Washington failed to haul in either of his two targets in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns. Washington had an inconsistent end to his regular season, as he was held without a catch in two of the three final games of the year. The 24-year-old averaged 9.2 yards per target in 2019, but his production dropped off in 2020, partially due to the emergence of Chase Claypool in the Steelers' passing game. Washington brought in 30 of his 56 targets for 392 yards and a career-high five touchdowns during the regular season. While he should see a minor role during the playoffs this year, he could be more involved during the final year of his contract in 2021 if JuJu Smith-Schuster departs via free agency.
Washington brought in two of his three targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts. Washington was held without a catch in the Steelers' Week 15 loss to the Bengals, but he was slightly more productive against Indianapolis. The 24-year-old has been targeted at least three times in each of the past six weeks, but he's averaging just 26.7 yards per game with two touchdowns during that time.
Washington failed to bring in any of his three targets in Monday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals. Washington reached the end zone in each of the prior two contests, but he was held without a catch Monday for the first time since Week 8. The 2018 second-rounder has seen some increased work while the team's other receivers have struggled with drops, but he was unable to generate any production as the Steelers' passing game sputtered in Week 15.
Washington caught three passes (six targets) for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-15 loss to Buffalo. Pittsburgh's offense struggled for the majority of this contest, and starter Diontae Johnson suffered another case of the drops, leading to a benching and another opportunity for Washington to get more playing time and his second consecutive game with a touchdown. The 24-year-old entered the contest No. 4 on the depth chart, but his six targets were right in range with the Steelers' other three key wideouts. Perhaps it is time for fantasy managers in deeper leagues to start noticing Washington if he continues to see his role increase down the stretch at the expense of his underperforming teammates. It will be interesting to see how the targets shake out when the Bengals come to town Monday.
Washington caught two of four targets for 80 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 23-17 loss to Washington. Washington broke a tackle following a medium-length reception and stretched it into a 50-yard touchdown toward the end of the second quarter. That play enabled him to finish atop Pittsburgh's receiving corps in yards despite catching only one other pass Monday. Although he had more than 40 receiving yards just once this season prior to Week 13, Washington's efficient outing now has his stock rising some ahead of Sunday's game in Buffalo.
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