Who Should I Draft?

Michael Thomas or JuJu Smith-Schuster

 
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  JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
 
 
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Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total185.9190.5-
Avg Game11.611.9-
Avg Projection191.0182.9-
    
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  JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at NE vs. HOU
Week 2 vs. SEA at LAR
Week 3 at SF at SEA
Week 4 vs. CIN vs. DAL
Week 5 vs. BAL vs. TB
Week 6 at LAC at JAC
Week 7BYE WEEK at CHI
Week 8 vs. MIA vs. ARI
Week 9 vs. INDBYE WEEK
Week 10 vs. LAR vs. ATL
Week 11 at CLE at TB
Week 12 at CIN vs. CAR
Week 13 vs. CLE at ATL
Week 14 at ARI vs. SF
Week 15 vs. BUF vs. IND
Week 16 at NYJ at TEN
Week 17 at BAL at CAR
  JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
Receiving
   
Receptions104.0113.1
Rec Yards1,389.91,338.5
Rec TDs8.88.4
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.50.0
Rush Yards4.50.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points191.0182.9
   
  JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
2018 Points 
Week 111.922.0
Week 218.118.9
Week 311.612.9
Week 46.04.7
Week 59.47.4
Week 613.1
Week 712.9
Week 83.38.1
Week 97.827.1
Week 1016.319.0
Week 1110.415.2
Week 1224.93.8
Week 134.94.0
Week 1425.09.8
Week 154.04.9
Week 169.516.9
Week 179.72.9
  JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
2018 Targets 
Week 1817
Week 21913
Week 31110
Week 4114
Week 545
Week 610
Week 79
Week 866
Week 9915
Week 1058
Week 11104
Week 12176
Week 1398
Week 141213
Week 15109
Week 161513
Week 17107
  JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR - PIT
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Michael Thomas
WR - NO
Michael Thomas
Expert 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
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 footballOnly 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%)
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. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
With 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 pickThree 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 selection
Sean Koerner
The Action Network
 low floor attached to Brees, more weapons around him this year
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
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.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.
Kyle Yates
The Fantasy Footballers
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.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.
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
Juju 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 projectionI 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 1
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
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.Thomas had 125 receptions for 1,405 yards and 9 touchdowns last season and he should be heavily targeted again in 2019.