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What to do with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool in Week 3 fantasy football

The Steelers face a struggling Texans squad in Week 3. We break down what it means for JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool in fantasy football.

Diontae Johnson celebrates his touchdown with JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field on September 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Houston Texans in Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season. The Steelers look to improve to 3-0, while the Texans looks to get their first win in what has been a struggle this season.

Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster lead the team in targets and receptions, although Chase Claypool is second in yards thanks to some big plays. Johnson has 14 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown, Smith-Schuster has 13 receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Claypool has five receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. Johnson leads the team with 23 targets through two weeks.

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

The Texans rank 25th on defense, but their problems have been more on the ground than through the air. They rank 23rd in pass defense efficiency vs. 24th in run defense efficiency, but for fantasy purposes, they’ve given up the eighth most fantasy points to running backs and are right in the middle of the league against wide receivers.

It’s too early to tell exactly what to expect from Claypool in fantasy, but the upside is becoming apparent. In Week 1 he caught three passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, and in Week 2 he caught two passes for 39 yards. He’s a valuable best-ball option right now, but it’s tough to tell right now what kind of weekly consistency he’ll bring.

Ben Roethlisberger is regularly looking Johnson’s way, but Smith-Schuster has been the more efficient of the two receivers. Both are solid starts at this point, but keep expectations a bit more measured this week. Last week, Marquise Brown led the Ravens with five receptions for 42 yards against Houston, while the week prior Sammy Watkins led the Chiefs with seven receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. There’s value there, but it might not be as much upside as this struggling texans team would suggest.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Johnson and JuJu as WR2s in most leagues
Considering Claypool as a flex in deeper leagues