Andre Johnson, WR, Texans: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR - #15 46.18 HOU Active 12 years 33 6'3 230 @johnson80

2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Jun-27-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

Even at 33 years old, nobody is questioning Andre Johnson's talents. The former third overall pick out of "Da U" is an all-time great and future Hall of Famer. That being said, it may be best to stay away from Johnson this year. There are way too many red flags to draft him. Johnson is currently absent from mandatory camp because he is frustrated with the direction of the organization. He has voiced his opinion often since the draft about how Houston may no longer be the place for him. This is sure not to sit well with new head coach and known disciplinarian Bill O'Brien. This is not what a new regime wants out of its veteran leaders. Also, No. 2 WR DeAndre Hopkins is expected to emerge in the Texans passing game and play a major role. This could possibly cost Johnson some targets. Worst of all is the Texans' quarterback situation, which is also the reason Johnson is so frustrated. The Texans have a slew of backup QBs with the only options being Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage. When the Texans went defense with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, Johnson may have reached his breaking point. Can you blame him? He's been in Houston his whole career and has been the best player on a lot of bad teams. Johnson knows his playing days are numbered and he wants to win now. There is one positive to this whole debacle though. If Johnson gets traded to another team, his fantasy value could skyrocket depending on where he lands. Johnson should be drafted as a low end WR1 as long as his holdout ends sooner rather than later.

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Latest Update

Jul-22-14 UPDATE: Texans WR Andre Johnson expected to be at training camp on time

The Houston Texans will arrive at training camp on Friday, and the face of the franchise is expected to join them. After holding out of spring practices and then reportedly demanding a trade, wide receiver Andre Johnson will likely be back with the Texans this week, according to Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon. Johnson visited the team's facility on Monday.

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Update: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport has a source who gives a contradictory view. The source says Johnson visiting the facility "means nothing for camp." Guess we'll just have to wait until Friday.

Fantasy Analysis:

A trade was never a legitimate possibility due to all of the dead money the Texans would have to absorb in the event of a deal. Johnson is understandably frustrated with the team's short-term vision, which includes Ryan Fitzpatrick at starting quarterback. But he stood to gain nothing by holding out.
Johnson is coming off of a 109-catch, 1,407-yard season. He is 33, but he still makes for quite the valuable WR2. His uncertain future with the team has dropped his ADP into the fifth round in some drafts. As much as I don't trust Fitzpatrick, it's really difficult to pass up on Johnson that far into the draft.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/22 - UPDATE: Texans WR Andre Johnson expected to be at training camp on time
7/14 - Texans beat writer: WR Andre Johnson will not be traded
7/10 - Report: Texans WR Andre Johnson has requested a trade, 4 teams interested
7/9 - Texans WR Andre Johnson says he hopes to attend training camp

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
3.08 FFToolbox - Brian Murphy - If I had been enjoying a beverage during this draft, I would have done a spit-take upon seeing that Andre Johnson was available after 31 picks in a PPR draft. He's getting up there in age, and it's fine to still worry about his hamstrings. But after he was so dominant for much of last season, it's improper to expect another round of misfortune. This was a straight steal.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
2.07 World Ranked Player #26 - Andre barring health is a top 5 WR. He will approach 100 receptions and in a league you have to start 3 WRs and up to 5 figured it was a good selection to get a WR anchor.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
3.12 Bruno Boys - As with my earlier picks the idea here was to pick against the grain. After only one wide receiver went during the 12 prior picks, the value was there. It was a complete surprise to see someone like Andre Johnson still out there. He has been going before the 4th round in 2 starting WR formats so there is no way he should have fell to me there in a 3WR format. The addition of DeAndre Hopkins to the offense will likely free Johnson up for even more opportunities. The wear on Foster makes it likely the Texans will shift towards the pass in 2013. Getting a legitimate top 8 WR here is just another example of the benefits of waiting on WR this season.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
3.11 DynastyLeagueFootball 
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