Game day update: The Jaguars are bad in a host of ways, and that includes defending wide receivers. They rank 11th in fantasy points allowed to the position. In PPR leagues, ESPN projects Johnson to have 14.3 points and Washington a mere 2.0 points. In fact, Washington has slipped behind Ray-Ray McLoud (2.3) in projections. Washington has more upside, but is not useful outside of the deepest leagues.
The Steelers unsurprisingly destroyed the Bengals in a 36-10 victory last week. All four of Pittsburgh’s touchdowns went to wide receivers. Heading down south to take on the 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars, we should all be anticipating another positive passing environment for the Steelers. The question is, can Diontae Johnson and James Washington work their way into fantasy relevance?
Fantasy Football analysis: Steelers WRs Diontae Johnson, James Washington
Among the Pittsburgh receiving corps, Johnson has been the most sporadic in terms of fantasy production. His outputs have ranged from 0.8 DKFP to 29. In Week 10, he led the team with 116 receiving yards. With some help from a trip to the end zone, he recorded 26.6 DKFP (second-best of the season). In three of his last four games, Johnson has attracted double-digit targets. He is extremely appealing this week and could very easily be the top target for Pittsburgh against a Jacksonville defense that is susceptible in the air. As for James Washington, whose target share has dwindled as of late to a measly 1.5 per game over the last four, he should be avoided in all formats.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Johnson as a high-end WR2. Sit Washington.