Created on Apr 24, 2013 9:35 AM EST
Going into the 2012 season, Antonio Brown was an extremely popular sleeper pick and it became hotter than Hansel for fantasy analysts to predict him finishing higher-ranked than Steelers teammate Mike Wallace. What happened? Brown failed to top the 100-yard mark all season and also missed three games due to an ankle injury on his way to finishing as the 43rd-ranked wide receiver in 2012. Why’s he on my sleeper list? Besides the fact that Brown finished the 2012 season with a touchdown in four-straight games, Mike Wallace also pulled a LeBron James and took his talents to South Beach, making Brown the de facto number receiver in Pittsburgh. With a good chunk of Wallace’s 119 targets going to Brown, the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger will have to rely on the Central Michigan alum a lot more in 2013 and that is great news for fantasy owners. Brown has been going in the fifth or sixth rounds of most mocks I’ve done so far, but I’d be shocked if he doesn’t give his owners third or fourth round returns – especially in PPR leagues.