JuJu Smith-Schuster Projections Are Disrespectful Ahead of Potential Bounce-Back Season in 2020

Jason Schandl
JuJu Smith-Schuster 2020 projections for receiving yards and touchdowns.
JuJu Smith-Schuster 2020 projections for receiving yards and touchdowns. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

JuJu Smith-Schuster has already had an up-and-down NFL career through three seasons. He flashed massive upside as a rookie in 2017 then exploded for 1,426 yards in 2018. In 2019, though, his production fell way off. Injuries limited him to 12 games, and he turned 42 receptions into just 552 yards.

With Ben Roethlisberger back at the helm, however, Pittsburgh Steelers fans will likely feel that JuJu is being disrespected by the 2020 stat line that is being projected by the betting odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

JuJu Smith-Schuster 2020 Projections

The over/under for Smith-Schuster's receiving yards in 2020 is set at 1,099.5, with even odds on the over and under. His touchdown total is a bit better, set at 6.5 with -126 odds on the over and -102 odds on the under.

Doubling his numbers from 2019 may not seem like a bad projection on the surface, but 2019 looked an awful lot like a worst-case scenario for the young star. Missing four games (and being forced out early in another) certainly held his production back. He was on a 16-game pace for 736 yards and 4 touchdowns (compared to the 552 yards and 3 touchdowns he had).

His production also took a massive hit from playing with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges instead of Big Ben.

Smith-Schuster averaged a career-worst 7.9 yards per target in 2019, and he averaged one touchdown for every 23.3 targets. His career numbers with Roethlisberger at the helm are significantly better, averaging 9.2 yards per target and one touchdown for every 18.5 targets.

With Roethlisberger sitting as the favorite to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, Pittsburgh's offense should be in for a big season. Smith-Schuster will have a great opportunity to get right back on the trajectory toward superstardom that he was on before Big Ben got hurt last year.

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