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James Washington 2020 Dynasty Outlook

ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 27: James Washington on the video board chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 60th pick during the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft on April 27, 2018, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

James Washington was a stud at Oklahoma State University racking up 4,472 receiving yards in his 4 years. That stat is good enough to rank 3rd all time in BIG 12 history. His numbers were great as they increased every year in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He was also reliable as he didn’t miss a game in his 4 years.

The deep threat caught the eyes of Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Offensive Coordinator Randy Fichtner. He was selected in the 2nd round (60th overall) by Pittsburgh. I’m sure his unanimous first-team All-American selection and Fred Biletnikoff Award (best receiver in college football) made the decision to select him easy when the time came.

James Washington had a very quiet rookie season as he barely saw the field behind Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster. He fought for playing time with Justin Hunter, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Ryan Switzer. Putting up just 43.7 points in PPR, Washington found himself ranked 124 out of all WRs.

In 2019, Washington took a big step in the right direction while playing in 15 games. He only had 2 games where he was under 50% of offensive snaps compared to 7 in 2018. He also had double digit fantasy points in a third (5) of his games. James posted 133.5 PPR points for a ranking for #55 among WRs. If given the opportunity, he will look to continue the trend upward, but will he be given the opportunity?

James Washington
GREEN BAY, WI – AUGUST 16: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington (13) scores a touchdown by out leaping Green Bay Packers defensive back Demetri Goodson (39) during a preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 16, 2018, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

James Washington Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020

James Washington’s dynasty outlook will be determined by two names: JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool. The Steelers might not decide to resign JuJu, making us wonder if they will move on from him after the 2020 season. This would open a huge hole for targets and the true WR1 role in Pittsburgh. Claypool would most likely fill in for JuJu in the slot, freeing up the outside for Washington.

Claypool has very mixed reviews from NFL scouts. Some believe his potential is unlimited, while others think he’s just a big bodied bust. It will be interesting to see how things shape up for him with the limited offseason they’ll have. For Washington’s sake, this is a good sign because the less time Claypool sees on the field, the more James will. They will battle for the WR3 spot on the Steelers roster with Diontae Johnson cemented at the WR2 spot.

James’ future in dynasty is up in the air, but he’s worth holding onto for now until we find out more information. The good news is that Big Ben is quite the upgrade from who he had throwing to him last year.


James Washington has an overall ADP of #123, while being the #66 WR heading into the 2020 season.

In 1 QB leagues, his value is matched with late second round picks. Some of the players of equal value you may be looking to target would be Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Damien Harris, Ian Thomas, Sammy Watkins, Emmanuel Sanders and Jordan Howard.

Washington’s value in picks remains a late second rounder in SF fantasy formats. The players you may look to move for him also remain Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Damien Harris, Sammy Watkins and Emmanuel Sanders. Some new names would be Rob Gronkowski, Justice Hill, Antonio Gibson, Chris Henderson IV and Jack Doyle among others.

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