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JuJu Smith-Schuster Injury Update Improves his Week 15 Fantasy Outlook

Zach Brunner
JuJu Smith-Schuster dives for a pass against the Broncos.
JuJu Smith-Schuster dives for a pass against the Broncos. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been sidelined for the last three games due to a knee injury. However, the Steelers playmaker is eyeing a Week 15 return against the Buffalo Bills on "Sunday Night Football," which could have big implications for the NFL playoffs and the fantasy football playoffs.

The Steelers have been able to hold steady without their top receiver, winning all three of the games he has missed. However, those three games were against teams with losing records.

Facing the fifth-seeded Bills will be a tough task for Pittsburgh, but the return of JuJu would improve the odds of a win. A victory in Week 15 would move the Steelers up to the fifth seed in the AFC. A Steelers loss would not only clinch a playoff spot for the Bills, it could drop the Steelers below the Tennessee Titans, depending on the result of their game. 

While JuJu has had a down year on all accounts, he is still the leading receiver for the Steelers in yards per game, at 52.4. JuJu has just one 100-yard game this season, after reaching that total eight times last season, and has averaged just 10.6 PPR fantasy points per game. But with Devlin Hodges breathing some life into the Pittsburgh offense (22.3 points per game when he starts, 19.2 when he doesn't), we could see those numbers pick up a bit down the stretch.

The Bills do make for a tough matchup as well, so even in a return Smith-Schuster isn't a must-start fantasy play. Our Week 15 PPR fantasy football rankings have him at WR35.

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