WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-1, 215||Born: 11-22-1996||College: Southern California||Drafted: Round 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Antonio Brown soaked up all of the production in the easy win over the Titans, but he won't score three times in every game. Smith-Schuster has a good matchup this week against the Packers, and we should see that his Week 11 line is closer to his floor than his mean production going forward.
General News (Thu Nov 23): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Nov 22): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Nov 21): has a "small" hamstring injury and will be monitored throughout the week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers
FBG says: Great matchup. Ben Roethlisberger is mired in his worst season in years, posting near-career-lows in completion rate, yardage, and touchdown rates and his lowest fantasy output in nearly a decade. But at times - as we saw last week - this volatile passing game is rescued by its dynamic pass catchers. Antonio Brown remains the league's best all-around receiver, still excelling on underneath, intermediate, and deep routes, and he comes fresh off a massive 10-catch, 146-yard, 3-touchdown show from Week 11. LeVeon Bell is still arguably the league's premier receiving threat out of the backfield, and the emergence of rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, who's averaging 17.2 yards and 0.15 touchdowns per catch, has boosted Roethlisberger's sagging efficiency. This no longer looks like a passing game that can dominate solely on its quarterback's arm, but it's one that can erupt in any matchup thanks to its wildly dynamic weaponry. Unsurprisingly, they're especially productive against weak secondaries, and the Packers look woefully unprepared to face them in Week 12. The Packers simply can't piece together a solid, or even passable, group of starting cornerbacks. Just three years ago they boasted the likes of Casey Heyward and a pre-concussion Sam Shields among their personnel, but are now grasping for starters from an exceptionally shaky pool of candidates. Davon House has been up-and-down at best on one side, while rookie Kevin King has been fighting through an injury and looks unlikely to play, and Damarious Randall has looked terrible in the slot. In fact, aside from safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, there's very little coverage ability throughout this secondary as a whole. As a result, they've been shredded in each of their last 3 reasonably-close games, including a 297-yard gem by Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky. Along the way, they've allowed 6 opposing wideouts to reach 88+ yards over their last 6 games, with a total of 8 wideout touchdowns across that span. Those are terrifying numbers for a defense set to face Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and what's left of Martavis Bryant's dynamism.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
JuJu Smith-Schuster remained involved in the offensive game plan as he finished with four receptions for 47 yards. Early in the first quarter, Smith-Schuster ran a comeback-route for a 11-yard reception. Early third quarter, Smith-Schuster ran a slant and came down with a gritty 12-yard reception as he was being hit from behind. Mid third quarter, Smith-Schuster ran a crossing-route for an 18-yard reception.
2017 Week 10 vs IND (7 / 5 / 97 / 1 rec)
JuJu Smith-Schuster kept his hot-streak going with five receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown. Smith-Schuster looked sharp while running his routes and has developed chemistry with his quarterback. Mid third quarter on a first and goal, Smith-Schuster ran a quick slant for a seven-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Smith-Schuster was able to find an open area in the middle of the end zone for the touchdown.
2017 Week 8 vs DET (10 / 7 / 193 / 1 rec)
JuJu Smith-Schuster led the team with seven receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown. The rookie wide receiver set three impressive records in the game: the first player in NFL history to score four touchdowns before his 21st birthday, the youngest wide receiver in league history to gain 150 receiving yards in a single game, and the longest touchdown in Steelers franchise history. The play of the game was a 97-yard touchdown where Smith-Schuster quickly got behind his defender, completed the reception and then flashed his speed by gaining separation and outrunning the man-to-man defensive coverage. On the first play from scrimmage, Smith-Schuster ran a go-route and got behind the Lions secondary for a 41-yard reception. On the first play of the second series, Smith-Schuster ran a slant for an 18-yard reception.
2017 Week 7 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 39 / 1 rec)
JuJu Smith-Schuster continues to develop as a weapon for the Steelers offense. Early second quarter, Smith-Schuster ran a crossing-route for a 31-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Smith-Schuster got behind the defense as he was left uncovered for the touchdown.
2017 Week 6 vs KC (3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
JuJu Smith-Schuster has quickly developed into a secondary option in the passing game as finished with three receptions for 32 yards. He has gained the trust of Ben Roethlisberger, who looked his way on a third and seven during the middle of the second quarter. On the play, Smith-Schuster was able to gain separation for a 15-yard first-down reception.
2017 Week 5 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
JuJu Smith-Schuster has cemented his role as the Steelers slot receiver option with Eli Rogers a healthy inactive for the second consecutive week. Early third quarter Smith-Schuster ran a crossing-route for a ten-yard reception before he was tackled on the Jaguars five-yard line.
2017 Week 4 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
JuJu Smith-Schuster has replaced Eli Rogers, who was a healthy inactive, as the Steelers slot receiver. Over the past two games, Smith-Schuster has played on 75% of the offensive snaps and 89% of the passing attempts. Early second quarter on a third and seven, Smith-Schuster ran a comeback route for a 19-yard reception. Late second quarter, Smith-Schuster found a soft spot in the middle of the field for a 11-yard touchdown reception. Mid third quarter on a third and ten, Smith-Schuster ran a comeback route for a 17-yard reception.
2017 Week 3 vs CHI (6 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
JuJu Smith-Schuster is developing into a secondary passing option in the Steelers offense. Late first quarter on a third and 15, JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a screen pass and ran hard for 14 yards while almost picking up the first down. Early fourth quarter, Smith-Schuster ran an out-route for a 25-yard reception. He was also targeted two times in the red zone but could not complete the reception due to tight coverage.
2017 Week 2 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 16 / 1 rec)
Early second quarter on a 3rd and 1, JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a shovel pass and ran up the middle for a 4-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Smith-Schuster displayed his quickness and found the end zone before the Vikings defense could react.
Latest NewsSteelers | No practice for JuJu Smith-Schuster (Thu Nov 23, 02:26 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) missed practice Thursday, Nov. 23. Our View: While Smith-Schuster was mostly sidelined due to a huge game by Antonio Brown, the matchup here is tremendous and we could see him as a great WR3, with WR2 upside.
link to story Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn't practice (Wed Nov 22, 05:48 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) was unable to practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. Our View: It's midweek so Smith-Schuster missing practice isn't totally alarming. See if he practices later in the week before considering him as a WR2 or flex play against the Packers in Week 12.
link to story Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster has hamstring issue (Tue Nov 21, 01:18 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) has a 'small' hamstring injury and will be monitored throughout the week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Our View: The Steelers are at home this week to play against the Packers on Sunday Night Football. It's a great matchup for Smith-Schuster provided the rookie is out there. With Tomlin describing the injury as 'small' we would anticipate seeing Smith-Schuster in Week 12. They should limit him in practice during the week.
link to story Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster has quiet night (Fri Nov 17, 12:37 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster finished with four catches and 47 receiving yards during the team's Week 11 win over the Tennessee Titans. link to story Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster posts 97 yards, TD (Sun Nov 12, 06:14 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in five receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in Week 10 against the Indianapolis Colts. Our View: Smith-Schuster has had two straight strong weeks and looks like an everyweek WR2 start going forward. Martavis Bryant is the third option in the offense now.
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