Gameday update: It was hard to make a judgement on Antonio Brown’s debut as the Bucs were down quickly to the Saints last week. Brown had three receptions (five targets) for 31 yards. He also played 39 offensive snaps, which only equal out to seven percent. However, Tampa gets a solid matchup against a Panthers’ defense that is allowing 19.8 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. ESPN projects Brown to score 7.9 points.
Antonio Brown made his much-anticipated return to an NFL field last Sunday and, well, what can we possibly take away from it? The 31-year-old Brown didn’t look cooked, but the game got out of hand so quickly and the Buccaneers were so thoroughly dominated, it’s unfair to gauge him afterthat one game. We’ll see what he can do this week versus the Carolina Panthers.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs WR Antonio Brown
Brown played 39 snaps in his return, fewer than Mike Evans (43) and Chris Godwin (47). He also saw fewer targets than those two, Leonard Fournette and Rob Gronkowski. He turned his five targets into three catches for 31 yards. His rapport with Tom Brady could use a little more work as miscommunication on a route between the two led directly to an interception. More generally, Brown was given some downfield targets and looked quick in and out of his breaks, which is probably the most important takeaways from his showing in this disaster of a game. The Panthers’ defense has been easier to beat with slot wideouts than perimeter WRs, but they permitted the seventh-fewest DraftKings fantasy points per game to the position.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
With the Bucs’ receiving corps relatively healthy, you’re better off shying away from Brown ($5,800) in all formats until we actually see him take on more of a leading role in this offense.