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RB DeAndre Washington - Oakland Raiders

5-8, 204Born: 2-22-1993College: Texas TechDrafted: Round 5, pick 2016

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Week 14: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The run game is virtually all that's worked for the Raiders in this lost season. Since Marshawn Lynch was placed on injured reserve in Week 7, they've taken a two-headed approach and ridden it to solid, efficient results. Doug Martin has averaged 58 yards a game in the marginal lead role, while Jalen Richard has racked up 7.3 yards per carry in relief. Martin doesn't have much explosiveness left just months from his 30th birthday, but benefits from the Raiders' quietly strong run blocking, currently graded at an A- by our Matt Bitonti. Richard offers less certainty but more explosiveness, and it's fair to wonder whether he'll pull closer to a timeshare as the season draws to a close. The Pittsburgh run defense, which opened the year in dominant fashion, has fallen on hard times. With top run-stuffer Stephon Tuitt in and out of the lineup and the inside linebacker play dipping, the Steelers have suddenly become a somewhat friendly fantasy matchup. Running backs have averaged 4.5 yards per carry over the last 4 weeks, well above the Steelers' season average, and 3 have topped 77 yards. Quick backs Christian McCaffrey (14 for 77 and 1 touchdown), Phillip Lindsay (14 for 110 and 1), and Justin Jackson (8 for 63 and 1) have found plenty of room through a handful of defensive breakdowns. On a positive note, it appears the fast, active L.J. Fort is cementing himself in the linebacker rotation. Fort actually out-snapped starter Jon Bostic 52-11 last week and was a menace all over the field, racking up 12 tackles as a linebacker/safety hybrid. His dynamism could only help a unit that's struggling to win in the gaps. This should be a matchup that would fit Jalen Richard more than Martin as the key to beating this defense is with speed, but one has to wonder if the Raiders will give Richard the touches as he has just seven carries over his last two games.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs LAC 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 at ARI 23 12 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.9
12 at BAL 8 3 8 0 1 1 9 0 0 1.7
13 vs KC 6 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 -0.3
14 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 1 * * * *
14 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 0 * * * *
14 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 1 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs KC (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Washington got his first carry late in the first half and promptly fumbled it. He didn't play much after that, logging just three touches on the day.

2018 Week 12 vs BAL (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Washington caught a short pass and used a nasty spin move to elude the first tackler and pick up nine yards on the opening drive. He didn't see another target all game. With the state of the wide receiver corps, it would seem that getting the ball into Washington's hands in space should be a higher priority.

2018 Week 11 vs ARI (12 / 39 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Washington had barely seen the field coming into Week 11 but had a couple early carries, the first of which he took straight up the middle for a 10-yard gain. He really got his opportunity when Doug Martin left midway through the second quarter with an ankle injury, though. After the injury, Washington basically functioned as the lead back, getting the majority of the early-down work and the goal line carries. In fact, 6 of his 12 carries came inside the red zone. A penalty set the Raiders up with first down at the Cardinals 12-yard line and Washington handled three straight successful carries to pick up the first down at the 1-yard line. After a false start set them back, he gained four yards up the gut to get down to the 3-yard line. A short completion set up 3rd-and-goal at the 1-yard line and Washington again got the call. He showed mediocre vision, running into the back of his own lineman and was dropped for a loss. Overall, it was a solid performance from Washington. If Martin misses time, it would likely be close to a 50-50 split between Washington and Richard. Plus, Gruden indicated after the game that even if Martin is healthy he wants to continue getting Washington touches.

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Schedule

14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Denver Broncos
17@ Kansas City Chiefs