When Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 80 combined fantasy points in weeks 8 and 9 last year, it skewed his overall season production to where he almost finished as a top 5 fantasy QB. Fantasy experts and laypeople remember those weeks, and justifiably have kept their expectations in check. Roethlisberger is currently being drafted anywhere from the fifth to seventh round, and that feels about right for a guy who is probably just inside the top ten QBs from a fantasy perspective.
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So why, then, is Antonio Brown not getting the Roethlisberger treatment? After all, if you take away the monster weeks Brown had in week 8 and 9 last year, suddenly Brownalls from being the top producer at WR, to the fourth best overall at his position. Most sources have Brown listed as the top overall WR prospect, and okay to draft in the first round. He’s not number one on my board, but maybe I’d take him at the end of the first, but only for ADP purposes. The real beneficiary in all of this is you. If Brown is going a little too early, then who is going a little too late? Calvin Johnson was a disappointment last year, but don’t forget how he finished the previous three years… as the number one, number one, and number three fantasy receiver. He may no longer be the de facto number one WR, but he’s still as physically talented as any WR on the planet, so you if can snag him in the late second/early third, then just go ahead and engrave your trophy in August.