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JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

Date of Birth:  11/22/1996
Age:  25
Height  6'1"
Weight:   215
College:  USC
Drafted:  2017 | Rond 2 | Pick 62
Depth Chart:  Starter

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR


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JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster is signing with the Chiefs.

Smith-Schuster nearly joined Kansas City last offseason, but now it's happening with the former USC standout agreeing to a one-year, $10.75-million deal. As the clear No. 2 wideout in a high-powered offense, this is great news for the outlook for Smith-Schuster, and if he ends up signing a long-term deal there after this year's trial, it would be a huge boost to JuJu's dynasty stock in particular. Patrick Mahomes will now have another security blanket to work the middle of the field along with Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill will obviously continue to stretch the field with Mecole Hardman on the perimeter. Wide receiver remains loaded, but Smith-Schuster should at least be an upside WR3 in 2022.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

The Steelers are officially activating JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) from injured reserve.

This was the expectation, and JuJu will officially play tomorrow night against the Steelers. It’s a great return for Smith-Schuster at the start of the postseason after missing most of the year with a serious shoulder injury. JuJu should be a boost for Pittsburgh in middle of the field.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) has returned to practice.

This is an unforeseen surprise with Smith-Schuster thought to be done for the season, but he'll now have a chance to return for Pittsburgh in the playoffs if he's eventually activated from injured reserve. If nothing else, JuJu being back at practice will give Kansas City something else to think about when they game plan this week, and Smith-Schuster's presence could be an added morale boost for the underdog Steelers.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) is done for the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The decision was made last night for Smith-Schuster to have surgery, and his year is now done. It's an unfortunate break after JuJu returned to Pittsburgh on a one-year deal (and reportedly turned down an offer from the Chiefs), but his season ends with 15 receptions for 129 yards, and he also rushed three times for nine yards and a score. The Steelers will now count on James Washington to step up as the No. 3 wideout behind Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool; we think he will be more than up for the challenge. As for Smith-Schuster, he is at least not dealing with a lower-body injury, but this news could still hurt his stock in 2022 free agency.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) might miss the rest of the season.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers are "fearful" this will be a season-ending injury for Smith-Schuster. JuJu is set to go on injured reserve, but he'll miss much more than the minimum three weeks. This is really unfortunate for a player that re-signed with Pittsburgh on a one-year deal and was looking to cash in as a free agent this offseason. James Washington will step up into a bigger role along with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool at receiver for the Steelers.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) has been ruled out for the rest of today.

This isn't a surprise after JuJu was in obvious pain while leaving the game in the first half. Before leaving, Smith-Schuster had two carries for six yards and no receptions. Now we just have to hope that Smith-Schuster isn't dealing with a long-term injury, as it appears it might be.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) is officially questionable to return for the Steelers.

JuJu took a hit and appear to land on his shoulder. Hopefully Smith-Schuster is able to return soon.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) considered day-to-day.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says tests on Smith-Schuster were negative, so it sounds like no fractures or anything like that, which is good to hear. JuJu might be limited in practice this week, but we expect he'll be ready to go for Week 4.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (rib) is out for the rest of today.

It's been a rough afternoon for the Steelers offense, and it continues with JuJu being out for the rest of the game. Before leaving the Week 3 matchup with the Bengals, Smith-Schuster had three catches for 25 yards.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster is re-signing with the Steelers.

Through four NFL season, Smith-Schuster has caught 308 passes for 3,726 yards and 26 touchdowns, but he slowed down a bit from the scorching start to his career (58/917/7 as a rookie followed up by 111/1,426/7 in his second year). Still, JuJu caught 97 passes last season, working mostly as an underneath target for Ben Roethlisberger, and he's reportedly returning on a big home-town discount after getting better offers from the Ravens and Chiefs. We'll see if JuJu can expand his game back to getting down the field more before hitting free agency again next year.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster is off the Week 16 injury report.

Smith-Schuster practiced fully, and while he told reporters that he's still not at 100% and is unsure if he'll face the Jets on Sunday, it looks like he's officially back for the Steelers. JuJu is in the FLEX mix with fantasy titles on the line, but he carries risk in his first game since Week 11.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) has officially been ruled out for Sunday night.

This is Smith-Schuster's fourth consecutive missed game. JuJu says he didn't have a setback, but he was just pushing himself too hard and had to slow down. He was expected to return to the lineup at the beginning of the week, but consider him day-to-day for now.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) was officially limited in today's practice.

Smith-Schuster left today's practice early, and his status for Sunday night against the Bills is suddenly in doubt after it looked like he would be set to return. We'll see if more information is available soon, but the final Week 15 injury report—with JuJu's Friday practice status—will be released sometime tomorrow.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) was a full participant in practice today.

The Steelers should have Smith-Schuster back for a huge AFC clash against the Bills on Sunday night, but a bigger concern than his health is potential shadow coverage from Tre'Davious White. And even if JuJu is able to escape in the slot, Buffalo's secondary in general is very stout. Still, Smith-Schuster will be worth getting back into lineups as a quality FLEX play for Week 15.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) has officially been ruled out for Week 14.

Smith-Schuster appears to be dealing with a relatively serious knee injury (perhaps a bad sprain), and this is his third consecutive missed game. Hopefully JuJu can work himself into a position to play next Sunday night, but it's probably unlikely at this point.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) officially did not practice today.

JuJu is not expected to play this Sunday against the Cardinals, but hopefully he can get back on the practice field at some point this week. The final Week 14 injury report will be released on Friday.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13.

Smith-Schuster is out of concussion protocol, but his knee is still giving him issues. Hopefully the third-year receiver can get healthy enough to play in Week 14, but for now, James Washington and Diontae Johnson will again work as Pittsburgh’s clear top two receivers.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster has cleared concussion protocol.

This is great to hear for JuJu, but he's still on the injury report with a knee injury and did not practice for the Steelers today. Smith-Schuster is thought to be on the doubtful side of things because of the knee issue, but we'll let you know how he's listed on the Week 13 injury report when it's revealed on Friday.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion, knee) has been ruled out for Week 12.

Smith-Schuster wasn't expected to play after getting injured last Thursday night, but at least fantasy owners have their answer ahead of Sunday to plan accordingly. Hopefully JuJu will be able to get back in the lineup next week for a rematch against the Browns, but being ruled out this early should make him questionable again. James Washington could be in for a big game as a low-end WR2/FLEX option this weekend.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster is not expected to play in Week 12.

As was reported earlier, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Smith-Schuster suffered a knee injury on the same play he suffered a concussion last Thursday night against the Browns; but Dulac adds JuJu is not expected to play this Sunday versus the Bengals. We'll let you know if there are positive developments later in the week, but Smith-Schuster is likely to miss practice on Wednesday. With Diontae Johnson also dealing with a concussion, James Washington looks poised to have a huge role this week with college teammate Mason Rudolph throwing him passes.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster is dealing with a knee injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter says Smith-Schuster is "uncertain" for Week 12 against the Bengals after the knee injury suffered in last Thursday's game against the Browns. JuJu had gone to social media to say that he was OK after he left last week's game with a concussion, and it now sounds like the knee might be the bigger issue. We'll get word on Smith-Schuster's status for this week starting with the first official practice of the week on Wednesday.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) is out for the rest of tonight's game.

Smith-Schuster is now in concussion protocol and will have ten days to get cleared for Week 12 against the Bengals. Before leaving tonight's game, JuJu had two receptions for 21 yards and looked poised for a solid night.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves game after hit to the head.

Smith-Schuster was targeted between three players and took a couple of hits to the head before staying on the ground. The third-year receiver is now headed to the locker room with the assistance of trainers, so it's not looking good right now. JuJu was off to a pretty good start tonight, and now Pittsburgh has both he and running back James Conner in the locker room as they looked to comeback from a 14-0 deficit at Cleveland.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) is officially active for Week 10.

Smith-Schuster was added to the injury report Friday, but he’s officially good to go against the Rams. JuJu will be matched up with All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey for most of the afternoon, but his big-play ability keeps him on the FLEX radar, especially with six teams on a bye.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is officially questionable for Week 10.

While Smith-Schuster was added to the injury report with the toe issue, he is fully expected to play this Sunday against the Rams. The bigger concern for JuJu is a matchup with All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The third-year receiver's status won't be official until after the early games have kicked off, but you should be able to safely insert him into your Week 10 fantasy lineup if you're planning to use him.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster gets held to one catch in Week 6.

Smith-Schuster gained seven yards on his lone reception against the Chargers, and it came late in the game on a quick slant. On the first play for the Steelers, they had a shot at Smith-Schuster for a big play on a deep ball, but it was underthrown and he could not come up with it—and the team did not want to open up their passing attack much with undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges making his first career start. Pittsburgh's offense ran through James Conner and the rushing attack, with Smith-Schuster doing little damage. It's refreshing to see JuJu be a huge team player that won't make noise and complain about a lack of passes going his way, especially with his team getting a big win—but he of course won't get fantasy points for that. The Steelers now have their bye week before facing the Dolphins in Week 8, and it'd be a plus for Smith-Schuster if Mason Rudolph (concussion) is back in the lineup. From a statistical and fantasy perspective, there probably isn't a player that's had worse luck than JuJu so far this season after Ben Roethlisberger's season-ending elbow injury.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is officially active for the Steelers.

There was real concern about Smith-Schuster’s status, but he’ll be out there for a big Week 5 divisional matchup against the Ravens. There’s the risk that JuJu will be used as more of a decoy at less than full strength, so he’s more of a FLEX option this week. But keep in mind Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and quarterback Mason Rudolph appeared to tell Smith-Schuster they need to get him the ball more at the conclusion of last Monday’s game when he was held to 15 yards.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is officially listed as questionable for Week 5.

Smith-Schuster is fully expected to play against the Ravens, but it's worth noting that James Conner (ankle) is not listed with an injury designation for Sunday. If Smith-Schuster is active, there's a chance he could be used as a decoy. Overall, JuJu is shaping up as more of a FLEX option than WR1/WR2 this week.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) officially did not practice today.

This is JuJu's second straight missed practice, and he's in a similar situation to teammate James Conner after they both finished last Monday's game with their respective injuries. We would think Smith-Schuster will suit up on Sunday, but check back tomorrow for his official Week 5 status on the final injury report.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster is "fine" after leaving Sunday night's loss to the Patriots, according to Ian Rapoport.

This was the expectation after Smith-Schuster remained on the sideline (and didn't receive much medical attention) with the game no longer in question after limping off, but it's still good to hear nonetheless. JuJu did well to catch six passes for 78 yards while being shadowed by Stephon Gilmore, and he will get a much easier matchup next Sunday at home against Seattle.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster scores in season finale as Pittsburgh beats Cincinnati, 16-13.

Smith-Schuster caught five passes for 37 yards, including an 11-yard catch-and-run in the second half for six. Unfortunately, the Steelers survived their matchup, but Cleveland couldn't pull off a game-winning drive against the Ravens, so Pittsburgh's season is over. JuJu finishes a monster campaign with 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns that should almost certainly end in a Pro Bowl appearance when players inevitably drop out. Smith-Schuster should be drafted as at least a low-end WR1 next summer.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster goes over 100 yards against the Saints.

Smith-Schuster caught 11 passes for 115 yards with a fumble lost in the Steelers' Week 16 loss. The lost fumble was a costly one for the second-year receiver, as it came on Pittsburgh's final drive when they were looking for a go-ahead touchdown and were in position for a potential game-tying field goal. It was otherwise another exceptional game from JuJu, but you could see his frustration on the sideline after the costly mistake. Look for him to come out determined in a must-win game against the Bengals next week. The good news is he didn't appear to be limited at all by his groin injury that had him listed as questionable coming into the game.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) is officially active against the Saints.

JuJu promised yesterday on Twitter that he would be active for his fantasy owners in championship matchups, and he's indeed active for Week 16. You can safely insert Smith-Schuster into lineups as an excellent option with fantasy titles on the line.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) tweets that he will play tomorrow.

In a tweet that will make his fantasy owners happy, JuJu stated: "A lot on the line this week. The whole season comes down to this. Yes, I’m talking about the fantasy football championship round. Of course I’m playing Sunday!!! Theres no way I can let down the real ones who believed in me by drafting me!! Let’s get it!!" We'll see if the Steelers have any plans if they don't feel Smith-Schuster is less than 100%, but expect him to be out there tomorrow against the Saints. Just be sure to check back tomorrow when the actives and inactives are released at around 2:55 PM ET, but you should be able to safely insert the second-year receiver as an excellent fantasy option as usually with titles on the line.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) is officially listed as questionable for Week 16.

Smith-Schuster declined comment to reporters after practice, so there should be some concern about his status for Sunday. Also complicating things is Pittsburgh’s 4:25 PM ET kickoff in New Orleans, as fantasy owners might roll in into the early games without knowing whether they’ll have Smith-Schuster available with fantasy titles on the line. Steelers teammates did say they think JuJu will be out there, and he’s the type of player that should make a strong push to play even if he’s not 100%. Hopefully there’s more clarity on the situation in the next 24-48 hours.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) was officially limited in today's practice.

Smith-Schuster wasn't on the injury report yesterday. This is probably just something minor, and being a limited participant as opposed to a non-participant probably indicates his Week 16 status isn't in much danger. We'll see if he's listed on the final injury report when it's released tomorrow.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught four passes for 40 yards in Sunday's win over the Patriots.

Smith-Schuster was targeted a team-high ten times, but New England gave him plenty of attention, and a jump ball at the goal line in the fourth quarter was ripped away on a great play by cornerback J.C. Jackson. JuJu should bounce back next week for what will likely need to be a shootout in New Orleans, so keep in him lineups as a strong WR1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster goes off in Steelers' Week 14 loss.

Smith-Schuster had yet another fantastic game in his great second season, catching eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. The first score was on an exceptional toe-tapping catch where he tipped the ball to himself and showed elite body control to get two feet in bounds in the back of the end zone. The second score was a go-ahead touchdown on a quick screen pass with under three minutes remaining. He also had a 43-yard reception in the game and routinely made tough catches. Overall, JuJu had eight receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. The second-year receiver is already up over 1,200 yards this season, and he's probably Pittsburgh's No. 1 receiver despite 12 touchdowns from Antonio Brown. It'll be interesting to see if the Patriots attempt to take JuJu away more so than AB next week, but he's obviously an excellent option in the second week of the fantasy playoffs.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster held in check as Pittsburgh falls to 7-4-1.

Smith-Schuster caught six-of-nine targets for 49 yards in a 33-30 loss to the Chargers, doing most of his damage on short passes. It was a disappointment after an explosion last week, but JuJu will hopefully be more involved on downfield throws next week against an Oakland defense that has busted their fair share of coverages this season. Consider Smith-Schuster a low-end WR1 for Week 14.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster explodes in Steelers' loss to the Broncos.

Smith-Schuster was targeted 17 times against Denver, catching 13 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a 97-yarder where he got deep and caught a perfect pass from Ben Roethlisberger before using his great underrated speed to race to the end zone. This was JuJu's second career 97-yard touchdown reception (you might remember he had one last year on Sunday night against the Lions), and he is now the only player in NFL history with two 97-yard touchdown receptions—and he just turned 22 a few days ago. Smith-Schuster got open all afternoon and was the best skill position player on the field for Pittsburgh, and this was his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season (twice as many as Antonio Brown). He's already up over 1,000 yards with five games to go and has been one of the best receivers in the league this season. Keep him locked into Week 13 fantasy lineups despite a tough matchup with the Chargers.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster comes up clutch in comeback win over the Jaguars.

Smith-Schuster was quiet for most of the game, but he made a couple big plays in the fourth quarter, including a highlight 35-yard grab down the left sideline over A.J. Bouye to help set up the game-winning touchdown. The USC product finished with eight receptions (on ten targets) for 104 yards, and he now carries a 64/866/3 line into Week 12. JuJu should remain on the WR1/WR2 borderline against the Broncos next Sunday.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster catches 75-yard touchdown in Steelers’ win.

On Pittsburgh’s first play on offense against Carolina, Smith-Schuster got deep on a wheel route from the slot, and he beat Panthers safety Eric Reid in a footrace on his way to the end zone. JuJu didn't get a lot going after that, but fantasy owners will certainly take a long touchdown to open Week 10. Overall, Smith-Schuster caught three passes for 90 yards and a touchdown along with one carry for 13 yards. Next week, the second-year receiver faces a Jaguars team he didn't have a ton of success against in two games as a rookie last season, but he's too good to keep out of fantasy lineups.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught seven passes for 78 yards in Sunday's win over the Ravens.

Smith-Schuster led the team in receptions and yards, but he couldn't find the end zone for the sixth time in eight games. At the season's midway point, the 21-year-old is on pace for a 106/1,344/4 line, so trips to the end zone—which should become more frequent in the second half—are really the only thing holding him back as an elite fantasy option. Consider JuJu a solid WR1 for Thursday night's matchup against Carolina after they were just torched by Tampa Bay's slot receiver Adam Humphries (8/82/2).

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

UPDATE: JuJu Smith-Schuster has returned to the game.

Smith-Schuster frankly might have been doing a nice acting job to draw a penalty, as he initially appeared OK after taking the hit. JuJu only missed a few plays.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves game after hit to the head.

After a long reception over the middle that was negated because of offsetting penalties, Smith-Schuster took a hit to the head from Ravens safety Eric Weddle. JuJu had to be helped to the sideline, and it looks like he'll be tested for a concussion. We'll update you as more information becomes available on Smith-Schuster's status.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster catches four passes in Steelers' win.

Smith-Schuster gained 33 yards on his four receptions against the Browns, including a long of 19 yards. This was the quietest performance of the season for the second-year receiver, so he'll look to have a bigger game next week in a tough matchup against Baltimore. JuJu had a 4/60 line in his first game versus the Ravens this season.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster goes over 100 yards in 28-21 win over the Bengals.

Smith-Schuster caught seven of a team-high ten targets for 111 yards, with the highlight coming on an acrobatic grab near the goal line that was ruled inches short of a touchdown as he landed on his head. The second-year receiver started shaky with a couple drops in the first quarter, but he was key late in a huge divisional win, including a two-point conversion on a quick screen. Fantasy owners will have to look elsewhere in Week 7 with JuJu heading into the bye, but he's solidified himself as an every-week WR1/WR2 option when they return to face the Browns.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster scores in Steelers' win.

Smith-Schuster made a great leaping catch in the end zone for an 18-yard score in the first quarter against the Falcons, and overall he had four receptions (on four targets) for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 victory. Ideally, Smith-Schuster will get more targets than this, but he entered the game top-three in NFL targets through four weeks. Look for him to be more heavily involved next week against the Bengals.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught four passes for 60 yards in Sunday night's loss to Baltimore.

Smith-Schuster had a 38-yard gain in the first quarter, but he was mostly quiet after that in what basically turned into a game where Big Ben locked onto Antonio Brown to the detriment of the offense. Still, despite the disappointing game, JuJu still had respectable numbers, which speaks to how good of a fantasy option he's become. Through four weeks, the 21-year-old is on pace for a 124/1,664/4 line, and he's in a prime spot to have a huge day next Sunday against Atlanta. The Steelers need to feature Smith-Schuster more than they did in Week 4.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen) was limited in today's practice.

Smith-Schuster didn't practice yesterday. Ideally, we'd see him off the injury report when it's released tomorrow, but his Week 4 status isn't in much doubt. JuJu is off to a heck of a start to the season with 100+ yards in each game, and we don't anticipate this slowing him down much.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster stays hot in win over the Bucs.

Smith-Schuster caught a team-high nine passes for 116 yards in a 30-27 victory on Monday Night Football. Through three games this season, JuJu has gone for lines of 5/119, 13/121/1, and tonight's 9/116. The second-year wideout looks like an every-week WR1 that was clearly undervalued in fantasy drafts over the summer, but he should be in all lineups next Sunday night against the Ravens.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster gets 19 targets in Steelers' loss.

The Steelers got into a shootout with the Chiefs, and it led to 60 pass attempts by Ben Roethlisberger; Smith-Schuster received nearly 33% of them, with 19. JuJu caught 13 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 loss, with the score coming on a quick out where the pass was slightly behind, but Smith-Schuster showed strong hands to haul it in. The second-year receiver is up to 240 yards on the season, and he obviously has a ton of trust from his quarterback. JuJu has basically been a second No. 1 receiver alongside Antonio Brown, and he's an excellent fantasy option for Week 3 against the Bucs.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster leads team in receiving as Steelers tie the Browns, 21-21.

Smith-Schuster caught five passes for 119 yards, with the highlight being a 67-yard catch-and-run that he nearly took for six. Those who were skeptical about JuJu being for real should have their minds changed by now, but we think Pittsburgh should have gotten him more involved late in the game when the offense stalled. With a cupcake matchup against the Chiefs on deck, Smith-Schuster should be a WR1/WR2 option for Week 2.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes JuJu Smith-Schuster is "due for at least 100 targets in 2018."

As a rookie last season, Smith-Schuster had 79 targets but turned it into 58 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. While keeping his catch rate that high might be a bit of a stretch, more volume is definitely a good sign for his fantasy value. In 2017, 36 players had over 100 targets—including all 15 players that had over 1,000 yards receiving. That many targets does not ensure statistical success, but if Smith-Schuster hits that number, it's hard to see him not again delivering very strong fantasy value in his second NFL season.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster says he has a "frustrating" knee injury.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler says Smith-Schuster won't reveal the extent of the injury but is expected to be a full participant when training camp begins late next month. Smith-Schuster says the knee is "just something that's been bothering me over time. Kind of just adds up and lets me know, 'Yo I need to get it checked out.' We got it checked out." So it sounds like whatever the issue is, they might have gotten it figured out and have a plan for him to be ready for the start of training camp. However, the fact that it's an issue that's gotten worse over time could potentially be a bad sign if things continue to get worse moving forward. Smith-Schuster's knee is something to keep in mind, and he should be monitored throughout training camp and the preseason ahead of fantasy drafts.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster scores at the end of Divisional Round loss.

The electric rookie receiver couldn't get much going against the Jaguars, but he did catch a touchdown on a quick route with one second remaining in the game. Overall, JuJu had three receptions for five yards and the touchdown. Next season, Smith-Schuster is likely to be the number two option at receiver for the Steelers, and he'll have a good shot at 1,000 yards after putting up over 900 (with seven touchdowns) during his rookie season. It's clear the Steelers made an excellent selection by picking up the former USC Trojan in the second round last year.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

Great JuJu: JuJu Smith-Schuster goes off in Week 17 win.

Smith-Schuster caught nine passes for 143 yards and one touchdown with Big Ben, Le'Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown out of the lineup, and he also housed a kickoff 96 yards for another score in the 28-24 victory. The second-round pick finishes his celebration-filled regular season with 58 receptions for 917 yards and eight total touchdowns in 14 games (seven starts). JuJu will be an important part of a potential Super Bowl run for the Steelers, especially if Antonio Brown misses time or is limited. He just turned 21 in November.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster plays great in Christmas Day win.

The rookie receiver stepped up and played like a number one receiver with Antonio Brown out, catching six of seven targets for 75 yards and a touchdown against the Texans. Smith-Schuster had a long reception of 49 yards, and his touchdown was on a stick-and-nod type of route for 18 yards. The young and exciting receiver will be an excellent fantasy option against the Browns to conclude the regular season next weekend.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster's late-game heroics come up short in heartbreaking loss to the Patriots.

Smith-Schuster caught six passes for 114 yards, with the highlight being a 69-yard catch-and-run on the final drive of the game to set Pittsburgh up for a potential game-tying field. A disastrous fake spike that resulted in an interception ended the game, though, as New England held on to win 27-24. JuJu should be a big part of the offense in Week 16 with Antonio Brown (calf) likely out until the playoffs, so the rookie could be a WR1 on Christmas against the Texans.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is officially active against the Patriots.

There was slight concern after Smith-Schuster already missed Week 12 with the hamstring issue, but the rookie receiver will officially be out there in his return from a one-game suspension. If the Patriots attempt to take away Antonio Brown and/or Le’Veon Bell, it might leave some big-time opportunities for Smith-Schuster. JuJu is a good option in fantasy lineups with fantasy championship appearances on the line.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is officially questionable for Week 15.

Coming off his one-game suspension for his hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, Smith-Schuster was thought to be ready to go this week against New England. However, he was only limited in practice this week, and there's no lock he'll suit up on Sunday. We expect him to be ready to go, but the Steelers play in the late-afternoon games, setting up a predicament for fantasy owners. Smith-Schuster's status might not be known until around 3:00 PM ET on Sunday.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster's one-game suspension has been upheld.

Smith-Schuster's suspension was just handed down earlier today, but appeals officer James Thrash has already heard the appeal and made a decision. The rookie receiver will miss this Sunday night's game against the Ravens, and he'll be back in Week 15 for a game versus the Patriots that could decide the top seed in the AFC.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

The NFL has suspended JuJu Smith-Schuster for one game.

Smith-Schuster is being suspended for his hit and taunt on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in last night's game. The hit was deserving enough of a penalty, but the NFL's statement from Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan also states that the "conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an NFL player." For fantasy purposes, the rookie receiver's role hasn't been as big as it was a few weeks ago, so ideally you weren't playing him in the first week of the fantasy playoffs in a tough matchup with Baltimore anyway. Smith-Schuster will be back for a huge Week 15 matchup with the Patriots.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster catches four passes in Week 13.

Smith-Schuster gained only 17 yards on his four receptions (five targets) against the Bengals, but he did work as a very good blocker down the field on running plays and after receptions by other receivers. However, one block was not good at all, as he had a crack-back block to the head area of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict before standing over him. Smith-Schuster's hit had Burfict sent off on a stretcher, though he thankfully doesn't appear to be hurt too bad. The rookie receiver is getting a fine at the very least, and it's possible a suspension is coming from the hit and taunt. We should get clarity on Smith-Schuster's punishment on Tuesday.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) practiced fully today.

After missing one game with his minor hamstring issue, Smith-Schuster is set to return this week against the Steelers, barring a setback. We'll update you if any problems pop up, but you should fully expect the exciting rookie receiver to be out there on Monday night against the Bengals. Smith-Schuster is immediately back in the mix as a WR2 option against the Bengals.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday night against the Packers.

Considering Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said early in the week that the rookie receiver would need reps in practice to play in the game, this isn't a surprise. Smith-Schuster didn't practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of the hamstring injury, so he won't play versus Green Bay. Martavis Bryant suddenly becomes a high-upside option in fantasy lineups, though the talented receiver does carry some risk because of his low floor. Hopefully this won't be a multi-game absence for the exciting Smith-Schuster, but consider him questionable for Week 13.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) did not practice today.

This isn't a great sign for the rookie's status for Sunday night against the Packers. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the rookie is going to need practice reps to play, so a non-participation today might indicate his chances of playing aren't great. However, there's still another practice tomorrow, and we'll see how he's listed when the official injury report is released.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster is dealing with a minor hamstring issue.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called it a "small" issue and said the rookie might be limited in practice this week. JuJu has become a very important player for the Steelers during his first season in the NFL, but he probably won't play if he isn't able to practice. The hamstring issue doesn't sound too serious, though, so expect Smith-Schuster to be out there on Sunday. We'll update you throughout the week on his official practice status.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster gets eight targets in Week 11.

The rookie Smith-Schuster was again a reliable target for Ben Roethlisberger, catching four passes for 47 yards in the victory over the Titans. JuJu's best catch came in the red zone on a slant route where he reached back to catch the pass between two defenders for a first down. Considering Antonio Brown (144 yards, three touchdowns) did most of the damage in this one, it was a pretty good game for Smith-Schuster. He'll be a good option against Green Bay next week.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster keeps it going in win over the Colts.

Smith-Schuster caught five passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, which came in the third quarter from seven yards out. The best play of the day was a contested catch down the right sideline where he outmuscled the cornerback for a 44-yard gain, and Pittsburgh's offense looked a lot better when he became a factor in the second half after they failed at getting Martavis Bryant involved early on. JuJu should remain a high-end WR2 in a good home matchup against the Titans on Thursday night.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster explodes in Sunday Night Football debut.

Smith-Schuster caught seven passes for 193 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown where he caught a pass over the middle and outran three defenders to the end zone. On the play, JuJu set a record with four touchdowns before turning 20-years-old, and he still has some time to extend the record next month. Through eight weeks, the rookie is on pace for a 48/848/8 line, and he has a good chance to improve those numbers after essentially making people forget about the inactive Martavis Bryant after his breakout performance. If he's available, Smith-Schuster needs to be picked up in all fantasy leagues.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) is practicing fully.

JuJu had some concussion symptoms that had him put into protocol, but it appears he's ready to go for Sunday night against the Lions. With Martavis Bryant (social media) set to be inactive for the game, the rookie Smith-Schuster could see more targets go his way. He's worth a pickup in all leagues and is in the FLEX conversation for Week 8.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster scores against the Bengals.

Smith-Schuster got behind the defense and was wide open on a 31-yard touchdown in the Steelers' win, and he had two receptions for 39 yards and the touchdown overall in the game. JuJu also had a very original touchdown celebration, as he and Le'Veon Bell acted like they were playing hide-and-seek, with Smith-Schuster counting while Bell hid behind the goal post. The rookie is up to three touchdown this season, and we should be seeing a lot more celebrations in the future for the 20-year-old playmaker.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught three passes for 32 yards in Sunday's win over the Steelers.

The rookie took some snaps away from Martavis Bryant and might be the team's number-two receiver with Bryant struggling. JuJu should be added in deeper fantasy leagues, and he's worth a look in standard-sized leagues, too. The Steelers host the Bengals next week.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught four passes for 58 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.

As expected, JuJu was the team's second most effective receiver with Martavis Bryant doing battle with A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey on the outside. Smith-Schuster is worth a pickup if he's still available, as he's a full-time player in a normally-explosive offense. He gets the Chiefs in Week 6.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster scores in Week 4 win.

Smith-Schuster caught three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, an 11-yard score in the second quarter after which he did a "Kamehameha." The rookie has a right to celebrate, as he's become the team's primary slot receiver over the past two weeks, which should lead to more fantasy success. He's worth a pickup heading into Week 5, especially in deeper leagues.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught two passes for 39 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bears.

Smith-Schuster's receptions went for 25 and 14 yards, but Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell were the main sources of offense for Pittsburgh in a 23-17 loss. JuJu isn't a fantasy option for Week 4's matchup with he division-rival Ravens.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster catches first-career touchdown in Week 2.

After not catching a pass in his pro debut, Smith-Schuster had three receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. JuJu's touchdown came on a shuffle pass at the goal line that led to a comical dice-game celebration by he and his teammates. The rookie receiver isn't a fantasy option yet, but he's a strong hold in dynasty leagues.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves and re-enters Steelers' third preseason game.

Smith-Schuster left briefly with an ankle injury, but he returned to the game for the Steelers. The rookie receiver had three receptions for 31 yards in the exhibition against the Colts. He should get some playing time this season, but he might struggle for fantasy value as Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Le'Veon Bell will all be ahead of him for targets, with Eli Rogers and others also possibly ahead of him.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster didn't play in the Steelers' second preseason game.

The rookie receiver is dealing with a knee bruise and is day-to-day. He should be good to go for the team's third preseason game.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster practiced for the Steelers today.

The rookie receiver left Friday's game with a concussion, so it's great to see he quickly got through the concussion protocol and is back. Smith-Schuster is probably excited to get back on the field this Sunday for the team's second preseason game.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves first preseason game with a concussion.

The rookie receiver from USC came flying in to try and help make a tackle after an interception by Joshua Dobbs, but unfortunately suffered a concussion on the play. The good news is Smith-Schuster shows he goes all out and plays hard, just as he did in college. Hopefully Smith-Schuster gets back on the field soon.

JuJu Smith-Schuster | Chiefs WR

The Steelers select USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster with the 62nd pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Smith-Schuster is a 6’1” thick receiver that had a productive college career at USC. He’s a very physical receiver with long arms and big 10.5” hands. As a true sophomore in 2015, Smith-Schuster had 89 receptions for 1,454 yards, and ten touchdowns. He saw a decrease in production as a junior, but still had 70 catches for 914 yards and ten touchdowns. Smith-Schuster should step in as a good possession receiver for Pittsburgh. He has the potential to become a very good complement to Antonio Brown and company for the Steelers.