| Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
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|Draft: 2010 Round 6 (26)
College: Central Michigan
Ht: 5’10” Wt: 186 DOB: 1988-07-10 Age: 27
|With Hines Ward clearly in decline and Emmanuel Sanders confined to the infirmary, Brown stepped up in a big way in 2011, catching 69 passes for 1,108 yards and two touchdowns in just his 2nd year in the league. While it would be foolhardy to suggest that Brown is a threat to emerge as an upper tier wide receiver or that his production wasn’t at least partially the result of playing opposite a big play threat in Mike Wallace, Brown showed far more athleticism than most thought he possessed. He consistently beat single coverage and displayed an ability to gain yards after the catch, a trait that made his two touchdown total all the more surprising. In terms of yards and receptions, it wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest that smallish Brown (5’10”, 186 pounds) has perhaps reached his potential so an increase in his fantasy production may need to come from an increased ability to find the end zone. Few 1,000 receivers manage just two touchdowns so look for that total to increase to the 6-8 range in 2012, making Brown a low-end WR2 on draft day.
| Antonio Brown ruled out -- Fri Jan 15 10:33 am --|
|Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out for Sunday's playoff game at Denver.
Brown could not get over the concussion protocol hump.
FF Today's Take: The Steelers will be without their best receiver and likely their best running back (DeAngelo Williams) when they take on the Broncos this Sunday. Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey will be the starting wideouts. Both Bryant and Wheaton will be viable fantasy options but tough to trust with Ben Roethlisberger questionable to play.
| No practice for injured Steelers' offensive stars -- Thu Jan 14 6:40 pm --|
Roethisberger, Brown and Williams appear questionable at best
|QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown were not full participants in practice for the second day in a row, but that could change tomorrow. The plan for Roethlisberger (shoulder separation) all along was to not participate fully in practice until Friday, the last full practice before Sunday’s divisional playoff game in Denver. Brown, though, has not been cleared to practice after sustaining a concussion in the wild-card playoff victory in Cincinnati. Meantime, RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) still has not practiced since being injured in the season finale against Cleveland and is not expected to play in Denver. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: In terms of likelihood to play this week, it appears the order at the moment is Roethlisberger, Brown and then Williams. The Steelers are hopeful Brown can be cleared from the concussion protocol program and play even if he doesn’t practice. Friday figures to be a big day in determining his status. Making matters worse for fantasy purposes, Pittsburgh plays in the last of the four playoff games this weekend. The Denver defense is shaping up to be a great play.
| Steelers prepping Landry Jones -- Wed Jan 13 6:20 pm --|
team still hoping Roethlisberger can play
|PITTSBURGH (AP) — Landry Jones wouldn't mind a shot at redemption. Ben Roethlisberger with his mess of a right shoulder hopes it doesn't come to that.
Jones took the majority of the snaps with the starters for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, prepping for Sunday's playoff visit to Denver just in case Roethlisberger can't find a way to make it work with the sprained shoulder on his throwing arm.
FF Today's Take: Ben Roethlisberger won't be 100 percent when the Steelers take the field against the Broncos. The question is whether he will be healthy enough to start and finish the game. Landry Jones should continue to receive the bulk of the work in practice but hasn't thrown a touchdown since week seven. The potential absence of star receiver Antonio Brown only adds to the cloudy fantasy forecast for Pittsburgh's quarterback tandem.
| Antonio Brown "not looking good" vs. Broncos -- Mon Jan 11 10:20 pm --|
Earlier report had WR trending in the right direction
|Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will likely miss Sunday’s divisional round game against the Denver Broncos due to a concussion, reports ESPN’s Bob Holtzman. Brown sustained the head injury on a hit by Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict in Pittsburgh's 18-16 win in Saturday's AFC wild-card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Burfict was flagged, helping set up a game-winning field goal by Steelers PK Chris Boswell. (Sports Illustrated)|
FF Today's Take: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested Brown "should be able to play" earlier in the day, but this report along with ESPN's Bob Holtzman and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport suggests the receiver is facing long odds of playing in the Divisional Round. With Ben Roethlisberger likely at far less than 100 percent, Denver's defense/special teams is shaping up to be a good play in DFS and for owners in playoff fantasy leagues.
| Positive signs for Big Ben, Antonio Brown -- Mon Jan 11 7:00 am --|
Steelers' studs might be available for Divisional game
|Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown — have a chance to be ready Sunday for a divisional-round playoff game at Denver. Roethlisberger’s injured right shoulder is “sore,” but he said there apparently is no ligament damage and is “day to day” for the top-seeded Broncos. Also, All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown, who was put in concussion protocol after a hit to the helmet by Burfict following an incomplete pass, is said to be fine and should be able to play against the Broncos. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: Roethlisberger's shoulder injury appears to be the biggest concern heading into a divisional matchup with the Broncos. It's likely he'll be limited in practice this week or perhaps held out entirely. Antonio Brown suffered an apparent concussion, but such early week optimism suggests he might not have suffered a concussion at all.
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