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Texans Beat: Nate Washington has a lead in the WR2 competition

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:35pm

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Texans beat writer John Harris:

I’m convinced Nate Washington could get open against his shadow. When Bill O’Brien said he’d be the No. 2 WR if the season started today, many raised an eyebrow, shocked a bit at the declaration. But, if you took the numbers off the receivers, didn’t know one from the other and watched every single play, you’d also come away thinking he should be the No. 2 receiver.

Now, most people will wonder aloud what about Cecil Shorts III? Wasn’t he brought here to be the number two wide out? Don’t worry, he’s had a strong camp and today was his best day, in my opinion. He was Mallett’s go-to guy on shallow to intermediate routes, especially early in practice, and he can make something after the catch as well.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington is something of a fantasy cockroach, in that he's a survivor. He has finished in the top 65 in seven straight seasons, with an average ranking of 43.4 in PPR formats. He's also in line for a lot of snaps if he wins the WR2 job, though he'll have to hold off Shorts and rookie Jaelen Strong.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
The Texans signed Nate Washington this offseason. Washington spent six seasons with the Titans, culminating with 40 catches for 647 yards and two touchdowns while making 11 starts for the team in 2014. Those numbers are in line with his usual production in Tennessee, outside of the 74-catch, 1,023-yard season in 2011 that stands as Washington's most productive NFL season.

Fantasy Downside
The veteran received a one-year deal worth $1 million with $30,000 in guaranteed money, which doesn't leave the Texans with much reason to hold onto Washington should the 31-year-old look unable to help the team.

Bottom Line
Washington gives the team another veteran wideout to battle for playing time with rookie Jaelen Strong as the winner gets to line up alongside DeAndre Hopkins. Houston also signed ex-Jaguar Cecil Shorts this offseason while losing Andre Johnson to the Colts. Even if Washington opens the season in the top-three rotation, spending fantasy draft capital on him seems unnecessary; wait to see what he might be capable of before investing.

2015 Strength of Schedule - HOU
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
9
KC
10
@CAR
27
TB
22
@ATL
4
IND
15
@JAX
23
@MIA
17
TEN
BYE3
@CIN
2
NYJ
21
NO
8
@BUF
18
NE
4
@IND
17
@TEN
15
JAX

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1KC4590614.750000-75/7995%
2DAL11061.000000-46/4994%
3CIN0003-0000-61/6988%
4IND1200420.000000-46/4896%
5CLE4570714.250000-48/6871%
6JAX2230211.500000-42/5872%
7WAS19019.000000-39/5670%
8HOU4680417.000000-37/6161%
9BYE------------
10BAL2300315.000000-32/5558%
11PIT1801280.000000-15/4038%
12PHI4630615.750000-40/6859%
13HOU5611912.200000-54/6287%
14NYG3560318.670000-57/5898%
15NYJ610201017.000000-61/6890%
16JAX218039.000000-61/6791%
17IND0003-0000-51/6085%
Totals4064727216.1800000.00765/96679%

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