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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, 4, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8
Overall Redraft - 14, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21
WR Redraft PPR - 6, 1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9
Overall Redraft PPR - 12, 3, 5, 7, 8, 8, 10, 10, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 20, 21, 21
WR Dynasty - 15, 6, 8, 13, 23, 28
Overall Dynasty - 21, 8, 11, 29, 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 * * 85 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 88 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 85 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 91 * * *

* - 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: 12
WR-PPR: 6

Detroit Lions Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

Spotlight: The Lions Backfield
  Daniel Simpkins - June 17
Gut Check No.334: 20 Insights for Building a Winner
  Matt Waldman - June 16
Player Spotlight: Golden Tate
  Mark Wimer - June 16
Early Summer MFL10 Guide
  Sigmund Bloom - June 4
Tremblay's Notebook
  Maurile Tremblay - May 11
Reading the Defense: Defensive Line Tiers [Post Free Agency]
  Jene Bramel - March 26

Articles from around the web

Why Calvin Johnson Could Be 2015's Biggest Fantasy Football Steal
  Brandon Gdula - June 22
Fantasy Equity Deep Dive: Calvin Johnson
  C.D. Carter - June 8
Why Stedman Bailey Can Have a Big Season in 2015
  Brandon Gdula - July 2
Wide Receivers and Height
  Michael Moore - July 2
Ranking The Rookie RB Situations For Redraft: Tier 1
  Dan Schneier - June 26
PFF Dynasty Rookie Draft: Rounds 3-4
  Shawn Siegele - June 25
Forsett, Tate bargains in early ADP trend report
  Matt Franciscovich - June 22
Dominant Red Zone Receivers
  Raymond Summerlin - June 20
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook: Detroit Lions
  Rich Hribar - June 18
Fantasy Football: 2015 Bounce-Back Candidates
  Tom Woods - June 17

Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford to hold workouts (Mon Jun 29, 01:13 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.

Our View: Lots of players around the league hold these types of workouts before training camp begins. We like the leadership shown by Stafford here, and it will be interesting to see if the added chemistry shows up in the regular season. Stafford is a low-end QB1 with upside.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson has lots left in tank (Sat Jun 20, 01:15 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he still has big years ahead of him despite now being 30 years old. Johnson said he's feeling well after having a full offseason to heal after dealing with a high-ankle sprain last season. Johnson added that the offense is 100% better this year than it was last year at this time.

Our View: Johnson is superhuman, and he should still be taken as a WR1 for fantasy owners. His current ADP is WR6 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues. While he may not post similar numbers to what he did in 2012 (122 catches, 1,964 yards), we're expecting Johnson to have a bounce-back season after a 2014 where he never was quite himself. Snaring 10 touchdowns and getting about 1,400 yards receiving is not out of the question.
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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