Fantasy outlook for Pittsburgh Steelers talented wide receivers in 2020

Diontae Johnson Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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James Washington #13 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a catch for a 30-yard touchdown reception. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

James Washington

James Washington ended up being the top fantasy receiver out of Pittsburgh in 2019. The former second-round pick bounced back from an entirely underwhelming performance in 2018 to lead the Steelers in yards per reception at 16.7 and had the longest touchdown catch of the season at 79 yards per Steelers. His 16.7 yards per reception was also good enough for 9th out of all wide receivers per Team Rankings. Ben Roethlisberger also has more chemistry with Washington, as shown in the 2019 preseason, than the next two guys on our list.

He is someone fantasy owners will, with the amount of attention Diontae Johnson has garnered, but shouldn’t ignore. He is going into the third year of his rookie contract. With Ben being back, the Steelers are likely to give him ample snaps and targets to see what they truly have with him on the field. It is Ju Ju’s contract year and if James Washington impresses enough they may let Ju Ju walk in order to save cap room. This is something the Steelers will definitely need to think about considering the talent on defense they want to retain.

He won’t put up WR1 numbers in fantasy every week but I look for him to be a strong WR2 with huge upside in any fantasy format. He has excellent big-play ability down the field which gives him the second-highest fantasy outlook on the list. I expect him to be around the 20th best Wide Receiver fantasy-wise in 2020.