JuJu Smith-Schuster Props for 2020 With Odds and Picks

By Michael Wynn in NFL
| June 26, 2020 5:46 am PDT
JuJu Smith-Schuster Props for 2020 With Odds and Picks

Here’s a tip for anyone interested in betting JuJu Smith-Schuster prop bets. The projections have been set at the same number at all of the top football betting sites, but the odds are the most favorable at Bovada. It’s a rare occurrence that both sides of the bet have either the same or less juice involved compared to anything else I’ve seen.

Knowing where to attack a certain NFL player’s prop bets is the first part of the battle. The next part comes down to the execution, or in this case, figuring out if you should back the over or the under.

Let’s zero in on Pittsburgh’s star wideout and find out if he’s primed to have a bounce-back year.

JuJu Smith Schuster’s Total Receptions in 2020

Over 91.5-115
Under 91.5-115

The first thing people are going to do before betting this JuJu Smith-Schuster prop is go back and look at last year’s production. However, I’m saying take last year’s pedestrian-like numbers (42-552-3 in 12 games) and throw them right out the window.

A knee injury cost him four full games, and the deficiencies from Pittsburgh’s quarterback play cost him a boatload of catches. Seriously, don’t get me started on Mason Rudolph or Duck Hodges.

Big Ben has consistently been one of the league’s most active passers, ranking at or near the top in completions and attempts, and he connected with Smith-Schuster 111 times in 2018. I’m not sure the USC product will match that total, but surpassing 91 catches should be well within the cards.

Pick
  • Over 91.5
    -115

JuJu’s Total Receiving Yards in 2020

Over 1,099.5-130
Under 1,099.5+100

The last time this cat was on the field with Roethlisberger for a full season, he posted a 1400+ yard season on his resume. Frankly, I would have anticipated this line being set closer to 1,200 receiving yards — even 1,250.

I get that laying -130 isn’t an ideal proposition, but the value seems pretty clear. Considering I pegged JuJu to catch at least 92 balls, it’d be awfully strange if I paired that with a sub-1,100-yard season.

Slated to play in the slot where he’s most comfortable, Smith-Schuster should be on his way to an extremely fruitful campaign. If things pan out as I envision, JuJu will eclipse 1,100 receiving yards with a game or two to spare.

Pick
  • Over 1,099.5
    -130

Receiving TDs in 2020

Over 6.5-135
Under 6.5+105

I was on my way to making it 3-3 with the overs and suggesting you parlay them together, but then I did some more homework.

As I highlighted when covering the Steelers’ win total in 2020, Pittsburgh added two pass-catchers that were specifically brought in to help out in the red zone. Eric Ebron was a red zone specialist with Andrew Luck in 2018 as only Davante Adams caught more TD passes inside the 20-yard line.

Perhaps even more thrilling is the arrival of Chase Claypool, a rookie WR out of Notre Dame who is built like Calvin Johnson.

When you calculate that James Washington and Diontae Johnson will have substantial roles in the deep-passing game, assuming JuJu will rack up a minimum of seven touchdown receptions might be a bit naïve.

Once you take into account the +105 price tag attached to the under, which direction to lean in this JuJu Smith-Schuster prop bet starts to become clear.

Pick
  • Under 6.5
    +105

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