With former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown revealing his resentment towards JuJu Smith-Schuster over the past few days, it should come as no surprise to learn that some sportsbooks are looking turn this latest drama into a money making opportunity.
In response to the war of words the two players are having over the internet, online bookmaker BetOnline.ag has created a new market for the statistical battle the two will wage on the football field this year, offering a range of bets about which wide receiver will have the better season in 2019.
It's JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. Antonio Brown, on social media and on the gridiron.— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) April 8, 2019
Most receiving yards for 2019:
Most receptions in 2019:
Most TDs in 2019:
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Gamblers can now bet on which player will record more receptions, more yards and more touchdowns, with Brown the clear favorite in each market.
Most Receiving Yards 2019 Regular Season
Antonio Brown -200
JuJu Smith-Schuster +150
Most Receptions 2019 Regular Season
Antonio Brown -175
JuJu Smith-Schuster +135
Most TD’s 2019 Regular Season
Antonio Brown -150
JuJu Smith-Schuster +110
Betting against the NFL’s best wide receiver may not seem like the wisest move on the face of it, but Smith-Schuster’s chances of winning some of these battles should not be completely dismissed out of hand.
Beating Brown in the battle to record the most receptions could be a possibility. With no clear cut No.2 receiver on the roster, Smith-Schuster should not lack for targets in 2019 in an offense that saw both him an AB eclipse the century mark in 2018. A figure no Oakland Raiders receiver has come close achieving since Derek Carr was drafted.
With a superior quarterback throwing him the ball, Smith-Schuster should also have a fair chance of winning the most receiving yards battle as well. Amari Cooper looked like a much better player when he got away from the Raiders and it would be fair to question how much the poor play of Carr impacted his ability to be productive. Something AB will surely find out about soon enough.
The touchdown market is less likely to favor the young Steelers receiver considering the array of weapons that still remain in Pittsburgh and the lack of overall talent surrounding Brown in Oakland, but strangely this is the market that favors AB the least in the betting.
While we would not go as far as advising any significant wagers, there does seem to be some value for those looking for an interest bet that it is unlikely to be decided until the final few weeks of the season.