Comparing Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown

Who Should You Target: Mike Wallace or Antonio Brown?

7/31/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

December 23, 2010; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace (17) races for a 43 yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIREThe Pittsburgh Steelers have two wide receivers that will make a large impact in fantasy football this season. Those two receivers are Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.

Mike Wallace has put together two great back-to-back campaigns, averaging 66 catches, 1225 yards, and 9 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He's one of the best deep threats in the league and is a big play waiting to happen at all times.

Antonio Brown is a lesser known player, but he had a breakout season last year, his second year in the league, and has the potential to improve on those numbers this year. After posting 69 catches and 1102 yards, he'll be an intriguing pick in this year's fantasy drafts.

While Mike Wallace may seem like the stud fantasy receiver that should be targeted in drafts, Antonio Brown is the Steelers pass catcher that you should seek out this summer. Wallace is likely to put up the better numbers this season, but Antonio Brown will be the better value pick in most drafts.

Wallace is currently holding out, and while he sits at home doing whatever it is that he does, Antonio Brown is at training camp developing a better rapport with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
December 24, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs after a pass reception against the St. Louis Rams during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 27-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE
In addition, Brown finished last season better than Wallace did. From Week 8 until the end of the season, Wallace averaged only 4 catches for 51 yards per game. Brown, on the other hand, averaged 5 catches for 83 yards. Brown's touchdowns (2) were much less than Wallace's (8), but those numbers should grow closer next season.

Brown only started three games last year, and with Hines Ward retiring, he should get a significant increase in targets.

If you have Mike Wallace on your squad, you don't have anything to worry about (assuming he gets his contract situation figured out), but if you can snag Brown in the early-middle rounds, he'll be a better value than Wallace in the early rounds.
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