2014 Fantasy Football Buy Or Sell: Nate Washington

By Kenneth Teape
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The Tennessee Titans are becoming a good team to target for fantasy football purposes. They have a new running back, Bishop Sankey, in town that looks to be in line for a big work load, two up-and-coming wide receivers in Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter and tight end Delanie Walker give the Titans plenty of options in the passing game. Though, one player forgotten about this offseason is veteran receiver Nate Washington.

The 31-year-old is entering his 10th season in the NFL and is still an integral part of the Titans plans. But for fantasy, he may not be as useful of an option as he is for the Titans on the field. His leadership qualities that are spoken so highly of help immensely on the field, but do not translate to fantasy points for owners.

Washington is firmly in the top three of the pecking order at WR for the Titans, but is not that high for targets. Wright, Hunter and Walker look like they will receive more targets than Washington in the passing game. As currently situated, it looks like Washington will be the situational deep threat in the passing game.

Currently, this seems to be the consensus with fantasy owners as well. Washington is not even in the top 80 of wide receivers being selected and looks to be far off the radar for fantasy owners, and rightfully so currently.

This is not a knock on Washington’s ability as a receiver, even at his age he is still a burner on the outside, showcasing that against the Atlanta Falcons in the third preseason game. The question mark is quarterback Jake Locker.

Locker has been erratic throughout his career thus far, showing that he an NFL worthy athlete, but not QB. He also hasn’t been able to stay healthy, playing in only 23 games the last three seasons. Locker has looked strong in the preseason, providing reason for optimism, but will that production continue into the regular season?

It should be noted that Washington is still running with Wright in all two-receiver sets, relegating Hunter to the bench in those packages. If he continues to hold Hunter off, which is not expected, he will creep into the fantasy radar. His 58 receptions, 919 yards and three touchdowns from last season look to be a ceiling for him this season. The longer he holds off Hunter, the longer he will be fantasy relevant. But the question is, how long will that last? There are better options with more upside than Washington late in drafts that should be looked at.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725 or join his Google network

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