JuJu Smith-Schuster Injury Update Could Boost Diontae Johnson Fantasy Outlook in Week 3

Jason Schandl
JuJu Smith-Schuster's injury update could impact Diontae Johnson's fantasy outlook in Week 3.
JuJu Smith-Schuster's injury update could impact Diontae Johnson's fantasy outlook in Week 3. / Daniel Shirey/Getty Images
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There's already been some room for disappointment for fantasy football managers who drafted Pittsburgh Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster this season.

He scored 2 touchdowns in Week 1, but his 6 targets were a little concerning. Then in Week 2 he only managed 48 yards with no touchdowns on his 8 targets.

Now he's being held out of practice with a knee injury, calling his status for Week 3 into question. Even if he suits up, the possibility that he's limited or playing hurt can be a boost for teammate Diontae Johnson's fantasy value.

Diontae Johnson Fantasy Football Outlook

JuJu has led the Steelers wideouts in snaps this season. In Week 1 his 55 snaps tied Johnson for the team high, then in Week 2 he played 59 while Johnson played 54. He hasn't been the team's WR1 from a target standpoint, however.

Johnson's 23 targets are a team high by a big margin, accounting for 32 percent of the team's total. JuJu is second, and his 14 targets account for 19 percent.

Already potentially emerging as the Steelers' top wideout, Johnson's going to be a safe bet for huge volume if Smith-Schuster is anything short of 100 percent on Sunday.


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