Smith-Schuster caught five of 10 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati. Smith-Schuster finishes up the 2018 season as Pittsburgh's top receiver with 111 catches (on 166 targets) for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games. He also gained 13 yards on one rushing attempt. Paired with Antonio Brown, the Steelers have the most prolific wide receiver tandem in the league, combining for 2,723 yards and 22 touchdowns on 215 receptions this season. Smith-Schuster is signed for two more years, although it wouldn't be a surprise if he looked to renegotiate a new deal before his current contract expires.
Smith-Schuster hauled in 11 of 15 targets, amassing 115 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Saints. Smith-Schuster delivered on his promise to fantasy owners, powering through a groin injury suffered in Thursday's practice to provide his fourth 100-yard outing over the past six weeks. (He also has three touchdowns during that span.) With Pittsburgh remaining on the outside looking in but maintaining a chance of reaching the postseason, Smith-Schuster is certain to put forth an impassioned effort against Cincinnati's bottom-three pass defense (275.7 YPG allowed). The second-year wideout amassed seven receptions for 111 yards the last time these two teams met in Week 6.
Smith-Schuster (groin) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Saints. Smith-Schuster headed into the weekend listed as questionable after not practicing Friday, but the wideout subsequently tweeted out assurances that he would play Sunday. With that outcome now official, Smith-Schuster figures to remain a focal point in the Pittsburgh passing game, assuming no in-game setbacks.
Smith-Schuster (groin), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, posted on his personal Twitter account Saturday that he intends to suit up this weekend. In a hat tip to those who selected him in fantasy football drafts and auctions, Smith-Schuster posted that he "couldn't let down the real ones down." While fantasy managers will still want to check to confirm that Smith-Schuster isn't included among the Steelers' inactive list prior to the 4:25 p.m. EST kickoff, the wideout's own confidence in his availability suggests he isn't in major jeopardy of sitting out. It's less certain, however, if the 22-year-old will be his usual productive self after the groin injury prevented him from practicing Friday. He'll at least be aided by a positive matchup against a Saints defense allowing a league-leading 28.3 fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
Smith-Schuster (groin) wasn't in uniform and didn't participate in the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, Peter Diana of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. It's not an encouraging sign for Smith-Schuster's Week 16 availability that he was a spectator one day after exiting practice with the groin issue. The severity of Smith-Schuster's injury remains unknown after the second-year player declined to discuss the matter with the media Friday, but teammate Antonio Brown said he expects his fellow wideout to "be there" Sunday against the Saints, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Once the closed portion of practice wraps up, the Steelers will provide an injury designation for Smith-Schuster, though it's uncertain if coach Mike Tomlin or any team personnel will offer any further clarity regarding the receiver's situation. James Washington would be the leading candidate to take on an enhanced role in Week 16 if Smith-Schuster is ultimately sidelined.
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