WR KeeSean Johnson - Arizona Cardinals
|6-1, 201||Born: 10-9-1996||College: Fresno State||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2019|
Week 14: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
FBG says: Tough matchup. Kyler Murray has had a few dazzling rookie moments, but he's coming fresh off a horrendous two-game stretch of play. He's produced just 150 and 163 yards in those two, good for an anemic 4.7 yards per attempt. To be fair, though, both came in tough matchups, and Murray clearly wasn't operating at 100% (hamstring) last Sunday. His throws were off-balance and errant for most of the day, and he couldn't get anything going beyond quick-hitters to Larry Fitzgerald. It also doesn't help that his receiving corps, as currently constituted, lacks real downfield ability. Target leaders Fitzgerald (10.6 yards per catch), Christian Kirk (10.8), and Pharoh Cooper (9.2) provide little beyond short routes under the defense. As a result, Murray simply doesn't boast much pass-game upside. Dating back to Week 3, he's averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt (221 per game), and he's gone touchdown-less 5 times. Luckily for the fantasy world, his volume is at least strong enough to carry his rushing production into QB1 relevance. It's just not wise to chase his receivers, who enter every matchup with low floors and ceilings. On paper, the Pittsburgh pass defense has been in top form here in 2019. They've allowed just 6.9 yards per attempt and 234 per game, and they haven't let an opponent reach 250 since Week 6. Still, it has to be noted that they've faced a dismal slate of opposing quarterbacks over that span. In fact, only a single one of the seven (Ryan Fitzpatrick) currently sits top-15 in QBR. Of course, the Steelers hold their own in those matchups, which can't be taken away. Outside cornerbacks Steven Nelson and Joe Haden have quietly made up one of 2019's most underrated pairs. And new free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has been an All Pro-caliber playmaker. Their jobs are made even easier by a swarming pass rush that ranks second in pressure rate and third in sacks. It's fair to speculate on how this group would fare against a great passer, and they were indeed shredded early in the season by Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. But it's certainly a disruptive enough unit to harass a rookie into a bad day, locked into the slots and unable to open up down the field.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
KeeSean Johnson's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 9 vs SF (3 / 2 / 22 / 1 rec)
Johnson found the end zone for the first time in his young career, getting Arizona back in the game against the 49ers with a rollout red zone touchdown from Kyler Murray. Johnson converted a third-and-long as well with a well-timed out route. Johnson also dropped an easy pass to prevent a bigger stat line. Johnson remains an ancillary target for Arizona but one with an ideal matchup (Tampa Bay) next week.
2019 Week 7 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Arizona threw the ball a sparse 21 times in the road win against the Giants and Johnson saw a mere two looks, converting one for a short hitch reception. Johnson has not benefited from Christian Kirk's multi-game absence to-date, including this week and has yet to find the end over 17 receptions this season and has only one game averaging more than 10 yards per catch.
2019 Week 6 vs ATL (5 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw the second-most targets of Arizona wide receivers against Atlanta (five) with Christian Kirk out of the lineup. However, Johnson was overshadowed by Damiere Byrd and Trent Sherfield with their situational impact plays. Johnson's lone moment came on a screen reception where he stiff-armed a defender for additional yardage. Johnson has yet to find the end zone through six games and 16 receptions.
2019 Week 5 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Johnson saw an expanded opportunity with Christian Kirk out of the lineup in Week 5. However, Johnson's seven targets were largely squandered with a critical third-down drop and a chunk gain on the ground called back by penalty. Johnson broke a tackle on his notable modest reception as Arizona spread the ball around without Kirk and David Johnson being featured down the field.
2019 Week 3 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Johnson was again an ancillary element of Arizona's passing game, clearly behind Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald, and David Johnson in the pecking order in their struggling effort against Carolina. Outside of an injury to boost Johnson up the food chain, Johnson is more competing with Michael Crabtree and Damiere Byrd for WR3-4-5 snaps and targets than challenging the WR1-2 spots.
2019 Week 2 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw a mere two targets after his volume-infused NFL debut a week ago. Johnson adjusted well on a third-and-long target up-for-grabs play and added a crossing route two-point conversion to his log. Johnson was a clear ancillary target against Baltimore with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk the top targets.
2019 Week 1 vs DET (10 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Johnson's NFL debut was a positive one on the uptick Arizona offense. Johnson got off to a slow start, like much of the Arizona weapons, but progressed well. Johnson was primarily an intermediate route runner within the Cardinals offensive design with deep in-cut and out-breaking routes his forte this week, including a quality catch away from his body. Johnson's biggest missed opportunity came on a contested back shoulder target. The Cardinals run a heavy majority of four-receiver sets on offense, a positive sign for Johnson's snap count and targets without much of a tight end presence in Arizona.
Latest NewsCardinals | Week 13 Arizona Cardinals inactives (Sun Dec 1, 02:36 PM) - The Arizona Cardinals have declared CB Chris Jones, C Lamont Gaillard, OT Joshua Miles, RB Zach Zenner, DL Michael Dogbe, LB Pete Robertson and WR KeeSean Johnson inactive for Week 13. link to story
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