Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
|WR - #1||DET||Out||8 years||28||6'5||236||@Bigplaycj|
2013 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on May-28-2013 by Matt De Lima
How can Calvin Johnson improve upon a season where he caught 122 receptions for 1,964 yards? Well, he did only score five touchdowns, a number so small it seems like a joke thinking back to the crazy season Megatron had. Johnson more than tripled that total in 2011, catching 16 touchdowns. The NFL's top receiver could manage to score more points if he finds the end zone more often. He was actually brought down six times at the one-yard line. Johnson's average draft position has slipped toward the back half of the first round with teams scrambling to acquire RBs early. Don't let him slide past the seventh or eighth overall pick if you've got it.
Rumors are circulating that when Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hits free agency on Tuesday afternoon, he may already have a suitor. And, if those rumors are true, Detroit WR Calvin Johnson could have a sidekick... Yeah, the Starscream label has already been assigned.
Sanders was the Steelers number two wide receiver (behind Antonio Brown) in 2013, hauling in 67 catches for 740 yards, while adding six touchdowns. Landing Sanders would give the Lions a proven, young WR to compliment the best in the game. Sanders caught at least one ball for over 20 yards in 9 of the team's 16 games, and found the end zone in four of the last six games of the year.Fantasy Analysis:
Simply HAVING a threat lining up on the other side will be a welcome sight for Megatron and quarterback, Matt Stafford. Beyond Johnson, Detroit's next two leading receivers in 2013 were running backs Joique Bell and Reggie Bush. Their second best wideout was Kris Durham, who put up a pedestrian stat line of 39 receptions for 490 yards and only two touchdowns.
If Sanders ends up in Detroit, expect him to have a similar season to the one he had in Pittsburgh in 2013, possibly a little better. Johnson's numbers could get even better by having a legitimate running mate on the other side. Not to offend anyone the Lions used as their #2 last year, but Sanders would be a huge upgrade over anyone they lined up with in 2013.
I'll be so bold as to say, if the Lions get Sanders, expect Calvin Johnson to eclipse 120 receptions, 1,800 yards, and approach the 20 touchdown mark.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/8 - WR Emmanuel Sanders a sidekick for Megatron?
2/13 - Lions cut FFToolbox friend WR Nate Burleson
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|1.03||FFToolbox - Jamie Blackburn - After Peterson, the first round RBs are pretty much all the same to me. So, in a PPR format, I decided to scoop up the best WR on the board. Hopefully my RB depth does not suffer as a result.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|1.01||FFToolbox - According to our FFToolbox "Box Score" Calvin is the #1 player in the game in PPR formats for 2013. I'll take a stab that I can find the depth at RB later in the draft.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|1.07||BFDFantasy - I usually want to start with a stud RB but I LOVE MEGATRON in this format!|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|1.08||DraftSharks - Calvin obviously tops everyone's WR board. But if I could do this over, I'd take Ray Rice instead. I've skipped RB in the 1st 2 rounds twice recently, and neither left me comfy with the results. That said, I'd still take Calvin on the redo if Engel takes Rice instead of Lynch -- then perhaps make the tough decision to skip over Jimmy Graham in Round 2.|
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