DeAndre Washington will compete with Doug Martin and Jalen Richard this season to be the No. 2 running back in Oakland behind Marshawn Lynch. In 2017, Washington shared playing time with Richard as the No. 2 running back for the Raiders, but Washington only had one game with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league, which was Week 8. While Richard was better than Washington on the field, the two nearly split touches evenly. That should change this year with the addition of Martin, and Martin's presence makes it difficult to trust any of the backup running backs in Oakland behind Lynch. Keep an eye on Washington's role in Jon Gruden's offense, and Richard could be worth a late-round pick in deeper leagues if he opens the season as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart.
Washington rushed for three yards on two carries and caught two passes on three targets for no gain in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers. Washington's four touches resulted in just three total yards as his lack of production continued in Week 17. Washington finishes his 2017 campaign with 57 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 34 catches (on 45 targets) for 197 yards and one score in 15 games. The second-year running back solidified himself as the No. 2 option out of the Raiders' backfield behind Marshawn Lynch, but averaged a dismal 2.7 yards per carry, adding to the team's offensive struggles. Washington's regression came on the heels of a successful rookie season in which he racked up 467 rushing yards on 87 attempts for an average of 5.4 yards per carry. Oakland's offense figures to undergo some changes in 2018 after the firing of head coach Jack Del Rio, while offensive coordinator Todd Downing's job security is less than promising at this point as well. Washington's involvement in the offense may be affected by these amendments, but for now the trio of Lynch, Washington and fellow backup Jalen Richard is under contract through 2018.
Washington lost three yards on his lone carry and caught one of three targets for two yards in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles. Washington continues to struggle on the ground, as he's now totaled just 55 yards on 22 carries in six games since the Raiders' bye. Despite logging fewer offensive snaps than Washington, fellow backup Jalen Richard was much more productive behind starting running back Marshawn Lynch on Monday, racking up 56 total yards on just six touches. Washington will have one last chance in Week 17 against the Chargers to gain any sort of momentum heading into the 2018 campaign.
Washington rushed twice for three yards and caught two passes on three targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Cowboys. Washington logged his lowest offensive snap count (11) since Week 9 against Miami, while starter Marshawn Lynch paced the Raiders' backfield once again with 76 yards on 16 carries to go along with three receptions on four targets for 16 yards. Fellow backup Jalen Richard has earned just one carry throughout Oakland's past three contests, despite Washington's poor average of 2.3 yards per carry during that span. Washington is slated to continue playing second fiddle to Lynch in Week 16 against the Eagles.
Washington rushed four times for nine yards and added one reception on two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Chiefs. Washington logged just 14 offensive snaps for a third consecutive week as starter Marshawn Lynch led the Raiders' backfield with 61 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Washington has now averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in four straight games, while his fantasy relevance remains limited to deeper leagues heading into a Week 15 matchup against the Cowboys.
Washington rushed for 23 yards on six carries to go along with three receptions on as many targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 21-14 win over the Broncos. Washington logged nine more offensive snaps than fellow backup Jalen Richard against Denver, but the latter found the end zone for his second touchdown of the season on a six-yard reception. The Raiders turned to starter Marshawn Lynch to milk the clock in the second half after jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. Washington remains firmly behind Lynch in terms of opportunity at this point, while Richard figures to continue earning several touches per week as well.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|5||10/07||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||72||310||2||26||156||0||56|