Poll: Will Antonio Brown set single-season receiving records in 2016?
As the consensus top fantasy receiver for 2016, Brown is as safe as it gets atop fantasy drafts in 2016. As consistent as he's been, there is the upside that Brown puts up record-setting numbers.
Over the past three seasons, Brown's production has improved each season -- 110/1,499/8 (2013), 129/1,698/13 (2014) and 136/1,834/10 (2015).
Tied for the league lead in receptions last year, only Julio Jones (1,871) had more yards.
If it were for Ben Roethlisberger missing four games, Brown might have had a record-setting 2015 campaign. The single-season records for receptions and receiving yards are (143, Marvin Harrison) and (1,964, Calvin Johnson) and it's fair to wonder whether Brown will break those records in 2016.
Getting double-digit targets in all 12 games that Big Ben played, Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game. That equates to a 16-game pace of 159/2,132/13.
With Martavis Bryant suspended for all of 2015, that will have a bigger impact for the team's other receivers -- Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates, etc., but it should mean a few more targets for Brown as well.
Will Brown break the single-season record for either receptions or receiving yards? Or both?