Megatron used to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, but injuries have plagued Calvin Johnson over the past couple of seasons. We have seen Johnson's games played decrease over the past 3 seasons from 16 to 14 and to 13 last year, and his production has also suffered. A closer look at his number reveals some shocking numbers. For all wide receivers, Johnson finished 25th in receptions (71), 19th in targets (128), 15th in receiving yards (1,077), and 14th in touchdown receptions (8). Proceed with caution this season and temper your expectations. His fantasy playoff schedule includes a neutral matchup at St. Louis in week 14, a favorable matchup at New Orleans in week 15, and a tough matchup versus San Francisco in week 16.
Johnson is the most physically imposing receiver in the NFL, but he was hurt in 2014 and missed three games while being limited in several others. He finished with just 71 receptions for 1,077 yards and 8 touchdowns, which is a career year for most players.
Calvin Johnson just can't be relied upon to play a full slate of games at this point. There is no doubt he's one of the best to ever play and cans till play at an extremely high level. Just expect to miss a couple of games to rest or injury.
It's weird having Megatron this far down in the rankings, but age and injuries are a slight concern. The good news is that he did play quite well after finally getting healed up to finish 2014, as he was the No. 4 fantasy receiver from Week 10 through 17. We know a healthy 16 games from Johnson, even at the ripe old age of 30(!), means he's vying for the No. 1 fantasy-receiver slot once again.
It's a fairly common phenomenon around draft tables every year - everyone wants to land the big and exciting name, and sometimes that means owners over pay for them. In particular, after a strong performance from a number of young names at receiver last year and a down year of his own, Calvin Johnson no longer qualifies as an exciting draft day catch.
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