• Diontae Johnson

  • WR
  • , Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 24
  • 181 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
As a rookie, Johnson turned 92 targets into 59 catches for 680 yards and five touchdowns, an impressive feat considering that Mason Rudolph and Devlin “Duck” Hodges threw most of the passes for Pittsburgh last season. On one hand, James Washington out-gained Johnson in nine of 15 games and boasted a higher yards per route run. On the other, Johnson fared very well in Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception charting, which I’ve found is a helpful indicator of breakout potential. Even though Washington was more productive, Johnson out-snapped Washington in most of the later games that Johnson, Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster were all healthy, which indicates that perhaps Johnson won the No. 2 job last season. Regardless, the Steelers play a lot of three-WR and regularly have three receivers playing 70%+ of the snaps, so Johnson should have the opportunity to shine whether or not he’s ahead of Washington on the depth chart. The return of Ben Roethlisberger is obviously a big deal as well.

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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

PIT WR Diontae Johnson - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Diontae Johnson was one of the rookie sensations in 2020, both as a receiver and as a return specialist. For those in leagues with return yardage and touchdowns, Johnson gets an uptick in value. With Ben Roethlisberger back in the lineup, Johnson has a good opportunity to build on his 59/680/5 line from 2019.

Fantasy Downside

Johnson isn't the clear-cut No. 2 receiver in Pittsburgh. It's more of a 2A/2B scenario between Johnson and James Washington. That said, it was Johnson seeing more time on the field down the homestretch of 2019, but Washington isn't going away quietly.

2020 Bottom Line

Despite the "2A/2B" thoughts, Pittsburgh is going to run plenty of 3WR sets regardless, so there will be targets available for Johnson. Getting Pittsburgh's possible WR2 in the 10th round has the feel of tremendous sleeper value. John Paulsen also said this regarding Johnson: "Johnson fared very well in Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception charting, which I’ve found is a helpful indicator of breakout potential." Matt Harmon is one of the best when it comes to having an eye for wide receivers (Chris Godwin, anyone?). Just keep this in mind.

2020 Strength of Schedule - PIT

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
30
@NYG
13
DEN
22
HOU
15
@TEN
23
PHI
12
CLE
10
@BAL
BYE6
@DAL
25
CIN
11
@JAX
10
BAL
24
WAS
2
@BUF
25
@CIN
18
IND
12
@CLE

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@NE325058.3300000.002.55.525/6936.2%
2SEA1170417.0000000.001.72.727/5747.4%
3@SF3521617.3316006.0011.814.842/5379.2%
4CIN6771612.8300010.0011.717.737/5962.7%
5BAL527085.4000000.002.77.755/6091.7%
6@LAC214027.0000000.001.43.442/6070.0%
7BYE--------------
8MIA5841716.8000000.0014.419.434/7744.2%
9IND13023.0012002.000.51.543/6368.3%
10LAR4640616.0000000.006.410.453/7471.6%
11@CLE217048.5000000.001.73.738/7451.4%
12@CIN329069.6700000.002.95.950/7467.6%
13CLE1140514.001170017.003.14.140/6264.5%
14@ARI6601810.001160016.0013.619.642/6070.0%
15BUF5620712.4000010.004.29.244/5974.6%
16@NYJ8811910.1200000.0014.122.156/6783.6%
17@BAL4540713.5000000.005.49.439/5078.0%
Per game3.6942.500.315.7511.530.252.5600.1310.256.139.8241.69/63.6366.30%
Totals5968059211.534410210.2598.1157.1667/101866.30%
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