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JuJu Smith-Schuster
ADP: N/A
Bye: 8
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 26.2
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
40 Time: 4.54
Speed Score: 101.20
SPARQx (Rank): 106.60 (58%)
Burst Score (Rank): 115.30 (20%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.07 (69%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.04 (52%)

JuJu Smith-Schuster's Weekly Outlook

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JuJu Smith-Schuster's 2022 Projections & Outlook

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#20 Wide Receiver

145.9 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
Not Available 77.6 937.2 8.7 2.3 0

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Basic StatsJuJu Smith-Schuster's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • Smith-Schuster suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5 last year that required surgery and knocked him out for the rest of the regular season. He also left early in Week 3 with bruised ribs.
  • In his 3 healthy regular-season games, Smith-Schuster posted lines of 4-52 (8 targets), 6-41 (7 targets) and 2-11 (8 targets).
  • He was able to make it back for Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to the Chiefs, catching 5 of 8 targets for 26 yards.
  • In 28 games across the 2019 and 2020 seasons, JuJu averaged 5.0 catches, 49.4 yards and .43 TDs per game.
    • He finished 64th among WRs in PPR points per game and 69th in non-PPR in 2019; 24th in PPR points per game and 35th in non-PPR in 2020.
    • Smith-Schuster ranked 72nd and 83 qualifying WRs in Pro Football Focus’ 2019 receiving grades and 58th out of 90 in 2020.
    • He dealt with shoddy QB play from Mason Rudolph, Duck Hodges and a washed-up Ben Roethlisberger …
    • But JuJu finished behind teammates Diontae Johnson and James Washington in yards per route run in 2019 and behind Johnson, Washington and Chase Claypool in 2020.
  • That all followed 1 of the most productive opening 2 seasons we’ve seen from a WR in NFL history.
    • Smith-Schuster posted a 58-917-7 line in 14 games as a rookie in 2017. He finished 12th in PPR points per game and 7th in non-PPR points per game.
    • Then he exploded for a 111-1,426-7 line in 2018, finishing WR8 in PPR points and WR9 in non-PPR.
    • Smith-Schuster recorded the 5th most catches and 9th most receiving yards through 2 seasons in NFL history.
    • Only 7 WRs have totaled more PPR points through their first 2 seasons: Odell Beckham, Randy Moss, Justin Jefferson, A.J. Green, Michael Thomas, Jerry Rice and Marques Colston.
    • JuJu undoubtedly benefited from playing alongside Antonio Brown those 2 years. But he also ranked 29th and then 17th in PFF’s receiving grades.
  • Smith-Schuster will turn just 26 in November.
  • He hit the open market for the 1st time in his career this offseason and signed a 1-year deal with the Chiefs in the 1st week of free agency.
    • The contract has a base value of $3.25 million with $2.49 million guaranteed but is loaded with incentives:
      • $1.5 million if Smith-Schuster plays 65+% of Kansas City’s offensive snaps.
      • $500K for 40 catches, $1 million for 50 catches, $1.5 million for 65 catches
      • $500K for 500 yards, $1 million for 650 yards, $1.5 million for 900 yards
      • $1 million for a Pro Bowl selection
  • Less than a week after signing Smith-Schuster, the Chiefs traded WR Tyreek Hill to Miami.
    • Hill garnered a career-high 9.4 targets per game last year.
    • He averaged 9.0, 7.4, and 8.6 targets per game the previous 3 seasons.
  • The Chiefs also lost WRs Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson this offseason. Those 2 combined for 15.0% of the Chiefs’ targets, 15.0% of the receptions, 16.9% of the receiving yards and 21.6% of the receiving scores last year.
  • The Chiefs added WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency. He signed 6 days after Smith-Schuster but got a 3-year, $30 million deal.
  • Kansas City spent the 54th overall pick of this year’s draft on WR Skyy Moore, who’s coming off a big 95-1,292-10 line at Western Michigan.
  • TE Travis Kelce and WR Mecole Hardman return … along with QB Patrick Mahomes and HC Andy Reid.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Smith-Schuster is truly tough to figure out. He scored the 8th most PPR points by a WR through 2 seasons in NFL history – then has been mostly disappointing the 3 years since.

He’s still just 25 years old, though, and finds an excellent opportunity in 2022, catching passes from Patrick Mahomes on a Chiefs team looking to replace Tyreek Hill’s snaps and production.

There’s a wide range of outcomes for JuJu this season. Don’t ignore the downside … but the upside is certainly worth taking a shot on.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR KC

2:19pm EST 2/2/23

Optimism Smith-Schuster plays in Super Bowl

Chiefs HC Andy Reid expressed optimism on Thursday that WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) will be able to practice next week and play in the Super Bowl. "He’s in a good place," Reid said. "The main thing is that we let that [injury] calm down. I’m very optimistic right now… We’ll just see where it goes.” Check back next week for updates on Smith-Schuster's progress.

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Chiefs WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman were all knocked out of Sunday's AFC Championship game vs. the Bengals. It was a knee for Smith-Schuster, which HC Andy Reid called a "re-aggravation" of an issue he dealt with in practice leading up to this game. (Smith-Schuster was added to the injury report with a knee on Friday.). Toney hurt his ankle in the 1st quarter and didn't return. Hardman seemingly tweaked the pelvis injury that had him sidelined since Week 9. The Chiefs get a much-needed week off before squaring off with the Eagles in the Super Bowl. We'll keep a close eye on these WRs when Kansas City officially gets back to work next week.

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Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman (abdomen) will not practice on Tuesday, HC Andy Reid said. “It’s not responding the way he wants it to,” Reid said of Hardman's injury. It doesn't sound like he's a good bet to be ready for Saturday's Divisional Round game vs. the Jaguars. That'd again leave Kansas City with a WR corps of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney, Justin Watson and potentially Skyy Moore, who missed Week 18 with a hand injury.

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The NFL announced that a neutral-site Bills vs. Chiefs AFC Championship game would be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Yes ... that'd be Josh Allen vs. Patrick Mahomes in a dome to go to the Super Bowl. Bills-Chiefs produced 62 points in the playoffs 2 years ago and 78 points last year -- with both games coming outside at Arrowhead Stadium.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR KC
Dynasty MVP 121.7
Position Rank #45 WR
3yr Projection
5yr Projection
10yr Projection
410
637
1,011
Dynasty Write-up
JuJu successfully rehabbed his value in Kansas City, hitting 70 catches and his highest yardage total since 2018. The downside? He inked just a 1-year deal, putting his 2023 value up in the air. A return to the Chiefs would be ideal for this 26-year-old.

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