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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. 

​​With Brown out, JuJu Smith-Schuster theoretically is the primary beneficiary. But if you look deeper at the numbers, that may not be the case. 


Brown is understandably getting a lot of attention from the media right now, but that pales in comparison to the attention he receives from opposing defenses. 

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. 

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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