Antonio Brown: Fantasy Football Impact as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer
New Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown will hit the scene in Week 9 and all inquiring minds are wondering what does this mean for fantasy football?
Well, right out of the gate, we can expect for Brown to have an immediate role playing with QB Tom Brady who reportedly had a hand in getting his former Patriots WR into Tampa.
Brief Career History:
Brown was an absolute fantasy football rock star in Pittsburgh, especially during his 2013-18 seasons. During this stretch, he averaged 1,524 yards per season while scoring 67 touchdowns.
Personnel issues on both sides of the field led to a disastrous short-lived trade to the Raiders in 2019, which quickly landed Brown in New England.
There, in 2019, Brown played one lone game (8/4/56/1) with Brady. He then was quickly released for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
This earned Brown an eight-game suspension that makes him eligible to return in Week 9 with Brady and his new team.
Brown’s Fantasy Football Outlook:
If Brown has stayed in the game shape that we last saw him in, he should perform well, and settle into flex/WR2 territory to start out.
Keep in mind though, the Bucs have a lot of mouths to feed. Brown will surely have those up and down weeks just like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller and Rob Gronkowski experience.
Brown (who will be on a behavioral short leash) should be owned in all fantasy formats heading forward. He will be a key fantasy asset, especially for those who have been bit badly by the injury bug. For those loaded at WR, Brown makes for attractive trade bait if he steps out on the right foot.
Come Week 9, all eyes will be on AB as he hits the field at home to face the New Orleans Saints in Sunday Night Football.