Week Seventeen Analysis: It's not just the inconsistency that bugs me about Steve Johnson, it's the wild inconsistency. Here are his last five yardage totals: 106, 18, 71, 115 and 44. Maybe that's not far from par for the rest of the league too, but I just feel that he puts up garbage numbers too often. So when you add in a matchup against the very good Jets secondary, it should knock Johnson off this list, right? Well, if it weren't for Johnson scoring in four of his last six matchups against the Jets, I'd be right there with you, but the guy seems to have his best games against Rex Ryan's club.
Week Sixteen Analysis: Something strange happened in Canada on Sunday. In the midst of the Seahawks dismantling the Bills in Toronto, Steve Johnson both scored a touchdown and had over 100 yards for the first time in 25 games. If he stays on this pace his next daily double will come in Week 7 of the 2014 season. Or maybe it could come this week in Miami. Four wide receivers have topped 90 yards against the Dolphins in the last three weeks, so it seems like Johnson has a pretty good shot to do that. It's the touchdown that makes me nervous. The Dolphins have only allowed one wide receiver to score in the last five games while Johnson has only scored twice in his last seven. Look for a solid day out of Johnson, but probably nothing as good as last week.
Week Eleven Analysis: Since we don't have a very good vibe with Steve Johnson, we refuse to call him "Stevie" or "Steven" or much more than a low-grade wide receiver #2. He's lucky to have a #2 label as Johnson just had his first 100-yard game in 13 games and only his second such game in the last 33 contests. There are a few positives that we can focus on. Johnson has now had six catches and topped 79 yards in each of his last three games and he gets a passer-friendly Jacksonville Jaguars team as an opponent this week. The Jaguars are allowing over 225 yards per game to opposing wide receivers in the last four weeks, giving Steve a great chance of stringing together two 100-yard games in a row.
Week Ten Analysis: One of the more frustrating players in fantasy football has to be Steve Johnson. While he has scored in four of eight contests this season, he has yet to top 82 yards in a game. It's not due to a lack of opportunity either. Ryan Fitzpatrick has targeted Smith seven or more times in all but one game. This week Johnson faces a Patriots team that he's scored on three times in their last five meetings. In the last four weeks, the Patriots have allowed eight different receivers to surpass 100 yards or score a touchdown. The Patriots have also allowed more passing touchdowns of 20 or more yards than any other team in the NFL, 10 in eight games.
Week Seven Analysis: Last week against the Cardinals, Steve Johnson logged his season-high of 82 yards with the very good Patrick Peterson draped all over him. Back in the opener, Johnson scored against Darelle Revis and the Jets. But then tallied only 23 yards against a bad Patriots secondary. Go figure. So with a favorable matchup this week against the Titans, which Johnson will show up? In four of Tennessee's first six games, they have allowed a player to top 100 receiving yards and have allowed three touchdowns to wideouts in the last two weeks.
Week Six Analysis: If you're in a yardage-heavy league and you own Steve Johnson, you've probably been reduced to a pathetic, fetal ball of tears. Johnson is averaging an abysmal 47 yards per game. Johnson's streak of games with a touchdown ended two weeks ago, leaving him as a low-yardage, non-scoring option on an offense that scored three points last week. He faces another tough defense this week in Arizona. While the Cardinals are allowing just under 200 receiving yards per game to opposing wide receivers (the fifth-most in the NFL), they've only allowed three touchdowns to wide receivers this year. Needless to say this doesn't match up well with what Johnson's strengths are.
Week Four Analysis: Steve Johnson is kind of the anti-Brandon Lloyd. While Johnson is averaging around four catches per game and less than 60 yards per contest, he's scoring touchdowns. Johnson has scored in each of the first three weeks. This week New England comes to town to take on Johnson and the Bills. Stevie has scored in three of his last four games against the Pats. The Patriots have improved a ton in the secondary from last season as cornerback Devin McCourty is tied for the league lead with five passes defended. Still, the Pats allowed Torrey Smith 127 yards and two scores and Jacoby Jones to gain 86 yards on three catches just last week.
Week Three Analysis: Steve Johnson didn't shed any tears over Joe Haden's suspension. Johnson, who has scored in both of the first two weeks and one-third of his catches this season, faces off against Cleveland this week. This Haden-less Browns secondary allowed the Bengals receivers to go off for 251 yards and three touchdowns last week. With the Bills offense clicking, there's a great chance that Johnson finds pay dirt again this week.
Week Two Analysis: Steve Johnson has scored in three of his last five matchups against Darrelle Revis. No, the Bills aren't playing the Jets again this week, but this illustrates that Johnson has the ability to score against any team, in any week of the season. The Bills' second wide receiver, David Nelson, tore his ACL and is done for the season and running back Fred Jackson is out for the foreseeable future, meaning the focal point of the Bills offense will be Johnson along with C.J. Spiller. Last season, the Chiefs boasted a better secondary with Brandon Carr roaming the backfield. That didn't stop Johnson from tallying 66 yards and a touchdown last season. With the possible increase in targets and the decrease in skill level on the Chiefs' defensive side of the ball, I expect Johnson to have another great day, especially if cornerback Brandon Flowers misses another game.
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