Fantasy Football: Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster Picked Another WR Over Himself

Stephen Andress
August 15, 2019 - 9:55 am

JuJu Smith-Schuster revealed to the world who he believes will be the best wide receiver in fantasy football in 2019.

Smith-Schuster has an opportunity to explode this season in fantasy football after finishing as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in 2018, and now, Antonio Brown is no longer on the team.

Yet, in a recent celebrity fantasy draft where #TeamJuJu had the chance to select the first receiver off the board, he did not pick himself.

Who did he pick? Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. A strong message to the fantasy community on who one of the best receivers in the game thinks is the top player at his position.

What else did Smith-Schuster’s draft reveal to the rest of us fantasy drafters, as our own drafts approach? Here are the top takeaways.

- JuJu is all about that elite TE life in fantasy this season, selecting Travis Kelce in Round 3 of this 10-team celebrity draft and going with a WR-WR-TE start. Smith-Schuster passed on running backs Damien Williams, Devonta Freeman and Aaron Jones.

- JuJu likes himself the value among mid-round RBs, selecting Leonard Fournette in Round 4 and David Montgomery in Round 5. Smith-Schuster took Fournette over Josh Jacobs and Derrick Henry. He picked Montgomery over Marlon Mack, Mark Ingram, Chris Carson and Philip Lindsay.

- Dissecting the middle-round WR tier is a challenge this season. #TeamJuJu took a stand though in Round 6, picking Calvin Ridley to start a WR run and taking the Falcons second-year wideout over Tyler Boyd, D.J. Moore, Kenny Golladay and Mike Williams.

- Smith-Schuster is a savvy fantasy manager, waiting to take his quarterback until the 9th round and picking Carson Wentz over Kyler Kurray.

- One of JuJu’s best sleeper picks was to stack Wentz with Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson in the 14th round.

The one mistake Smith-Schuster may have made was taking the Bears defense so early in the 10th round. The cost of taking that defense so early means JuJu passed on RBs like Derius Guice, Royce Freeman and Latavius Murray, as well as WRs like Marvin Jones, Will Fuller, Dede Westbrook and Marques Valdez-Scantling.