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Antonio Brown's fantasy football value downgraded after Raiders trade


Antonio Brown's fantasy football value downgraded after Raiders trade

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."

[RELATED: Here's AB, Carr's projected stats for Raiders this year]

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."

Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Panthers' DJ Moore in Week 12


Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Panthers' DJ Moore in Week 12

After a thrilling Monday night matchup, the Chiefs and Rams will get some much deserved time off in Week 12. 

That’s bad news for fantasy football players. 

Kansas City and Los Angeles are the last two NFL teams to have bye weeks, and will do so just one week before the conclusion of many fantasy regular seasons. Chances are, you or someone you know will be without running backs Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt, or wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Tyreek Hill. 

Luckily, we found three players who can fill the void in Week 12, as well as one from Monday’s game who’s worth stashing on your roster. Each player was owned in fewer than half of ESPN and Yahoo fantasy football leagues as of this writing.

DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers WR (Owned in 31.8 percent of ESPN leagues, 39 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Cam Newton spread the ball around Sunday against the Detroit Lions, targeting four different receivers at least seven times. No Panthers pass-catchers had more receptions than Moore, who finished the day with seven catches (on eight targets) for 157 yards and a touchdown. 

Moore benefited from an 82-yard reception, but would still have been a double-digit scorer in PPR leagues without it. The rookie ended Sunday with at least five targets in five of his last six games, and a favorable matchup against a diminished Seattle Seahawks secondary means Moore should firmly be on your radar. 

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens RB (Owned in 0 percent of ESPN leagues, 2 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Lamar Jackson wasn’t the only Ravens rookie to rush for over 100 yards Sunday. Edwards joined on the fun, too, rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 17 carries. He came out of nowhere in Week 11, with more carries Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals than he had in his NFL career. 

Veteran running back Alex Collins’ workload decreased for the second straight week, while Javorius Allen rushed just once for the second straight week. Edwards, then, will have an opportunity to truly take the reins against a not-so-stout Raiders rush defense in Week 12. The matchup alone makes him a solid streaming option. 

Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints WR (Owned in 13.3 percent of ESPN leagues, 25 percent of Yahoo leagues) 

Smith nearly exceeded his own previous workload in Week 11. He entered Sunday with 12 catches for 214 yards and three touchdowns, but finished it with an additional 10 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown after the Saints’ blowout win over the Philadelphia Eagles. 

He led New Orleans with 13 targets, or eight more than Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara … combined. The Saints have a quick turnaround, but they have a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Falcons secondary Thursday. Put in a claim for Smith as soon as you can.

Josh Reynolds, St. Louis Rams WR (Owned in 26 percent of ESPN leagues, 45 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Reynolds filled in admirably for Cooper Kupp once again. He caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in Monday night’s instant classic. 

He also caught two touchdowns when he deputized for Kupp in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers. That touchdown pace is almost certainly unsustainable, but Reynolds’ place in one of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses means his ceiling is high down the stretch -- even if you won’t reap any rewards this week. 

Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Bears' Anthony Miller in Week 11


Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Bears' Anthony Miller in Week 11

It's the make-or-break point of your fantasy-football season. Once Week 11 concludes, chances are you'll have only two weeks to seal your spot in the playoffs. 

There are slim pickings on the waiver wire this late in the season, but it's still possible to find some value to get you over the hump. With that in mind, here are four players to target on the waiver wire in Week 11, each of whom is owned in fewer than 55 percent of ESPN and Yahoo leagues. 

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans RB (Owned in 52.3 percent of ESPN leagues, 48 percent in Yahoo leagues)

Welcome to fantasy relevance, Mr. Henry. The Alabama product found the end zone for the third straight week, scoring two touchdowns on 11 carries for 58 yards. 

Henry hasn’t exceeded 60 rushing yards in a game this season, but Sunday marked the third straight week the 24-year-old hit double digits in PPR formats. He has a very favorable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11, so don’t let his running-back timeshare with Dion Lewis deter you. 

Josh Doctson, Washington WR (Owned in 16.6 percent of ESPN leagues, 10 percent in Yahoo leagues)

Doctson caught four passes for 46 yards and a touchdown Sunday, and upped his fantasy production for the fourth consecutive week. He was only targeted four times, but did score for the second straight game. 

Paul Richardson’s season-ending injury should open up more opportunities for Doctson in Washington’s passing game, even when fellow wide receiver Jamison Crowder comes back. If you’ve got Josh Gordon or Julian Edelman on a bye next week, you could do worse than Doctson as a fill-in.

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears WR (Owned in 13 percent of ESPN leagues, 13 percent in Yahoo leagues)

Miller’s Bears feasted on the Detroit Lions Sunday, and the rookie wide receiver made sure he ate, too. He caught five passes (on six targets) for 122 yards and a touchdown in the blowout at Soldier Field. 

Those yards were only 88 fewer than Miller accumulated in the previous eight games combined. For the second straight week, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky targeted Miller more than wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, despite Allen Robinson’s return. A tough matchup with the Minnesota Vikings is on the table in Week 11, but Miller will still have value down the stretch. 

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks RB (Owned in 11.8 percent of ESPN leagues, 13 percent in Yahoo leagues)

Penny split time with running back Mike Davis in Chris Carson’s absence, but still delivered his best performance of the season Sunday. He carried 12 times for 108 yards and a touchdown, and established season-highs in each category. 

His timeshare with Davis muddies the waters a bit, but a quick turnaround against the Green Bay Packers means he should still have a role if Carson is unable to play. At the very least, you should have Penny on your roster as a cuff if you’re already carrying Carson.