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If Seahawks sign Antonio Brown, could he help you win your fantasy league?

If Seahawks sign Antonio Brown, could he help you win your fantasy league?
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: New England Patriots Wide Receiver Antonio Brown (17) watches the game on the sidelines during the NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on September 15, 2019. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Widely regarded as one of, if not the best, wide receiver of his generation, the only person who could stop Antonio Brown was himself. Consistently one of the most productive wide receivers in fantasy football, Brown is now being linked to the Seattle Seahawks when he returns from suspension as early as Week 8. We haven’t seen Brown on a football field for several months, so now fantasy football managers need to ask themselves if he is worth a roster spot, and most importantly, this – if the Seahawks sign Antonio Brown, could he help you win your fantasy league?

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According to reports, the Seahawks are interested in signing Antonio Brown

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, with Antonio Brown’s suspension eligible to end after Week 8, the Seattle Seahawks are now positioned to make a push to sign him. However, they’re not alone. This is not the first time that we have heard of the organization being linked to Antonio Brown news, as this was rumored over the summer as well.

Seahawks quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Geno Smith are friends with Brown and worked out together over the offseason. They’ve both remained in contact with Brown, per Schefter, and have spoken about the idea of bringing him to Seattle. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are said to be intrigued by the idea of pairing Brown with Wilson in an offense that already includes receivers Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. 

It is also worth mentioning that the team already has another receiver waiting for reinstatement in Josh Gordon, who is still awaiting approval from the commissioner to rejoin the team.

If the Seahawks do, in fact, sign the WR, Antonio Brown’s fantasy outlook will skyrocket. The team will instantly have the most dynamic and talented wide receiver room in the NFL. It becomes a WR group that every fantasy manager would want a part of, as each player has a championship-winning upside. 

Before that can happen though, there are a few legal hurdles in the way that Brown has put before himself.

Why was Antonio Brown suspended from the NFL?

Antonio Brown has been his own worst enemy. It seemed as if a light switch was flipped from someone who came off as the model professional for years in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. From demanding a trade from the Steel City after an “incident” with QB Ben Roethlisberger at practice to ruining his welcome with the Raiders, then with the New England Patriots, Brown hasn’t seen the field since Week 2 of the 2019 season.

The NFL officially gave Brown, who had been under investigation for a number of off-field incidents, an eight-game suspension back in late July for violating the personal conduct policy. At the time, it was reported that Brown’s suspension could be extended “if further violations are found related” to the ongoing lawsuit.

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Brown’s suspension stems from his no-contest plea to burglary and battery charges from a January incident in Florida and accusations he sent intimidating texts to a woman who accused the receiver of making past unwanted advances toward her.

All of this isn’t even including that Brown has another hearing in a civil suit related to sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations that are still ongoing. A case in where Antonio Brown’s own attorney and representation Carson Hancock withdrew himself on the eve of the deadline for producing evidence related to a civil lawsuit citing. Hancock cited “irreconcilable differences” with Brown as the basis for his withdrawal from serving Brown’s counsel.

Yes, the “business side” of the NFL might see the talent that someone like Antonio Brown brings to their team. But from a moral and ethical stance, what does a win really cost? Is Brown’s baggage enough for the chance at a championship? That’s not up to me to decide.

Best landing spots for Antonio Brown outside of Seattle for fantasy

Antonio Brown’s fantasy outlook with Seattle is tantalizing for fantasy managers, but we know there will be other suitors around the league who require a wide receiver that will be making their pitches to his camp.

One such place is the Baltimore Ravens, who desperately need another pass-catching option outside of Mark Andrews and Antonio Brown’s nephew, Marquise Brown. The Ravens are one of the top-three teams in the AFC, and Brown’s addition could help push them in competing with the Kansas City Chiefs who just added Le’Veon Bell.

Would the New England Patriots be willing to slow-dance again with Brown? They were the last team we saw Brown suit up for in their Week 2 shellacking of the Miami Dolphins in 2019, where Brown caught four of his eight targets for 56 yards and a touchdown on less than a week of being on the team.

With Cam Newton at the helm, Brown would be the instant WR1 on a team lacking any vertical threat. Paired up with Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry, this could be the push they need to maintain the stranglehold they have held on the AFC East for well over a decade.

And just because some people want to see the world burn, the Kansas City Chiefs. Why not add another former Steeler at this point. I really hope this one doesn’t happen, no matter how ridiculously good it would be for fantasy. 

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Tommy Garrett is a writer for PFN covering Fantasy Football. You can read more of his work here and follow him at @TommygarrettPFN on Twitter.


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