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|Once considered a viable every week fantasy starter, new Chargers
wideout Steve Johnson may be one of the biggest boom-or-bust receivers
on the fantasy market in 2015.
Johnson eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards for three straight seasons
as a member of the Bills in 2010 through 2012 before an injury-plagued
2013 saw him fail to get to 600 yards. Johnson looked to revitalize
his career as a member of the 49ers in 2014, but could never get
on the same page with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ended up
finishing fourth in snaps at the position behind Anquan Boldin,
Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd.
A new offense and a more traditional quarterback could do wonders
for Johnson, who will look to get back to where he was in 2010-2012
which made him one of the more valuable fantasy receivers in the
game. Expect him to start as the team's WR2 and potentially
be a big player in the downfield passing game. If he and Rivers
get off to a quick start, there is no reason why Johnson couldn't
return low-end fantasy WR2 numbers while costing significantly
less than that to acquire in your draft.
|Stevie Johnson expected to play inside and outside|
Chargers' new WR likely to steal snaps from Malcom Floyd
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jul 20, 4:15 pm
|San Diego believes a change of scenery with Philip Rivers under center will bring out the best in Steve Johnson, who made a name for himself during his first six years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. Watch for the Chargers to use him in a variety of ways, including outside and in the slot.
Rivers on Johnson: “(He) looks good. He really came in and committed himself to learning (the system). You can just tell when he got here (he thought) ‘I’ve got to dive in get this figured out because we play at a fast pace. We play a lot of no huddle.’ So I’ve got nothing but positives to say about him so far.” (chargers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson appears to be one of the more obvious late-round value picks in fantasy drafts. The ex-Bill is coming off two poor seasons, following up an injury-plagued final campaign in Buffalo in 2013 with a wasted season in San Francisco playing behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. Rivers represents a huge upgrade from what Johnson is used to at quarterback and Antonio Gates' season-opening four-game suspension gives him a window to start off fast.