JuJu Smith-Schuster Injury Update Boosts James Washington's Outlook for Week 14 and Fantasy Football Playoffs

Jason Schandl
James Washington catches a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12.
James Washington catches a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers' offense has been ravaged by injuries this season, and it doesn't look like things will get any better in Week 14. James Conner is likely still out, and JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn't seem to be even close to returning to the field either.

Even before the injury, this had been a pretty quiet season for Smith-Schuster. Through nine full games he averaged 6.3 targets and 4.0 receptions, putting up 11.4 PPR fantasy points per game.

James Washington has really stepped up with JuJu out (and with Devlin Hodges in at QB), and the last two weeks have each seen him gain over 90 yards through the air, adding a touchdown in both games. That has been good for 18.8 and 21.1 PPR fantasy points.

Washington's expanded role should continue to give him fantasy value this week, as he gets a favorable matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have allowed the NFL's third-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.

Accounting for Smith-Schuster sitting out, Washington checks in at WR30 in our Week 14 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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