Derrick Johnson | Kansas City Chiefs | LB
2013 Experience: 9th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: It’s been a few years now since Derrick Johnson had his run-in with former coach Todd Haley and lost his starting job. Since re-claiming, a spot on the field, Johnson has been one of the better linebackers for IDP leagues and will continue to thrive in 2013.
Kansas City has some quality outside linebackers but they don’t have a proven three down inside linebacker to go with Johnson, making him a safe bet to hold onto his sub-package work.
The only thing Johnson is missing really isn’t in his control as it seems the Chiefs box score people are hard on assisted tackles because Johnson has a low total each year. For a player with around 100 solos tackles a year, we should see more than somewhere around 20 assists a year, and I have a feeling Johnson is in on more tackles but just isn’t getting credit.
While that flaw may hold him back from the top five, he’s still a quality top ten option at his position and will have another fine campaign.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
IDP fantasy owners could only wish Darrick Johnson’s official tackle total was based on the teams score keeping (Chiefs totaled 179 tackles for him, league only 131) and not by the league.
Still Johnson will be one of the top linebackers in tackles and he should be good for just over 100 solos. He can sprinkle in big plays as his two touchdown performance against the Broncos still flashes in the back of my mind. A top five IDP linebacker, Johnson will have another highly productive season.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Derrick Johnson massive finish to the 2009 season sparked a bounce back in his career as he earned the trust of Coach Todd Haley once again. This lead to Johnson returning as a full time starter and made him a great value pick in IDP fantasy leagues last summer as he was a trendy bounce back player for IDP owners in the know.
Sure enough Johnson went on to have a solid season with 120 tackles, three forced fumbles and a whopping 15 pass deflections to assert himself as the top linebacker in Kansas City for tackle heavy leagues. Look to Johnson as a respectable top fifteen linebacker coming into this years IDP tackle heavy drafts as he should continue to play well as he’s still in his twenties.
That said, I believe you should target Johnson as no higher than your No.2 linebacker because of his past history and the fact that last season marked the first time in his career, he’s ever gone over 100 tackles.
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2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
Derrick Johnson won a starting job with the Chiefs and looked good in his first action against the Chargers on Monday Night Football. Expect Johnson to keep his job as long as he doesn’t get into his Coaches dog house again. This makes Johnson worth owning and playing in your IDP league.