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JuJu Smith-Schuster, Vance McDonald are on track to play in Week 16

The Steelers quarterback situation is a mess, but Devlin Hodges is getting some key playmakers back in Week 16. We break down the fantasy football implications.

JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his touchdown with Vance McDonald #89 during the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field on October 28, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting healthy at just the right time. The team wrapped up their Thursday practice for Week 16, and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Vance McDonald were both able to practice in full, according to team reporter Missi Matthews.

Smith-Schuster has been sidelined since Week 11 with a knee injury. He was progressing back last week but had a setback. He was limited on Wednesday this week and has now been upgraded, which bodes well for Sunday.

McDonald missed last week with a concussion but has cleared the concussion protocol. He has been a full participant both days this week.

Fantasy football analysis: Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, TE Vance McDonald

The fantasy upside to the Steelers is limited given their quarterback situation. Devlin Hodges is not a good quarterback, and is coming off a four interception performance against the Bills. The Jets are a bad defense, but it’s hard to see much upside. James Conner will be a decent volume play, Smith-Schuster is a low end flex at best, and McDonald is a start in deeper leagues but not much else.