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College: Oklahoma State | Rookie
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 213 lbs
Birth Date: 4/2/1996
2019 Bye Week: 7

Total Pts: 43.7
Avg Pts: 2.73
Rank: 124 WR

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2019 RTSports Outlook

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.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

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.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Fantasy Week
Pts
Scoring
Week 1
Week 28.40James Washington 14 receiving yds (1.40 pts)
James Washington 1 reception (1.00 pts)
James Washington 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . James Washington 14 yd TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger
Week 34.50James Washington 25 receiving yds (2.50 pts)
James Washington 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 43.00James Washington 10 receiving yds (1.00 pts)
James Washington 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 50.00
Week 60.00
Week 7
Week 8
Week 93.70James Washington 17 receiving yds (1.70 pts)
James Washington 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 10
Week 112.10James Washington 11 receiving yds (1.10 pts)
James Washington 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 120.00
Week 13
Week 143.10James Washington 11 receiving yds (1.10 pts)
James Washington 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 159.50James Washington 65 receiving yds (6.50 pts)
James Washington 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 160.00
Player Notes
May 24 1:10pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington trained harder this offseason and is down 15 pounds from the 223 to 225 pounds he played at in his rookie season. Washington finished 2018 with two 60-plus yard performances in the final three weeks, but his 42.1 percent catch rate (16 receptions on 38 targets) was the worst among Steelers wideouts with at least 10 catches. "I feel like I know more of the plays. ... I feel I'm quicker off the ball," Washington said. "I'm able to run with everybody." Donte Moncrief might have the inside track on the No. 2 job behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, with Eli Rogers in the slot. However, Washington can make some noise as well with Antonio Brown no longer around. Keep an eye on him in deeper leagues.

From RotoBaller

May 9 2:23pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington has reportedly 'slimmed down' this offseason and is expected to play around 210 pounds this season, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Fantasy Spin: Washington is officially listed at 213, but he appeared to be carrying more weight than that during what was a trying rookie season. The Oklahoma State product did enjoy his two best performances late in the season, giving the team and fantasy owners some hope for 2019. Currently sporting an ADP in the 11th round in PPR leagues, Washington can easily emerge as a value pick in fantasy drafts if he shows the same kind of deep-ball ability he did in college.

Apr 22 8:03pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington will have a bigger role in the passing game in 2019, and head coach Mike Tomlin said he expects great things from Washington.

Fantasy Spin: Washington did not have a big role during his rookie season and finished with 16 receptions, 217 yards and one touchdown. He should be a top three receiver for the Steelers this season and will see plenty of targets. He can be a late-round in some fantasy leagues next season.

Feb 15 10:33pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington will be 'sitting pretty' to become the No. 2 receiver if WR Antonio Brown doesn't return to the team in 2019.

Fantasy Spin: Washington had a quiet rookie year, but he occasionally flashed the ability to make plays down the field. If Brown is out of the picture, Wahington's numbers could jump up significantly. Keep him in mind as a late-round sleeper.

Dec 31 1:23am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington finished with a game-high 64 yards receiving and caught all three of his targets in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fantasy Spin: Washington was bound to produce a bit more this week with Antonio Brown nursing a knee injury. The rookie did most of his damage on a 47-yard deep strike, but this effort marked the second time in three games he exceeded 60 yards receiving. Washington's path to fantasy stardom is blocked indefinitely by Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, but reports of his strong practices near the end of the season suggest he is starting to pick things up. He should have some deep sleeper appeal in 2019.

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