James Washington
James Washington
24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Pittsburgh Steelers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After a dismal rookie season, the 2018 second-round pick showed signs last year, despite playing with some of the league's worst quarterbacks. Washington averaged 16.7 YPC and 9.2 YPT on 80 targets, even with six drops. He had four catches of 40-plus yards, and 13 of 20-plus, i.e., he made an unusual number of big plays under difficult conditions. At 5-11, 213, Washington has average height, but he's stout and strong. His timed 4.54 speed is below average, and his athletic marks are similarly middle of the road, but the Steelers have had an eye for receiver talent and development for more than a decade, and many have had physical specs that were similarly nondescript. Washington should benefit from the return of a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, and presumably a vastly improved overall and more pass-heavy Steelers offense, but he'll have to compete for looks with No. 1 wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, promising second-year man Diontae Johnson and rookie second-round pick Chase Claypool. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.5 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2018.
Zero receptions in finale
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 30, 2019
Washington failed to catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.
ANALYSIS
This was only his second game this season in which Washington failed to record a catch. The second-year receiver took a step forward overall, finishing 2019 with 44 receptions (on 80 targets) for 735 yards and three touchdowns over 15 games. He led the team in receiving yards and yards per catch (16.7) but needs to improve on his 50.8 percent catch rate if he's going to become a reliable fantasy asset in 2020. The return to Ben Roethlisberger under center could help in that regard.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do James Washington's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
78.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.82
 
% Team Air Yards
32.0%
 
% Team Targets
16.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
15.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
56.4%
 
Drop Rate
7.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.6
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do James Washington's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
213 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.32 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.11 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
32.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
The 60th overall pick last year, Washington wasn't used much as a rookie, and when he was he did poorly - only 38 targets all season and 16 catches for a paltry 5.7 YPT. But with Antonio Brown's 168 targets gone and only Donte Moncrief and third-round pick Diontae Johnson brought in as replacements, opportunity knocks. At 5-11, 213, and with middling speed (4.54 40), Washington's physical specs aren't far off from those of incumbent star JuJu Smith-Schuster, a similarly stout former second-rounder who burst onto the scene in 2017. While Washington's debut wasn't nearly as auspicious, the Steelers organization has been excellent at finding high-quality receivers lacking elite pedigrees the last decade (from Mike Wallace to Emmanuel Sanders to Brown to Smith-Schuster). Expect Ryan Switzer and Eli Rogers to battle it out for slot work when Smith-Schuster lines up outside, leaving Washington to compete with Moncrief (and to a lesser extent Johnson) for the other wideout job. Ben Roethlisberger led the NFL in attempts by a wide margin last year with 675, so the winner could be busy.
For the second straight year Pittsburgh selected a receiver in the second round of the draft, and they are hoping history will repeat itself, with Washington potentially following the path that JuJu Smith-Schuster took in his first season. With Martavis Bryant traded to the West Coast, the rookie immediately moves to third on the depth chart behind Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown, making Washington someone worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
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Comes up short in loss
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 22, 2019
Washington caught five of eight targets for 41 yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 loss Sunday.
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Leads team in receiving
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 15, 2019
Washington had five catches (11 targets) for 83 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to Buffalo.
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Held in check in win
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 8, 2019
Washington caught all four of his targets for 33 yards in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.
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Reels in touchdown
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 1, 2019
Washington caught all four of his targets for 111 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Browns.
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Big role awaits sans Smith-Schuster
WRPittsburgh Steelers
November 29, 2019
Washington and Diontae Johnson are expected to serve as the Steelers' primary options at wide receiver Sunday against the Browns with JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) ruled out for a second straight game, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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