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DE Michael Johnson - Cincinnati Bengals

6-7, 266Born: 2-7-1987College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 3

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Summary

In 2012 Johnson piled up 36 tackles, 17 assists, 11.5 sacks, 2 turnovers and a couple of batted passes. Unfortunately he has recorded more than 30 tackles only one other time in his seven year career and has no more than 5.5 sacks in any other season. In 2013 his tackle numbers were similar while he managed only 4 sacks. That year his 10 batted passes went a long way toward making up the difference for fantasy owners. Johnson spent 2014 with the Buccaneers where he was not a good fit. He returned to Cincinnati last year going 29-13-5 with a couple of batted passes and four turnovers. It came to light during the offseason that Johnson played most of 2015 with a sore back. Fantasy owners certainly should not count on Johnson for big production in 2016. On the other hand, he is healthy now and in a situation which fits his abilities. Johnson has strong upside and should be targeted as a second starter or priority backup in most fantasy leagues. (May 27)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 46, 44, 50
DE Dynasty - 59, 46

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2013 CIN 15 35 21 4 2 0 1 10 0
2014 TB 14 20 7 4 2 0 0 0 0
2015 CIN 16 29 13 5 3 1 0 2 0
2016 PROJ-Norton 16 37 * * * * * * *

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Cincinnati Bengals Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

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  Jene Bramel - July 5
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  Jene Bramel - September 2
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  Jene Bramel - July 22
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  John Norton - July 16
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  John Norton - August 3

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2016 Schedule

1@ New York Jets
2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3vs Denver Broncos
4vs Miami Dolphins
5@ Dallas Cowboys
6@ New England Patriots
7vs Cleveland Browns
8vs Washington Redskins
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ New York Giants
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Baltimore Ravens
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Baltimore Ravens