JuJu Smith-Schuster
JuJu Smith-Schuster
22-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Pittsburgh Steelers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The age-old fantasy question for wide receivers is whether you'd rather have the only game in town that attracts most of the defense's attention, or someone with a quality complement who cuts into his workload but also pulls away defenders. With Antonio Brown gone, Smith-Schuster's 2019 will provide a case study, as he is now the unquestioned No. 1 for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. Smith-Schuster has been a star since entering the league in 2017, with a whopping 11.6 YPT on 79 looks as a rookie and a 166-111-1,426-7 line as a sophomore last year. While he couldn't match his 2017 efficiency, he finished with a respectable 8.6 YPT, almost a full yard better than Brown's. At 6-1, 215, Smith-Schuster is built like Hines Ward - far more stout than the quicker, thinner Brown. And while, like Brown, Smith-Schuster showed pedestrian speed at the combine - 4.54 40 - he's made big plays throughout his young career with 11 catches of 40-plus yards on 245 targets. The Steelers signed Donte Moncrief this offseason, and second-year man James Washington should have an increased role, but it's unlikely the two will replace Brown's 168 overall targets or his 24 looks in the red zone. Yes, defenses will key on Smith-Schuster as the team's top weapon in the passing game, but volume is almost always king, and we can probably view last year's 166 targets (4th) as his healthy floor. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $4.2 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2017.
Working with new QB
WRPittsburgh Steelers
September 16, 2019
Smith-Schuster will be working with Mason Rudolph moving forward due to Ben Roethlisberger's season-ending elbow injury, Mark Madden of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
ANALYSIS
Roethlisberger was removed from Sunday's loss to the Seahawks after noticeably clutching at his right throwing elbow a number of times. An ensuing MRI revealed that the long-time Steeler required surgery, ruling him out for the rest of the season. His replacement is Rudolph, who connected with Smith-Schuster on a 45-yard completion in the third quarter Sunday en route to the wideout racking up five catches (on eight targets) for 84 yards. While Smith-Schuster's stock drops slightly, he remains the best pass-catching option in this offense by a long shot, and there should be little hesitation starting him on a weekly basis.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do JuJu Smith-Schuster's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
91.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.67
 
% Team Air Yards
25.9%
 
% Team Targets
19.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
11.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
68.8%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.9
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the 49ers pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
39.3
 
Cornerbacks
52.1
 
Safeties
71.3
 
Linebackers
15.5
 
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2019 JuJu Smith-Schuster Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do JuJu Smith-Schuster's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
10.50 in
 
Arm Length
32.88 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring JuJu Smith-Schuster
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3 days ago
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Hidden Stat Line: NFL Week 2 Recap
3 days ago
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NFL Waiver Wire: Week 3 Pickups
3 days ago
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Weekly Rankings: Week 3 Value Meter
3 days ago
A receding tide can strand all boats, even one as powerful as Alvin Kamara - once Drew Brees got hurt, Kamara struggled. The same can apply to the top Steelers' and Panthers' players.
NFL Reactions: Week 2
5 days ago
Justin Jackson has played well for the Chargers, but Austin Ekeler is thriving as a workhorse back and posted another strong box score Sunday.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Smith-Schuster is a rising star. The only problem is he's playing opposite the league's best - and most targeted (on a per-game basis) - receiver, Antonio Brown. Still, it's hard to overstate Smith-Schuster's impact. He hauled in a whopping 59 of his 78 targets (73.4 percent) and averaged 11.6 YPT (1st among the league's 52 75-target receivers). He also had six catches of 40-plus yards (T-4th), ahead of everyone except Tyreek Hill, Brown and Brandin Cooks. And Smith-Schuster didn't turn 21 until November. At 6-1, 215, Smith-Schuster is stout and powerful in the Hines Ward mold, and he generated big plays despite below average timed speed - 4.54 40 at the combine. He's a fluid route runner, has excellent hands and has earned the trust of his quarterback to occupy the No. 2 role, so much so that the team dealt the massively talented but mercurial Martavis Bryant to Oakland on draft day. Smith-Schuster saw 15 red-zone looks (six of which were from inside the 10), and that number should increase in Year 2 as he gains market share in the offense, given his toughness and ability to make catches in traffic. The Steelers offense will likely revolve primarily around Brown and star tailback Le'Veon Bell, but there are worse things to be than the clear No. 3 option in a top offense with a narrow tree. And should Brown get hurt, the sky's the limit.
Selected in the second round at 62nd overall in this year's draft, Smith-Schuster was a three-year starter at USC, averaging over 70 receptions and 1,000 yards per season. Despite not possessing elite measurables, the former Trojan certainly passes the eye test as a fluid athlete and savvy route-runner. He enters the fold initially as the Steelers' No. 4 option at receiver behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers but could push for immediate playing time with a strong preseason showing.
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Five catches as Big Ben gets hurt
WRPittsburgh Steelers
September 15, 2019
Smith-Schuster caught five of eight targets for 84 yards in Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Seahawks.
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Returns to full practice
WRPittsburgh Steelers
September 12, 2019
Smith-Schuster (toe) returned to a full practice Thursday.
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Limited Wednesday
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Toe
September 11, 2019
Smith-Schuster (toe) was limited in practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Expected to play Week 2
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Toe
September 10, 2019
Coach Mike Tomlin said he's "optimistic" Smith-Schuster (toe) will play Sunday against the Seahawks, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Avoids serious toe injury
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Toe
September 9, 2019
Smith-Schuster (toe) is expected to be fine after X-rays came back negative, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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