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Is Antonio Brown worth starting Sunday?
Yes, Antonio Brown is worth starting this Sunday. He was listed as a “start” in this week’s start em' or sit em' column because the matchup is fantastic. The New Orleans Saints have allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers over the past four weeks.
And let’s not forget that the last time Brown played New Orleans he finished with 19 targets, 14 catches, 185 yards and two touchdowns. One of the TDs was over Saints current cornerback Marshon Lattimore. GET ICED UP SON.
It’s unclear what Brown’s role will ultimately be, but the fact that he is going to have a role at all warrants a start.
The latest reports suggest Chris Godwin will play Sunday night. If something changes and Godwin can’t go, Brown would seemingly have to see an expanded role.
In his four healthy games, Godwin has averaged just north of seven targets per game. In his absence, Mike Evans has averaged over nine targets per game.
I would project AB to see a portion of those nine targets, in addition to cannibalizing targets from some of the Buccaneers’ ancillary WRs. Over the past four weeks, we have seen Scotty Miller (nine, seven), Tyler Johnson (six) and Jaydon Mickens (eight) command significant targets.
Regardless, there should be enough passing volume to “feed all the mouths” — Tom Brady has at least 40 passing attempts in four of his last five games this season.
AB is the WR33 in the PFF consensus fantasy rankings and my WR22.
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