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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.
| JuJu absent from practice Thursday|
Knee injury; began week with a full practice
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jan 7, 10:20 pm
|Something to monitor on the Steelers injury report: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster didn't practice with a knee injury today. (ESPN - Brooke Pryor)|
FFToday's Take: There's no word yet on how serious of an issue this is, but it is a situation well worth tracking. The Steelers play the Browns in the last game of the weekend, so fantasy owners and DFS players may just want to avoid the potential headache and avoid him altogether. It should be noted the 24-year-old did not miss a game during the regular season, so it seems likely he'll be available Sunday. If he is ruled out, James Washington would be a smart pivot that comes with some decent upside.