2014 Fantasy Football Profile: WR Nate Washington
The Tennessee Titans have adamantly said that they will be bringing WR Nate Washington back for one more season. The veteran has quietly had a respectable fantasy football career and he will be a popular target among the other late-round wideouts.
Washington is always on the field, and even though he has missed some snaps in recent seasons, he hasn’t missed a game in eight consecutive seasons. He is a veteran wideout and has averaged a respectable 896 receiving yards over the last three years alone. There are certainly worse WR4 to have on your roster in fantasy.
Washington is outstanding at catching the ball at its highest point. He knows how to fight off opposing corners downfield and he will help QB Jake Locker tremendously around the red zone. His touchdown numbers have dropped lately with the turnover at the quarterback position, but Washington has still managed to catch 26 touchdowns over the last five seasons.
Washington is suddenly the number three wideout on the team. Tennessee currently has Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright ahead of him on the depth chart and the writing already seems to be on the wall for Washington.
Even worse, Washington doesn’t have a guaranteed spot on the roster, and even though there are several reports out there that claim Washington won’t be cut this spring, it still remains to be seen. Washington’s roster spot is by no means safe and the lack of job security will be concerning heading into the upcoming fantasy season.
Tennessee will also be transitioning from OC Dowell Loggains and his pass-happy offense to Ken Whisenhunt’s run-heavy offense. The limited passing attack will cause all the wideouts in Tennessee to see fewer targets, and as a result, fewer fantasy points in the long run. So considering the transition of the offense, Washington’s numbers could actually go down this season.
Washington will be surrounded by questions this season and his stock will drop as a result. If he does lock down a roster spot, though, the veteran will be worth a shot as a WR5 in deeper formats.
Bye Week: 9
Projected Round: 11
Auction Value: $3
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