinnati. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, HC Mike Tomlin has a general rule against playing players who don't practice 2 days before the game. We're guessing he'd make an exception if Brown appears ready Monday night. The league's best wideout hasn't lost a game to injury since 2012 and is obviously worth waiting for, even if you need to roster someone such as Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd or Justin Hunter as insurance.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown was held out of Friday's practice and listed on the injury report with a toe. "I’m told it’s minor and he should be fine," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted. We'll see if Brown is able to get back on the practice field tomorrow, ahead of Monday night's game vs. the Bengals. He hasn't missed a regular-season game due to injury since 2012.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger tweeted on Friday that he'll return for his 14th season in 2017. He had suggested earlier this offseason that he was considering retirement, although no one seemed to take it very seriously. Despite turning 35 last month and suffering an assortment of injuries, Roethlisberger remained effective last season. He ranked 7th among QBs in fantasy points per game -- albeit with some nasty home/road splits. Big Ben's return is obviously excellent news for RB Le'Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown and the rest of Pittsburgh's skill-position guys.


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