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WR Steve Johnson - San Francisco 49ers

6-1, 210Born: 7-22-1986College: KentuckyDrafted: Round 7

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Summary

As the number three receiver in a run-heavy offense, Steve Johnson will get many fewer targets than he was used to in Buffalo. His fantasy prospects are accordingly limited. Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin are expected to start on the outside. Johnson may occupy the slot in an offense that has rarely used a slot in recent seasons, or he may rotate in with Crabtree and Boldin on the outside. Either way, Johnson will be adjusting to a new complimentary role, having led the Buffalo Bills in targets in each of the last four seasons. Given that the 49ers prefer to win with defense and a strong running game, and that tight end Vernon Davis will figure heavily into the passing offense as well, the number three receiver may not get enough looks to make a fantasy impact. Johnson's past production makes him draftable as a fantasy WR5 with enticing upside potential; but his reduced offensive role makes it harder to draft him as anything more than that. (May 28)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 63, 42, 46, 53, 55, 58, 58, 59
WR Redraft PPR - 66, 43, 46, 55, 57, 58, 58, 59
WR Dynasty - 65, 52, 60, 61, 62, 69, 89

Stats and Projections

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2011 BUF 16 0 0 0 134 76 1004 7
2012 BUF 16 0 0 0 148 79 1046 6
2013 BUF 12 1 10 0 101 52 597 3 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 14 1 * * 35 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 1 * * 40 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 40 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 42 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 194
WR: 66
Overall-PPR: 208
WR-PPR: 70

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Latest News

49ers | Stevie Johnson impresses (Fri Jul 25, 11:32 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) looked healthy in Day 1 of training camp. QB Colin Kaepernick raved about Johnson's quickness and deceptiveness that fuel his ability to create separation.

Our View: A fresh start in a new place could be just the thing for Stevie Styles. While he's down in the pecking order behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, long term he could still have some impact. Short term, unless there is an injury ahead of him, Johnson is still just a WR5/6 - worth a flier but not a reliable option.
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49ers | Stevie Johnson cleared (Wed Jul 23, 04:57 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) passed his physical and has been cleared to practice Thursday, July 23.

Our View: Johnson still has talent, but he's been banged up quite a bit during his pro career. Nothing is guaranteed for Johnson even though the 49ers traded for him earlier this year. He'll have to beat out guys like Brandon Lloyd for a roster spot. Johnson should be the team's WR3 behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.
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49ers | Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd not locks to make roster (Tue Jul 22, 11:21 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson is the frontrunner for the No. 3 WR job, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, but he added that neither Johnson nor WR Brandon Lloyd is a lock to make the roster. Maiocco believes that Johnson's salary and the fact that Lloyd doesn't contribute on special teams would make them expendable if a younger receiver proves capable of filling the No. 3 WR role.

Our View: We imagine that Johnson will make the final roster. However, Lloyd may have to go back to making direct-to-dvd zombie movies.
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2014 Schedule

1@ Dallas Cowboys
2vs Chicago Bears
3@ Arizona Cardinals
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5vs Kansas City Chiefs
6@ St. Louis Rams
7@ Denver Broncos
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9vs St. Louis Rams
10@ New Orleans Saints
11@ New York Giants
12vs Washington Redskins
13vs Seattle Seahawks
14@ Oakland Raiders
15@ Seattle Seahawks
16vs San Diego Chargers
17vs Arizona Cardinals