Stevie Johnson, WR, Chargers
|WR||SD||Injured Reserve||9 years||30||6'2||207||@StevieJohnson13|
2016 Outlook: Do Not DraftLast updated on Aug-21-2016 by Shawn Childs
Update (8/4): Johnson suffered a torn meniscus. It is very unlikely he will be ready for the start of the season.
After three straight seasons with 1000+ yards and 75+ catches, Steve struggled through an injury-plagued season with Bills in 2013 where he only caught 52 of his 101 targets for 597 yards with three TDs. His value never emerged in 2014 for the 49ers due to him being the 3rd WR in San Fran and QB Colin Kaepernick struggling to make plays in the passing game. His flashed upside in Week 3 when Johnson caught all nine of his targets for 103 yards, but he finished the year with the 4th most WR snaps behind WR Anquan Boldin, WR Michael Crabtree, and WR Brandon Lloyd. In his first season with the Chargers, Stevie caught 45 passes for 497 yards and three TDs on 65 targets over ten games. His game was rounding into top form mid-season after Allen went down with an injury leading to 21 catches for 214 yards and a TD on 30 targets. His season ended in Week 13 due to groin injury. His resume is much stronger than Benjamin in his NFL career, but Travis is a better fit as an outside receiver. In 2015, San Diego completed 204 passes to the WR position for 2576 yards and 14 TDs on 328 targets. Allen will steal close to 50 percent of this opportunity leaving Johnson in a battle with Benjamin for the remaining share. The Chargers will most likely throw more balls to the WR at the expense of the RB position, but I can't see Stevie delivering starting Fantasy value if he is the WR3 on the team. This is a situation to pay attention to this summer as the second WR in this offense will be playable at times.
2016 Mock Draft Results
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #1
June 12th, 2016
|11.01||Benny Ricciardi - Time was running low and I reached for Stevie Johnson. Now I do like the SD passing game and think there is a role for Stevie in it, but I could have got him five rounds later. Terrible move on my part and deserve to be ridiculed for it.|
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #3
August 10th, 2016
|15.11||Fantasy Insiders - Davis Mattek - Johnson is never going to be a pick that ends up winning you your league. However, during the bye week struggle, he does have the ability to reel you off a 4/75.|
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