RB DeAndre Washington - Oakland Raiders
|5-8, 204||Born: 2-22-1993||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2016|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Washington was very good for fantasy despite being part of yet another futile effort by the Raiders. He'll face a team even more morose when the Jaguars come to town this week. If Josh Jacobs MRI isn't good, Washington is an even better waiver pickup.
Week 15: vs Jacksonville Jaguars
FBG says: Great matchup. The Raiders went without lead running back Josh Jacobs last week as he was scratched just a few hours from game time due to a fractured shoulder that he has reportedly been playing through since Week 7. Without Jacobs, the Raiders leaned on DeAndre Washington to shoulder the load as he led the backfield with 14 carries for 53 yards against the Titans. Washington saw 63 percent of the snaps compared to 38 percent from pass-catching specialist Jalen Richard, who rushed a season-high seven times but remains an ancillary option on the ground. Washington offers what should be a relatively low ceiling based on his plodder running style that has led to him averaging just 3.2 yards per carry with four rushing touchdowns in limited action since the 2017 season. The Raiders did sign running back Rod Smith earlier in the week, however, mid-week reports are indicating that Jacobs could be ready to suit up on Sunday based on positive MRI results. Keep a close eye on this situation, but if Jacobs were to make it back into the lineup without any reported limitations, he would immediately be a fantasy-relevant option against this exploitable Jaguars run defense. The Jaguars maintained their status as one of the worst run defenses in football last week after allowing the Chargers to put up 195 rushing yards and two touchdowns against them in the blowout loss. This came after Jacksonville gave up two touchdowns to a terrible Tampa Bay rushing offense in Week 13 and over 100 yards to four separate running backs in their three previous games from Weeks 9-12. This defense has now given up multiple rushing touchdowns in four straight games and has allowed over 100 rushing yards to six running backs on the season--five of which have come in the last five games. The stalwart of this defensive line has been Calais Campbell, but even he had a rough outing last week as he was manhandled at the line of scrimmage by a below-average Chargers offensive line. Backup linebacker Donald Payne, starting for the injured Myles Jack, played extremely poorly alongside the equally struggling Quincy Williams. Very poor play from these linebackers has been the top issue for the Jaguars run defense all season, and there is no improvement in sight as this defense should continue to be highly exploitable.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
DeAndre Washington's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs TEN (14 / 53 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 43 / 0 rec)
Washington stepped into the starting role with Josh Jacobs sidelined by a shoulder injury. He played 63% of the snaps, which was the fourth-highest share of snaps for any Raiders running back in a game this season. Washington performed very well in the role. On the opening drive, Washington had a beautiful 14-yard touchdown run. He got to the second-level and made a linebacker miss, then spun through a tackle attempt at the 4-yard line to get into the end zone. Washington was heavily involved as a receiver, both out of the backfield and split out wide. On one play, he motioned to the left, lined up as the lone receiver on that side and caught a screen pass for a four yard gain. Washington's best run of the day may have come on a 2-yard gain on 2nd-and-1. A defensive tackle penetrated and looked to have him for a 3-yard loss but he made a nifty jump cut to get outside, cut it back upfield, then lowered his shoulder to pick up the first down. If there was one area where Washington was not quite as effective as Jacobs, it was down around the goal line. Washington was stuffed twice on goal line carries and was knocked backward on both runs.
2019 Week 13 vs KC (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Washington caught a short dump off and found a lot of room to run, sprinting down the middle of the field for a 28-yard gain. He made a nice toe-drag reception along the sideline for a 7-yard gain.
2019 Week 9 vs DET (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Washington played just seven snaps. He made a nice catch out of the backfield, faking like he was going to run a wheel route and then making a sharp cut into the middle of the field. He caught the short pass from Carr, split a pair of defenders, and raced for a 21-yard gain.
2019 Week 8 vs HOU (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Washington didn't get many opportunities but was able to gain solid yardage on each of his carries and caught his lone target.
2019 Week 7 vs GB (6 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Washington is typically getting a series or two at running back each game. He ran it for 8 yards to open a second quarter drive and was out there for a couple long pass plays but then got pulled for Jacobs when the Raiders got inside the 5-yard line. Without much usage in the passing game and minimal short-yardage work, Washington won't make much of an impact.
2019 Week 5 vs CHI (6 / 17 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Washington was the second back in the rotation behind Josh Jacobs. He lined up out wide along the sideline and caught a comeback route for 10 yards. Six of Washington's touches came in a 7-minute span of the second quarter while Jacobs was in the locker room. He got a rare goal line opportunity with Jacobs out and was able to cash in with a 3-yard touchdown run off of right tackle.
2019 Week 4 vs IND (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Washington only played 19% of the snaps but was again the second back into the game, subbing in for Jacobs early on the opening drive. He promptly caught a swing pass for 7 yards. Washington was targeted on a dump off but had a bad drop. He turned his head to start running before securing what should have been an easy catch for a short gain. Washington subbed in for Jacobs on a third quarter drive and carried it five times on the drive, including multiple times in the red zone. After back-to-back runs of 7 and 6 yards set the Raiders up with 1st-and-goal from the 8-yard line, Washington was dropped at the line on first down.
2019 Week 3 vs MIN (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington isn't getting a lot of playing time (9 snaps) but is touching the ball most of the time he is on the field. He is being used almost exclusively to run the ball and appears to be the direct backup to Josh Jacobs. Should Jacobs go down with injury, Washington would be the prime beneficiary and see a big uptick in touches. Washington showed well in this game. His first carry of the game probably should have gone for a loss but he made something out of nothing. It started with a sweet jump cut, he stiff-armed the first defender and lowered his head to push through two tacklers to pick up the first down.
2019 Week 2 vs KC (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Washington was the second back into the game, handling the third series of the game, which was a three-and-out. After a couple mistakes by Richard, Washington took over in the two-minute drill before halftime and made a sweet catch and run over the middle, grabbing the ball on the run below his knees.
2019 Week 1 vs DEN (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington played just five snaps. He made a nice cut and spun through the first tackle attempt for a gain of seven yards. Washington was stacked up at the line for a minimal gain on his only other carry.
Latest NewsRaiders | DeAndre Washington totals 96 yards (Mon Dec 9, 12:58 AM) - Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and added 43 more yards on six catches in Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans. link to story
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