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Diontae Johnson
ADP: 8.10
Bye: 11
Experience: 5
Age: 28.0
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 183
40 Time: 4.53
Speed Score: 83.30

SPARQx (Rank): 95.30 (24%)
Burst Score (Rank): 118.50 (34%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.54 (18%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 9.71 (8%)

Diontae Johnson's Weekly Outlook

Week 1 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
5.1 58.8 0.32 7.9
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
5.2 55.5 0.4 7.9

Diontae Johnson's 2024 Projections & Outlook


#37 Wide Receiver

197 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
8.10 76.5 882 4.8 0 0

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Basic StatsDiontae Johnson's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

Johnson made a lateral move being traded to the Panthers, but he became the de facto top WR for the team.

Unfortunately, the Panthers’ offense is not expected to be good enough to support a strong PPR WR, even if Johnson is playing the Chris Godwin role in the new offense.

He is being drafted as a low-end WR3 or high-end WR4, and we have him similarly ranked due to his lack of a high ceiling.

What We Learned Last Year

  • On the Steelers last year, Johnson finished with 51 catches for 717 yards and five TDs on 82 targets in 13 games.
  • His per-game averages were generally a slight downgrade from his career averages:
    • 6.69 targets (8.30)
    • 3.92 receptions (5.08)
    • 55.2 yards (56.7)
    • 0.38 TDs (0.32)
  • Johnson ranked as the PPR WR47 in total fantasy points (133.8) and WR40 in points per game (7.2).
  • He missed four games last year (Weeks 2-5) with a right hamstring injury. It was the first time in his career that he had missed consecutive games.
  • He had one top-12 finish. He also had five WR25 or worse finishes.
  • Johnson’s target share (23.4%) was his lowest since 2020.
  • Among 89 WRs with 45+ targets, Johnson ranked 23rd in Pro Football Focus receiving grade and 29th in yards per route run (1.90).
  • Among those same WRs, he was 26th in average targeted air yards (12.5) and 28th in percentage of team air yards (29.82%).

What to Expect in 2024

  • Johnson will play under HC Dave Canales, who will be calling plays for the Panthers offense.
    • Canales was the OC for the Buccaneers last season.
    • Under Canales, the Buccaneers ranked 19th in the NFL with 568 passes.
  • The Panthers are expected to take a step forward this year after only winning two games last season. They are fourth in the NFC South and 31st in the league with a 5.5 win total at most sportsbooks.
  • The Panthers have the worst odds in the NFL to win the Super Bowl at +25000 on most sportsbooks.
  • Johnson enters his sixth season at 28 years old. According to our aging curve research, the average WR with Johnson’s career produces at 96% of his peak value at age-28.

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Diontae Johnson, WR CAR

8:04pm EDT 3/12/24

Panthers swing trade for Diontae Johnson

The Panthers acquired WR Diontae Johnson and a seventh-round pick from the Steelers in exchange for CB Donte Jackson and a sixth-rounder, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's a relatively cheap price to pay for a guy with 332 catches over the past four seasons. Johnson's production has largely been volume-based, though. His 6.7 yards per target over those last four years ranks 67th among 71 WRs with 200+ total targets during that stretch. Johnson didn't rank better 23rd in yards per route in any of those seasons. That said, he immediately becomes the Panthers' clear No. 1 WR. And Carolina figures to throw it a bunch more than the Arthur Smith-led Steelers. QB play is a concern, of course, after Bryce Young's ugly rookie season. But the move is still a win for Johnson's 2024 fantasy value. In Pittsburgh, meanwhile, George Pickens will likely get a crack at No. 1 WR duties. The Steelers will certainly be adding to the WR corps this offseason, though. And Arthur Smith's run-heavy offense will keep Pickens' upside capped.

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Diontae Johnson, WR CAR
Dynasty MVP 83.6
Position Rank #95 WR
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Johnson did well in 2023 (51-717-5), considering he dealt with one of the worst QB situations league-wide. March turned up a trade to Carolina, where he'll play the WR1 role for Bryce Young and new HC Dave Canales.
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