What can Brown do for you in 2019?
Antonio Brown is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL right now, some would even argue the best of all time. It is not everyday we see a talent such as Brown get traded. Today we will discuss his top 3 landing spots in the 2019 season that would give him the best fantasy output. Unlike Le’Veon Bell, it is harder to predict where Brown goes, as Pittsburgh has the choice to send him where they please. We will look at teams with a need for a number one receiver, the draft capital to trade, and the cap room to get him on their roster.
San Francisco 49ers – HC Kyle Shannahan
This might be the best scenario, but the worse for all San Fran pass catchers. A player like Antonio Brown commands a lot of target share, which would lower the ceiling of Dante Pettis, George Kittle, and Jerrick McKinnon. Julio Jones in his two years with Kyle Shannahan posted 136/1871/8 and 83/1409/6. Shannahan is the type of offensive mind who can bring out the full potential and could probably keep Antonio Brown at his 100+ receptions and over 1200 yards. San Francisco has the need, more than enough draft capital, and they certainly have the cap space. Even better, that is where Brown wants to be. I expect this his most likely landing spot, and his best-case scenario for fantasy football.
New England Patriots – HC Bill Belichick
Whenever a big-name player becomes available via free agency or trade, we always must tie it to New England somehow. The Patriots have always played a matchup-based offense and will use their number 3 and 4 receivers more than you’d like. We’ve seen talented players like Sony Michel bust in fantasy line ups because the Patriots want to get cute and punch it in with James Devlin at the goal line. With Gronkowski potentially walking away this off-season the Patriots will need a talent to pull double coverage. If Brady throws for 4500/36/7 I would imagine Brown catches 100/1100/8. The Patriots have the need and the draft capital. If they move some cap space around, I’d imagine they could make it happen. Despite the Patriots offense being unpredictable, Brown with Tom Brady should still be a nice pairing making Brown worth a late second round fantasy pick.
Cleveland Browns – HC Freddie Kitchens
The Browns are void of a true number 1 (unless Antonio Calloway can finally be what we want him to be). Baker Mayfield broke the rookie touchdown record, and with Kitchens staying in Cleveland – it’s only going get better for him. If Mayfield throws for 4000+ Yards, and 30+ Touchdowns in what I project to be a high-powered offense, how does Antonio Brown not get a piece of the pie? We don’t know how Freddie Kitchens’ offense will evolve, but Antonio Brown could be worth an early 3rd round fantasy pick if he’s with the Browns. To add: the Browns have more than enough draft capital to make a play for the diva if they wanted to.