What We Learned: 2021 Preseason
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After the Raiders voided $30M of Antonio Brown’s money due to issues between him and GM Mike Mayock, Brown demanded his own release from the team. His wish was granted around noon ET Sep. 7, 2019.
But is anyone really surprised? After everything that’s happened, did you really expect to be able to count on Brown?
The man has been making headlines for acting like a clown for months, and the regular season hasn’t even started for the Raiders. Can you imagine what would’ve happened if the team started 1-3?
The point is, Raiders Antonio Brown was never going to get you as many points as Steelers Antonio Brown. Now it’s a fact.
So what is the Fantasy Fallout? Well, obviously you can’t use Brown. The way I see it you’ve got two options. You can: keep Brown, hope another team signs him and let him eat up one of your roster spots for the time being, or you can admit defeat and drop Brown altogether.
Either way now is no time to be feeling sorry for yourself solider! The season is still young! You’re just going to have to work with what you’ve got, play the waiver-wire and facilitate some trades damn it!
The way I see it, you would’ve been looking to trade Brown after a couple weeks anyways.
Derek Carr couldn’t make Amari Cooper work, and he looks reborn in Dallas. What makes you think Carr would be able to make Brown work any better? Oakland lacks any star-power on defense, Carr has no protection. Was Antonio Brown supposed to just fix that?
Personally, I’m done with AB in FantasyLand. Josh Jacobs however, is a different story.
Jacobs has been a popular RB2/FLEX pick over the past month or so, with Brown gone, his touches are due for an uptick.
There’s a chance the attention Brown would have taken away from Jacobs comes back to haunt him, but I could still see him rushing for 1,000 yards and, if anything, getting more red-zone looks. Oakland’s offense is still suspect, but Jacobs seems like he’ll be the bright spot.
Tyrell Williams is now the WR1 for the Raiders. Williams has finished as a 1,000 yard receiver in the past, and I wouldn’t count him out, but I didn’t love him before, and I don’t like him any better as the focus of opposing defenses. If you’ve been reading, you know I’m not high on Carr supporting a fantasy relevant wide receiver. Williams is still a WR4 in my eyes and a low-end flex. If anything, Darren Waller is my pass catcher to keep an eye on for the Raiders. The six-foot-six converted WR runs a 4.46 forty yard dash. They’ve got him as their tight end... I’ll let you calculate the fantasy possibilities of that one on your own.
Tim Brosnan, Fantasy Sports Analyst/Freelance Journalist
Tim Brosnan is a college-educated sports journalist from the New Haven, Connecticut area.
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