First, a couple fun facts:
Through the 1999 season exactly 11 WR had managed 110 or more receptions in a single season, and the record at that time was 123 by Herman Moore in 1995. In addition, there had been 26 individual 100+ reception seasons, and a whopping 24 of them occurred in the 1990’s (the lone exceptions being Art Monk with 106 in '84 and Charley Hennigan with 101 in '64).
As of today, the number of 110+ catch seasons has risen from 11 to 38, and Herman Moore’s old record has been eclipsed four times and tied one other time. There have also now been 92 (!!!) individual seasons of 100+ receptions, meaning 66/92 such seasons have occurred since 2000 and 90/92 have occurred in the last 25 years.
The current record for receptions in a season has surprisingly stood for a little while, with no player getting any closer than seven receptions to Marvin Harrison’s 143 in 2002.
Cue Antonio Brown, who put up 136 reception last season, and 129 in 2014 (two of the top four seasons all time). Brown is tailor made for today’s NFL, a devastating route runner and sure handed receiver that doesn’t need to worry about the physical bump coverage that otherwise would make his height (5’10") and size (180 lb) a liability.
Brown’s situation is virtually identical to last season, except Martavis Bryant is suspended for the season and unable to siphon off targets, Ladarius Green is on PUP and won’t be a factor for at least six weeks (if ever?), and Le’Veon Bell is once again suspended for the early part of the year.
So, my bold prediction: Antonio Brown catches 144 passes this year and once again finishes as the #1 WR in fantasy football.