Nate Washington Fantasy News

Texans 'effusive' in praise of WR Nate Washington

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The top options here include free-agent pickups Nate Washington (31) and Cecil Shorts III (27), and rookie Jaelen Strong, who was taken in the third round with the 70th pick in this year's draft. Strong's start has been delayed a bit, and we'll get to that more later. Coach Bill O'Brien was effusive in his praise of Washington last week. "I really like Nate. I think he's been a good addition to our football team, both from a veteran leadership standpoint and then from his route-running ability. He's really practiced hard all spring. He's been here a lot. He's been out there every day at practice. He's picked up our offense well. He's always communicating with the other receivers and the quarterbacks. I think he's going to add a lot to our offense. I'm glad he's here."

Strong suffered a hamstring injury during the Texans' first OTAs, which is sometimes an injury that is the result of not being in the right condition for practice. He hasn't returned yet, which is a function of those kinds of injuries. Too much time lost will be a big problem, but we aren't there yet. O'Brien called the injury minor a couple of weeks ago.

Fantasy Impact:

The WR2 spot in Houston is wide open. Cecil Shorts should be the frontrunner, but it sounds like Washington is the one turning heads. He's a savvy vet who has produced whenever he sees significant targets. Strong is missing valuable reps.

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Texans Beat: No clear favorite to start opposite WR DeAndre Hopkins

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:41pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle discusses DeAndre Hopkins and the Texans' receiving corps:

This offseason so far reminds me of the Texans offseasons when it was Andre Johnson and a buncha rando wide receivers competing to see who would be starters. No receiver targets in OTAs have been *oh-wow* type guys where you see a particularly positive future for him when they are in the offense longer.

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie Jaelen Strong, Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington seem to be the primary candidates to start opposite Hopkins, but no one is standing out, per Stradley. Damaris Johnson will probably man the slot.

Texans Beat: WR Nate Washington 'can get open in a phone booth'

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 2:04pm

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

Texans writer John Harris: When the Texans signed Nate Washington, I wrote a piece on him as it pertained to how his veteran savvy could be seen in his route running. I watched him closely today on a few of his routes and that man can get open in a phone booth. He has a knack of selling his routes to get open and it’s fun to watch a veteran at his age still know how to find seams or win against man coverage.

Fantasy Impact:

Our younger readers are wondering, "what's a phone booth?" Washington is the dark horse to start opposite DeAndre Hopkins. He's competing with Cecil Shorts and rookie Jaelen Strong.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 4:13pm

John McClain, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Nate Washington signed a one-year deal for $1 million, including $30,000 guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington will provide depth in the Houston receiving corps behind DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts.

Kendall Wright active for Thursday Night Football

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:11pm

Titans Inactives
Zaviar Gooden ILB
Terren Jones T
Taylor Lewan T
Mike Martin DE
Zach Mettenberger QB
Dontay Moch LB

Fantasy Impact:

Charlie Whitehurst will get the start in what is shaping up to be one of the worst Thursday Night Football games of all time. Kendall Wright is active after missing a couple of games with a hand injury, and apparently won’t be wearing a splint or a cast on his hand. He’s not a great start, but he’s been pretty solid when active and with Justin Hunter out, he should get plenty of targets. We prefer Nate Washington, who had a strong Week 15. The matchup against Jacksonville (#4 in WR aFPA) is not favorable.

Kendall Wright OUT for Titans

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:08pm

Titans Inactives
Taylor Lewan T
Mike Martin DE
Zach Mettenberger QB
Daimion Stafford S
Byron Stingily T
Kamerion Wimbley OLB
Kendall Wright WR

Fantasy Impact:

With Kendall Wright out again, Derek Hagan and Nate Washington should continue to see more looks.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 14. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean said he thinks Wright is a “no-go” for Sunday due to a splint on his right wrist. Wright said he “hopes” to go in Week 15, but will see how he feels on Sunday. If he’s out, downgrade Zach Mettenberger and upgrade Delanie Walker, Nate Washington and Derek Hagan. Dexter McCluster might be a sneaky PPR play as well, since he can do some of the same things as Wright.

Titans WR Kendall Wright missed practice with an injured hand

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:36pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans already have lost one starting wide receiver this week because of a lacerated spleen. Now another starter has a sore right hand that kept him out of practice Thursday.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Kendall Wright hurt his hand on a route Wednesday, so they gave him the day off to rest his hand. Wright wore a splint on his hand during the open portion of practice, and Whisenhunt says they should know more about the receiver's hand Friday with an X-ray planned.

Fantasy Impact:

Friday's practice will be key, but for now consider Wright questionable to play in a good matchup against a banged up Giants secondary. Nate Washington is a Sneaky Start regardless of Wright's status.

Titans place Justin Hunter on IR

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8:35pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans have placed wide receiver Justin Hunter on injured reserve while he's still in a Houston hospital recovering from a lacerated spleen.

Hunter wrote on Twitter he couldn't wait to get back to his own bed Tuesday a few hours before the Titans announced the roster move.

He was hurt Sunday when hit by Texans safety Danieal Manning in the first quarter on a pass that was intercepted. Hunter returned only to be taken to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains during the 45-21 loss.

Fantasy Impact:

Nate Washington should see more of a role now as the WR2. Derek Hagan and Kris Durham will move up the depth chart. QB Zach Mettenberger's status is uncertain heading into Week 14 and the entire Titan offense is probably one to stay away from for the most part, especially heading into the fantasy playoffs.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Titans WR Justin Hunter (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Hunter wasn’t limited against the Steelers, so for now we’ll assume he’ll be out there against the Eagles. If he’s out, Nate Washington will be a Sneaky Start in a great matchup.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

Titans WR Nate Washington (shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 10. Washington is expected to play against the Ravens, though the questionable tag raises some doubt. His absence would make Justin Hunter an even better start against the Ravens.

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm

Titans WR Nate Washington (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Washington is expected to play against the Ravens.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm

Titans WR Nate Washington (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Washington is expected to play against the Ravens.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:32pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

The last thing Titans receiver Nate Washington wanted to do was spend his bye week in the training room, but that's what he's faced with over the next week.

Washington suffered an AC joint sprain while making a diving catch in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

"Of course it is still a little sore, but continuing to work with the trainers and coaches, I'll be OK,'' Washington said.

Washington landed on his shoulder while making a 43-yard catch in the second half. It was a highlight-reel catch, but Washington said he wouldn't rate it as one of the top five of his career.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said that he's feeling better, but he'll need to work to get himself ready for the second half of the season. If Washington misses time, or is limited, it would likely lead to more snaps for Justin Hunter.

Titans may start Justin Hunter at WR

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:21am

Adam Caplan on Twitter - [Full Article]

While Titans WR Justin Hunter has been inconsistent, don't be surprised to see him start over Nate Washington soon at the "X" position.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like the Titans are making changes to get their best players more involved, starting with RB Bishop Sankey getting more work, and now Hunter could start "soon" over Nate Washington. Hunter showed flashes last year and we thought he'd cut into Washington's snaps this year, something he didn't always do last season. But his speed and big play ability it too much for the struggling Titans O to keep on the bench. He could start as soon as this week. It's still probably best to "wait and see" for a week, but he now may be a guy to hold on to or pick up off the waiver wire if you're looking for help.

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