Posted: 4/03/2020 5:45 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Shuster ranked third in the NFL, and second among wide receivers, in 2019 with his average of 5.9 yards per contact per reception.
Huddle Up: JJSS was infamously one of fantasy's biggest busts of 2019, totaling only 73.2 fantasy points (standard scoring) in 12 games. But don't forget his injury issues or the Steelers' myriad QB issues with Ben Roethlisberger going down for the year in Week 2. Smith-Shuster is a mid-round draft value with WR1 bounce-back potential.
Posted: 2/24/2020 2:36 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had eight catches on 11 targets in the six quarters he played with QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) in 2019, and Brooke Pryor of ESPN believes Smith-Schuster needs another 'reliable offensive weapon' to be at his best.
Huddle Up: While Smith-Schuster's numbers would have been better with a healthy Roethlisberger under center, we still don't know if he can replicate his monster 2018 numbers as the go-to option of the passing attack.
Posted: 12/22/2019 9:37 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster ended up with two grabs for 22 yards on four targets in Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster was a little rusty, which is never good in Week 16 when most fantasy championships are decided. The best thing that happened in this game, and lately, is that Diontae Johnson has stepped up as a secondary option, something Smith-Schuster has needed. That's promising heading into 2020.
Posted: 12/20/2019 7:18 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) does not appear on the team's Week 16 injury report, but his status for Week 16 still remains uncertain.
Huddle Up: Despite practicing in full Thursday and Friday, Smith-Schuster still sounds uncertain about his knee, and it looks as if it will boil down to a pre-game decision Sunday. If he plays, he's a WR3/flex consideration against the host Jets.
Posted: 12/20/2019 5:56 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 20, but said that his knee isn't 100 percent and is still unsure if he'll return and play in Week 16 on Sunday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: The encouraging sign is that Smith-Schuster fully participated in practice a second straight day, but his statements are painting a different picture of where he's at in his recovery from a knee issue that has kept him out since Week 11. See if there's any more light shed on the situation later Friday with the team's official Week 16 injury report, but it might wind up boiling down to a pre-game decision Sunday for JJSS fantasy owners.
Posted: 12/19/2019 8:17 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) took part in the full practice Thursday, Dec. 19.
Huddle Up: It's unclear if this means Smith-Schuster will be good to go for Week 16 against the New York Jets quite yet, but it's obviously a good sign. His return would obviously mean fewer targets for James Washington and Diontae Johnson in what is already a limited passing attack. If fantasy owners made it this far without Smith-Schuster, there's a good chance they have a better option than him as a WR3/flex option this week.
Posted: 12/18/2019 9:27 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster may be a game-time decision this week, so fantasy players will need to keep an eye on his status during the week. He could be a No. 3 receiver or flex option if he is active for the game.
Posted: 12/17/2019 5:39 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) will remain questionable for Week 16, but head coach Mike Tomlin says he feels better about him.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster would return to a midrange matchup, and the Steelers have remained in the hunt despite injuries all over the offense. Smith-Schuster would be a WR3 if he can make it back.
Posted: 12/13/2019 9:06 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 13, and has been ruled out for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster aggravated his injury earlier in the week and will miss at least one more game. James Washington and Diontae Johnson will continue to be the main options in the passing game. Washington can be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues, while Johnson could be a possible flex option in deeper leagues.
Posted: 12/13/2019 2:05 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) is unlikely to play in Week 15 after he aggravated his knee injury in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: It might be a little early for this, but aggravating the original injury that has kept him out so long could spell the end of his regular season. James Washington has been a borderline WR1 over the last five weeks, and he'll be a solid WR2 against the Buffalo Bills.