WR James Washington - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-0, 205Born: 4-2-1996College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 2, pick 2018

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Week 15: vs Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Bad matchup. At the moment, Devlin Hodges is not being cast as a superhero. He's throwing just 20 passes a game in the Steelers' banged-up, stripped-down offense, averaging just 165 yards and 1 touchdown. But he's also been much steadier than Mason Rudolph, leading and throwing with poise and accuracy in a lessened role. Hodges has completed 71% of his passes, and his ability to keep plays alive and convert has made for a huge improvement. Unfortunately, the lack of volume continues to hamper his receivers' value. James Washington has thrived of late, with 69+ yards in 4 of his last 6 games. His Week 14 line (4 for 33) could have been much bigger had he not drawn a pair of pass interference flags deep down the field. Washington's value will take a hit if JuJu Smith-Schuster can return this week, but perhaps not much of one. His connection with Hodges is impressive, and it's likely Smith-Schuster's return would add some target opportunity by itself. It would, however, push Diontae Johnson's role (6 for 60 and a touchdown last week) into uncertainty. This attack boasts plenty of dynamism, but doesn't offer the volume to support much fantasy value - nor the clarity to know where it will come from on a given week. The Buffalo pass defense remains a major team strength; in fact, it's probably been the catalyst to this improbable 9-4 record. This has been a near-lockdown unit, sitting third in net yardage allowed per game and per attempt. They've allowed only 3 opposing passers to top 250 yards, and 2 of them needed extensive garbage time to do it. It's no surprise they're so stingy against No. 1 wideouts with shutdown cornerback Tre'Davious White on board. White is enjoying another All-Pro caliber season, routinely limiting the opponent's top target. He's helped stifle downfield playmakers Marquise Brown, Courtland Sutton, and Terry McLaurin (a combined 64 yards on 8 receptions) in recent matchups. White gets great support from the elite safety duo of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, which keeps the deep game mostly under wraps. The Steelers will likely keep the offense as close to Devlin Hodges' vest as possible, getting by on quick, underneath throws short of the secondary. Whatever they do, it's hard to project them to much dynamism in this grueling matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at CLE 63 0 0 0 5 3.0 49 0 0 4.9
12 at CIN 58 0 0 0 7 3.0 98 1 0 15.8
13 vs CLE 44 0 0 0 4 4.0 111 1 0 17.1
14 at ARI 43 0 0 0 4 4.0 33 0 0 3.3
15 vs BUF PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3.9 * * * *
15 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4.4 * * * *
15 vs BUF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

James Washington's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 14 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

The yardage isn't always on the stat sheet. James Washington may have finished the day with only 33 -yards, but he was able to draw two defensive pass interference penalties against Byron Murphy for an additional 39-yards. Washington's best reception of the day came on a simple curl route. The reception was made in traffic and it took multiple defenders to bring him down after the catch.

2019 Week 13 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 111 / 1 rec)

Washington's day was filled with highlight plays. Three of Washington's four receptions were all highlight quality. On his first reception working outside against the Browns top cornerback, Washington was able to get both feet in bounds on a tough catch along the sideline. His second was an amazing catch for a touchdown, which would have been defensive pass interference at the one-yard line even if the ball was dropped. As a defender pulled Washington to the ground, he kept he turned around to make an adjustment on the ball, the ball then jarred loose, and then Washington still was able to make the catch. Tied the game 10-10 before halftime. Finally, Washington had another great concentration catch on tight coverage. The ball was dropped right over the shoulder perfectly.

2019 Week 12 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 98 / 1 rec)

Washington should be considered player of the game for the Steelers. He showed consistency and showed up in a big moment. Washington's first reception was a poorly thrown screen pass. The ball was thrown high and did not allow the blockers to setup the screen play in front of him. Washington drew an offensive pass interference call for shoving the defender ahead of him. He was able to follow up his offensive pass interference penalty with a touchdown reception. Washington ran a simple deep crossing route and was able to stiff arm the Bengals defender as the defender was flipping his hips trying to catch him. Washington drew a questionable defensive pass interference call against the same Cincinnati defender he stiff armed earlier for 8-yards. Washington's last reception of the game was on a downfield screen. Washington showed strong hands and followed his blockers well.

2019 Week 11 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

With so many key skill position players out after the first half of the game it is quizzical how Washington ended the evening with only five targets. Early on, Washington drew a defensive pass interference which led to a 33-yard gain and a first down. Throughout the evening Washington and Rudolph and Washington displayed good chemistry. Rudolph was able to hit Washington on a curl route. The ball was delivered perfectly as Washington was coming out of his break and back towards the ball. Washington's blemish on the evening was a reception breakup. Washington was running a shallow crossing route from left to right and the pass was perfectly on target. The defender simply put his hands between Washington and the ball.

2019 Week 10 vs LAR (7 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec)

The Oklahoma State connection was on full display in Week 10 and the announcers didn't let us forget it. Washington's first reception of the contest came on the third drive of the game and on the lone touchdown drive of the game. On Washington's first reception, Rudolph showed exception anticipation with Washington, releasing the football before he even broke his route inside. The reception got the Steelers to the five-yard line and then two plays later Rudolph found Washington with one on one coverage. Rudolph threw a 50-50 ball for his guy and put it in the perfect place for him to make a play. Late in the second quarter, Rudolph again found Washington on a perfectly thrown ball, this time deeper down the field. Washington was able to run through the reception and split between two defenders for a nice run after the catch. At the end of the run, the ball was punched loose, and the fumble was lost. Rudolph and Washington were able to get things going one last time on the final scoring drive of the game. The two connected on the final scoring drive for 40 of the Steelers 60-yards.

2019 Week 9 vs IND (4 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)

There weren't many shots downfield or highlight plays, but James Washington had two of them. On the second possession of the game Washington ran a comeback route to convert a third down. The ball looked like it was about to fall pop out of Washington's hands for the second straight week. Fortunately, Washington showed impressive hand eye coordination and land on the ball. Also, on one of the rare throws of over ten yards, Mason Rudolph was hit as he threw the ball and sent a lame duck pass downfield. Washington made a good play in front of a defender and brought in a contested catch. Without that reception Rudolph would have passed for under 150 yards on the day.

2019 Week 3 vs SF (4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

The connection between Mason Rudolph and James Washington was one of the biggest stories of the night given their history from college. The problem with expecting production from James Washington right now is that Washington is not the next man up behind Donte Moncrief. Washington is a slot receiver who is still having trouble getting off the line and isn't used as much as rookie Diontae Johnson. Washington's best reception of the night came on a screen pass. Washington showed good explosion after the catch.

2019 Week 2 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Washington wasn't involved much, but his highlight catch came in the second quarter. The Steelers offense had two first downs from a defensive holding on Juju Smith-Schuster and a Smith-Schuster reception. On a crossing route, Roethlisberger threw the ball behind Washington. Washington displayed excellent body control and hands as he reached behind him for the pass and immediately turned up field.

2019 Week 1 vs NE (6 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)

One of the few bright spots of the game came from James Washington in the third quarter. With the Steelers looking for answers downfield, Washington had over the top overage. His defender felt Washington bump against him and then Washington was able to pull away. He tracked the pass deep for a 45-yard gain. Washington's only other reception on the evening also went for a first down conversion in the fourth quarter.


Latest News

Steelers | James Washington held in check (Sun Dec 8, 10:23 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington caught all four of his targets for 33 yards in a 23-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14.

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Steelers | James Washington making big plays (Sat Dec 7, 10:47 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington has had a reception of 30-plus yards in four of the last five games and has recorded at least 90 receiving yards and a touchdown in three of the last four games.

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Steelers | James Washington totals 111 yards, TD (Sun Dec 1, 05:20 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington finished with four grabs for 111 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns, including a long touchdown where he grabbed it off the lap of a defender while laying on their backs for the highlight-reel score.

Our View: Washington is heating up and clearly has downfield chemistry with his new quarterback Devlin Hodges. Even if Juju Smith-Schuster returns next week, Washington will be worth a WR3/Flex look against Arizona.
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