It’s that time of year once again! Football Absurdity will bring you a breakdown of every notable fantasy football-relevant player throughout June, July, and August. We’ve run through 20 quarterbacks and 40 running backs; that means it’s time to get to the deepest and most varied position! That’s right, we’re on to the wide receivers! Today, I’ve decided to take a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver corps. That’s right, it’s 2021 Chris Godwin, 2021 Mike Evans, and 2021 Antonio Brown. You can check out all three guys by clicking the links above! And yes, I wrote this in a generic enough way to use it as an intro to all three. On to whichever player is in the title!
Antonio Brown ADP & AAV:
Average Draft Position (HPPR): WR42, Pick 113
Average Auction Value: $1.5 (WR43)
Antonio Brown Statistics:
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2021 Antonio Brown Fantasy Football Overview:
Antonio Brown missed all of 2019 and half of 2020 with a prolonged mental breakdown and very public self-destruction. When he returned for Tampa Bay in 2020, he produced extremely well for fantasy football. Brown averaged a touchdown per game after his return, and turned in about 5.6 catches for 60 yards per game upon his return. The 5.6 catches led the Buccaneers after his return, indicating that he’s Tom Brady’s preferred target on a given play.
There’s not much to say here about Antonio Brown, the player. We all know who Antonio Brown is. There isn’t much of an indication that he’s lost a step, and the last time we saw him play a full season, he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s still Good at Football™, and you can get him for a song in all types of draft formats.
2021 Antonio Brown Fantasy Football Draft Strategy:
Get Antonio Brown, I guess? His ADP is baffling. No, it’s mind-boggling. No, it’s [insert an ever-increasing number of statements expressing a mix of confusion and indignation]. Antonio Brown paced out to 90 receptions for 966 yards, and eight touchdowns in his eight games played last season. If you take just what that line gives you, that was a bit short of Keenan Allen’s 100 catches, 992 yards, and eight touchdowns. Or, maybe, it comes close to Diontae Johnson’s 88/924/7 line. He’s definitely somewhere between those two guys in value produced in 2020.
Yet, Keenan Allen goes as WR10 (Pick 32) and Diontae Johnson goes as WR22 (pick 56). Antonio Brown is wide receiver forty-two off the board, 55 picks after Diontae Johnson. I’m flabbergasted, honestly. Just get Antonio Brown if his prolonged mental breakdown is something you can fit into your draft calculus. He’s an absolutely absurd steal at pick 113. Even among the “sharps” at Underdog, he still goes at Pick 85, WR43 overall. Absolutely absurd value for Antonio Brown, there.
Best Case Scenario:
You get a WR2 at a WR5 price.
Worst Case Scenario:
You get a WR5 at a WR5 price. There’s no downside, here!
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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]
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