Brown, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have shared 5 games this season. (Brown missed Week 3.) Their target shares for those 5 contests:
Expect the weekly shares to fluctuate by game, but those numbers at least mean that it’s no fluke when Brown leads the trio in fantasy scoring. He garnered a team-high 13 targets in the win over the Eagles, 6 more than the next Buc and 8 more than #2 WR Godwin. Brown hauled in 9 for 93 yards and a TD.
He clearly has rapport with Brady and should be in starter consideration every week.
We saw Brown’s upside back in Week 1. He showed it again Sunday against Miami, posting 7-124-2 on 8 targets. Despite shadow coverage from name-brand CB Xavien Howard, AB had his way at all levels of the field. On one score, Brown took a short crosser the distance. On another crosser, he created enough separation in the end zone for Brady to fit a ball into his mitts. Brown’s now handled 7+ targets and caught 5+ balls in 3 of 4 appearances. He’ll carry some volatility going forward, especially when Brady isn’t going off for 400+ yards. And Rob Gronkowski should return over the next few weeks. Still, Brown at least looks like a high-end WR3 for the road ahead. Next up is a Thursday night matchup with Philly’s thin secondary.
It was a difficult night for the Bucs passing game on SNF against the Patriots. Brown had been on the COVID reserve list for 10+ days but was able to make his return in time to play against his old team. Brown finished second on the team with 11 targets for a target share of 25.6%. Brown and Brady have developed a great connection on and off the field over the last few years. Brady looked Brown’s way late in the game when the Bucs were trying to take a lead. However, Brown was unable to bring in a beautiful deep ball from Brady late in the 4th quarter. Production was down across the board in the passing game, but Brown was able to salvage a decent game for fantasy managers. He finished with 7 catches for 63 yards. Brown has had an up and down season to this point. He had a massive game in Week one before putting up a dud in Week two then being placed on the COVID reserve list prior to their Week 3 matchup against the Rams. Brown looked good against the Patriots and missed putting up a monster game by just a few inches. We have him ranked at WR31 this week against a solid Miami secondary that has held opponent WR groups to less than 150 receiving yards in 3 of their first 4 games. The next three games on the schedule for Brown and the Bucs are MIA, @PHI, CHI.
Brown caught 5 of 7 targets for 121 yards, including a 47-yard TD that gave Tampa Bay a 21-16 halftime lead. He was 1 of the Bucs receivers who abused Dallas CB Anthony Brown. In a game that all but made running plays an endangered species, Antonio Brown logged 1 carry for 6 yards.
Last season, Brown added a dynamic dimension to the pass-catching corps when the Bucs signed him. He is on a pace for his 8th NFL 1,000-yard season – in fact for a 2,000-yard year. A limiting factor to be considered is Brown’s checkered personal path.