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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 6: at Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger wasn't at his best last Sunday, but he again showed what's truly possible from his connection with Antonio Brown. The duo put on a clinic in the second half, hooking up for 93 yards and 2 touchdowns that came far too easily. Brown soundly won an out route in the end zone, then beat two Falcons defenders to a deep ball for a long score later on. An explosive, versatile, and aggressive beast of a receiver, Brown isn't defendable in a real sense, and he's a matchup-proof stud with ever-present upside. Of course, the massive fantasy appeal of this passing game doesn't end with Brown. JuJu Smith-Schuster, still just 21 years old, has hauled in 66% of his targets thus far, and over his young career he's producing a wild 10.4 yards per target. His touchdown last week, a leaping, twisting grab between two Falcons defenders, was a great snapshot of his dynamism. Smith-Schuster is a matchup-winning playmaker on all levels of the field, and on any other roster he'd be a clear-cut fantasy WR1. The fact that he and Brown can dominate from both inside and outside gives Roethlisberger so many options, and even when he's not at his sharpest, there's seemingly always a splash play around the corner. The Bengals pass defense has been shredded on the stat sheet for most of the year. They've allowed passing days of 319, 376, and 419 yards, and 4 of their 5 opponents have thrown multiple touchdowns. There are bright spots, like the pass rush, led by superstar Geno Atkins and the perennially-underrated Carlos Dunlap. And it was definitely encouraging to see them swarm the Dolphins' sneaky playmakers last week - Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, and Jakeem Grant combined for just 60 yards over 12 targets. Much of the credit goes to the cornerbacks, specifically William Jackson III, and the dynamic pass-rushing line. Still, this unit remains beatable from week to week. Explosive receivers routinely take advantage of the gambling cornerbacks and the slow-footed linebackers inside. Eight different players have already posted lines of 54 yards or more against the Bengals.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 vs KC 76 0 0 0 19 13 121 1 0 18.1
3 at TB 55 0 0 0 11 9 116 0 0 11.6
4 vs BAL 60 0 0 0 11 4 60 0 0 6
5 vs ATL 50 0 0 0 4 4 34 1 0 9.4
6 at CIN 0 0 0 0 10 7 111 0 0 11.1
6 at CIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
6 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
6 at CIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

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 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.


Latest News

Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster targeted 10 times (Sun Oct 14, 05:06 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster pulled down seven receptions for a game-high 111 yards on 10 targets in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Our View: Smith-Schuster had a must be seen to be believed reception over a Bengals defender at the one yard line. He's a strong WR2 going into his bye.
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