• Diontae Johnson

  • WR
  • , Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 26
  • 183 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Scouting report

by Chris Kucharski

PIT WR Diontae Johnson - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Diontae Johnson developed into the No. 1 target for the Steelers last season. His numbers have risen every year with career-highs in targets (169), receptions (107), receiving yards (1,161 yards) and touchdowns (8). Johnson is able to play on the outside and in the slot. Pittsburgh will continue to utilize three receivers sets with whomever is the new quarterback so the passing game will be used at a similar rate as 2021.

2022 Fantasy Downside
Johnson wants a new contract and wants to be paid as a NFL No. 1 receiver, but it's questionable if the Steelers view him that way. He could be a hold-out during training camp and although this doesn't happen in Pittsburgh often, he could threaten them with holding out to start the regular season. One thing to note about his numbers is they don't blow you away. He only had three 100+ yard games and never eclipsed the 105-yard mark last season. The quarterback play also is a question mark although it actually could be upgraded from Ben Roethlisberger.

2022 Bottom Line
Johnson is the Steelers No. 1 receiver, but when it comes to fantasy he is a high-end WR2 heading into the season. He is on track for 90 receptions and over 1,000 yards again. But there are some question marks with the Steelers and the offense. He should go in the 4th round which is probably on the mark.

by Bill Riccette

PIT WR Diontae Johnson - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs Browns

Tough matchup against the Chiefs? No problem for Diontae Johnson, who still posted 15 points in PPR scoring last week with six more catches and a touchdown. He's at 92 catches for the season. You can bet he'll do all he can for the Steelers this week in what is both a likely elimination game and very possibly the last game at Heinz Field for Ben Roethlisberger. Start Johnson this week. He had six catches for 98 yards in Week 8 in Cleveland.

by Bill Riccette

PIT WR Diontae Johnson - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs Chiefs

Even in a quiet day for the Steelers' offense, Diontae Johnson still managed five catches. When that's a low total, you're having a good season. It did snap his streak of double-digit PPR point days at 12. In fact, it was the first time this season he failed to hit ten points in PPR in a game he actually played. He'll be back, even in a tough matchup with the Chiefs. He's our No. 6 WR this week.

by Bill Riccette

PIT WR Diontae Johnson - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs Titans

Five straight games with double-digit targets and at least 75 yards and about to hit 1,000 yards for the season. There's really no reason not to play Diontae Johnson in the playoffs. Especially in a favorable matchup in Tennessee. Not really much else to say or much convincing to do on him. This is one of those "dance with the girl that brought you" deals in the playoffs.

by Bill Riccette

PIT WR Diontae Johnson - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs Vikings

Diontae Johnson is matchup-proof. Plain and simple. He gets fed the ball and makes good things happen no matter what the situation. That's 100 yards in two of his last three games and at least seven catches in four straight games. And Minnesota has been struggling on defense, so Johnson has a chance to put up more numbers this week. Keep riding the hot hands of Johnson.

by Bill Riccette

PIT WR Diontae Johnson - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs Ravens

Even when the Steelers offense looks like a shell of itself, Diontae Johnson still finds a way to shine through. Nine catches (14 targets) for 95 yards against the Bengals on a day when the Steelers were embarrassed everywhere else. There's no reason to question Johnson anymore. He's basically matchup-proof. Now, on the flip side, over the past two seasons (four games), Johnson has only averaged 33 yards and 4.5 catches against the Ravens. But with his recent stretch, he'll bump that average up this week.

by Bill Riccette

PIT WR Diontae Johnson - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 vs Bengals

Diontae Johnson is just so good. He's a PPR monster at this point and you're starting him without question going forward. There's really not much else to say at this point. He'll actually get his first crack at the Bengals this season. He missed the first meeting in Week 3 with a knee injury,

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