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With everything else that has happened this offseason, it might be easy to forget that Antonio Brown is now a member of the Oakland Raiders. That means he'll be catching passes from someone other than Ben Roethlisberger, which could impact his production in 2019.
Unfortunately for AB, there's one thing Raiders' QB Derek Carr doesn't do nearly as well as Roethlisberger – throw the deep ball.
While Roethlisberger ranked as high as first and as low as 10th in percentage of passes traveling 20-plus yards over the past four seasons, Carr topped out at 15th during that same time frame. Despite all the issues that Brown apparently had with Roethlisberger off the field, they were a lethal combo on the field.
It's tough to predict whether the Raiders will change their offense, now that they have one of the best deep threats in the league, but in head coach Jon Gruden's first season back in Oakland they certainly didn't rely on the deep ball.
While the Raiders may not throw too many deep passes, Carr is, however, extremely accurate when he does. Over the past three seasons, he threw an accurate pass, hitting the receiver in stride, 30.8 percent of the time.
Fantasy owners who draft Brown will just have to hope Gruden caters to his best offensive weapon in 2019. A consensus first-round fantasy draft pick while with the Steelers, Brown is now ranked outside the top five WRs, going between pick 15-20 in early mock drafts.
Brown might prove to be a great value pick in the second round, but with so many unknowns in Oakland, it could be smart to look elsewhere in upcoming fantasy drafts.
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