Stevie Johnson Fantasy News

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson looking like his old self

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:02am

Union Tribune - [Full Article]

What we saw from Stevie Johnson in Saturday night's exhibition against the Seattle Seahawks, the connection with Rivers that the Chargers hope to see so much this season, was borne in May and June and rekindled in August.

On the Chargers’ first possession, Johnson suddenly darted left, pulling away from the safety covering him in the slot to make a 34-yard reception-and-run that converted a third down. Before leaving with the rest of the first-team offense at halftime, Johnson had two more third-down conversions and finished with four receptions for 64 yards.

That is what replacing Eddie Royal looks like.

There is great potential in the marrying of Johnson’s ability to separate combined with Rivers’ ability to throw receivers open. When Rivers develops a rapport with a target, he anticipates where that receiver will be and makes connections that seemingly should never happen.

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Johnson was one of the most consistent receivers in football, posting at least 76 catches, 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in three straight seasons. In PPR formats, he was the #10, #16 and #18 receiver in those seasons. The Chargers lost Eddie Royal, so there are targets to be had, especially with TE Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games. Johnson is having a good camp, so it appears that he’ll play ahead of retiring wideout Malcom Floyd.

Chargers Beat: Stevie Johnson has 'looked rejuvenated' and has a 'good rapport' with Philip Rivers

Friday, August 28, 2015, 11:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers beat writer Eric D. Williams: Stevie Johnson signed with the Chargers in free agency to help fill the void left by Eddie Royal's departure, and so far has looked rejuvenated in San Diego’s offensive system. Johnson’s developed a good rapport with Philip Rivers and will be used both in the slot and on the perimeter. He has a shot at 50 receptions and at least four touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

We project Johnson for 54-755-5.2 as the Chargers' WR2. From 2010 to 2012, he was one of the most consistent receivers in football, posting at least 76 catches, 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in three straight seasons. In PPR formats, he was the #10, #16 and #18 receiver in those seasons. The Chargers lost Eddie Royal, so there are targets to be had, especially with TE Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games.

Rivers: Chargers WR Stevie Johnson has been 'really good'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11:23pm

Jason La Canfora, CBS - [Full Article]

People around here are thinking Stevie Johnson could do big things in the Chargers' offense. The ex-Bills and Niners wideout is already simpatico with QB Philip Rivers. And with Antonio Gates suspended for the first four weeks, Johnson will be an integral moving part who could line up in the slot, out wide, wherever.

"His track record speaks for itself," Rivers said. "He had three 1,000 yard seasons in Buffalo, and those don't just happen by accident. So already, knowing that, I was excited. But you're always also a little bit apprehensive, because you don't know how quickly it's going to come together, and sometimes it takes more time."

Rivers said, however, that him and Johnson have connected quickly. "Even in OTAs and especially in the first 10 days of camp we've had a lot of things come that are trust-building plays and things that happen where he made a great catch and I threw it in a spot where it's got to be you or nobody, or something where we both felt it in the red zone and felt a void and knew I would do that," Rivers said. "Those kinds of things give you confidence, and he's been really good."

Johnson has earned high marks from Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco also thus far, and looks like he might be a big part of the offense.

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Johnson was one of the most consistent receivers in football, posting at least 76 catches, 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in three straight seasons. In PPR formats, he was the #10, #16 and #18 receiver in those seasons. The Chargers lost Eddie Royal, so there are targets to be had, especially with TE Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games. Johnson is having a good camp, so it appears that he’ll play ahead of retiring wideout Malcom Floyd.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen 'is the early leader' for camp MVP

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 2:17am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

In the race for the U-T's highly coveted Chargers Training Camp MVP award, several candidates have emerged. Keenan Allen, who has lost weight and is moving well, is the early leader. He has made a wide variety of plays, such as a touchdown catch Wednesday, off a fade against Jason Verrett. Several others are having a strong camp, incuding Stevie Johnson, Verrett, Branden Oliver and Melvin Ingram.

Fantasy Impact:

Allen was a victim of the “sophomore slump,” finishing #46 in standard formats after a #17 finish as a rookie in 2013. He has lost some weight in order to increase his speed and quickness, so that he can better deal with the attention he’s going to receive as his team’s top receiver. He’s also taking his preparation more seriously, per reports. We’re expecting Allen to bounce back in his third year, but it may be a stretch to expect a return to the heights of his rookie season.

Philip Rivers is 'excited' about WR Stevie Johnson

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 11:34pm

Michael Gehlken, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers QB Philip Rivers on WR Stevie Johnson: "He's off to a heck of a start. If you asked me one guy who I was most excited about, I'd probably single out him."

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Johnson was one of the most consistent receivers in football, posting at least 76 catches, 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in three straight seasons. In PPR formats, he was the #10, #16 and #18 receiver in those seasons. The Chargers lost Eddie Royal, so Johnson will presumably replace Royal in the slot, though he had his best years playing outside. (The Bills moved him into the slot in 2013 and his production dropped.)

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd plans to retire after 2015 season

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 12:16pm

U-T San Diego - [Full Article]

A proper farewell tour for Malcom Floyd can now begin.

The Chargers wide receiver reaffirmed Tuesday he will retire after the 2015 season. This long has been the plan for Floyd, who will turn 34 in September and is entering the final year of his contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Stevie Johnson’s arrival may put a dent in Floyd’s targets (92 in 2014), but Johnson was brought in mainly to replace the departed Eddie Royal (91 targets), so Floyd should continue to post solid numbers. He was the 72nd receiver drafted last season and finished the season in the #40 spot. Don’t be surprised if he repeats those numbers, though due to his somewhat spotty big play tendencies, he’s better suited for best ball formats than standard leagues.

Chargers Beat: Keenan Allen could see time in slot

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 10:50am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers beat writer Eric D. Williams feels WR Keenan Allen will benefit from the loss of Eddie Royal and see more time out of the slot.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams feels Allen has short-area quickness and will be able to move around more to create miss-matches. The Chargers also signed Stevie Johnson who can play the slot, but Williams thinks Allen benefit the most. Allen started off his sophomore season slowly after being a second-tier fantasy WR last summer, but did show signs of his successful 2013 rookie year later in the 2014 season.

Chargers sign WR Stevie Johnson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 12:42pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former 49ers and Bills WR Stevie Johnson is signing with the Chargers. It's a three-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Johnson was one of the most consistent receivers in football, posting at least 76 catches, 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in three straight seasons. In PPR formats, he was the #10, #16 and #18 receiver in that span. The Chargers lost Eddie Royal, so Johnson will presumably replace Royal in the slot, though he had his best years playing outside. (The Bills moved him into the slot in 2013 and his production dropped.) He doesn't have Malcom Floyd's speed, so it will be interesting to see how OC Frank Reich decides to use the 28-year-old Johnson in the offense.

49ers finally release WR Stevie Johnson

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 3:45pm

49ers - [Full Article]

The 49ers have officially released WR Stevie Johnson.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson is only 28 and is a good possession receiver so he shouldn't be unemployed for long.

49ers 'prepared' to cut WR Stevie Johnson

Sunday, March 1, 2015, 5:23pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers are prepared to release receiver Stevie Johnson in an effort to create more salary-cap room before the start of the new league year on March 10, according to numerous reports.

Cutting Johnson would save the 49ers $6.025 million in cap space, according to overthecap.com.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson is only 28 and is a good possession receiver so he shouldn't be unemployed for long.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

49ers WR Stevie Johnson (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

49ers WR Stevie Johnson (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. This gives a slight bump to Anquan Bodlin and Michael Crabtree.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

49ers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) missed practice again Thursday.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:14pm

49ers Inactives
Tramaine Brock CB
Chris Culliver CB
Anthony Davis T
Josh Johnson QB
Stevie Johnson WR
Marcus Martin C
Raymond Ventrone DB

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

49ers WR Stevie Johnson (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 15. Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington played the 4th- and 5th-most snaps in Week 14, so they should see the biggest bump in playing time. Brandon Lloyd was a healthy inactive against Oakland.

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