| Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions
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|Draft: 2007 Round 1 (2)
College: Georgia Tech
Ht: 6’5” Wt: 236 DOB: 1985-09-29 Age: 30
|Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald says Calvin Johnson is the top fantasy wide receiver entering 2012 and we’ll take his word for it. The beast known as Megatron posted career highs across the board in 2011, with 158 targets, 96 receptions, 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdown passes, finishing the season as the top ranked fantasy wide receiver with a whopping 16.5 FPts/G. If you’re looking for something to quibble about, it would be Johnson’s production during a five game stretch between Weeks 10 and 14 when Johnson failed to top 100 receiving yards in any game and caught just one touchdown pass. Other than that, it was all sunshine as Johnson hit double-digit fantasy points twelve times and topped 100 receiving yards eight times. Since Johnson has the ability to regularly beat double and even triple teams, he is basically money in the bank given his lack of missed time during his five-year career (just three missed games). The only potential red flag is the health of quarterback Matt Stafford, who put together his first 16 game season in 2011. Megatron needs to be the first wide receiver off the board in 2012 and he makes for a solid 1st round pick. No other wide receiver is even close.
|Calvin Johnson tells Lions he plans to retire -- Sun Jan 31 5:19 pm --|
Club holding out hope he returns
|Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and a close circle of friends before last season that 2015 would be his final year in the NFL, and he delivered the same message to coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended, sources told ESPN. The Lions have not given up hope that Johnson could change his mind, but one person who knows Johnson well said, "He's pretty content with his decision."
FF Today's Take: We heard reports earlier this month that Johnson may hang up his cleats and it appears it may actually happen. Johnson has had back to back down seasons for his standards, battling various ankle and leg injuries. Though he was inconsistent, Johnson finished 10th among fantasy receivers in 2015.
|Megatron considering retirement? -- Wed Jan 6 4:03 pm --|
Wide receiver considering all options
|ALLEN PARK -- Could it really happen to the Detroit Lions again? Could their biggest star just walk away? It appears possible. Star receiver Calvin Johnson issued the following statement on the heels of multiple reports that he was mulling retirement at the age of 30 -- drawing shades of Barry Sanders, who hung 'em up at age 31. "Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future," Johnson said.
FF Today's Take: Calvin Johnson figures to be one of the central storylines of the offseason as both he and the Lions are weighing their options heading into next year. Johnson comes with an $11 million cap hit next season the team must entertain the notion of either trading their superstar or cutting him altogether. Johnson still has four years remaining on his deal and injuries have become a real threat to his effectiveness. Expect this story to develop after the playoffs once the off-season officially begins.
| Megatron listed as questionable -- Fri Dec 11 8:15 pm --|
For the fourth time in five weeks
|Calvin Johnson has been listed on the Detroit Lions' injury report every week since hurting his ankle in London in Week 8. And for the fourth time in five games, the star receiver is officially listed as questionable - this time against St. Louis on Sunday. Like the previous four games, every indication is Johnson will play for Detroit as he closes in on another 1,000-yard season. Johnson practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday, but did not practice Friday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Be sure to re-check Johnson's status leading up to kickoff, but all indications are that Megatron will play.
| John Brown expected to play -- Sun Nov 15 7:00 am --|
|AZCardinals WR John Brown (hamstring), Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) expected to play. Same with Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Brown has been dealing with a hamstring injury for a few weeks now but should be good to go. While he has a tough matchup against the Seahawks secondary he may be the best option in the Cardinals receiving corps. The Seahawks are known for shutting down outside receivers while Brown does most of his work from the slot.
| Megatron questionable but intends to play -- Fri Nov 13 4:00 pm --|
WR dealing with sprained ankle
|Calvin Johnson said this week that he plans to play in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers (1 p.m., Fox), but after two days of limited work, the Detroit Lions' leading receiver did not participate in practice today. Johnson, who has 48 catches for 659 yards in eight games, sprained his ankle in the Lions' Week 8 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He said he spent last week's bye getting treatment on his ankle and that this year's injury is nothing like the high ankle sprain that kept him out of three games last year. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Even with the injury, Johnson's a mid-range WR1 this week facing off against a Packers' secondary that has struggled recently.
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