Andre Johnson Fantasy News

Steve Smith sees himself as clear No. 2 receiver
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:39am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Going on 35 years old, Steve L Smith has no illusions of grandeur.

The five-time Pro Bowler knows he’s not a No. 1 wide receiver anymore.

Smith made that clear to reporters Friday after signing, relaying how he sees himself fitting into new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, and pulling back the curtain on what their conversations may have sounded like.

“I don’t see myself in Coach Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith said. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith will likely see the third- or fourth-most targets behind Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and perhaps Marlon Brown (or even Ray Rice). Anquan Boldin finished #34 and #30 as the Ravens' WR2 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, so that's probably near the high-end of projected production for Smith as he joins a new team.

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Beat: Josh Gordon will continue to 'tear it up' in new offense
Monday, February 10, 2014, 12:13pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Beat writer Mary Kay Cabot was asked how WR Josh Gordon will fare in new OC Kyle Shanahan's offense.

"If Gordon fares as well as seven-time Pro Bowler Andre Johnson in Shanahan's West Coast-oriented scheme, the reigning receiving yardage leader (1,646) will continue to tear it up. With Shanahan as Texans' coordinator in 2008-09, Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards in both years (1,575 in 2008) and (1,569 in 2009). He also led the league in receptions in 2008 (115). During those two seasons combined, Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards (3,144) and ranked second in receptions (216).

So more trips to Honolulu should be in store for Gordon, who flourished in the vertical passing game last season."

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon actually outscored Calvin Johnson in PPG (16.2 vs. 15.8) and finished as the top fantasy receiver in 2013 despite missing the first two games due to suspension. He’d be a no-brainer top 5 wideout heading into 2014 if not for his history of off-field issues, a change at offensive coordinator and continuing issues at quarterback. If he can finally get some consistency at QB (and stay out of trouble), the sky is the limit for this kid. It’s pretty amazing what he did with Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden throwing him the ball.

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Kubiak: Matt Schaub is an 'unbelievable pro'
Friday, December 6, 2013, 10:52am

Brian T. Smith, Twitter - [Full Article]

HC Gary Kubiak said Texans will consider starting Matt Schaub remainder of season. Called him an "unbelievable pro."

Fantasy Impact:

This is probably bad news for Andre Johnson, whose production has exploded (especially TDs) since Case Keenum took over at QB.

Jason Campbell cleared to practice
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 11:06am

Tony Grossi, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns HC Rob Chudzinski: Jason Campbell cleared to practice.

Fantasy Impact:

This is great news for Josh Gordon owners, who can start him with confidence provided Campbell doesn't have a setback during the week. CB Aqib Talib is a tough matchup, but he's been banged up all season and Andre Johnson posted 8-121 on the Patriots last week.

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Case Keenum will start for Texans in Week 7
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 3:22pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

QB Case Keenum will start for the Texans on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced his decision after ruling out Matt Schaub, who is recovering from an ankle and foot injury.

"We're struggling and we're looking for a spark," Kubiak said, adding that Keenum deserves the chance.

Fantasy Impact:

It's bad news for the Texans' pass offense that Schaub won't be healthy enough to play. Keenum was undrafted, but had three very productive seasons at Houston, throwing for an average of 5,440 yards and 45.3 TDs in his final three (full) seasons in college. He's largely unknown on the NFL level, which makes Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins and Garrett Graham dicey starts against the Chiefs.

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