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Diontae Johnson


#27 Wide Receiver

140 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 25
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 183
40 Time: 4.53

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 13
Johnson remained the Steelers best option for fantasy football on Sunday. He caught 8 of his 11 targets for 105 yards and 2 TDs. Johnson continues to see volume in this offense. He has seen double-digit targets in every game 2 this season and has averaged over 12 per game over the last month. With this kind of volume it's hard to doubt Johnson going forward. He has been productive with the work with 2 100 yard plus games over the last 3 contests. In the one he did not get 100 yards, he fell just 5 yards short amassing 95 yards.
Week 11
Johnson had a big night on Sunday Night Football against the Chargers. The only negative on the night was he came up hobbling in 1st quarter, but he was able to return shortly thereafter. He made an incredible catch for a TD on a fade in the back of the endzone at the end of the 1st half. Johnson led the Steelers in catches, targets, and receiving yards on the night. Big Ben looked for Johnson on routes all over the field from the line of scrimmage to deep balls. He finished the night with 7 catches on 13 targets (29.5% target share) for 101 yards and 1 TD. Johnson has now received 13 targets in 4 of the Steelers last 5 games. He is ranked as our WR8 this week against the Bengals. The Bengals secondary just held the Raiders WRs to 50 receiving yards but has given up TDs to opposing WRs in 3 of their last 4 games. The next three games on the schedule for the Steelers are @CIN, BAL, and @MIN.
Week 10
Johnson caught 7 of 13 targets for 83 yards in the Steelers' Week 10 tie with the Lions.
With Johnson being the lone starting WR left from the beginning of the season, he dominated targets with 13 — even with backup QB Mason Rudolph filling in for Big Ben this week.
Johnson has elite route running ability and got open at will against the Lions, but Rudolph failed to connect with him on several occasions.
Johnson had a costly mistake in OT when he caught a long pass and almost got in FG range but fumbled as a defender tackled him from behind.
Johnson should be viewed as a high-end WR2 with either QB in the lineup for Week 11 against the Chargers.
Week 9
With the Steelers playing with a lead for much of this contest, along with the Bears defense looking to jam the WRs near the line of scrimmage, Johnson had a rare game that he didn’t see double-digit targets. He was actually set to have a very poor performance, but on a screen pass on Pittsburgh’s final drive, he found a crease and fought through traffic for a 22-yard gain to get him to 56 yards. He also was given a pair of rushing attempts to further add to his yardage. But when they were in the red zone, the Steelers leaned on Pat Freiermuth and Najee Harris.

Regardless of how much Ben Roethlisberger falls off, there doesn’t seem to be any scenario in which Johnson doesn’t continue to be an excellent fantasy option. Picking up where he left off in 2020, he’s been targeted at least 12 times in 4 of his previous 5 games, and in the 1 game he failed to see double-digit targets, he still posted 72 yards and a TD. Even though he’s an optimal PPR option, he’s shown a solid scoring floor in all formats.
Week 8
Johnson was held in check for most of Sunday’s win over Cleveland. That is, until Pittsburgh’s final drive, when Johnson took a quick slant 50 yards. Earlier, he was overthrown on a deep ball and saw a near goal line target arrive just off target. (It also looked like Johnson drew a PI flag, but it wasn’t called.) Finally, Johnson nearly came down with a 2-point conversion in a contested catch situation. Bottom line: Johnson should have had a much bigger day, but it’s clear he’s still Big Ben’s top target. Johnson’s 13 targets led the team by 6. Fire him up for a Sunday night matchup vs. Chicago.
Week 6
At this point it is safe to say Diontae Johnson is a must start each week. With Juju Smith-Schuster now done for the season, Johnson is a near lock for double digit targets each week. This was on display in week 6 as Johnson saw 13 targets producing 9-71 on the week. The production in this game didn’t win you your fantasy league, but it just shows how high Johnson’s floor is in PPR formats even when he doesn’t find the end zone. With the Steelers on a bye in week 7, it might be a good time to trade for Johnson in your fantasy leagues.
Week 4
Johnson caught 9 of his 13 targets, racking up 92 yards and a TD. It was great to see Johnson step right back into his usual role after missing last week with a knee injury. Thus far, Johnson has seen 10 or more targets in the 3 games he's played this season.

Going forward, as long as Johnson is active, expect him to see double-digit targets or close to it. His yardage totals may vacillate week to week, but he should produce with his combination of volume and playmaking ability. He is the Steelers' WR to roster the rest of the way.
Week 2
Picking up where he left off last season, Johnson continues to see double-digit targets in just about every game he starts and finishes. Unlike last week when he posted just 36 yards on 10 targets, he was much more efficient this week in taking advantage of his team-high 12 targets. Even though he often sees quick passes at or near the line of scrimmage, he did see a few more intermediate targets than usual, and he hauled in all but 3 of the passes thrown his way. It should be noted that on the last play of the game in a game that was out of hand, he suffered a knee injury that is currently being downplayed as not major.

Should Johnson be fully healthy from the knee injury, his role as a target hog seems to be secure as long as Ben Roethlisberger is under center, and the expectation is that he’ll see at least 10 targets in just about every game. Despite the volume, he rarely posts massive yardage and isn’t featured heavily in the red zone. So his ceiling isn’t incredibly high, but he’ll be a reliable WR2 with upside each week.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Johnson underwent sports hernia surgery last offseason.
  • He missed summer practice time with a foot injury and early, in-season practices with a toe.
  • Johnson missed 1 full game in the regular season (Week 6, back) and part of another with a concussion.
  • Despite the dings, Johnson finished as the PPR WR21 on the back of 144 targets (6th-most league-wide).
  • Johnson scored a decent 7 TDs, but the 5’10 WR wasn’t a major red zone weapon. He saw 13.2% of Pittsburgh’s red zone targets — 4th most on the team.
  • There was room for more, as Johnson struggled with drops in 2020. His 13.2% drop rate shot up from a mark of 4.8% in 2019. He dropped a pass in 11 of 16 games (postseason included).
  • He benefited from Pittsburgh’s pass-heavy approach. The team finished 2nd in pass rate; 1st in pass attempts.
  • Johnson also saw Ben Roethlisberger stay healthy after playing in only 2 games in 2019 (elbow surgery). He returns for his 18th season and retains plenty of injury risk.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster re-signed over the offseason; Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron return.
  • The big change is in the backfield with Round 1 pick Najee Harris. His 3-down, workhorse potential should have this unit favoring a more balanced approach.
  • The Steelers have one of the league’s most uncertain offensive lines entering the summer. Any struggles there might further exaggerate Johnson’s short-range role. He posted an average depth of target of just 8.8 yards in 2020.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

Shifty and elusive, Johnson excelled on short-range targets last season. He turned into Ben Roethlisberger’s go-to guy, although a high number of drops added volatility to his production.

The drops aren’t too concerning going forward. What’s likely to prevent a major year 3 jump is the arrival of Najee Harris and a much more balanced approach. Plus, any extended absence from Roethlisberger — now 39 — has the potential to torpedo this offense.

Coming off the board at WR21 in FFPC best balls, Johnson isn’t a standout value.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson has been activated from the COVID list. He should be available for his usual role in Sunday's finale vs. the Ravens.

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The Steelers placed WR Diontae Johnson on the COVID list Thursday, which should knock him out for Sunday's regular-season finale at Baltimore. Johnson's absence leaves Chase Claypool, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud as Pittsburgh's top 3 WRs for a high-ceiling matchup with the bad Ravens pass D. All 3 will be worth a look in fantasy football lineups at varying levels.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) practiced all week and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll be back for Sunday's game vs. the Packers. Johnson racked up 22 targets over the first 2 games of the season and should be in for heavy volume again in Week 4.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) was upgraded to full participation in Thursday's practice. He's on track to return for Sunday's game vs. the Packers. Even with a washed-up Ben Roethlisberger, Johnson's volume makes him a solid WR2 play.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. It's excellent news considering he missed last week's game with a knee injury we still don't know anything about. Johnson appears to have a chance to play vs. the Packers on Sunday. We'll get another update tomorrow.

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