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  Michael Thomas
WR - NO
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JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
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  Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. HOU at NE
Week 2 at LAR vs. SEA
Week 3 at SEA at SF
Week 4 vs. DAL vs. CIN
Week 5 vs. TB vs. BAL
Week 6 at JAC at LAC
Week 7 at CHIBYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. ARI vs. MIA
Week 9BYE WEEK vs. IND
Week 10 vs. ATL vs. LAR
Week 11 at TB at CLE
Week 12 vs. CAR at CIN
Week 13 at ATL vs. CLE
Week 14 vs. SF at ARI
Week 15 vs. IND vs. BUF
Week 16 at TEN at NYJ
Week 17 at CAR at BAL
  Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Receiving
   
Receptions111.7103.8
Rec Yards1,347.91,360.9
Rec TDs8.58.9
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.2
Rush Yards0.01.7
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points185.3189.5
   
  Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
2018 Points 
Week 122.011.9
Week 218.918.1
Week 312.911.6
Week 44.76.0
Week 57.49.4
Week 613.1
Week 712.9
Week 88.13.3
Week 927.17.8
Week 1019.016.3
Week 1115.210.4
Week 123.824.9
Week 134.04.9
Week 149.825.0
Week 154.94.0
Week 1616.99.5
Week 172.99.7
  Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
2018 Targets 
Week 1178
Week 21319
Week 31011
Week 4411
Week 554
Week 610
Week 79
Week 866
Week 9159
Week 1085
Week 11410
Week 12617
Week 1389
Week 141312
Week 15910
Week 161315
Week 17710
  Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Three straight top-10 seasons to start your career? Not bad. The Saints are throwing the ball less and less which is why Thomas hasn't contended for the No. 1 spot in the wide receiver rankings, but he's steady and consistent, making him well worth a late first-round selectionWith Antonio Brown out of town, many will automatically assume that Smith-Schuster will get more targets. You shouldn't be so quick to jump aboard that train. He saw 166 targets in 2018, which ranked fourth in the league. On top of that, the Steelers threw the ball a league-high 687 times. On top of that, he'll now see a bit more shadow coverage from top cornerbacks, making life a tad difficult. He's still going to be the focal point of their pass-attack, making him worthy of a second-round pick
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
MT is about as efficient as they come and plays much of the year indoors with an accurate quarterback. Yeah, he's a top 5 guy.JuJu is a beast in his own right and takes over Antonio Brown's old role. Why are we having reservations about this?
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Thomas has had an unreal efficiency throughout his career, and he's been incredibly consistent. He's never finished a season with fewer than 1,100 yards, and he had a superb 125 catches last year. With a lengthy contract extension taken care of, it should be business as usual for Thomas this year, and he should put up strong WR1 numbers as usual.What do you get when you take an elite wide receiver and you open up 168 targets by trading away one of the best receivers in the game? You get Smith-Schuster's 2019 season, and it's going to be glorious. Yes, he'll see more attention from defenses, but the Steelers will be creative enough to get him free. Plus, he has scored a touchdown in all three games that Antonio Brown has missed during Smith-Schuster's career. Expect an increase from the 166 targets he saw last season and another huge year.
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
 JuJu Smith-Schuster has been "focused on" being a threat on the outside and his preseason usage from last week suggests he'll play a lot less slot (23% of snaps) than he did last year (59% of snaps). @HaydenWinks
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Only player in NFL history with 300+ catches over 1st 3 seasons - Had WR-high 85% catch rate on his 147 targets last season (since '92, no other WR with at least 100 targets has eclipsed 80%)He's likely to have to work harder with A. Brown out of the picture, but Juju is in the mold of guys like Anquan Boldin and Hines Ward who didn't mind working hard and played like they were born to play football
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
 Juju is going 100/1600/10 this season. He is a beast and while people think the TDs may not be there, he was second in the league with 16 red zone receptions last season.
Sean Koerner
The Action Network
low floor attached to Brees, more weapons around him this year 
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
No one was more efficient with the targets they saw than Thomas last season. In fact, no one in NFL history has been that efficient. There is room for more, of course, if New Orleans decides to pepper him with targets, but they also don't throw much so that might just be wishful thinking.There is no doubt about it that JuJu was the best slot receiver in football last year. Part of that, of course, had to do with Antonio Brown drawing loads of attention, and it remains to a question how he will perform outside versus stronger cornerback matchups. The target share is expected to improve but that assumes Big Ben again throws a league-high 675 passes which seems unlikely.
Kyle Yates
The Fantasy Footballers
Michael Thomas has proven that he has some of the best (if not THE best) hands in the NFL. He's a focal point of the Sean Payton offense and the Saints did little to change that perception this offseason. My only concern is whether or not we've begun to see the beginning of the end of Drew Brees, but whether that's the case or not, Thomas will still be an elite PPR option.The Steelers passed an absurd 689 times in 2018, which lead to incredible opportunities for both Antonio Brown and Juju. With Brown now in Oakland, there's the potential for Juju to step in and receive a ridiculous amount of targets. However, I'm projecting the Steelers offense to move more towards a balanced approach by running the ball more and Juju is going to draw consistent double team coverage. While I still believe Juju can prevail under these circumstances, expectations need to be tempered with the young 22 year old.
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
I preach safety in the first 4 rounds...and it doesn get any safer than Michael Thomas He has the more receptions over his first 3 seasons than any player in the history of the NFL. And he's first by 33 receptions! He also has the third most fantasy points ever over that stretch of time, behind just Randy Moss and Odell. Over his first three seasons he's averaged 107/1,262/7.67 TD's, including 125.1405/9 last season, which was the 4th highest approximate value of any WR ever Thomas has also been a model of health, missing just one game in his career. This sort of floor/upside combination shouldn't be available in the early second round. Thomas has finished as the WR 7/6/6 over the last three years, but I think this is the year that he finishes in the top 3. And honestly, he could easily end up as the WR 1Juju has the 4th most receptions of all time through a WR's first two seasons. And that was with AB there. AB accumulated 168 targets last season. Try to wrap your head around that. Juju had 166 targets last year…and now 168 have just been vacated. Please don't listen to people who tell you that he'll do worse because he's the #1 now. There is absolutely a chance that he regresses on a per target basis, but there is very little talent in that WR core and they are going to find themselves down more than usual. 180 targets is well within his range of outcomes. My latest projection update has Juju with 175 targets, and he has edged past Adams with my top overall projection
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Thomas had 125 receptions for 1,405 yards and 9 touchdowns last season and he should be heavily targeted again in 2019.Smith-Schuster should be the lead receiver in Pittsburgh with WR Antonio Brown on his way out the door. Smith-Schuster had 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and 7 touchdowns last year and he should be primed for a big jump in Year 3 as the lead receiver.