James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Highlighted by a 79-yard touchdown, Washington had three catches (on seven targets) for 98 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12. He now has at least 69 yards in three of the last four games (90 or more yards twice), with a touchdown in two of the last three.
Pittsburgh’s quarterback issue, be it Mason Rudolph of Devin Hodges, holds down the entire passing game. But Ju Ju Smith-Schuster (knee, concussion) has vacated the No. 1 wide receiver role right now, and Washington’s touchdown last week game from Hodges.
The best upcoming matchup for Washington is Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals, with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills on either side of it. Week 16 against the New York Jets is a very favorable matchup.
Washington’s fantasy outlook over the rest of the season is tied to Smith-Schuster’s health, with only so many perimeter targets to go around. But the second-year man out of Oklahoma State is worth adding as a WR3/WR4 in 12 and 14-team leagues.
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