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Diontae Johnson
ADP: 4.1
Bye: 9
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 25.9
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 183
40 Time: 4.53
Speed Score: 83.30
SPARQx (Rank): 95.30 (23%)
Burst Score (Rank): 118.50 (35%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.54 (17%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 9.74 (7%)

Diontae Johnson's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#25 Wide Receiver

138.8 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
4.1 87.4 969.9 6.8 2.4 0.8

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Basic StatsDiontae Johnson's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Johnson finished 8th among WRs in PPR points in 2021. He also ranked 3rd at the position in targets and 5th in receptions.
  • Johnson dominated target share in Pittsburgh last year, claiming 28% vs. just 18.1% for Chase Claypool. He ranked 6th among all WRs in that category.
  • The divide was much narrower on targeted air yards. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Johnson led the team at 32.4% of targeted air yards, with Claypool at 27.2%.
  • Johnson’s average depth of target increased last season vs. 2020. But both numbers came up short of his rate for 2019, when Ben Roethlisberger barely played. Johnson ranked just 79th in ADOT last year among 103 WRs with 40+ targets, according to Pro Football Focus.
  • Johnson has ranked among the bottom half of qualifying pass-catchers in yards after catch per reception over expectation in each of his 3 seasons. That means he hasn’t been generating more after the catch than what’s expected.
  • The Steelers added WR George Pickens in Round 2 of the draft, and WR Calvin Austin in Round 4.
  • If Pickens proves ready to run among the top 3 Pittsburgh WRs early in his rookie season, we’ll have to see who plays the slot most often. Johnson presents the most common body type for the position, but Claypool sports the most experience in that spot – from early in his college career.
  • The Steelers also signed Gunner Olszewski in free agency. His primary role figures to be kick returner, but Olszewski could factor into the slot picture just as Ray-Ray McCloud did last season after JuJu Smith-Schuster went down.
  • The departures of those 2 plus James Washington left behind more than 20% target share from the 2021 offense.


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Johnson has become a target hog through his 3 seasons in Pittsburgh. That volume drove WR1 performance in 2021. The switch at QB, additions at WR and potential for growth in Chase Claypool (maybe?) could ding that share. There’s potential for Johnson to also add depth to his targets with Ben Roethlisberger gone, but any loss of target volume would likely hurt Johnson more than Claypool because of the way he has scored points so far. And even if his role remains similar, we’d bet on some loss in total pass volume for an offense that passed at the league’s 4th-highest rate last year. Some downside risk has been baked into Johnson’s ADP, which finds him 15th among WRs in FFPC best-ball drafting as of this writing; 18th in Underdog drafts. Both numbers still sit a little ahead of our projections for Johnson, though. He’s still OK to consider in that range but isn’t a target player for us at cost.

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Diontae Johnson, WR PIT

3:05pm EDT 5/20/22

Johnson away from team

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson is not participating in Pittsburgh’s offseason program. Citing Johnson’s social media posts, beat writer Mark Kaboly concludes that the WR wants a new contract. The 25-year-old is set for a contract year following a 107-catch season. Per Kaboly, the earliest an extension would likely come is September. We’ll see on that, but there’s no cause for concern unless Johnson sits out training camp.

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The Steelers added Georgia WR George Pickens with the 52nd overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. Pickens was a 5-star recruit and a top-5 WR in the 2019 class. He immediately delivered on that hype, leading the Bulldogs in catches (49), yards (727) and TDs (8) as a true freshman. He ranked 17th in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades among 290 WRs with 50+ targets – 2 spots ahead of Jerry Jeudy and 3 spots ahead of Justin Jefferson. Pickens improved his per-game numbers a tad in 2020, averaging 4.5 catches, 64.1 yards and .75 TDs across 8 games. But his PFF receiving grade took a significant step back, landing 75th among 146 qualifying WRs. Pickens’ 2021 was then basically wiped out by a torn right ACL suffered in March of that year. He made it back for the final 4 games of the season but totaled just 4 catches. That freshman year is enticing, though, and Pickens pops on tape. He has long-striding speed, a big catch radius and is physical after the catch. The 6’3, 195-pounder earned a 94th percentile Relative Athletic Score at the Combine. Pickens’ limited college resume leaves him as a risky prospect. But he has the upside to develop into a #1 WR in the NFL. Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool are locked in as Pittsburgh’s top 2 WRs in the short term, but Pickens has a good shot to win the #3 WR job this summer. Longer term, Johnson is is the final year of his contract and Claypool is set to hit free agency in 2024.

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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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Diontae Johnson, WR PIT
Dynasty MVP 126.2
Position Rank #25 WR
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Can Kenny Pickett or Mitchell Trubisky become a long-term QB solution? That plus a contract set to expire after 2022 builds some short-term uncertainty into Johnson's outlook. But we believe in the former 3rd-round pick who has dominated target share in Pittsburgh the past 2 years. Only Stefon Diggs, Davante Adams and Cooper Kupp amassed more total targets than Johnson over that span.
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