| 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.
| Big Ben listed as probable to play Sunday -- Fri Oct 30 4:40 pm --|
Star QB has been out since week 3 with a knee injury
|Barring an unforeseen calamity, the Steelers are going to have Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback on Sunday afternoon. The team listed Roethlisberger as probable on their final injury report of the week on Friday, which all but ends any lingering suspense about the team’s plans at quarterback this weekend. Most of it had already disappeared over the course of the week as Roethlisberger practiced without any issues in his injured knee. Roethlisberger’s previous performances in his first game back from injuries isn’t great, although the team and Roethlisberger seem to have taken their time with his recovery this time around to ensure that he’s not playing at less than 100 percent. (NBC Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Antonio Brown owners rejoice! Roethlisberger's return should mark an uptick in production from one of the game's top receivers, and Martavis Bryant should be more dangerous as well. The Steelers' matchup with the Bengals this week could be a shootout, so don't hesitate to throw Big Ben back into your lineup.
| Steelers welcome Big Ben's return to practice -- Wed Oct 28 8:00 pm --|
Returning from MCL sprain
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (MCL) was a full participant in practice in Wednesday and told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala that he'll practice fully this week. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Ben Roethlisberger's return to the practice field should pave the way for him to return to the starting lineup on Sunday. This is great news for Antonio Brown owners as the team should be able to open up the passing game this week against the Bengals.
| Big Ben upgraded to questionable -- Fri Oct 23 6:20 pm --|
Roethlisberger has been out since week 3
|The Steelers left open the possibility that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could return to action Sunday for their game at Kansas City after a three-game absence. Roethlisberger was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report after being a limited participant in practice for a third straight day. He has been out since straining the MCL in his left knee Sept. 27 in a win at St. Louis. Roethlisberger is wearing a knee brace to stabilize the sprain. Backup quarterback Mike Vick was ruled out. He strained his right hamstring Sunday in a victory over Arizona and did not practice all week. Third-string quarterback Landry Jones replaced Vick in the third quarter, rallied the Steelers to the win and is the presumptive starter this week for Pittsburgh (4-2). Players have said Roethlisberger has looked crisp at practice this week, but the team is preparing Jones with first-team reps. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Unless you hear otherwise leading up to Sunday's game, expect Roethlisberger to sit out in favour of Landry Jones, who performed admirably last week in his first real NFL action. While Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant won't have the value they would with Roethlisberger at the helm, having Jones under center increases their value more than having Vick at QB.
| Big Ben ruled out Sunday -- Fri Oct 16 5:20 pm --|
Vick to remain under center
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger indicated this week that he was feeling good enough that he might just be ready to return. But it will be at least another week. Roethlisberger has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. That’s no surprise, as Roethlisberger was expected to miss four to six weeks and has so far only missed two weeks. (NBC Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Antonio Brown owners felt a sudden jolt of excitement when Big Ben took the practice field Wednesday, but alas it'll be at least another week before they can expect a bump in production from the elite receiver.
| Sprained MCL for Big Ben, out 4-6 weeks -- Mon Sep 28 1:00 am --|
MRI confirmed no ACL tear
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee Sunday and will miss four to six weeks as he recovers, a team source has told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It's the best-case scenario for Roethlisberger who avoided a more serious ACL injury that would've cost more time. Michael Vick will start in Roethlisberger's place and Vick's presence under center will put a damper on Antonio Brown's fantasy value and the offense in general.
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