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What to do with Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster in Week 16 of the fantasy football playoffs

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster ahead of the Steelers Week 16 matchup against the Colts.

Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against the Washington Football Team on December 8, 2020 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Game day update: Things are looking ominous for Pittsburg h’s offense, but at the very least, weather is on their side this week. The temperature is sub-30 degrees in Pittsburgh with minimal wind and no precipitation. To boot, kicker Chris Boswell is out for the day, which could force the team to be a bit more agressive on third and fourth downs or provide opportunities for two-point conversions.

The Pittsburgh Steelers passing attack hasn’t been operating at peak performance the last couple weeks with less than 200 yards through the air. It’s not a great time for a slight slump in the passing game, but if you’ve got wide receivers Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool or JuJu Smith-Schuster, here’s a look at their fantasy outlook on Sunday.

Fantasy Football analysis: Steelers WRs Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster

In Pittsburgh’s last game, Ben Roethlisberger threw for just 170 yards, and he went Johnson’s way quite a bit. Johnson caught eight of 13 targets for 59 yards and scored a touchdown. Claypool caught three of eight balls that went his way for 54 yards, and Smith-Schuster caught three of six targets for 15 yards.

The Steelers receivers will face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Indianapolis ranks 17th in the NFL in terms of passing yards per game allowed. In its last game, Indianapolis allowed 373 passing yards to the Houston Texans, but their leading wide receiver was Brandin Cooks with six catches for 59 yards.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Johnson can be used as a No. 2 wide receiver in this matchup. Claypool and Smith-Schuster can both be used as low-end WR3 with Claypool slightly ahead of the pack.