WR Diontae Johnson - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-10, 183Born: 7-5-1996College: ToledoDrafted: Round 3, pick 66 (2019)

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Summary

The Steelers have an exciting young player in second-year pro Diontae Johnson. Even through poor quarterback play, and general bad play from the offense overall, Johnson was able to produce in 2019. Johnson led all rookies with 59 receptions this season, finishing with 680 receiving yards and five scores. Coming out of Toledo in 2019, Johnson showed his trademark speed on the field early and often. There are plenty of people in the scouting community who feel Johnson plays like a young Emmanuel Sanders, who began his career with the Steelers back in 2010. Johnson has speed but he also has late hands on deep routes. That means he doesn't tip off that the pass is incoming and that helps him leave defenders in the dust. In addition to his speed, Johnson has moves after the catch and is strong enough to break tackles consistently. He was tied for second in the league last year with nine broken tackles by a wide receiver. As a young player, Johnson should only get better this season -- especially with the return of Ben Roethlisberger. Johnson was able to produce with guys like Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges throwing him the rock and should be even better with Roethlisberger handling the pill. Johnson has a current ADP that puts him in WR4-ish range for Fantasy GMs in PPR leagues. With a boost in the offense due to a legit quarterback returning and mere improvement in his craft, Johnson could outperform that position. (June 4)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 38, 26, 34, 35, 35, 37, 37, 42, 44, 47, 53
WR Redraft PPR - 37, 28, 34, 35, 35, 36, 36, 37, 37, 38, 38, 42, 43, 43, 45, 47, 55
WR Dynasty - 38, 32, 34, 39, 40, 43, 43, 54
Overall Dynasty - 96, 68, 75

Stats and Projections

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2019 PIT 16 4 41 0 92 59 680 5 2
2020 PROJ-Dodds 15.9 5.0 * * 64.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 8.0 * * 72.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 15.0 4.0 * * 67.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 5.0 * * 56.7 * * *
2020 PROJ-Consensus 15.5 5.9 * * 66.2 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Diontae Johnson's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 97
WR: 38
Overall-PPR: 91
WR-PPR: 36

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