WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): The Steelers have reinvented themselves as a defense-based team with safe calls on offense. Smith-Schuster should continue to be the focus of opposing pass defenses, making him a boom/bust WR3/Flex as he goes into his bye.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 at SF 53 0 0 0 7 3.0 81 1 0 14.1
4 vs CIN 43 0 0 0 4 3.0 15 0 0 1.5
5 vs BAL 55 0 0 0 7 7.0 75 1 1 12.5
6 at LAC 51 0 0 0 4 1.0 7 0 0 0.7

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

2019 Week 6 vs LAC (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

On top of dealing with the fourth string quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Smith-Schuster also had Casey Hayward to deal with. Smith-Schuster's single catch came on an in-breaking slant route. The ball was perfectly thrown in rhythm and Smith-Schuster made a great catch on the ball.

2019 Week 5 vs BAL (7 / 7 / 75 / 1 rec)

The Steelers wanted to make an effort to get Smith-Schuster involved early and often. Smith-Schuster received the first two targets of the game. On the Steelers' third drive of the game, the ball was snapped and Smith-Schuster's defender covering him was bumped by a teammate covering another player and he was able to break free across the middle of the field. Marlon Humphrey was able to catch Smith-Schuster, but he was stiff armed to the group and Smith-Schuster kept his balance to score a touchdown. Unfortunately, Smith-Schuster's day did not end as sunny. During overtime Smith-Schuster was able to split two defenders and made a great reception in traffic while on the run. The ball was recovered by the Ravens. The Ravens proceeded to kick a field goal to end the game. The fumble call is controversial and could be viewed as an incomplete pass.

2019 Week 4 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Another quiet night for Smith-Schuster on the field. The Bengals throughout the night were putting their best defender on Smith-Schuster. While Smith-Schuster did not have a big receiving impact on the game, his impact was felt as a mentor to Diontae Johnson. On the first drive of the game, after Johnson fumbled the ball, Smith-Schuster went to Johnson and helped coach him through the turnover.

2019 Week 3 vs SF (7 / 3 / 81 / 1 rec)

The stat line for Smith-Schuster looks relatively robust, but 76 of Smith-Schuster's 81 total yards came on one reception. On Smith-Schuster's touchdown reception it was the perfect catch and run. Smith-Schuster was running a deeper crosser and the ball was delivered right on his facemask. With a step already on his defender, Smith-Schuster turned on the afterburners to force a bad angle by the safety and score a long touchdown.

2019 Week 2 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 84 / 0 rec)

After combatting all night with Stephen Gilmore in Week 1 against the Patriots, Juju Smith-Schuster saw a much easier day against the Seattle Seahawks who don't have a traveling shutdown cornerback. The downside is Ben Roethlisberger didn't target him until halfway through the second quarter. When Smith-Schuster was targeted he was a reliable target for Ben Roethlisberger and getting good opportunities after the catch. Smith-Schuster's had two prominent receptions on the night, one with each quarterback. The first, with Ben Roethlisberger, came in the second quarter. Smith-Schuster used his eyes to work the defender inside in tandem with Roethlisberger and was able to work his route outside for a great opportunity in the open field. In the third quarter, with Rudolph in, Smith-Schuster sprang free on a flea flicker play. Smith-Schuster tracked the ball well, slowing down and made a strong hands catch over the defender. However, if Rudolph would have led his receiver better, Smith-Schuster would have a touchdown on the night.

2019 Week 1 vs NE (8 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)

Going from second chair wide receiver to first chair is never easy. You draw either double coverage or the opposing team's best defensive back on every plan. On Sunday night, Juju Smith-Schuster went toe to toe with the Patriots top defensive back, Stephon Gilmore, and had a long night. Smith-Schuster dealt with tight coverage from the start and had to work for every yard. On his first reception of the game, Smith-Schuster had to high point the ball over the defender and concentrate as he brought the ball into his body with another defender draped on him. His second catch on the evening was his easiest by far. Smith-Schuster had inside position on his defender and when he cut his route inside the defender was left trailing him. By the end of the evening things did end up loosening up for Smith-Schuster. With off coverage, Smith Schuster was able to convert a couple garbage time catches before injuring himself on his last reception of the game. After the game new has come out Juju Smith-Schuster was sent after the game for an x-ray after suffering a toe injury on his last reception.

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Latest News

Steelers | One catch for JuJu Smith-Schuster (Mon Oct 14, 12:15 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught one pass for seven yards in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster finds the end zone (Sun Oct 6, 09:50 PM) - 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.

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Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster will play (Sun Oct 6, 12:02 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is officially active for the team's Week 5 game.

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Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster a game-time decision (Sun Oct 6, 09:47 AM) - 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.

Our View: Smith-Schuster might just be a decoy even if he does play. He hasn't been that exciting for fantasy with Mason Rudolph, and the Ravens should focus on him if he is active.
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8vs Miami Dolphins
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10vs Los Angeles Rams
11@ Cleveland Browns
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15vs Buffalo Bills
16@ New York Jets
17@ Baltimore Ravens