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Antonio Brown recently made it clear he wants a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Steelers accommodated him by sending him to the Raiders.
The Antonio Brown saga is finally nearing a close. Sources say the #Steelers are dealing AB to the #Raiders in exchange for a third round pick and a fifth round pick in this 2019 draft. Brown will also get a reworked contract that makes him the NFL’s highest paid WR.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2019
With Brown out, JuJu Smith-Schuster theoretically is the primary beneficiary.
These WRs might as well be playing different positions. From their 2018 #ReceptionPerception samples...— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) March 3, 2019
- 76.5% of snaps outside
- 76.3% of snaps on the line
- 55.6% of snaps in the slot
- 59.7% of snaps off the line
Coverages they faced: pic.twitter.com/4gqzMTk24X
Brown's presence likely boosted JuJu's fantasy value, as Brown was often double-teamed by opposing defenses.
Brown was double-teamed on 8.5 percent of his snaps last season, and he generally faced his opponent's top cornerback. With Brown gone, JuJu will likely face tougher competition, and he will almost certainly be double-teamed on more than 0.8 percent of his snaps.
The Antonio Brown sweepstakes are heating up: Sources say the #Steelers have begun telling teams that this is moving quickly and to give their best offers ASAP. This could wrap up soon. 3 new teams have jumped in the last 48 hours. Meanwhile, #Jets, #AZCardinals are out.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2019
Of course, fantasy owners should take this stat with a grain of salt, as JuJu is still one of the best young receivers in football. Last season, he tallied 111 receptions, 1,426 yards and 7 touchdowns. The 1,426 yards was the fifth most in the NFL.
Ultimately, JuJu will remain a productive receiver. But fantasy owners might be disappointed if they are expecting JuJu to take a massive leap forward next season.
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