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Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster not expected to play in Week 15

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had a setback in practice on Thursday. We break down the fantasy football implications for Week 15.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs a route in the first quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns on November 14, 2019 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expected to have wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in Week 15, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Smith-Schuster was listed as limited in practice on Thursday after getting in a full workout on Wednesday. Schefter tweeted that he aggravated his knee injury and is not expected to play.

Smith-Schuster injured his knee in Week 11 and had only recently gotten back to practice. His status for Week 16 is unclear.

Fantasy football analysis: Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

This bodes well for James Washington, who has become a big part of the Steelers offense in his second season. He only had four receptions for 33 yards last week, but has scored a touchdown and surpassed 90 yards receiving three of the previous four weeks.

Diontae Johnson has been another beneficiary, but has been much more inconsistent. He’s coming off a solid performance with six receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers face a tough Bills defense in Week 15. Washington is a decent start, while Johnson should be avoided this week.