WR James Washington - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-0, 205||Born: 4-2-1996||College: Oklahoma State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2018|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Always trust the bond of hunting buddies. New quarterback Devlin Hodges and Washington have a good thing going and the Arizona defense is up next. Keep Washington in your lineup as a WR3/Flex.
Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals
FBG says: Good matchup. It's hard to call young Devlin Hodges a polished prospect. He's being managed very closely and given very little downfield opportunity, with the Steelers running heavily to protect him. Still, his steady-ish play has been a noticeable upgrade on the mistake-prone Mason Rudolph. Hodges has shown the spark of a dynamic connection with wideout James Washington, who's topped 90 yards in 3 of his last 4 games. The pair hooked up on three fantastic, well-contested deep balls last week, making for the most excitement this attack has seen in over a month. Washington would still hold some fantasy value even if JuJu Smith-Schuster can return - he doesn't look likely to - but offers week-winning potential as Hodges' No. 1 target. With the lack of volume at play, though, there's not much stability or upside to be found anywhere else. No. 2 wideout Diontae Johnson have combined to post just 115 yards over the past 3 weeks. The Cardinals opened the year struggling against the pass, but this unit has now plummeted to the bottom of the league by just about every measure. Not even the Week 7 return of All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has helped stop the bleeding. The numbers have been staggering: they've allowed 420+ yards in back-to-back games, and 315+ in 6 of their last seven. Over those 7 games they've surrendered 19 touchdowns through the air, and 7 different receivers have recorded 100+ yards. Peterson has suffered through his worst season as a pro, and rookie Byron Murphy has been even worse across the field. Of course, the Cardinals have gained the most notoriety here in 2019 for their ineptitude against tight ends. The linebackers and safeties have been historically poor in coverage up the seams. They've already allowed 6 different tight ends to top 75 yards - 4 of them cleared 100 - with an astonishing 13 touchdowns along the way. Vance McDonald has largely faded from the Pittsburgh gameplan, but he couldn't ask for a better time to get more involved.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
James Washington's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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 NewsSteelers | 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.
link to story Steelers | James Washington scores long TD (Sun Nov 24, 08:37 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington posted three grabs for 98 yards in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals, highlighted by a 79-yard scoring connection with QB Devlin Hodges. link to story
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