The Cowboys will be without WR James Washington for 6-10 weeks because of a fractured right foot suffered Monday, according to multiple sources. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday in Dallas.
DAL WR James Washington - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook
2022 Fantasy Upside
James Washington signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys, after spending his first four seasons in Pittsburgh. While not an explosive wideout, Washington did tally 44 receptions, 735 yards, and three touchdowns in his 2019 season with the Steelers. He followed that with a five-touchdown campaign in 2020 that produced three WR14 or better finishes in a four week span. With Michael Gallup sidelined until October, Washington has a chance for sneaky relevance at the critical start of the fantasy season.
2022 Fantasy Downside
He resided in a strong passing attack, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. If Washington couldn’t find consistent production in that offense, why would Dallas be different? While he does have a chance to make an early-season impact, he is likely a WR4 behind CeeDee Lamb and rookie Jalen Tolbert when Gallup returns.
2022 Bottom Line
Any receiver in this Dallas offense is worth consideration, but Washington’s season-long ceiling is limited. He is worth a last-round grab for a WR4/5 in deeper leagues, but will fail to maintain season-long fantasy relevance.