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JuJu Smith-Schuster


#41 Wide Receiver

123 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 24
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 220
40 Time: 4.54

2021 Projections & Outlook


#41 Wide Receiver

123 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
Not Available 77 810 7 1

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Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

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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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is resigning with the Steelers on a 1-year, $8 million deal, according to NFL Network. Smith-Schuster reportedly chose this path over similar offers from the Ravens and Chiefs that added more money via incentives. So he'll remain in Pittsburgh on a "prove it" contract for 2021. Smith-Schuster's return complicates the target picture for him, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. Pittsburgh was the league's 3rd most pass-heavy team in 2020, trailing only the 1-15 Jaguars. The Steelers dumped OC Randy Fichtner and turned to QBs coach Matt Canada. We'd bet on at least a bit more balance to the play-calling in 2019. Check out our 2021 fantasy football rankings to see how the return impacts our numbers for Smith-Schuster and other Steelers pass-catchers -- as well as QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter adds that Smith-Schuster turned down a multi-year offer from the Eagles.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) returned to a full practice on Friday and isn't listed on the final injury report. It looks like Thursday was just a rest day. JuJu should be ready for his usual role vs. the Browns on Sunday night.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster was added to the injury report on Thursday with a knee. He didn't practice. We'll get another update on his status for Sunday's game vs. the Browns tomorrow.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) got in a limited practice on Tuesday. That gives him a shot to play vs. the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. We'll see what he does tomorrow and how he's listed on the final injury report.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a toe injury late in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Those can be tricky. We'll look for an update on JuJu's status.

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