It is one of the greatest times of year in the sports world: Time for your annual fantasy football draft. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for this time since the moment you won — or got close to winning — your fantasy football league in 2012. Alas, the time has finally come.
In most cases, the best preparation for the draft will come from researching and projecting a few sleepers here and there — even as far as to the guys that you could claim off of waivers within the first couple of weeks.
This is what brings me to Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington. After a phenomenal 2011, Washington’s production dropped tremendously in 2012. Partly due to the fact that Kendall Wright was as good as he was, but also the drop in production could have been from quarterback Jake Locker’s preferences.
Locker threw to Wright a lot in 2012, considering he was a third string wideout and a rookie. But, chemistry cannot be overlooked. Washington appeared to have great chemistry with Locker two years ago, but as a young passer in the NFL, Locker can have a tendency to get focused in on one option before the snap even comes.
In 2013, Washington could re-emerge as a favorite, especially if Wright’s injury lingers longer at the moment. The 29-year old wideout has been more consistent than Kenny Britt and is still a cut above Wright for the time being as far as experience and intangibles go.
Washington might be worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues, whether he falls to you at a later round pick or even goes undrafted. Make sure to watch him closely, especially in regards to the injury to Wright. He could be relevant in a hurry this year if that injury were to last longer or get re-aggravated.