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Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster picks Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins over himself in fantasy football


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is quickly emerging as one of the best in the NFL. With that, he’s become a fantastic fantasy football option as well.

However, that doesn’t mean he’s the best option – and even he seems to feel that way. In a celebrity fantasy football draft for the “Fantasy Footballers” podcast, Smith-Schuster found himself with the seventh overall pick.

Before him, a number of running backs were taken. In fact, all six picks before him were running backs. Saquon Barkley was taken at number one, followed by Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey. Fourth was Le’Veon Bell, with Melvin Gordon and Ezekiel Elliott following.

That brought Smith-Schuster to the table. And he was still available in the draft. Smith-Schuster did indeed go with a running back, just not himself.

Instead, Smith-Schuster took Houston Texans superstar DeAndre Hopkins.

As expected, this caused a reaction. I mean, you’d imagine a competitor like Smith-Schuster to believe he’s the best choice right? At the same time though, he’s someone who wants to win – even if it’s a silly fantasy football league. With that in mind, Hopkins is rated much higher on fantasy football boards than Smith-Schuster.

You could also see this as a humble thing. Smith-Schuster recognizes that there are other great wide receivers in the NFL and doesn’t want to place himself over some that paved the way for him.

For what it’s worth, Smith-Schuster went 10th (the last pick of the first round).

I mean, this would be a story either way, right? If Smith-Schuster took himself the story would be that he chose himself over Hopkins and Odell Beckham Jr. and others.

Could you imagine the headlines if he chose Antonio Brown though? That would’ve been fun.