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|Washington was clearly under 'bust watch' after an abysmal rookie year in 2018, but rebounded nicely last season, leading the Steelers in receiving yardage (735) despite limiting quarterback play. The return of Roethlisberger will obviously help, but the receiver room got more crowded with the addition of rookie Chase Claypool. Washington is the deep threat in this offense, evidenced by his nearly 17 yards-per-reception average last season, and that's exactly the role mega-athletic Claypool looks to play in 2020. Washington really can't afford a dip in target share if he is going to remain on the fantasy radar, but that looks surely to happen. With Eric Ebron added at tight end, JuJu healthy, and the emergence of Diontae Johnson, I just don't see enough volume coming Washington's way. Because he's at least worked with Roethlisberger before he should start the season as a starter out wide, but Claypool has the physical talents to demand targets. Even in a best case scenario, I don't think the 3rd or 4th receiver on this team is going to warrant fantasy attention.
| Diontae Johnson dealing with "lingering" toe issue|
Steelers No. 2 WR will be limited in practice this week
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Wed Sep 23, 10:25 am
|Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) on Twitter: "Tyson Alualu has a knee contusion. Bud Dupree has a shoulder injury and Diontae Johnson has a lingering toe injury. All might be limited in practice this week." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While the Bud Dupree injury bodes well for DeShaun Watson and Texans offense this week, the Diontae Johnson news definitely could make the Steelers passing game a bit less attractive, considering how much Ben Roethisberger has been leaning on Johnson as the possession receiver. Perhaps we'll see more targets for James Washington this week.