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Antonio Brown says he's done with NFL, rails against Kraft, Roethlisberger in tweetstorm

Antonio Brown says he's done with NFL, rails against Kraft, Roethlisberger in tweetstorm

Less than two days after thanking the Patriots about the opportunity they gave him, Antonio Brown struck a very different tone on Sunday morning.

The embattled wide receiver took shots at Robert Kraft and Ben Roethlisberger while saying he was through with playing in the NFL in a series of tweets.

Brown's actions have cost him millions of dollars in the form of guaranteed money from the Raiders and a signing bonus from the Patriots. As Tom E. Curran reported, the first installment of Brown's signing bonus with New England was due Monday.

If his first tweet was pointed at NFL owners as a whole, he zeroed in on Robert Kraft in his next tweet.

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Brown brought up Kraft's Orchids of Asia scandal from earlier this year, an incident that the league has not punished the Patriots owner for. Kraft was reportedly "enraged" about Brown's most recent behavior, sending intimidating text messages to one of his accusers.

But Brown wasn't content with only taking shots at Kraft. He also targeted his former teammate Ben Roethlisberger and brought up Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe in an attempt to show a double standard in the NFL.

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So even though Brown's Patriots tenure is over, it's clear we haven't heard the last from the wide receiver, at least on social media.

Report: Several teams still interested in Brown, says agent

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Fantasy football Week 3 waiver wire: QBs to add after Roethlisberger, Brees injuries

Fantasy football Week 3 waiver wire: QBs to add after Roethlisberger, Brees injuries

Quarterback is arguably the deepest position in fantasy football.

And that depth is about to be seriously tested.

Monday brought a double dose of rough news on the QB injury front: The New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees reportedly is out at least six weeks, while Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger is done for the season.

If you're reading this, we're guessing you're among the unlucky bunch that owns either Brees or Roethlisberger in one of your leagues. But we have good news: There's plenty of help on the waiver wire, where three players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues finished in the top 10 in fantasy scoring for Week 2.

Here are the top five quarterbacks to target on the waiver wire this week:

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): The 49ers offense finally clicked Sunday in Cincinnati, where Garoppolo threw for 297 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception. Next up? A home date with a Steelers defense that's allowed 300-plus passing yards and three touchdowns to both QBs it has faced this season. We like Jimmy G's chances of a repeat performance.

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (40 percent owned): How long until fantasy owners start taking Allen seriously? The second-year scrambler added another rushing touchdown Sunday while ranking as the seventh-best fantasy QB of the week. He's a safe bet to land in the top 10 in Week 3 against the aforementioned Bengals defense, which looks as bad as advertised.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (35 percent owned): Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles defense intercepted Matt Ryan on Sunday. It's also allowed 700 passing yards and six touchdowns in two games. Stafford is still chucking the ball (75 attempts through two games), making him a high-floor play next Sunday.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (19 percent owned): Few names inspire less confidence than Andy Dalton. But guess who's second in the NFL in passing yards behind Patrick Mahomes? Throw your judgment out the window and take a chance on the Red Rifle, who has a tough matchup in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills but gets the Steelers in Week 4.

Teddy Bridgewater, Saints (1 percent owned): This is more of a long-term play, as Bridgewater has a low ceiling in a Week 3 road matchup with the Seahawks. But that's followed by an inticing three-game stretch against the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars, none of whom boast elite defenses. With the weapons at Bridgewater's disposal, he should at least by a high-end QB2 going forward.

If you're set at QB, here are the top waiver wire adds to consider at running back, wide receiver and defense.

RUNNING BACK

Raheem Mostert, 49ers (18 percent owned): Mostert amassed over 150 total yards and a touchdown last Sunday in Tevin Coleman's absence. He's not quite a "must-start" (forgive the pun), but he's a borderline FLEX play in Week 3 if Coleman is out and at least deserves a roster spot.

Other running backs to target: Carlos Hyde (HOU), Jaylen Samuels (PIT), Frank Gore (BUF)

WIDE RECEIVER

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (16 percent owned): Injuries to DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert meant Carson Wentz looked Agholor's way a ton (11 times, to be exact) in Week 2. Assuming the Eagles forgive his horrendous drop last Sunday, he's a good bet for a heavy workload against the Detroit Lions.

Other running backs to target: DK Metcalf (SEA), Deebo Samuel (SF), Geronimo Allison (GB)

DEFENSE

Tennessee Titans (36 percent owned): Tennessee's D has been a pleasant surprise with nine sacks and four takeaways over its first two games. Expect regression ... but not on Thursday night, when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars and some guy named Gardner Minshew who we're still not convinced is a real person.

Other defenses to target: Buffalo (vs. CIN), San Francisco (vs. PIT), Philadelphia (vs. DET)

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Ben Roethlisberger out for season in crushing blow for Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger out for season in crushing blow for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers' poor start to the 2019 season just got a whole lot worse.

The Steelers placed Ben Roethlisberger on season-ending injured reserve Monday after an MRI revealed the quarterback will need surgery on his right elbow. Roethlisberger injured his elbow during Pittsburgh's 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, which dropped the team to 0-2 after its 33-3 defeat to the New England Patriots in Week 1.

That means Mason Rudolph is the new starting quarterback for an offense that has lost its three best skill players -- Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown -- in a matter of months.

The Steelers were expected to be playoff contenders this season and have been one of the few teams to even remotely challenge the Patriots for AFC supremacy in recent years.

Roethlisberger's injury likely will relegate them to a losing campaign, however, as New England's competition in the AFC looks shockingly weak outside the Kansas City Chiefs.

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