College: USC | 3 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 11/22/1996
Depth Chart: WR2.1
2019 Bye Week: 7
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR
Smith-Schuster was one of the best receivers in the game last year, taking a huge step forward from year one. He was eighth overall in fantasy receiver scoring. He topped 100 receptions and 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. Smith-Schuster had double-digit fantasy points all but two games. He had eight 100-yard games and three games with double-digit receptions. And with Antonio Brown gone this year, Smith-Schuster could have an even bigger role in the Steelers pass-first offense. Smith-Schuster is a big, strong receiver that isn't afraid to make the tough catch. He does lack a little top speed, but still makes many of big plays. He will drop some passes, but really improved in that area last year.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: The touchdown totals were the only thing holding Smith-Schuster back from top-five fantasy receiver last year. Expect that to change this year, getting more red-zone looks with Brown gone. He should be a top-five fantasy receiver. Look for around 115 catches for 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster stole some of the spotlight in the Steel City in 2018, and has quickly jumped to star status in the NFL. Seeing 166 targets, Smith-Schuster hauled in 111 passes for 1,426 yards and seven scores. While he still had Antonio Brown hogging a lot of targets, the second-year receiver proved to be a reliable safety net for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. An average of 8.6 air yards per target was less than the 11.6 from his rookie year in 2017, but the USC product was in Roethlisbergers sights often. Now that Brown is on the West coast, Smith-Schuster has little competition for targets. Roethlisberger has a history of force feeding his top target (aka Brown) regardless of coverage, so the 22-year-old will have no problem maintaining a high target total. His 15th overall ADP in PPR formats is right in line with his prime opportunity this year. He would only take a slight hit in standard leagues, due to not scoring more than seven touchdowns in either of his two pro seasons, but Smith-Schuster should still be considered a top eight option at wide receiver.
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will have third-string, rookie quarterback Devlin Hodges throwing to him on Sunday night against the LA Chargers.The third-year pass catcher has really struggled with distracting team's top cornerbacks every week and thus remained relatively quiet. However, a 35-yard touchdown last week is what keeps him in your lineups. While the Chargers allows just 21 fantasy points per game to receivers, Smith-Schuster is due for between five and seven targets every week. He can be considered a low-end WR2 or solid flex play depending on your roster construction.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught all seven of his targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in a 26-23 loss tot he Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. He also lost a fumble.
Fantasy Spin: The quarterback situation is far from ideal in Pittsburgh right now, but Smith-Schuster has still tallied at least 75 receiving yards in four of the five games this year. He is still an every-week fantasy starter.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in seven passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The USC product had a big 35-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but was relatively quiet after that. Then disaster struck in overtime when Smith-Schuster pulled in his final reception, then had the ball punched out, only for Baltimore to recover and kick the game-winning field goal. With Mason Rudolph (concussion) almost sure to miss some time, the Steelers' top receiver takes a huge hit in fantasy value with Devlin Hodges the presumed "next man up." Smith-Schuster's ceiling is a WR2 in a Week 6 road matchup with the Chargers.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is officially active for the team's Week 5 game.
Fantasy Spin: Smith-Schuster has not had a lot of success with Mason Rudolph as the quarterback. He should still be a starting option in all leagues but may now be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. Smith-Schuster re-injured his toe in last Monday's game and was listed as questionable after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He can be considered a mid-range WR2 on Sunday, as the Ravens allow 38.9 fantasy points per game to wide receivers.
Adam Schefter is reporting Smith-Schuster is active for the Week 5 game.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) will be a game-time decision for Week 5's game against the Baltimore Ravens, according to multiple sources. He will take part in pregame warmups before a determination is made if he will play.
Fantasy Spin: Smith-Schuster was listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in just one of the team's three practice sessions during the week. He should be viewed as a WR2 option if he is active but fantasy owners should have alternate options available if he doesn't suit up.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) has a solid chance of planning on Sunday after practicing in full on Friday; however, the team will wait to see how he feels during pre-game warmups before making the call. The 22-year-old hasn't lived up to expectations this season, and while it would be a positive for fantasy managers to see him play in Week 5, don't expect much despite going up against a weak Ravens Defense. If Smith-Schuster is indeed out, expect more looks for wide receivers Jaylen Samuels and Diontae Johnson, with both men combining for 14 receptions for 134 yards and a score against the Bengals on Monday night.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder) are listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Ravens. Smith-Schuster did the "bare minimum" at practice on Friday but was listed as a full participant. He should be expected to play against a suddenly shaky Ravens Defense, but he's in danger of another down outing in an expected matchup with Baltimore shutdown cornerback Marlon Humphrey. Smith-Schuster should be labeled a WR2 moving forward in this Mason Rudolph-led offense. McDonald missed last week and is up in the air to play on Sunday. He's on the TE1/2 borderline if he returns.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Roosevelt Nix (knee) and LB Anthony Chickillo (foot) were held out of practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens. TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) participated fully in practice Friday, Oct. 4, after not practicing earlier in the week and are listed as questionable. LB Vince Williams (hamstring) remained a full participant in practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. RB James Conner (ankle), LB Mark Barron (non-injury), C Maurkice Pouncey (non-injury), DT Cameron Heyward (quad) and OG Ramon Foster (non-injury) were full participants in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster said he was a limited participant in practice Friday, Oct. 4, and declared himself questionable for the team's Week 5 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Fantasy Spin: Smith-Schuster was at least able to get on the field Friday after not practicing at all the previous two days, but be prepared to plug in another wideout as this looks likely to come down to a game-time call Sunday morning.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) was held out of practice again on Thursday. "JuJu got a little banged up early in that ball game last week. We held him a little bit today. Held him yesterday. Dont have any feeling like he wouldnt be back with us, but he gutted it out & I was really proud of him," offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said. Smith-Schuster will likely be questionable but will play in Week 5 against the Ravens. If he goes at less than 100 percent, he's an obvious bust candidate in a date with cornerback Marlon Humphrey. Consider Smith-Schuster a shaky WR2 this week. If he can't go, James Washington and rookie Diontae Johnson will be the team's top two receivers.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 3.
Fantasy Spin: The Steelers seem optimistic about Smith-Schuster's status, but he has not practiced this week. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy receiver if he plays, but fantasy players should have other options available.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Smith-Schuster is coming off a disappointing Week 4 performance and does not appear to have a great connection with Mason Rudolph. He should still be a starting option in fantasy leagues but may be more of a No. 2 receiver.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster had three grabs for just 15 yards on four targets in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Sept. 30.
Fantasy Spin: Smith-Schuster has been a huge disappointment, as he has failed to step up as a No. 1 receiver with Antonio Brown moving along. It hasn't helped that he lost Ben Roethlisberger in Week 1 to a season-ending injury. He has three or more grabs in every game, and at least 78 yards in his three previous outings. But he is performing more like a WR3 than a No. 1. The Steelers host the Ravens in Week 5.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught three of his four targets for a measly 15 yards in Monday's 27-3 win over the Bengals. This was easily Smith-Schuster's worst game of the season so far, but Cincinnati did their job of neutralizing the 22-year-old. It didn't help his case that Mason Rudolph relief heavily on check-downs in the victory, but anytime the USC product is fourth on the team in targets, something needs to change. Look at Smith-Schuster as a mid-range WR2 in PPR formats for a Week 5 home matchup with the Ravens.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in his first touchdown of 2019 in Week 3's loss, but Monday night's matchup with the Bengals presents a prime opportunity for the 22-year-old to reward fantasy owners. He'll draw Tony McRae in coverage, which will give Smith-Schuster plenty of room to operate. In four career matchups with the Bengals, the third-year receiver has caught two touchdowns, and eclipsed 100 yards receiving once as well. He's a low-end WR1 this week but should be set into one of your flex spots due to playing in the last game on the slate.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught three passes for 81 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: Seventy-six of Smith-Schuster's 81 receiving yards came on a long touchdown, salvaging an otherwise unimpressive first game post-Big Ben. Week 4 presents a tasty matchup with the Bengals, which means Smith-Schuster should remain in your starting lineup.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught three passes on seven targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the 49ers. Smith-Schuster scored on a 76-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter, but outside of that it was a very quiet day for the 22-year-old. With Mason Rudolph taking the reins of the offense for the remainder of this season, the USC product will likely continue to take a big hit in production. In the team's Week 4 Monday night matchup with the Bengals, Smith-Schuster should be considered a mid-range WR2
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster draws a tough matchup in Week 3 against the 49ers on the road. San Francisco has allowed a 56 Catch % to wide receivers, one of the lowest in the NFL. However, Smith-Schuster should avoid coverage from Richard Sherman and instead get K'Wan Williams, which would give the USC product a boost for fantasy. Rudolph targeted Smith-Schuster five times after taking the reins in Week 2, the most of anyone on the team. As long as that connection continues, the 22-year-old should be considered a WR2 moving forward.