Quick Hit: Is Nate Washington Becoming Too Risky To Play?

According to Terry McCormick (via Twitter):

“Hasselbeck says #Titans coaches have put plays in for WR Damian Williams in recent weeks because of his practice work”

Over the past few weeks Williams has clearly become a bigger part of the Titans’ offense with 29 targets over the past two weeks.  Nate Washington, who is currently the team’s top receiver, has been targeted 25 times.

The Professor’s Thoughts:
 It’s nice that they are putting in more plays for him and getting him more entrenched in the offense, but he needs to make the most of his opportunities.  In the past two weeks, despite an increase in targets, he has 4 receptions for 49 yards and 1 TD.

It’s hard to imagine Williams gaining enough to make him a trustworthy play with fantasy titles hanging in the balance.  If you have room on your bench and want to stash him, just in case, it does make sense.  However, don’t do anything dramatic to get him because chances are he’s not going to be a usable option.

The news has a bigger effect on Nate Washington, who could see his targets quickly diminish.  On the season he has 27 receptions for 349 yards and 1 TD.  Hardly spectacular numbers, but as the Titans’ top receiver he was potentially worth the gamble in three receiver formats.

That no longer appears to be the case.  In a separate tweet McCormick said, “Hasselbeck says he had seen improvement in WR Lavelle Hawkins as well”.  It’s just another player to keep an eye on and another player who could see increased targets down the stretch.

With Chris Johnson showing signs of returning to form, there are only going to be so many targets to go around.  Any throws that go into the direction of another receiver means one less target forWashington.  Keep that in mind before putting your faith in him.

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3 comments

  1. The Big Ole TDs says:

    ummmmm, Nate Washington’s stats are:

    28, 622 yds and 2 TDs.

    while he’s not the best WR in the world, you could do A LOT worse in 3 WR formats.

  2. AJ says:

    Off the subject, should I drop Felix Jones for Mark Ingram for depth. 12 tm ppr league, I also have Rice,Marshawn Lynch, Beanie Ricky Williams

    • Neither Jones or Ingram will likely provide much value over the remainder of the season and I don’t see either being more valuable than Rice, Lynch or Wells. You can really take your pick, since I wouldn’t expect either to have an impact on your fantasy title.

      If I had to pick one, it would probably be Jones since he has less competition, though.

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