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Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | WR

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Fantasy Football Outlook: If you look at ADP trends for standard leagues you will find one receiver going in the first round, and no surprise it’s Megatron. With Matthew Stafford throwing the football Johnson will continue to remain as one of the best fantasy option in the game, and because Detroit continues to find themselves in situations to throw the football often, he can put up video game numbers.

We could see a year where Johnson goes for 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, that’s the upside he could give us in a career year in his current situation. No likely we will ever see those numbers in the same year, but it’s possible and I don’t think you can say that about any other receiver.

It’s probably not a bad idea to grab Johnson in the first round if you like waiting on running backs until the mid rounds or your at the end of the first round and you feel good about the running backs coming back to you in the second.

Receptions Yards TD
2013 Projected Stats 108 1,751 11
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Year Age Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
2007 22 DET 15 10 48 756 15.8 4 49 3.2 50.4
2008 23 DET 16 16 78 1331 17.1 12 96 4.9 83.2
2009 24 DET 14 14 67 984 14.7 5 75 4.8 70.3
2010* 25 DET 15 15 77 1120 14.5 12 87 5.1 74.7
2011*+ 26 DET 16 16 96 1681 17.5 16 73 6.0 105.1
2012*+ 27 DET 16 15 122 1964 16.1 5 53 7.6 122.8
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To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Calvin Johnson here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.

Welcome to Calvin Johnson’s fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Johnson’s player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

If the 132 million-dollar man is going to suffer from the Madden Curse, it will have to be from injury. Johnson has had health issues in the past but then again, this is football and all players have problems to some degree.

When on the field, Johnson is the best receiver in football, because of his dynamic play making ability, and how he can beat double coverage with ease. A wide catch radius, and great speed, Johnson is a perfect fit in the Lions offense and he’s helped by having one of the strongest armed quarterbacks in the league.

Matthew Stafford isn’t timid to challenge tight coverage, especially when Johnson is the target. Why should he be afraid, and why should you look to anyone else as the top receiver to take in any league? Take Johnson and enjoy another fabulous season.

Receptions Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 90 1,548 14

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

The Lions are ready to roll as they continue their progression as leagues brightest young offense around. Calvin Johnson reasserted himself as a stud last season with a consistent year and twelve touchdowns, all without Matthew Staffordon the field for about thirteen games.No receiver in football has the skill set that Johnson posses and that is part of the reason why I feel confident in ranking him as the No.1 receiver overall in standard redraft leagues this season. If Stafford can bounce back from his shoulder problems (going well heading into the summer) I do believe Johnson is ready to take his game to another level and that means big things for fantasy owners that draft him.

Heading into the summer, Megatron’s ADP value on Mock Draft Central has him going as the 3rd best receiver in standard leagues and 3rd overall in PPR leagues. I agree with Johnson losing some value in PPR league because unlike Roddy White and Andre Johnson, Calvin doesn’t produce a big reception total but his touchdown potential is higher than most receivers.

Johnson has scored 12 touchdowns twice in the past three seasons, and I do believe he can climb to 15 plus with a healthy Stafford pulling the trigger down the field. Look for Johnson to assert himself as the games most feared receiver, this season.

Receptions Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 84 1,310 14

2010 Preview

Calvin Johnson was a hot receiver coming into last year as he had a terrific season in 2008. Unfortunately, Johnson suffered a knee injury and it lingered for most of the season. This was the same problem for Johnson in his rookie year when he hurt his back. If Johnson is healthy he is a clear top five fantasy receiver but with injury problems in two if his three pro seasons, fantasy owners have to be concerned about his health.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Expectations were high for Calvin Johnson coming into the 2009 season, and he failed to produce because of a lingering knee problem. While Johnson played on one leg, he still managed to produce 67 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games played.

Audio: WR Calvin Johnson | 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Johnson is probably the most talent receiver in all of football as Randy Moss is aging. For all of Johnson’s ability I am concerned about his ability to respond physically to an injury.

In two of Johnson’s three season in the NFL, he has had an injury linger throughout the season. In his rookie year, he landed hard on his back against the Eagles, and he was slowed down because of it. In his third season, he sustained a knee injury, and it was very noticeable that the injury continued to linger with him throughout the second half of the season.

If Johnson can stay healthy he will be one of the top five producing fantasy receivers in the game. Because of his injury concerns, we have him ranked down in the lower portion of the top ten fantasy receivers for the 2010 season. If he shows the ability to stay healthy throughout this season and Matthew Stafford continues to progress, Johnson could be one of the top three receivers to get in 2011.

Great upside and ability but just remember the injury concerns on draft day.


– Top Playmaking Receiving Talent In Football

– Touchdown Maker

– Talented Young Quarterback

– Plays In A Dome


– Bad Offensive Line (Stafford Could Get Injured)

– Injuries Tend To Linger Throughout The Season

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