JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ben Roethlisberger and Benny Snell Jr. could be the most productive Steelers players for fantasy football teams in 2020. After their Week 1 debut against the New York Giants, these offensive players look ready to take on the season.
2019 was a relatively stagnant season for Pittsburgh’s starting wide receiver. Now, Smith-Schuster is beginning to turn things around.
Last season, Smith-Schuster suffered both a concussion and a knee injury in Week 10 against the Cleveland Browns. This kept him out for the remainder of the season.
As he begins what he hopes will shape up to be a comeback season for both himself and the Steelers as a team, Smith-Schuster should be able to total a lot of points in fantasy football.
With Roethlisberger back on the field, Smith-Schuster’s productivity is already taking a turn for the better.
Welcome back… 🤝 pic.twitter.com/IfSvO4TDzl
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) September 15, 2020
In Pittsburgh’s Week 1 game at MetLife Stadium, he caught 6 passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. This performance secured his 24.9 fantasy points on ESPN Fantasy.
Smith-Schuster should be one of the most productive wide receivers across the league for fantasy teams.
On ESPN Fantasy, Smith-Schuster is ranked sixth among all NFL wide receivers and was rostered by 99.6% of teams.
Roethlisberger has finally taken the field again after his 2019 elbow injury ruined the remainder of his season.
Although the Steelers’ offense looked a little rusty at the beginning of their Week 1 game, Roethlisberger began to find his rhythm. In turn, the offense was able to put some points on the board.
Roethlisberger completed 21 of his 32 pass attempts, totaled 229 passing yards and threw for three touchdowns. He also showed his efficiency at quarterback while running the hurry-up offense in the second quarter.
The quarterback earned himself 22.06 fantasy points for Week 1. He is ranked ninth at the quarterback position and was rostered by 65.9% of teams.
Roethlisberger explained to the media that he has been extremely sore following Monday night’s matchup. However, he confirmed that his elbow feels great and he is ready to take on the rest of the 2020 season.
Benny Snell Jr.
As a rookie, Snell Jr. played in 13 games. Starting running back James Conner faced several injuries lat year, leaving Snell Jr. to log 108 carries. He totaled 426 rushing yards with two touchdowns on the season.
This year, his run game is expected to improve significantly. According to teammates and coaches, the running back showed a lot of growth throughout 2020 training camp.
Former teammate Ramon Foster was impressed with Snell Jr.’s performance against the Giants.
One heck of a blitz pick up by Benny Snell. And that wasn’t a strong point of his last year. Growth!
— Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) September 15, 2020
Now that Conner is injured again for the time being, Snell Jr. will be taking over at the starting running back position.
On Monday night, he recorded 19 rushing attempts for a career-high 113 yards. This earned him 11.3 points in fantasy football.
While he is only rostered by 41.6% of fantasy teams, that number has already increased by over 25%. He was one of the top pickups from the fantasy waivers for Week 2, behind only Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown.
If Snell Jr. can continue to play like he did in Week 1, he will prove to be one of the most productive Steelers players for fantasy football teams.
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