Archive for the ‘Antonio Brown’ Category

Welcome back, Antonio. Here's your Charlie Batch duck.

We needed something good in our lives after pouring one out for DeSean Jackson’s season. So now if you don’t have a girlfriend pillow to hug, you can give Antonio Brown a man hug. He likes that.

Brown has missed the Steelers’ last three games with an ankle sprain, leaving his owners to scour the waiver wire for another mediocre, under-producing receiver in an offense currently led by Charlie Batch. Demand is high.

But hope is here, as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Brown is expected to practice tomorrow, and he’ll play this weekend against the Ravens. Sure, that’s swell, but his value and startability is linked to Ben Roethlisberger’s health, as no Steelers offensive player is useful if Batch is still bringing the terrible, especially against the Ravens.

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Antonio Brown owners were hoping for better news this morning, after he practiced all week, and expected to play against the Cleveland Browns.

Quarterback Charlie Batch will now have four healthy receivers to throw to today, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, David Gilreath and the new addition, Plaxico Burress.

Expect Burress to be more involved in the offense today, making him a risky, but good start today in deep leagues.

To be frank, Brown wouldn’t have been a sexy option for fantasy owners this week even if he was healthy, with the impending Byronocalypse ascending on Pittsburgh.

Player Targets Receptions Yards TD
Mike Wallace 8 3 14 1
Emmanuel Sanders 7 2 30 0
Jerricho Cotchery 4 1 22 0
Heath Miller 4 4 47 0
David Paulson 2 2 15 0

Yea, this wasn’t an offensive tour de force from the Steelers passing game. One name to keep an eye on is David Paulson, who is available in 100% of ESPN leagues. Leftwich showed a complete inability to throw the ball short on Monday night — after catching four balls on four targets in the first half, Heath Miller was never heard from again.

Miller will be a big part of Todd Haley’s game plan on Sunday night, one centered on forcing Leftwich to throw the ball short. Paulson, a seventh round pick out of Oregon, should see plenty of snaps as well.

Journeying to the deep Felix Baumgartner style.

Usually when the word “mild” is attached to things, those things suck. Mild chicken wings are for pansies. Ditto for salsa.

A medium pace is the wrong pace. For real men, there is only all in, or nothing at all, which applies to everything except high ankle sprains and heart attacks. Antonio Brown has reminded us of the former exception to this alpha-male custom.

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