2020 REWIND: Our Preseason 2019 Overvalued Report Review (#9 James Washington)
INTRO: In preparation for our 2020 Fantasy Football Draft Guide, I like to go back and look at the prior year’s reports and review/analyze what worked and what didn’t on our projections/predictions we gave before the season started. Two of my favorite reports in our draft guide package are the Undervalued and the Overvalued Reports.
Two reports identifying players that I and my computer models see as much more valuable (or not) compared to the public valuation (in ADP in actual rankings/drafts taking place). They are great reports to plan redrafts around or for making trades in Dynasty or Redraft leagues already drafted.
We list about 30+ names on each report each preseason, and they are ‘fluid’ all preseason/summer – as the market/ADPs are changing we update their over/undervalued rankings as needed and we’ll add/drop players as we go along. The first official 2020 reports with the top 20+ overvalued and undervalued commentary/our case and the data are the first reports made available when we open up the draft guide season (approx. June 1st).
All month of May, I’m working on the initial list of players and commentary for the initial 2020 group of over and undervalued – so, with the over/undervalued reports in mind, I want to highlight a player a day from each report from our 2019/last year’s end of preseason report…looking at the top 15 players from each report that we ended the preseason with and sharing the commentary/logic we had then, and adding new commentary for judging how good of a call (or not) it was a year later.
We’ll start with our #1 and work to #15, looking back at one of each per day, adding new commentary and keeping a running tally of ‘wins’ and ‘losses’ on the call…and also ‘neutral’ if we see where it would be unfair to take a win or loss on the situation. You can see if you agree with our assessments and what our record on such things might have been.
One player assessment and new commentary from the undervalued and one from the overvalued will be released every day starting May 17th to take us up to June 1st and the new Draft Guide season. Enjoy this look back in time to get ready for 2020!
The daily release of the Undervalued report review – will post every day (May 17-June 1) at 10amET.
The daily release of the Overvalued report review – will post every day (May 17-June 1) at 10pmET.
#9) WR James Washington, Pittsburgh
2019 Commentary = I don’t hate Washington, but I think he’s just ‘OK’…and, maybe, better with Mason Rudolph at QB. But not great for fantasy in 2019 with JuJu and Moncrief ahead of him, and then Diontae Johnson will blow past all of them…on top of a solid Vance McDonald and then wildcard Jaylen Samuels as a pass game weapon. I don’t see any room for Washington to FF-matter here…he may not even start but many are taking a flyer on him around the +/- 10th round. You’re literally setting a redraft pick or best ball pick on fire. A total waste of a pick.
2020 Ruling = Another win.
Back to August 2019…everyone was looking at James Washington as the answer for the people thinking ‘Antonio was traded, there will be a big non-JuJu WR emerge for Pittsburgh/Big Ben’. Washington was becoming a chic pick in rounds 10-13 (12-team redraft) to be a WR2-3 for the Steelers with Antonio gone. Of course, we were investing in Diontae Johnson while all this was going on.
The fantasy PPR PPG rankings from 2019 off the Steelers: #1) Diontae, #2) JuJu, #3) Washington…and none of them in the top 40 among WRs in PPG last season.
Washington had a couple nice games mid-season, probably on most people’s bench/on waivers to start it…but outside of 2-3 nice FF outputs, he was barely detectable in 2019.
2019 OVERVALUED PRESEASON REPORT TOP 15 (win-loss-neutral record on ‘the call’):
#1) Ronald Jones (win) 1-0-0
#2) Kalen Ballage (win) 2-0-0
#3) T.J. Hockenson (win) 3-0-0
#4) Delanie Walker (win) 4-0-0
#5) Damien Williams (win) 5-0-0
#6) Miles Sanders (loss) 5-1-0
#7) Robby Anderson (win) 6-1-0
#8) David Montgomery (win) 7-1-0
#9) James Washington (win) 8-1-0
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