WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 215Born: 11-22-1996College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2, pick 62 (2017)

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Summary

Just like most of the Steelers offense, JuJu Smith-Schuster did not have a good 2019 season. Smith-Schuster was supposed to keep ascending the fantasy football ranks after his breakout season in 2018 but that didn't happen. Instead, Smith-Schuster only played in 12 games and saw his numbers fall by almost two-thirds in most major categories. In 2018, Smith-Schuster finished the season as the no.9 fantasy receiver in standard-scoring leagues. In 2019, he saw his numbers fall so much that he was the no.63 fantasy receiver in such leagues. It didn't help that he didn't have Ben Roethlisberger for most of the regular season, and it also didn't help that he was not healthy himself. A troublesome knee injury bothered him so he wasn't much of a force for the Steelers even when he was on the field. So what can Smith-Schuster do for a bounce-back season? First, he needs to stay healthy. That automatically is going to make him produce more on the season. Second, Smith-Schuster is going to benefit from the return of Roethlisberger and he needs to maintain the chemistry the two built earlier in his career. Third, Smith-Schuster needs to do a better job of beating difficult coverage. He was the no.1 receiver for the Steelers for the 2019 season and wasn't able to take that next step with tougher coverage. When Smith-Schuster was a no.2 receiver then he produced at a higher level. Finally, he needs to keep doing what he's best at. Smith-Schuster ranked third in the NFL, and second among wide receivers, in 2019 with his average of 5.9 yards after contact per reception. The Steelers offense should look much better in 2020 so long as Roethlisberger can stay healthy. That means the numbers for Smith-Schuster should be better in what some feel could be his last season in Pittsburgh. Set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2021, Smith-Schuster could have some extra motivation if he feels like (or wants to) he's going to hit the open market. Keep all this in mind when considering where Smith-Schuster is currently going in fantasy drafts. He could outperform his current ADP which puts him in the low-end WR2 range in PPR leagues. (May 18)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 16, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 20
Overall Redraft - 39, 23, 28, 32, 34, 40, 43, 43, 44, 45, 46
WR Redraft PPR - 14, 3, 7, 9, 11, 13, 13, 14, 15, 15, 17, 17, 17, 18, 19, 19, 28
Overall Redraft PPR - 33, 11, 19, 20, 26, 28, 30, 34, 36, 36, 37, 41, 41, 42, 44, 45
WR Dynasty - 11, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 14, 32
Overall Dynasty - 27, 17, 17, 20, 28, 29, 70

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2017 PIT 14 0 0 0 79 58 917 7
2018 PIT 16 1 13 0 166 111 1426 7 1
2019 PIT 12 0 0 0 72 42 552 3 1
2020 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 1.0 * * 80.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 1.0 * * 78.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 15.0 0.0 * * 80.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 0.0 * * 77.2 * * *

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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.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 41
WR: 16
Overall-PPR: 36
WR-PPR: 14

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Latest News

Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster may be used in slot more (Wed Jul 1, 05:26 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster may be lined up in the slot more often this upcoming season because of the addition of WR Chase Claypool, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Brooke Pryor.

Our View: Smith-Schuster had a down season in 2019 and is looking to bounce back this season...in what could be his final year with the Steelers. With QB Ben Roethlisberger back and healthy, we could see that bounce-back season from Smith-Schuster. He has a current ADP of WR12 (3.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2020 Schedule

1@ New York Giants
2vs Denver Broncos
3vs Houston Texans
4@ Tennessee Titans
5vs Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Cleveland Browns
7@ Baltimore Ravens
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10vs Cincinnati Bengals
11@ Jacksonville Jaguars
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Buffalo Bills
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Cleveland Browns