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WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 215Born: 11-22-1996College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2017

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Week 14: at Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger continues to walk the line between mediocre real-life play and big fantasy results. He hasn't been sharp of late, throwing 6 interceptions and producing just 7.1 yards per attempt over the last 3 weeks. He's missed on a few key throws, and his turnovers have been back-breakers. But fantasy players have appreciated the massive volume (148 attempts) and yardage outputs (314, 462, and 281) over that span. Roethlisberger has followed game flow and aired the ball out constantly, and with his duo of world-class receivers, it's resulted in plenty of fantasy production. Antonio Brown (86 yards a game and 12 touchdowns) remains the league's toughest all-around cover, winning consistently in the slot, at the sidelines, and down the field. Brown is a matchup-proof superstar, burning the top-tier secondaries of the Jaguars (117 yards and 1 score) and Chargers (154 and 1) this month. On the other side, JuJu Smith-Schuster is averaging 6.9 catches and 92 yards a game of his own. He's dominating all comers, both outside and in the slot, and has outproduced Brown by every measure except touchdowns. There's also occasional noise from situational guys like Vance McDonald and Ryan Switzer, but the bulk of this high-octane unit's production winds up in the hands of Brown and Smith-Schuster. Both are easy WR1s in fantasy, and Roethlisberger is always an upper-tier QB1 regardless of matchup or script. You'd never know it from the box scores, but the Raiders pass defense has been quite possibly the league's worst here in 2018. They're allowing more net yards per attempt (8.2) and touchdowns (2.4 per game) than anyone, after all. But the 2-10 Raiders' typical game flow lets opposing teams stop passing early before big yardage is allowed. Still, this is a fully targetable unit for opposing fantasy options. There's almost no pass rush in play here, and the constantly-juggled secondary has struggled to cover anyone. The cornerbacks are inconsistent at best, and the safeties frequently misplay throws down the seams. Tight ends, in particular, have dominated this matchup, with 4 different guys topping 70 yards over the last 6 weeks. This is a defense that the only reason they have not given up more yardage against the pass is due to their run defense being so poor.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs CAR 42 1 13 0 5 3 90 1 0 16.3
11 at JAX 61 0 0 0 10 8 104 0 0 10.4
12 at DEN 66 0 0 0 17 13 189 1 0 24.9
13 vs LAC 60 0 0 0 9 6 49 0 0 4.9
14 at OAK 0 0 0 0 12 8 130 2 0 25
14 at OAK PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
14 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
14 at OAK PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

JuJu Smith-Schuster's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs LAC (9 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)

Smith-Schuster had a workman-like game. The Chargers were not going to let Smith-Schuster beat them with big plays after the catch. Smith-Schuster did excel when Ben Roethlisberger needed a conversion. Smith-Schuster's most critical catch came on the final drive of the game for the Steelers. Smith-Schuster caught the ball for a nine-yard gain and allowed the Steelers to continue their drive after James Conner converted a critical fourth down.

2018 Week 12 vs DEN (17 / 13 / 189 / 1 rec)

With Antonio Brown drawing shadow coverage, Smith-Schuster drew much easier coverage both in the slot and outside. The connection with Roethlisberger and Smith-Schuster was string during the game and were almost playing sandlot football at times. Smith-Schuster ran one route where he broke inside, then went outside, and then turned the route back inside to find a soft spot of the zone defense and allow Roethlisberger to find him. Smith-Schusters biggest reception came in the third quarter with the Steelers backed up to the three-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger backpedaled and threw the ball right before taking a hit from an oncoming defender. Smith-Schuster ran an out breaking route which he turned upfield. When the route was turned upfield Roethlisberger hit Smith-Schuster in stride which allowed Smith-Schuster to outrun his coverage. At the end of the run it looked like the safety would catch Smith-Schuster right before the end zone when Smith-Schuster stiff-armed his man to the ground and walked into the end zone. On the last drive of the game for the Steelers, Smith-Schuster was targeted three times and caught two of them. Those two catches went for 19 and 20-yards respectively and were critical to the Steelers getting into scoring position.

2018 Week 11 vs JAX (10 / 8 / 104 / 0 rec)

This will go down as the quietest eight reception 100-yard game of the season. In fact, Smith-Schuster only had two of his eight receptions in the first half of the game and had zero receptions in the third quarter. Like the rest of the Steelers offense, JuJu Smith-Schuster did a majority of his damage in the fourth quarter and came up big. On the final drive of the game Smith-Schuster was responsible for converting a second and short for 35-yards over A.J. Bouye. The reception was Smith-Schuster's best of the day. He had Bouye beat outside and the ball with overthrown. Smith-Schuster turned and leaped for the tough high-point reception.

2018 Week 10 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 90 / 1 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)

Most of Smith-Schuster's production, 75-yards, came on the first play of the game for the offense. JuJu was lined up in the slot and the defender was caught playing the ball and tried jumping the play when Ben Roethlisberger used the pump fake. Ben Roethlisberger delivered a well thrown ball and was able to take the ball to the house. Smith-Schuster continued his strong involvement in the offense on an end around.

2018 Week 9 vs BAL (9 / 7 / 78 / 0 rec)

Smith-Schuster working out of the slot has really allowed the Steelers to get him in yards after the catch situations. In the first quarter, Smith-Schuster worked out of the slot and had Vance McDonald run a pick route and occupy two defenders. This allowed Smith-Schuster to go relatively uncovered in the middle of the field and work in the open field. Smith-Schuster's trust from Ben Roethlisberger was on display with an important reception on fourth down which eventually turned into a touchdown for the Steelers. In the third quarter Smith-Schuster had an injury scare. He was hit hard by Eric Weddle, Ravens safety, and had to go in for a concussion check. Smith-Schuster was quickly back on the field. Smith-Schuster had two of his most quizzical drops during this game as well. His first was dropping the ball in the middle of the field when he was turning up field. His second came at a possible turning point in the game when he was beat to his spot by Jimmy Smith, Ravens defensive back, and dropped a likely touchdown. To Smith-Schuster's credit, he bounced back quickly with a back-shoulder reception converting a third down in the fourth quarter to help ice the game for the Steelers.

2018 Week 8 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Smith-Schuster's day started off slow. Smith-Schuster's day started with a left side wide receiver screen which was stopped quickly and continued his slow start by having a pass that was intended for him tipped in the air and intercepted. Smith-Schuster's best reception of the day came on a perfectly placed back shoulder throw from Ben Roethlisberger. Most importantly, Smith-Schuster had a big fourth down reception towards the middle of the field. Ball was thrown high and Smith-Schuster had to leave his feet for the reception. This did not allow Smith-Schuster the opportunity to use his legs to drive for more yards.

2018 Week 6 vs CIN (10 / 7 / 111 / 0 rec)

JuJu is the perfect compliment to Antonio Brown. He can win against man coverage and can do the dirty work. JuJu's best catch of the game came when he was matched up with Darqueze Dennard and JuJu stole the ball from Denard. JuJu was ruled down by his helmet at the one-yard line after seemingly slide in for a touchdown. JuJu had another touchdown grab broken up in the endzone by a Bengals defensive back.

2018 Week 5 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)

Relatively quiet game for JuJu today. In fact, all four of JuJu's targets came in the first half of the game and before a false start penalty. Luckily JuJu was efficient and did his damage early by catching an early high-pointing touchdown between two defenders.

2018 Week 4 vs BAL (11 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)

One of the quietest 11 target games ever witnessed. Smith-Schuster was providing the only spark for the Steelers early. Working from the slot and on a play action pass over the middle, Ben Roethlisberger dropped ball over the defender with excellent placement. JuJu followed up with a near touchdown which was in his hands and broken up by a defender. Shortly after JuJu left the game with an undisclosed injury. Of JuJu's 11 targets only three of them came in the second half. Stay tuned for injury updates on JuJu.

2018 Week 3 vs TB (11 / 9 / 116 / 0 rec)

JuJu was again Roethlisberger's go-to-receiver for the second week in a row and spent a lot of his time working out of the slot. Smith-Schuster caught a shallow crossing route against zone coverage for a big gain. During the last two minutes of the first half JuJu caught two passes and almost a third for a touchdown. The almost touchdown grab was broken up by the defender.

2018 Week 2 vs KC (19 / 13 / 121 / 1 rec)

It is hard to imagine Ben Roethlisberger having eyes for another wide receiver, but JuJu Smith-Schuster is a possibility and out targeted Antonio Brown 19 to 17. Throughout Sunday's match-up Smith-Schuster and Roethlisberger were on the same page. Big Ben was hitting JuJu in stride and giving plenty of opportunity after the catch. Smith-Schuster's touchdown reception came on tight coverage from Kansas City.

2018 Week 1 vs CLE (8 / 5 / 119 / 0 rec)

Playing second fiddle to Antonio Brown still provides plenty of opportunities when you have the trust of Ben Roethlisberger. After the Browns tied the game 7-7, the momentum had shifted to the Browns. Enter JuJu Smith-Schuster answering almost immediately with a long gain to silence the Browns crowd with a 67-yard reception. Even though Smith-Schuster didn't record a catch in overtime, it was still a productive showing for the second-year wide receiver.

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Latest News

Steelers | Two scores for JuJu Smith-Schuster (Sun Dec 9, 11:09 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught eight of his 12 targets for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.

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Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster held in check by Bolts (Mon Dec 3, 01:39 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had six receptions for 49 yards in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Schedule

14@ Oakland Raiders
15vs New England Patriots
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Cincinnati Bengals