Week Seventeen Analysis:
Michael Crabtree looked strong on Monday against the Falcons, reeling in five catches for 102 yards. The 49ers pay a visit to the Cardinals this week, a team Crabtree totaled 13 catches, 244 yards, and four touchdowns against in two games last year. Arizona has an awesome defense, but there's a good chance Anquan Boldin draws primary coverage from Patrick Peterson, making Crabtree a viable WR2 option.
Week Seventeen Analysis:
Andre Johnson doesn't' deserve to be mired in the disaster that is the Texans, but he's making the most of the situation. He ranks fifth in receiving yards and second in receptions, so the PPR potential is always there. Matt Schaub saps his touchdown potential, and the stout secondary of the Titans doesn't help the situation. Still, Johnson caught eight balls for 76 yards in the first meeting, so he's a tricky start.
Week Sixteen Analysis:
Odds are that Andre Johnson is rostered in a multitude of third-place games this Sunday, and it's understandable you hate him for wetting the bed last week. But he still leads the league in targets and receptions and he could produce nicely at home against Denver, who has allowed seven scores to wide receivers over the last five weeks. In addition, Johnson is averaging 36 more yards in home games, and he recorded 72 yards and a touchdown when these teams met last season. So, even if Champ Bailey suits up, there are positive indicators for a solid showing here.
Week Fifteen Analysis:
Let's discuss how much Andre Johnson loves to play this week's opponent, the division-rival Indianapolis Colts. Not only did he have nine catches for 229 yards and three touchdowns when these teams met six weeks ago, but Johnson's worst fantasy output in his last five games against Indy was nine catches, 95 yards, and a touchdown. His average line from those five contests is nine catches, 144 yards, and more than a touchdown per game. Additionally, the Colts have allowed the second-most touchdowns to receivers this season. So it's very possible the league's leader in targets and receptions carves into them yet again.
Week Fourteen Analysis:
Here are Andre Johnson's last three stat lines against the Jaguars in chronological order: three catches for 21 yards, 14 catches for 273 yards and a touchdown, and then two weeks ago he had two catches for 36 yards. Hopefully there is a trend forming, but either way, you have to expect him to bounce back after his latest performance against Jacksonville. Case Keenum looked comfortable again last week, and he was locked on Andre, targeting him nine times. Johnson has averaged six receptions and 82 yards in 18 career games against the Jaguars. If Keenum can keep his head on straight, this is an exploitable matchup for Johnson.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
Defenses have figured out Case Keenum, and correspondingly, Andre Johnson came crashing back to Earth last week after failing to top 88 yards or score a touchdown for the first time in six games. It won't be easy to rebound this Sunday with the Patriots in town, as Johnson is all but assured to be blanketed by shutdown cornerback Aqib Talib, who allows a 47.4 quarterback rating in pass coverage according to Pro Football Focus (fourth among corners). Demaryius Thomas managed to score on Talib last week, but he was the first to do so since Week 1, and Talib has surrendered more than 60 yards in coverage just once this season. You're not benching Andre but be wary of this matchup.
Week Twelve Analysis:
For an Andre Johnson owner, watching Matt Schaub enter last week's game was like the Grim Reaper strolling into your bedroom during sex with Kate Upton. Thankfully, Case Keenum will get another crack at starting, so Johnson has a decent chance to score. He had his shots last week with three red-zone targets, second-most among wideouts, and he should see similar chances against the Jaguars. Jacksonville ranks bottom-half in yards per game to receivers in the last five weeks and allow over a touchdown per game to the position on the season. Andre is a very strong play yet again, as he's scored multiple touchdowns (all with Keenum) and/or topped 88 yards in six of his last seven games.
Week Eleven Analysis:
Case Keenum should expect a nice Christmas gift from Andre Johnson this year. Keenum and Johnson have connected for five touchdowns over the last two weeks. That's more scores than Andre totaled in his prior 30 games! Johnson has also been targeted 25 times in the last two games, and he can expect a healthy workload again on Sunday at home against the Raiders. Oakland has allowed over 180 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game to receivers over the last five weeks, and Johnson is averaging more than eight receptions and 125 yards at Reliant Stadium this season. He is a premium play, so sit back and enjoy.
Week Ten Analysis:
Last week, Andre Johnson finally scored for the first time this year, and just his third time in his past 25 games, but more importantly, he seems to have nice chemistry with new quarterback Case Keenum. Last week, Johnson became the first player to average more than 25 yards per catch on at least 9 receptions in a single game this season, and no one has come close to that milestone except for Calvin Johnson's monster game against Dallas. Houston heads to Arizona this week, where Andre is sure to tangle with All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. It's a tough matchup, but Johnson is top-four in receptions and yards, and No. 1 receivers Golden Tate and Harry Douglas totaled 16 catches and 200 yards against Arizona in their last two games.
Week Nine Analysis:
Andre Johnson isn't allergic to grass or paint, but if you combine the two, I think it combines a lethal combo that would crumble Superman like a kryptonite smoothie. Including the postseason, he hasn't scored in his last 11 games. And, now he's trying to break his slump with Case Keenum at the helm. But he does have some good things going for him. Johnson averages nearly seven receptions per game, the second-best clip in the league. And he is one of 13 receivers with 580-plus yards on the season. His days as a WR1 are long gone, but he'll remain serviceable against a neutral Colts secondary that has allowed 15 catches, 233 yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game to receivers over the last two weeks.
Week Seven Analysis:
The walls may be crumbling around him, but Andre Johnson continues to produce despite a nightmare quarterback situation in Houston. He still leads the league in receptions. A road game against the Chiefs is probably the last thing the Texans need right now, and Johnson should see a mix of Brandon Flowers and the much-improved Sean Smith at corner. That's extremely tough sledding, but if there's a silver lining, it would be that outside of games against Tennessee and Oakland, Kansas City has allowed No. 1 receivers to average seven receptions and 122 yards in their last three games. He refuses to score touchdowns, and this is a tough matchup.
Week Six Analysis:
First it was a concussion. Then a shin injury. And now, it's his hamstrings. But, as long as the Texans can Scotch Tape Andre Johnson together, you'll need to start him in this cake matchup. The Rams are on pace to allow over 25 scores to wide receivers, and despite the quarterback controversy brewing in Houston, this is the first favorable matchup Andre Johnson has seen since Week 1 against the Chargers. He doesn't score all that often, but St. Louis has surrendered five passing touchdowns in their two road games this season.
Week Five Analysis:
Andre Johnson's injured shin didn't slow him much against Seattle last week as he caught nine balls for 110 yards – tip of the hat for that effort. He still hasn't scored this season and hasn't found pay dirt on the road since Week 3 of last year. San Francisco has kept receivers out of the end zone over the past three weeks, so owners should not anticipate a touchdown from Johnson. He does have the eighth-most yards among wideouts and is tied for the league lead in receptions with 34. Andre holds much more value in PPR but he needs to be started regardless of matchup in most formats.
Week Four Analysis:
No fantasy owner wants their receiver going up against the Seahawks, but keep in mind they are far less intimidating on the road. Seattle has allowed eight receiving touchdowns in their last five regular season road games with an average of 236 passing yards. Sure, Andre Johnson should draw Richard Sherman in coverage, but according to Pro Football Focus, Sherman has actually allowed the most receiving yards among Seattle cornerbacks. Johnson sustained a shin injury last week but if he starts, it's very hard to sit the guy who has the third-most targets and receptions this year in the NFL.
Week Three Analysis:
After suffering a concussion last week, Gary Kubiak stated that Andre Johnson should be good to go for Sunday's tilt with Baltimore. The restructured Ravens are struggling mightily on defense – especially against the pass. They have allowed seven passing touchdowns to zero interceptions, and Matt Schaub has gone over 250 passing yards in four of his last five home games. That's pretty good considering how much the Texans run. Although Johnson seldom scores, his 222 receiving yards is good for sixth best, while his 29 targets and 20 receptions are tops in the NFL. Obviously you'll want to monitor his status throughout the weekend, but Andre remains a must-play when healthy enough to hit the field.
Week Two Analysis:
Andre Johnson was the second-most targeted receiver in Week 1. He trounced the Chargers for 146 yards on 12 catches, which was also good for second-most in the league. All that production came between the twenties though, and he wasn't targeted in the red zone. Andre won't amass as many touchdowns as other top-tier receivers, but he still battles for every ball and is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 32. Despite combining for a modest eight catches and 112 yards in two games against the Titans last year, Andre remains a must-start. Tennessee's secondary is in flux and they surrendered 38 points their last time in Houston.
Week One Analysis:
There have been rumblings of Andre Johnson losing half a step, but after watching him reel-in seven catches for 131 yards in the first half of Houston's final preseason dress rehearsal, I'd say there's plenty of gas left in the tank. Last year, Johnson set a new career-high with 1,598 receiving yards by playing all 16 games for the first time since 2009 and topping 110 catches for just the second time. He should feast on this Chargers defense, a unit that allowed the third-most touchdowns to receivers last year, and is now without starting cornerbacks Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer. They are replaced by free agent acquisition Derek Cox, who has missed a combined 16 games the last two seasons, and Shareece Wright, an unproven third-year player with only 124 snaps to his name.
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