JuJu Smith-Schuster Fantasy Outlook Includes Massive Upside in Potential Bounce-Back Season

Jason Schandl
JuJu Smith-Schuster has the potential to be a top wide receiver in fantasy football in 2020.
JuJu Smith-Schuster has the potential to be a top wide receiver in fantasy football in 2020. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

There are no two ways about it — JuJu Smith-Schuster was an absolute fantasy football bust in 2019. Playing 12 games, he scored just 113.2 PPR fantasy points (No. 65 among wideouts), averaging just 9.4 per game (T-No. 62).

Don't let that scare you off in 2020, however, as Smith-Schuster still has massive upside with a potential bounce-back year on the horizon.

JuJu got to play one full game with Ben Roethlisberger in 2019, and that was against the elite New England Patriots defense, which conceded an NFL-low 173.9 passing yards per game on the season. Smith-Schuster racked up a respectable 13.8 fantasy points in that one. They allowed more to a team's WR1 only three times all season (Golden Tate in Week 6, DeAndre Hopkins in Week 13 and DeVante Parker in Week 17).

After that, JuJu was catching passes from either Mason Rudolph or Devlin Hodges, who were both straight up terrible. Rudolph averaged 5.7 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A), while Ben averaged 7.5 each season from 2016 to 2018.

Even while competing for targets with Antonio Brown, that 2018 season saw the then 22-year-old Smith-Schuster break out with a WR8 finish in fantasy football.

Big Ben looks healthy again and is the betting favorite to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year (+260 on FanDuel Sportsbook), and his return should absolutely lead to a bounce-back for Smith-Schuster.

JuJu has an average draft position (ADP) of WR12 according to FantasyPros, but he checks in at WR10 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.

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