WR Steve Johnson, Free agent

HT: 6-1, WT: 210, Born: 7-22-1986, College: Kentucky, Drafted: Round 7

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2014 Projections

David Dodds14.
Bob Henry15.
Jason Wood16.
Maurile Tremblay16.

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: B Cunningham (223), B Celek (224), Steve Johnson (225), J Finley (226),
Position: M Floyd (215-WR71), E Royal (216-WR72), Steve Johnson (225 - WR73), C Latimer (233-WR74), D Thomas (234-WR75)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: M James (246), M Lewis (247), Steve Johnson (248), M Reece (249), M Rivera (250)
Position: J Brown (244-WR80), A Holmes (245-WR81), Steve Johnson (248 - WR82), D Adams (254-WR83), N Washington (260-WR84)
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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.

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