Smith-Schuster was able to vault over the 100-yard mark on the Steelers' last play from scrimmage, as he scampered 43 yards off a James Washington lateral with 14 seconds remaining. Although Pittsburgh ultimately suffered a heartbreaking loss when Chris Boswell lost his footing on a 40-yard field-goal attempt as time expired, Smith-Schuster brought joy to fantasy owners with his third 100-yard effort over the last four games. With at least nine targets in five of the last six contests, Smith-Schuster's prospects are exceedingly bright heading into a Week 15 showdown against the Patriots.
Smith-Schuster caught six of nine targets for 49 yards during Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Chargers.
This was a disappointing effort for Smith-Schuster, who managed just 8.2 yards per catch -- well below the 13.7 YPC he brought in to the game. It also snapped his streak of four straight games with at least 70 yards or a touchdown. He'll look to return to form against Oakland -- which allows the second-most points per game (30.6) in the league -- in Week 14.
Smith-Schuster corralled 13 of a team-high 17 targets, amassing 189 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Broncos.
Smith-Schuster enjoyed the second-best receiving output of his young career in what was a monster day at Mile High. With a dazzling 97-yard touchdown catch and run, he now has two scores of 97-plus yards for his career (he and Gaynell Tinsley are the only players in NFL history to do so). The 22-year-old wideout has been a high-end WR2 option in most formats, with at least four receptions or 90 receiving yards in every game this year. Week 13's matchup provides at least a sliver of doubt that the streak will be extended, facing a Chargers defense that allows the fourth-fewest WR receptions (120), and the sixth-fewest receiving yards to the position (1,554).
Smith-Schuster caught eight of the 10 balls thrown his way for 104 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over Jacksonville.
Owners who stuck with Smith-Schuster in this tricky matchup were rewarded, as he played a major role in Pittsburgh's late comeback from a 16-0 deficit, even though he didn't do any of the scoring himself. This was the second-year wide receiver's fifth game with over 100 receiving yards this season. The Broncos will have a hard time trying to cover both JuJu and Antonio Brown on the outside in Week 12.
It didn't take long for the dynamic second-year wideout to make his presence felt, as he helped the Steelers answer a Christian McCaffrey touchdown with a grab of a perfectly thrown Ben Roethlisberger pass down the left sideline that he took 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Smith-Schuster was quiet the rest of the night, but his initial splash play was enough to vault him to his best yardage total since Week 6 against the Bengals. The 21-year-old is serving as an ideal complement to Antonio Brown as anticipated, and he'll look to continue building on his stellar sophomore campaign against the Jaguars in a Week 11 matchup on Nov. 18.
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