Charles Johnson | Carolina Panthers | DE
2013 Experience: 7th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: The Panthers front line will be an interesting to watch this season with Greg Hardy imerging as a presence opposite Johnson, and the upgrades via the draft at tackle. If the young tackles can make an instant impact, it should be a good thing for Johnson and Hardy.
My problem with Johnson is mainly that we haven’t seen the tackle production over recent years that he produced in his big contract and breakout year of 2010. That season Johnson had 50 solos and since that time his season high for solos is 31 in 2011, with 29 last year.
Johnson is a rock-solid DL2 with DL1 upside but don’t draft him as a DL1 unless you’re planning on waiting on your first lineman. Normally I would recommend that, but I tend to like having at least one established lineman who can get me double digit sacks, coupled with a respectable change at 60 plus total tackles or more in a season. Johnson doesn’t fit that description, although he has done it once before.
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2012 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auction Values
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2012 IDP Fantasy Projection
After a big time breakout year in 2010, Charles Johnson struggled at times in 2011. Part of the problem was that then New Head Coach Ron Rivera came over from San Diego and started implementing some 3-4 scheme principals into the Panthers defense.
Obviously, that’s going to hurt Johnson and Greg Hardy’s chances of making big plays off the edge. This is a concern for Johnson’s value, but I expect the Panthers to go with more of a 4-3 base with the young tackles having a year under their belts and the projection of a solid three-man linebacking corps.
Take Johnson no higher than DL2 value, but he could give you DL1 numbers.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Just a year after the Panthers let Julius Peppers go for big money, they pay his backup a contract around the same price the next year. Well that backup happened to be Charles Johnson and when he received an opportunity to start last year he tore it up as he made IDP fantasy owners smile as an early season waiver pickup, turned top end stud.
One would have to figure that Johnson should be a clear top ten option as a defensive lineman for IDP leagues, because the Panthers should be in a similar situation as last year. That basically means the defense will be on the field all day, and Johnson should post around double digit sacks, while giving you around 60 tackles. Expect another great season from Johnson, and because he’s not a super star name, and plays for the Panthers your odds of nabbing him up as an early No.2 is a possibility.
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Julius Peppers goes away and Charles Johnson becomes a terrific starter in IDP fantasy leagues in his first season as a full time starter. What impresses me most about Johnson’s stats is that he posted 11.5 sacks and did so on arguably the worst team in football. Now a free agent, Johnson is on the top of the Panthers list to sign this summer, and that need his pass rush ability.
Johnson is in-line to make good money this off-season and he should be a starter for IDP fantasy leagues if he continues to play in a 4-3 scheme which I’m sure he will do. Of course we won’t know where he will go until the lockout is lifted.