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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

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Week 6 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
5.9 66.5 0.4 9.1
Weekly Writeup
Johnson only garnered 2 targets in Week 5, but that marked his 1st outing shy of 10 this season. And he still scored for the 3rd time in 4 games. Seattle arrives as the 6th friendliest WR defense by our adjusted fantasy points allowed.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
5.4 67 0.4 9.2
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 (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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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals after missing practice all week. We still don't have any details on his injury, but this looks like a potential multi-game absence. The loss of Johnson will elevate James Washington to Pittsburgh's #3 WR spot -- and leave behind lots of opportunity for WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) missed practice again on Thursday. He's unlikely to play vs. the Bengals this weekend. That'd elevate WR James Washington into the starting lineup and mean more targets for WRs Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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