College: Oklahoma State | 2 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 213 lbs
Birth Date: 4/2/1996
Depth Chart: WR1.1
2019 Bye Week: 7
Out - Shoulder
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR
Washington was No. 4 on the depth chart much of his rookie season. He didn't get much work in that role, having 16 receptions for 217 yards and a touchdown. He topped 50 yards just twice but those games were two of his last three. Washington is setup to be the No. 2 receiver for the Steelers this season, moving up the depth chart in year two. Washington has really long arms and does well in fighting for a reception. He also has top speed and can get by defenders in a hurry. He can be a top deep threat for the Steelers. He does need some work on his route running and playing consistent football.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Washington has high upside as a starter in this offense. He can take a big step forward in year two. Consider him a solid No. 3 fantasy receiver. Look for around 65 receptions for 1,000 yards and seven or eight scores.
With the Antonio Brown era in Pittsburgh over, new opportunities exist in the Steelers receiving corps that havent been there for awhile. JuJu Smith-Schuster will be the teams number-one option at the position, but theres a huge opening for second-year wide receiver James Washington to take over the number-two role on the team. As a rookie, Washington didnt make a huge impact on the field, finishing with 16 receptions for 217 yards and a touchdown. But signs existed that point to Washington having a significant role moving forward, including a total of seven games over the course of the season where he was on the field for at least 60 percent of the teams offensive snaps. While the team signed receiver Donte Moncrief and drafted rookie Diontae Johnson, neither of those was a move that necessarily hurts Washingtons outlook for the upcoming season, and most projected depth charts have him starting on the outside. The Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have had inconsistent results historically when it comes to getting multiple wide receivers involved on a consistent basis, but over the last couple of years, they had success with the Brown and Smith-Schuster pairing. Washington has the upside of someone who can be a fantasy WR2, but the safer bet is to project him to be somewhere in the WR3/4 tier for this upcoming season. He should possess a fairly solid floor based on how pass-happy the Steelers tend to be.
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Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington (shoulder) was back at practice Monday, Oct. 21.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Isaiah Buggs, WR James Washington, LB Mark Barron, FB Roosevelt Nix, QB Mason Rudolph, RB Jaylen Samuels and CB Steven Nelson inactive for Week 6.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels (knee), FB Roosevelt Nix (knee), WR James Washington (shoulder) and LB Mark Barron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 11, and have been ruled out for Week 6. CB Steven Nelson (groin) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. CB Justin Layne (illness), C Maurkice Pouncey (non-injury), LB Anthony Chickillo (foot), CB Mike Hilton (foot) and OG Ramon Foster (non-injury) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels (knee), FB Roosevelt Nix (knee), WR James Washington (shoulder), LB Mark Barron (hamstring) and OG Ramon Foster (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 10. CB Steven Nelson (groin) and CB Mike Hilton (foot) were limited during practice. CB Justin Layne (illness), C Maurkice Pouncey (non-injury) and LB Anthony Chickillo (foot) fully participated in practice.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels (knee), FB Roosevelt Nix (knee), WR James Washington (shoulder), LB Mark Barron (hamstring), CB Justin Layne (illness) and C Maurkice Pouncey (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 9. CB Steven Nelson (groin) and LB Anthony Chickillo (foot) were limited during practice.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington (shoulder) is expected to miss a few weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 5 against the Ravens, according to a source. Washington had just nine catches on 21 targets for 140 scoreless yards through five weeks, so he wasn't a viable commodity in most standard-sized fantasy leagues. Donte Moncrief, Johnny Holton and Ryan Switzer will battle for playing time as the third wideout behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Diontae Johnson. With rookie quarterback Devlin Hodges likely to take over for Mason Rudolph (concussion) in Week 6 against the Chargers, it'll be hard to even trust Johnson in this passing offense.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington (shoulder) is expected to miss a few weeks due to a shoulder injury.
Fantasy Spin: The injury could give Donte Moncrief a chance to emerge in a thinning cast of receivers. He's worth the speculative add universally.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught three of his six targets for 52 yards before leaving Sunday's game against the Ravens with a shoulder injury. Washington was pretty effective early, but if the injury causes him to miss time, expect rookie Diontae Johnson to get increased opportunities. Nonetheless, this is a banged up Steelers team and Washington's absence could make things even worse, as the team is now 1-4.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury during the Week 5 game and will not return.
Fantasy Spin: Diontae Johnson may receive more targets with Washington out of the lineup and has a chance to be a flex option in some leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington wasn't able to haul in his only targets during Monday's win over the Bengals. As a rookie last season, he had just three games with one or zero targets, so this is definitely a low for the the college teammate of the Steelers' quarterback Mason Rudolph. Many anticipated Washington would be a direct benefactor of Rudolph taking over the offense, but opposing defenses have done a great job keeping him from having an impact. In turn, rookie Diontae Johnson has taken over the team's WR2 responsibilities and Washington is trending towards drop status in fantasy. In a Week 5 matchup with the Ravens, Washington is a definite sit, but he can be stashed for one more week to see if his workload increases.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught just two passes for 14 yards in Week 3, but he was on the field for 92% of the offensive snaps. This week against the Bengals on Monday night, Washington will likely draw Dre Kirkpatrick in coverage. Kirkpatrick has allowed 10 receptions through three games and is Cincy's best cornerback. For the second-year receiver, his supposed connection with quarterback Mason Rudolphhas yet to show up in the regular season but many expect them to become a strong duo as each game is played. Washington is a WR5 this week, but is more of a DFS contrarian option in full-weekend slates.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington accounted for 14 yards on two receptions in the team's Week 3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Fantasy Spin: With Donte Moncrief inactive there was hope that Washington would step up, but Pittsburgh's passing game flailed around outside of a pair of long TD connections. While there's still some long-term upside with Washington, he's only worth stashing in larger leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught just two of his four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the 49ers. Anticipation was building for the supposed connection that Washington has with quarterback Mason Rudolph from their time at Oklahoma State but that wasn't the case on Sunday. With rookie Diontae Johnson now the second starting wide receiver, Washington is nothing more than a WR6 moving forward or until we see Rudolph target his former college connection more.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught just two balls for 23 yards in Week 2, but Week 3 presents an intriguing matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. His former college quarterback, Mason Rudolph, is now throwing to him full-time for the Steelers and if preseason usage has any backing, then this connection should continue to prosper. Washington will likely draw a lot of Richard Sherman in coverage, which could scare away Rudolph from looking his friends way. However, Washington hosts a 22.1 average depth of target, the fourth highest in the NFL so far. Expect Rudolph to look his way often, potentially even finding pay dirt. Washington can be considered a WR5 with WR3 upside in Week 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught two of three targets for 23 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle. The second-year receiver was almost non-existent in the game plan. Even once Mason Rudolph took over in the second half, Washington wasn't thrown to until the fourth quarter. Regardless of who is throwing to him, the Oklahoma State product is falling far off the fantasy radar due to the state of the Steelers offense right now. In Week 3 against the 49ers, he should be considered nothing more than the deepest of dart throws in DFS and should be nowhere near a redraft fantasy lineup.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught just two passes for 51 yards in Week 1 against the Patriots. The second-year pass catcher has never caught more than three passes or accrued more than 65 yards in a game. In Week 2 against Seattle, Washington will look to boom at home against the same defense who just gave up 418 yards passing to Andy Dalton, including 158 and two touchdowns to John Ross. The Oklahoma State product is a former second-round pick so the team would certainly like to get him going. Look at Washington as a WR5 with WR2 upside if he's able to find pay dirt and someone who could be a very solid contrarian DFS option.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington was targeted six times and caught two of them for 51 yards in Sunday's blowout loss to the Patriots. The second-year man pulled in a 45-yarder that would have went for a touchdown had he been able to keep running up the right sideline. After fellow receiver Donte Moncrief's rough night, Washington is trending up in the offense. The Oklahoma State product's big-play upside should keep him in Ben Roethlisberger's sights often. In Week 2 against Seattle, Washington can be viewed as a WR5 with WR3 upside should he find pay dirt.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington is slotted into the WR3 position on the team's depth chart. Washington was a preseason star, hauling in two touchdowns, both of which came from backup Mason Rudolph and not starter Ben Roethlisberger. As a rookie, Washington saw limited action, catching just 16 passes for 217 yards and a score. This week, with the Patriots set to focus on JuJu Smith-Schuster, it's possible Washington could slip behind the defense for a big touchdown. He's still just a stash in redraft leagues, but if you want a cheap, contrarian option with upside, Washington is a solid pick in DFS.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington was able to catch one of four targets in Thursday's final preseason game against the Panthers. Washington is likely to serve as the team's third wide receiver as JuJu Smith-Schuster and Donte Moncrief have locked up the starting spots. The second-year receiver from Oklahoma State is looking to earn a bigger role after hauling in 16 passes for 217 yards and a score as a rookie in 2018. He's a respectable late-round flier in redraft leagues but definitely holds more dynasty value as his role in 2019 could be spotty at best.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught a 41-yard touchdown pass to mark his only reception in Sunday's preseason win over Tennessee. It was his second touchdown of the preseason, which leads the team. He's shown off his big-play ability through three games, including receptions of 40, 41, and 43 yards. However, the majority of his work has come with Mason Rudolph, who is his former college teammate and is vying to be Ben Roethlisberger's backup in 2019. There is no telling if Roethlisberger will have the same connection that Rudolph does. Washington is a late-round sleeper going in the early parts of the 10th round of fantasy drafts. His upside is undeniable, but with Donte Moncrief also fighting for a high amount of targets, it's possible that Washington is Pittsburgh's WR3.