Player Outlook
Smith-Schuster is getting a new opportunity to prove himself by linking up with Patrick Mahomes. It should put him back on the Fantasy map as a No. 3 receiver. Smith-Schuster's Fantasy dominance was always tied to his target volume and nose for the end zone with the Steelers. No one should worry too much about his touchdowns now that he's in the Chiefs' offense, but his target share remains an open question given all the other talent in Kansas City, especially target hog Travis Kelce. And because no one thinks Smith-Schuster will simply absorb all of the targets left behind by Tyreek Hill, it's probably safest to assume the 25-year-old receiver will hustle his way to 110 targets. That's not a bad number, but it's low compared to prior expectations for Smith-Schuster. It also remains to be seen how often we'll see Smith-Schuster's explosiveness, which was awfully infrequent over the past two seasons (12.8% of his catches, to be exact). Expect the wideout to get grabbed as a still-solid volume option by Round 5 in full PPR formats and Round 6 in non-PPR.

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2021 15 129 8.60 9 3.00 183.6
2020 97 831 8.57 9 0.00 1378.6
3y Avg. 51 504 9.88 4 3 3.00 726.5
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Fantasy News

  • Chiefs' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Signs with Kansas City

    Smith-Schuster has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chiefs, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the deal could earn Smith-Schuster up to $10.75 million this coming season. Injuries limited the 25-year-old to five games with the Steelers during the 2021 campaign, during which he logged a 15/129/0 stat line. Smith-Schuster was able to return to action in time for Pittsburgh's playoff loss to Kansas City, so he's presumably past the shoulder issue that had landed him on IR. In his new team context, Smith-Schuster will provide a quality complementary option alongside the Chiefs' top playmakers, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, with his fantasy ceiling boosted by the prospect of catching passes from star signal-caller Patrick Mahomes.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Returns for Big Ben's last game

    Smith-Schuster finished with five receptions on eight targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to Kansas City. The 24-year-old was able to return from a lengthy stay on injured reserve to suit up alongside Ben Roethlisberger one last time. Smith-Schuster experienced the last wave of Big Ben's prime, but prior to an injury-plagued 2021 campaign his last big fantasy season came back in 2018. The Steelers will enter a new era under a new quarterback next season, but Smith-Schuster may not be around to see it as he's an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Set to play Sunday

    Smith-Schuster (shoulder) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Smith-Schuster tweeted on his personal account saying he'd play in Sunday's playoff matchup against the Chiefs, setting the stage for the star wide receiver to make his return after missing the past 13 games. Even prior to the injury, it was clear Diontae Johnson had usurped Smith-Schuster as Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target, but the fifth-year wide receiver should act as a capable underneath option alongside Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Trending in right direction

    Smith-Schuster (shoulder) had no apparent issues in his return to practice Thursday and is "trending toward playing" Sunday's wild-card game at Kansas City, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Thursday marked Smith-Schuster's first official day back at practice in more than three months after the Steelers designated him for return from injured reserve, but his workout apparently went well. Though Smith-Schuster was initially expected to be lost for the season when he underwent shoulder surgery in mid-October, he now appears to have a legitimate shot at making it back in action for Sunday's playoff opener. His potential return would bring a significant boost to Pittsburgh's passing game for the playoffs and would likely result in fewer reps for Ray-Ray McCloud, who had been serving as Smith-Schuster's primary replacement in the lineup.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Iffy for wild-card game

    Smith-Schuster (shoulder) practiced Thursday, but head coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers have yet to determine if the wideout will be ready to play in Sunday's wild-card game against the Chiefs, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. "We just started the 21-day window," Tomlin said, in reference to Smith-Schuster being designated for return from injured reserve Thursday. "What transpires out [on the practice field] and a lot of other questions are part of the equation." The Steelers plan to evaluate Smith-Schuster again during their final practice of the day Friday before reassessing if he'll be a realistic option to play Sunday. The Steelers' decision to clear Smith-Schuster for practice was somewhat surprising, as the prevailing assumption was that he would miss the rest of the season after he was shut down in mid-October when he required surgery on his right shoulder. Before landing on IR, Smith-Schuster appeared in five games and recorded 15 receptions for 129 yards and no touchdowns on 28 targets.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Returning to practice

    Smith-Schuster (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday after the Steelers designated him for return from injured reserve. Smith-Schuster was placed on IR back on Oct. 16 after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery, but now that he's been cleared to practice, the Steelers will have a 21-day window in which to activate the wideout to the 53-man roster. While the transaction potentially paves the way for Smith-Schuster to play in Sunday's wild-card game in Kansas City, his availability likely will hinge on how he fares in practice Thursday and Friday.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Lands on IR

    Smith-Schuster (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. This comes as no surprise considering Smith-Schuster underwent season-ending surgery to his shoulder earlier this week. James Washington, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool will split a bigger piece of the target share with the five-year pro sidelined indefinitely.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Shoulder surgery on tap

    Smith-Schuster is in line to undergo shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Smith-Schuster was taken to the hospital after he exited Sunday's win over the Broncos with the right shoulder injury. The 2018 second-round pick hauled in 15 of 28 targets for 129 yards while rushing three times for nine yards and a touchdown across his five appearances in 2021, and he's slated to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason. His absence should lead to more playing time for James Washington (groin) and Ray-Ray McCloud, while Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool should see additional slot work.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Could miss rest of season

    The Steelers fear Smith-Schuster (shoulder) will miss the rest of the season, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Smith-Schuster was clearly in pain after his exit from Sunday's 27-19 win over the Broncos, and it sounds like he's now in danger of needing season-ending surgery on his injured shoulder. While he's averaging only 25.8 yards per game this year, Smith-Schuster did see either seven or eight targets in three of his first four games this season, and his upcoming absence could lead to more slot work for both Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. The 24-year-old Smith-Schuster is on a one-year contract, scheduled for unrestricted free agency in the offseason.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Exits Sunday's game

    Smith-Schuster suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday's game against the Broncos, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Prior to his exit from the game, Smith-Schuster carried twice for six yards and didn't haul in his only target. In his absence, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool are slated to head the Steelers' Week 5 wideout corps.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Returns to full practice activity

    Smith-Schuster (ribs) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. Smith-Schuster has been nursing the rib injury since it forced him out of the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Bengals, but he doesn't look to be at risk of missing game action as a result. He played 95 percent of the offensive snaps in last week's loss to the Packers and tied his season high with eight targets, but he mustered only two receptions for 11 yards. The fifth-year wideout has yet to find the end zone through four contests and no longer looks like the must-start player he was during his breakout 2018 campaign, when he tallied 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Limited with rib injury

    Smith-Schuster (ribs) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. He played through the same injury last week and played 95 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps in a 27-17 loss to Green Bay, catching two passes for 11 yards on eight targets. Smith-Schuster should be fine to play again this Sunday against Denver, but he's averaging just 8.6 yards per catch for the second year in a row, and this time it isn't coming with steady volume. He's seen eight, seven, four and eight targets in four games.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Clear for Week 4

    Smith-Schuster (ribs) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Green Bay, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports. Nor does Diontae Johnson (knee), who also practiced in full to wrap up Week 4 prep. At the same time, Chase Claypool (hamstring) actually experienced a downturn in his activity level from limited Thursday to none Friday. If the Steelers opt to sit Claypool, as they did with Johnson this past Sunday, Smith-Schuster could be in line for a larger workload than normal, which so far has equated to 19 targets in three games.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Misses practice

    Smith-Schuster (ribs) didn't practice Wednesday. He's considered day-to-day after X-rays on his ribs came back negative. Meanwhile, Diontae Johnson (knee) returned to a limited practice Wednesday, after missing each session last week and ultimately being ruled out ahead of the Steelers' loss to Cincinnati. Smith-Schuster left that game early, finishing with three catches for 25 yards while playing 40 percent of snaps.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Day-to-day after negative tests

    Smith-Schuster (ribs) is considered day-to-day after X-rays on the injury that knocked him out against the Bengals in Week 3 came back negative, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Smith-Schuster's bruised ribs likely will impact his practice participation this week, but it sounds like he has a real chance to suit up Sunday in Green Bay without missing additional game action. With the Steelers at 1-2 and fellow wide receiver Diontae Johnson's (knee) Week 4 status uncertain, Smith-Schuster should tough it out on game day if his status comes down to pain management.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Out with rib injury

    Smith-Schuster won't return to Sunday's game against the Bengals due to a rib injury, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Smith-Schuster caught all three of his targets for 25 yards prior to going down with the injury. The Steelers, which are already without Diontae Johnson (knee), will manage the rest of Sunday's contest with Chase Claypool, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud as the team's top wide receivers.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Remains short-range target

    Smith-Schuster recorded six receptions on seven targets for 41 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Raiders. He added one rush for three yards and a touchdown. Smith-Schuster was out-targeted and out-gained by both Diontae Johnson (undisclosed) and Chase Claypool. Cutting against his high catch rate, Smith-Schuster's longest gain of the day went for 17 yards and marked his only double-digit reception of the contest. Smith-Schuster did find the end zone on a three-yard rush, though that's not likely to be a consistent source of production. On the other hand, his role could grow if Johnson is required to miss any time after suffering an apparent injury on the final play of Sunday's game.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Team-leading yardage tally

    Smith-Schuster secured four of eight targets for 52 yards in the Steelers' 23-16 win over the Bills on Sunday. Smith-Schuster led Pittsburgh in receiving yardage while checking in second in targets on the afternoon. The fifth-year wideout was encouragingly deployed a bit further away from the line of scrimmage than he typically was in 2020, when he posted a career-low 6.5 yards per target and 8.6 yards per catch. Whether that continues to hold true under new offensive coordinator Matt Canada remains to be seen, but Smith-Schuster will seemingly have a good opportunity to build on the solid opener in a Week 2 home battle against the Raiders.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Tallies five receptions Saturday

    Smith-Schuster hauled in five of his six targets for 39 yards in Saturday's 26-20 preseason win over the Lions. Smith-Schuster and the first-team offense had a chance to work with Ben Roethlisberger on Saturday, and the 2017 second-rounder led the team in receptions. However, his 7.8 yards per catch ranked last among the Steelers' main pass catchers, and he failed to haul in a diving attempt in the second quarter that would have resulted in a 17-yard touchdown. Smith-Schuster was on the field for 64 percent of the offensive snaps in the preseason win and should see plenty of work during the regular season, but his efficiency is somewhat concerning after he had a career-low 6.5 yards per target in 2020.
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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Three catches in preseason win

    Smith-Schuster secured all three of his targets for 22 yards in Thursday's 24-16 preseason win over the Eagles. Smith-Schuster didn't play in last week's Hall of Fame Game, but he recorded at least one catch during each of the Steelers' first two offensive drives Thursday. The 24-year-old returned to Pittsburgh on a one-year deal during the offseason and is hopeful that he'll see more perimeter work during the 2021 campaign after he lined up in the slot on 74.3 percent of his snaps last season.
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