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Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown ankle tweak has major fantasy football championship implications

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been hit hard with injuries this season. They lost Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Godwin for the year with a torn ACL. Running back Leonard Fournette is on IR with a hamstring injury. All Pro wideout Mike Evans is also still dealing with a hamstring injury. That left Antonio Brown as a target hog last week.

Brown reeled in 10 catches for 101 receiving yards. Fantasy football managers were happy to see those results and were frothing at the mouth with a matchup against the New York Jets for their fantasy football championship. Well, they should not celebrate just yet.

According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud, Antonio Brown may have tweaked his ankle in practice and is now questionable to play Sunday.

Buccaneers interim head coach Harold Goodwin said that Antonio Brown will be a game-time decision for Week 17. All of a sudden, fantasy football managers need to pay close attention to what happens during pre-game warmups.

The likely game script for the matchup vs. the Jets already did not bode well for Brown’s fantasy stock. Tampa Bay is a big favorite and is expected to have a comfortable lead for much of the game. If that is the case, even if Brown is active and plays, his snap count might be limited.

Tampa Bay’s primary goal will be getting healthy heading into the playoffs. On Thursday, the Buccaneers activated Mike Evans off of the league’s COVID-19 reserve list. Evans is listed as questionable to play as well. This is shaping up to be a very risky play for fantasy managers in their championship game.

The one thing working in Brown’s favor are his incentive-laden contract. If Brown gets 11 more catches this season, he will earn $333,000. If he gets three more touchdowns, he will get the same amount. And if he gets 317 yards receiving, he’ll get another $333,000. The last one seems unlikely but the first two are certainly possible.