The Raiders' trade for Antonio Brown likely will have a transformative effect on Oakland's offense.
Many expect it also will have one on the wide receiver’s fantasy value.
Regardless of what site you use for fantasy football advice and/or analysis, that seems to be the consensus. Yes, some pundits are higher on Brown's potential as a Raider than others, but in general, they all anticipate a modest drop-off from his insane production over the last several years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here's what some of them had to say:
Mike Clay, ESPN
"The targets should be similar -- Pittsburgh is more pass-oriented than Oakland, but Brown should see a larger target share in a lesser offense -- and his efficiency figures to be similar as he moves from Ben Roethlisberger to Carr at quarterback."
"In all, Brown's value takes a slight hit, but he remains a top-end fantasy wide receiver and is best viewed as a solid WR1."
Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports
"He's no longer a top-five Fantasy receiver coming into this season, and he could easily be considered a bust candidate. But the Raiders made this move to feature Brown in their offense, and he should still command about 150 targets, with the chance to get at least 80-plus catches, 1,000-plus yards and eight-plus touchdowns."
Dave Richard, CBS Sports
"For Brown, a line with 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns is absolutely on the table. He's not a Round 1 Fantasy receiver anymore, but I am warm to the idea of getting him in the back end of Round 2 to be my No. 1 wideout, especially after I take a stud rusher in Round 1 and can pick up another good player in early Round 3."
Michael Beller, Sports Illustrated
"It’s already safe to say that Brown will not be one of the first five receivers drafted for the first time since 2014. DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Michael Thomas and Odell Beckham will all surely go ahead of him in typical drafts. So should his old teammate Smith-Schuster, who has a top-three ceiling at the position with Brown out of the way. It’s also possible that Brown is available in the third round of drafts for the first time since 2013."
Timothy Rapp, Bleacher Report
"In Oakland, at present, Brown is the team's only elite weapon. That will garner him a level of attention from defenses he didn't receive in Pittsburgh, unless Oakland improves in that regard as the offseason progresses.
"These are all concerns, but Brown has earned your trust. He may not be fantasy's top receiver this season, but he should still be a top-10 option. It's fair to move him out of the first round in drafts, but continue to treat him like a WR1."