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JuJu Smith-Schuster to be a game-day decision in Week 16

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster might play in Week 16, but we won’t know until game day. We break down the fantasy football implications.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster leaps and pushes off against Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson (during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers face the New York Jets in a must-win Week 16 matchup, and they face uncertainty with one of their biggest playmakers. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster got in a second straight day of full practice on Friday, but afterward he said his knee is not 100 percent and he’s not sure if he will play on Sunday, per beat writer Brooke Pryor. He said it’s about pain management, according to NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala.

Fantasy football analysis: Steelers WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington

The Steelers and Jets play in the early slot on Sunday, so for most people it won’t be a serious problem for making a decision. However, even if Smith-Schuster plays, it’s hard to get too excited about the Steelers pass catchers with Devlin Hodges throwing passes. There’s a certain amount of volume to be had, but Smith-Schuster’s return lowers James Washington’s value, and you’re best suited avoiding both if possible.