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WR Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions

6-5, 235Born: 9-25-1985College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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Summary

For the first time in a number of years, Calvin Johnson enters the season not at the top of preseason fantasy WR rankings. In fact, Johnson finds himself back in the middle of the WR1 pack after an injury-plagued 2014 season saw him average less than 100 receiving yards per game for the first time since 2010. Johnson is still relatively young as he does not turn 30-years-old until September, but he has perhaps started to show his age just a bit. He has struggled through some injuries over the past two seasons which tends to happen more often to players nearing their 30th birthday than it does to players in their mid-20s. The addition of more weapons to the passing offense (particularly WR2 Golden Tate) and renewed focus upon establishing the running game also means Johnson is unlikely to ever see the 204 targets he received during his monstrous 2012 campaign. While Johnson is probably not going to approach 2,000 receiving yards again, he should still be in line for a huge bounce-back season in 2015 after never being able to play at 100% in 2014. Johnson is arguably the most talented WR in the league with an almost unprecedented combination of size, speed and leaping ability. Health is the only real obstacle to Johnson putting up another 1,400+ yard season and his combination of high floor and high ceiling make him a strong option in the late 1st round or early 2nd round of fantasy drafts. (May 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 6, 1, 1, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8
Overall Redraft - 13, 7, 7, 8, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18, 20
WR Redraft PPR - 6, 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8
Overall Redraft PPR - 14, 7, 7, 7, 8, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18
WR Dynasty - 12, 6, 8, 8, 13, 28
Overall Dynasty - 21, 8, 11, 30, 50

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2012 DET 16 0 0 0 204 122 1964 5
2013 DET 14 0 0 0 156 84 1492 12 1
2014 DET 13 0 0 0 128 71 1077 8
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 0 * * 88 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 88 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 88 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 97 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 16
WR: 6
Overall-PPR: 15
WR-PPR: 6

Detroit Lions Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

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  Maurile Tremblay - May 11
Target Practice: Players to Target at Different Stages of the Draft
  Ari Ingel - August 28
From The Gut: NFC
  Sigmund Bloom - August 27
Gut Check No.344: PPR Tiers Update-Hidden Upside
  Matt Waldman - August 27
What If Calvin Johnson Is Lost for the Season?
  Jeff Pasquino - August 23
Overvalued Players: Quarterbacks
  FBG Staff - August 19
Overvalued Players: Wide Receivers
  FBG Staff - August 19
Perfect Draft - 12 Team PPR
  David Dodds - August 18
Taking Rob Gronkowski?
  FBG Staff - August 15

Articles from around the web

http://www.nfl.com/fantasyfootball/story/0ap3000000485149/article/more-snaps-doesnt-mean-more-fantasy-points-for-wrs
  Michael Fabiano - April 17
"Way Too Early" 2015 Strength of Schedule Analysis
  Fantasy OMatic - May 16
The 2015 Rankings Breakdown
  John Paulsen - May 19
NFL's Best Quarterback Situations
  Patrick Daugherty - May 21
Andrew Luck, Adrian Peterson among predicted stat leaders
  Gil Brandt - July 17
Would You Rather Draft …Dez or Calvin?
  Dan Collins - July 12
Potential Busts
  David Fucillo - August 28
2015 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: WR tiers 2.0
  Dave Richards - August 28
Silva's Preseason Top 200
  Evan Silva - August 26
Fantasy Top 25s
  Patrick Daugherty - August 24

Latest News

Browns | Terrelle Pryor has support (Fri Aug 28, 09:16 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) had shown enough in training camp prior to injuring his hamstring that he should make the team, WR Dwayne Bowe said, and CB Joe Haden compared Pryor physically to Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson.

Our View: Really, it's not like there is a murderer's row of talent at wide receiver for the Browns. Pryor is intriguing enough to tempt, but don't succumb. The quarterback situation is a mess, the offense looks terrible and he's likely got a learning curve in order to just be good. Keep an eye on him, but don't put him on your roster.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson expected to sit Friday (Wed Aug 26, 04:24 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 26.

Our View: We're not going to see Johnson in the preseason. He's fully recovered from the ankle injury that bothered him last year, but the team wants to make sure that he stays fresh for the entire 2015 season.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson sitting Thursday (Thu Aug 20, 07:22 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (rest) will not play Thursday, Aug. 20, against the Washington Redskins.

Our View: No need to risk him on a preseason game. He's still an easy WR1 in any format preseason or not.
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2015 Schedule

1@ San Diego Chargers
2@ Minnesota Vikings
3vs Denver Broncos
4@ Seattle Seahawks
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6vs Chicago Bears
7vs Minnesota Vikings
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs Philadelphia Eagles
13vs Green Bay Packers
14@ St. Louis Rams
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs San Francisco 49ers
17@ Chicago Bears