It’s been reported by Adam Schefter that Antonio Brown is in fact back in the NFL.
The Buccaneers front office came in hot once again, trying to give Tom Brady every weapon imaginable. This is an odd move in part because of the ever-evolving identity crisis that is the Tampa Bay offense.
What Does This Mean for the Others?
Immediately, the first thought that comes to mind is: are Chris Godwin and Mike Evans injured? The answer is yes, but how bad are the injuries? Could this just be precautionary in case Godwin or Evans are due to miss some time?
The next thought is: the Buccaneers wide receivers are now involved in a gigantic time share in the passing game. How much can you trust them on a weekly fantasy basis? This could be as maddening as the New England Patriots running back carousel, in theory of course.
Lastly, this immediately takes targets away from Godwin. Obviously Antonio Brown is the better player of the two and Mike Evans has more size for the Bucs to utilize, but this is potentially tough for Godwin fantasy owners. Godwin is a good player, but Evans, as mentioned, brings the size whereas Brown gives them speed and a legit deep threat.
The Bottom Line
Pick him up while you can. Within the last 24-48 hours, Brown’s ownership has gone up over 40% in ESPN leagues. Grab him if you need a receiver and stash him if you need to. Be weary though, and pay close attention to the health of the aforementioned receivers. If either of them miss time, then Brown’s usage will skyrocket immediately.