by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There were high expectations for Pryor in his first season in Washington, with expectations that he would operate as the top receiver for Kirk Cousins. However that hasn’t come to fruition, seeing his workload underwhelm (at best). After being targeted 11 times in Week 1, Pryor hasn’t seen more than 5 targets in each of the past five games. Making matters worse, the potential for a bigger workload seems to be decreasing by the week.
NFL.com’s Kevin Patra recently published the following quote from head coach Jay Gruden:
“We started Josh. We had a sub-pattern going and we’re going to get Terrelle in there later. We wanted to get Josh in there early,” Gruden said when asked about Pryor’s lack of playing time.
Doctson saw five targets in Week 7, though drawing the start gives him more upside moving forward. It’s just another mouth to feed, with Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and Jamison Crowder all battling for targets. That also doesn’t account for Chris Thompson, who has become one of the best pass catching running backs in the league.
There are only so many targets to go around, and while Pryor may have one big game here and there does anyone believe he can sustain it on a weekly basis? The emergence of Doctson makes it impossible, and that means Pryor’s value is virtually nil.
In deeper leagues we can see keeping Pryor stashed, just in case, but in leagues that are 12 teams or fewer feel free to cut bait and move on.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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