% chance misses at least 2 quarters
1- 17√1-% Inj/Season
Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable
Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Index, formerly
|Oct 31, 2015||Non-NFL||Hand Metacarpal Fracture||Smith-Schuster fractured his right hand against Cal, which required surgery to install a plate and screw. He still played the following game.|
|Aug 5, 2016||Non-NFL||Hand Finger Dislocation||Smith-Schuster dislocated his right pinky but played through the issue.|
|Aug 5, 2016||Non-NFL||Pedal Toe Sprain||Smith-Schuster sprained his right big toe in practice. He was ready by the season opener.|
|Aug 11, 2017||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Smith-Schuster left near end of the 1st quarter in the preseason opener with a concussion. He sat out the next exhibition.|
|Nov 16, 2017||NFL||Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1||Smith-Schuster missed Week 12 with an unspecified hamstring injury.|
|Oct 22, 2017||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Smith-Schuster missed minimal time in Week 7 and returned for Week 8.|
|Nov 14, 2019||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Smith-Schuster sustained a concussion during a Week 11 clash with the Browns. He missed one game|
|Nov 14, 2019||NFL||Knee Patella Sprain||Smith-Schuster suffered a left knee injury in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. He missed four games due to the injury|
|Sep 23, 2020||NFL||Knee Strain Grade 1||Smith-Schuster missed practice for two days ahead of the Week 3 game with a knee injury. He was good to go for the game against the Texans.|
|Nov 22, 2020||NFL||Pedal Foot||Smith-Schuster suffered a foot injury during Week 11's game against the Jaguars. He was active for the next game.|
What You Need to Know:
-Last year, Smith-Schuster played all 16 games for the 2nd time in the past 3 seasons. He rolled up 97-831-9 on 128 targets (19.6% target share).
-That was enough for him to finish as the WR16, although he finished as a top-12 WR only 3 times.
-His 17 red zone targets were topped by only 5 WRs. He saw 22.4% of Pittsburgh’s RZ pass attempts, just ahead of Eric Ebron’s tally (21.1%).
-He benefited from Pittsburgh’s pass-heavy approach. The team finished 2nd in pass rate; 1st in pass attempts.
-JuJu’s average depth of target stood at just 6 yards for a conservative pass offense under Ben Roethlisberger. That was the lowest figure among 84 WRs with 50+ targets.
-That explains JuJu’s healthy 77% catch rate. He played from the slot on a career-high 85.3% of his pass snaps, a theme that should repeat.
-He caught just 4 of 10 targets that traveled 20+ air yards.
-In 2021, the Steelers return Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron. Pat Freiermuth arrived as a Round 2 pick and should carve out a small role right away.
-Most importantly, Pittsburgh’s Round 1 selection of Najee Harris says they want to commit to a balanced approach under new OC Matt Canada.
-Roethlisberger, 39, brings 4 years worth of chemistry alongside Smith-Schuster — but also durability risk. He missed all but 2 games in 2019 before undergoing right elbow surgery.
-An unproven and potentially league-worse O-line would keep JuJu busy on quick-hitters. 15% of his targets came on screens a year ago.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line
JuJu rebounded from an awful 2019 to finish as the WR16 in PPR (WR23 in non-PPR). With only 8.6 YPC, though, it took a high-volume pass offense (and 128 targets) to get there.
The arrival of Najee Harris brings the potential to drastically bring down this unit’s pass volume. We don’t see an attractive fantasy ceiling here.
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