WR James Washington - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Washington had a career game against the Rams and his college chemistry with Mason Rudolph is starting to shine. He'll be a what the heck flex against the Browns on Thursday.

Week 11: at Cleveland Browns - $4100

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Steelers passing offense has not been the same offense that we have become accustomed to since Ben Roethlisberger was lost for the season. Mason Rudolph who was known for his deep ball at Oklahoma State, has largely played game manager in the NFL averaging just 6.6 yards per attempt and has surpassed 250 yards just once (251 yards against Miami in Week 7). While Rudolph has been an issue, part of the problem for the Steelers has been lack of consistency amongst its wide receivers. JuJu Smith-Schuster has struggled in three of the last four weeks as he has five or fewer targets in those games and has 20 yards or less in two of those games. James Washington and Diontae Johnson are both talented players but have been up and down for most of the season and the Steelers have gotten almost nothing out of the tight end position for most of the year as Vance McDonald has been a check-down type receiver. The Browns pass defense has been a unit that for most of the season has been a middle of the road defense. They have not allowed a 300-yard passer, and have only allowed one quarterback to throw for 3 touchdowns this year. However, the problem is once you look deeper underneath the stats as while they have allowed the 7th fewest passing yards per game, they have allowed the 11th highest yards per attempt at 7.5 YPA. This is a unit that has been in a bit of turmoil for most of the season as rookie Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward both missed significant time and are just starting to play together once again and are starting to play better. The good news is this is one of the first times all season that the Browns are fully healthy as they did get Damarious Randall back from injury last week which as this defense comes together it has tremendous talent it will just be a matter of coming together to finish the season strong. As of now, until they prove it, they should be considered a league-average pass defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLSalPtsFP/$
8 vs MIA 36 0 0 0 6 1.0 21 0 0 4500 3.10 0.69
9 vs IND 27 0 0 0 4 4.0 69 0 0 3700 10.90 2.95
10 vs LAR 37 0 0 0 7 6.0 90 1 1 3600 20.00 5.56
11 at CLE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3.3 * * * * * *
11 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3.9 * * * * * *
11 at CLE 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 10 vs LAR (7 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec - 20 points, $3600)

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 - 10.9 points, $3700)

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 - 3.4 points, $3500)

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 - 4.3 points, $3600)

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 - 7.1 points, $3900)

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.

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Latest News

Steelers | James Washington breaks out (Mon Nov 11, 01:18 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington hauled in six of his seven targets for 90 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 versus the Los Angeles Rams.

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Steelers | James Washington totals four grabs (Sun Nov 3, 05:16 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington finished with four receptions for 69 yards on four targets in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Schedule

11@ Cleveland Browns
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15vs Buffalo Bills
16@ New York Jets
17@ Baltimore Ravens