By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 8:37am EDT
Detroit Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson is inactive Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. (Source: MLive.com
Fantasy Impact: This is the first time in his career that Johnson will miss three straight games. Also inactive today are Reggie Bush, Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron, Joseph Fauria and LaAdrian Waddle. Look for Golden Tate to be the primary target for quarterback Matthew Stafford today.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Sat, Oct 25th 8:03pm EDT
Per ESPN's Ed Werder on Twitter, Calvin Johnson is unlikely to play against the Falcons tomorrow in order to receive extra rest for his ankle with the Lions on bye next week. (Source: Ed Werder on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Calvin returned to practice on a limited basis each day this week which looked like a big step in the right direction, but with the Lions a comfortable 5-2 atop the NFC North and headed for a bye in week 9 it appears they will err on the side of caution and give Megatron more time to heal. Look for Calvin to return to the field in week 10 once he is back to 100%.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Oct 24th 12:35pm EDT
Calvin Johnson participated in practice Friday, his third straight day of practice as he recovers from an ankle injury. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: It is looking more and more likely that Megatron will suit up this weekend. Although there is some speculation that he will be limited and used as a decoy, owners should not assume he is going to pull a Week 7 Jimmy Graham and get him into their lineups if he plays as the upside is too great to ignore against an awful Falcons defense. Keep in mind this game is in London and has a 9:30 AM EST start time so make sure you are up early to confirm Calvin's status before submitting your lineup.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Oct 23rd 10:15am EDT
Calvin Johnson was at Lions' practice on Thursday and was apparently doing more work than he has in weeks. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Tim Twentyman added that Calvin was wearing his helmet and running routes and cutting. This is especially encouraging news considering Calvin has only been in able to fit in limited Friday practices the last month or so before ultimately sitting out the last two games. The decision will likely come down to Sunday but it is looking more and more likely that he will play. Be ready to get him back into your lineups.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Oct 22nd 9:43am EDT
Calvin Johnson made the trip to London with his teammates for Sunday's game against the Falcons at Wembley Stadium but is not practicing Wednesday. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Reports surfaced yesterday that the Lions don't plan to push Megatron until he is 100% but the fact that he made the trip and tested his ankle out last Sunday before eventually sitting are encouraging signs. Expect Megatron to sit again tomorrow for rest's sake but monitor Friday's practice closely as that should be telling as to whether or not he has a chance to suit up.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 9:52am EDT
Calvin Johnson was seen on the field Sunday morning going through drills to test his ankle but is still not expected to play against the Saints. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Keep a close eye on this one because Megatron may surprise us all and suit up. He's the type of player who can still produce with limited work and Lions vs. Saints projects to be a shootout. However unlikely it is that Calvin plays, if he is a surprise active you may want to sneak him back into your lineups.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Oct 16th 2:39pm EDT
Calvin Johnson (ankle) sat out of Lions' practice against on Thursday. He has not practiced since aggravating his ankle injury in Week 5 against the Bills. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: There was some speculation that Calvin could give it a go this week but he has yet to practice and there have been reports out of camp that Calvin has no plans to play until his ankle is much closer to 100%. It is doubtful he suits up this weekend so owners should make other plans.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Oct 8th 4:09pm EDT
For the third consecutive week Calvin Johnson (ankle) missed a Wednesday practice for the Detroit Lions. This is coming in the wake of a second consecutive clunker for Megatron where he was forced from the game early after aggravating the injury. Adam Schefter is now reporting that Calvin himself has acknowledged the ankle needs rest, a sentiment that has also been reiterated by his coaching staff. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners should make other plans for this weekend. It is clear Calvin is not 100% and hobbling around as a decoy on Sunday isn't going to help that. It seems like everyone in Detroit has figured this out as well and Calvin will be given at least this week off.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 9:15am EDT
Calvin Johnson was held to one catch for 7 yards against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday before leaving the game early after aggravating his injured right ankle.
Fantasy Impact: It was well documented that Megatron was nursing an injured ankle heading into this game and was again being used mostly as a decoy before re-injuring it. The week before Calvin was able to make it through the game unscathed but was not so lucky this time. With this injury having stretched out multiple weeks now and CJ not being able to finish yesterday's game, it is starting to look like Calvin could miss some time. Keep an eye on his status as the week goes on.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Oct 3rd 11:37am EDT
Calvin Johnson participated in the open part of Lions' practice Friday. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Johnson has followed the same practice schedule as he did last week so expect him to suit up on Sunday. However, he was used mostly as a decoy last week so owners may want to temper expectations until Megatron is right again. That said, he is still a must start so make sure he is in your lineup.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Oct 2nd 9:17am EDT
Calvin Johnson missed Lions practice on Wednesday as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Used largely as a decoy this past Sunday, it is no surprise that the Lions are keeping Megatron out of practice to rest his ankle. He made it through Sunday's game without re-aggravating the injury so I would expect him to suit up again this weekend. However, in the short term owners should be cautious as it looks like Calvin may be a little too sore to have his normal role in the Lions' game plan.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 9:19am EDT
Calvin Johnson finished Sunday's game with two catches for 12 yards and made it out of the game without aggravating his ankle injury.
Fantasy Impact: Calvin Johnson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday this week with an ankle injury and apparently was used mainly as a decoy yesterday to the dismay of his fantasy owners. The good news is that Johnson made it through without any setbacks. He has another week to rest that ankle and get healthy so he can get back out on the field and start posting the monster stat lines we are all expecting.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Sep 25th 2:51pm EDT
Calvin Johnson was missing from Lions practice for the second straight day on Thursday. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Johnson is dealing with a sore ankle that he twisted against the Packers on Sunday and now carries the bane of every fantasy owner's existence, the questionable tag. Calvin is a tough guy who plays through pain and doesn't really need to practice to be ready to go on Sunday. However, two straight days of missed practice is a little worrisome and his owners should monitor this situation closely in advance of Sunday's tilt with the Jets.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Sep 24th 2:45pm EDT
Calvin Johnson was not present at Detroit Lions' practice on Wednesday as he is dealing with a sore ankle. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: This comes as somewhat of a surprise as Calvin played the whole game against Green Bay on Sunday and didn't appear to injure himself. However, he is apparently dealing with a tweaked ankle now. It is too early to tell the significance of the injury but at this stage it appears minor since he was not noticeably injured during the game on Sunday. Calvin has played through nicks and bruises throughout his career including a knee injury for most of last year where he still put up monster numbers on a regular basis.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 9:38am EDT
Calvin Johnson was held to 82 yards on 6 catches while the Lions squeezed out an ugly win against the Packers on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Calvin was targeted a team high 10 times but failed to find the end zone for a second straight week. The 82 yards on 6 catches is by no means a bust performance but owners who drafted Megatron in the first round are expecting 100 yards and a touchdown pretty much every week. Matthew Stafford struggled greatly for the second straight week also but it is a little early to start panicking. Stafford is known to be inconsistent and Calvin is far and away his main guy. Expect some monster performances from Calvin in the coming weeks.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 11:24am EDT
Calvin Johnson had 6 catches on 13 targets for 83 yards versus the Panthers on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: The catch total and yardage is pretty on par with what can be expected of Megatron on a week to week basis but he failed to find the end zone and hauled in less than 50% of his targets. Despite the poor showing from the Lions offense it can still be considered a productive day for Calvin and even more so in PPR leagues. Expect him to produce better numbers next week at home against Green Bay.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 10:25pm EDT
Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson burned the New York Giants for 7 receptions for 164 yards and two first quarter touchdowns. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Johnson looked unstoppable tonight. Just like in season's past, Matthew Stafford targeted Calvin Johnson a team high 11 times - 5 more times than the second most targeted receiver. This performance is the first of many more to come this season. Leaving Johnson as the favorite to finish the season as fantasy's top WR.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Aug 22nd 10:56pm EDT
Calvin Johnson saw his first preseason action Friday night against the Jaguars. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: There has been no cause for concern with Johnson as he missed the first two preseason games because the Lions just wanted to be careful with their prized possession. He saw 3 targets with the first team offense, hauling in 2 of them for 27 yards. Calvin's coming off an injury shortened 2013 but was still insanely productive. It's nice to see him healthy and getting some reps with his offense in a game setting. Calvin will continue to put big points on the board for fantasy owners willing to take him in the middle of the 1st round.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Aug 20th 3:34pm EDT
Joe Lombardi said we can expect Calvin Johnson to move around a lot this year. Inside and outside and motion. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Johnson will play inside, outside and go in motion in an effort to keep defensive attention off him. Still only 28 years old, he's a strong bet to go over 1,400 receiving yards for the fourth straight season.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Aug 15th 9:03pm EDT
Calvin Johnson will not suit up for the Lions second preseason game against the Oakland Raiders (Source: Detroit Free Press
Fantasy Impact: This news comes only days after learning that Johnson is wearing a protective splint on his finger. However, Johnson has still been practicing and Detroit's coaching staff is just being cautious with their star player in their second preseason game. There is no need to worry about fantasy's consensus number one wideout if you're drafting this weekend.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Aug 13th 9:18pm EDT
Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday that he has received a fabricated splint to put on his once-injured finger for protective purposes only. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Johnson has a history of finger problems, even claiming to have played last season with his finger stuck at a 90 degree angle. He had surgery on that same finger during the spring, and says the splint is only for additional protection. Fortunately, the finger issues haven't slowed Megatron down in the past, and it shouldn't be any different this season.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Tue, Aug 12th 1:17pm EDT
Through the first two weeks of Lions' training camp, wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been making "jaw-dropping plays" on a daily basis. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: The news here is that Megatron appears to be over the injuries that nagged him last season. He and quarterback Matthew Stafford continue to show amazing chemistry. Meaning, if Johnson can stay healthy this season, there's no reason to think he can't reclaim the crown as fantasy's highest scoring wide receiver.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 10:10am EDT
Kyle Meinke of mlive.com reports that while Calvin Johnson is lighting up training camp as expected, his advancing age, usage and new offense could lead to a diminished role. (Source: mlive.com
Fantasy Impact: I have a really hard time buying into this. Calvin Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL and has finished 1st, 1st and 3rd in fantasy scoring the last 3 years and remains just 29 years of age. That includes playing all of last year with a bothersome knee and missing two games. The additions of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron should only help to alleviate some of the pressure Johnson faces. He should still easily finish top 10 in the NFL in targets in Detroit's pass happy offense and is my, and most other people's, number one fantasy wideout.
FFLockerRoom | Oct 26th
Heading into Week 8, it appears that there won’t be a ton of mystery and uncertainty with key players around the league, as we have some pretty definitive answers on the possibilities of certain guys playing or not playing. Even though we still have some big names on this list, we’ve had multiple weeks to […]
Yahoo! Sports | Oct 25th
Hard to believe the fantasy regular season is already more than halfway done in many leagues. Get the clipboards and copays, let's figure out the injury landscape. We'll start with the wideouts and tight ends, then hit the other main positions.
-- Calvin Johnson (ankle) had a limited practice week and is listed as questionable for the London game against Atlanta. One positive to Megatron's s...
The Fantasy Fix | Oct 24th
The 2014 National Football League regular season is flying by, and as the seasons and weather begin to change so does the landscape of your fantasy football roster. With players going down with injuries left and right (lost BOTH Buffalo Bills star runners this week) and Calvin Johnson still missing time among many other players, […]
FFLockerRoom | Oct 22nd
Calvin Johnson, high ankle sprain: Megatron was able to go through a lengthy pre-game workout prior to Sunday’s game against Atlanta, which included skills drills and running. The good news is that Johnson sounded optimistic about his chances of coming back soon, but wouldn’t elaborate on how likely it is that he’ll actually suit up this […]
FFLockerRoom | Oct 18th
A.J. Green, sprained ligament in foot, WR (D): The Cincinnati Bengals WR is seeing a specialist this Friday to determine the extent of the injury suffered to his big toe. Green initially injured the toe back in Week 2, which he was able to come back from relatively quickly before re-injuring it again in practice heading into […]
FFLockerRoom | Oct 16th
A.J. Green, sprained ligament in foot, WR: The Cincinnati Bengals WR is seeing a specialist this Friday to determine the extent of the injury suffered to his big toe. Green initially injured the toe back in Week 2, which he was able to come back from relatively quickly before re-injuring it again in practice heading into Week […]
Breaking Football | Oct 15th
As is the case every year in the NFL, injuries have a profound effect on several things, not the least of which is your fantasy team. My god, your fantasy team. You poor, helpless bastard. If you’re reading this, you probably have Calvin Johnson. While I typically don’t feel sorry for you in the least, for obvious reasons, I feel for you now. (But not really. Screw you. I’ll give...
Breaking Football | Oct 15th
It’s easy to rank Calvin Johnson #1 overall in weekly fantasy football rankings. Well, not this week. Seems he’s destined to miss a second straight game. The same goes for Jimmy Graham. It’d be easy to rank him as the top tight end, were he not dying a horrible injury depth (also, likely out). It’s calling out the duds that takes a special eye. Of course, neither is ever ne...
FFLockerRoom | Oct 11th
Donald Brown, concussion (O): Brown left Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion. Brown must go through the league’s concussion protocol in order to return to the field. Branden Oliver filled in adequately for Brown and will fill in until Ryan Mathews is healthy and back on the field. Mathews is expected miss this week and “most likely” next week, [&h...
FantasySharks | Oct 7th
OK. I have WR Calvin Johnson. He promptly declares his health for all to hear. The bottom line scrolls Calvin Johnson tells team “I am playing.” Megatron in the house, yo!
Breaking Football | Oct 6th
Calvin Johnson was hurt and a decoy. Now he’s just hurt. With Megatron out roughly 1-2 weeks so he can actually heal up and get back to 100% for a change, the Detroit Lions are in an interesting situation. Needless to say, fantasy football league managers are in one, too. How do you make up for the loss of Calvin Johnson? You probably don’t, but hitting the waiver wire might be key. In...
RotoBaller | Oct 6th
It’s Week 6, and by now you should know where your strengths and weaknesses are. If, for example, you went all-in on Calvin Johnson in your draft like I did, you might need some help at the wide receiver position if you want to keep your playoff hopes alive. If that’s the case, I’m here to […]
Breaking Football | Oct 5th
As always, we have your weekly injury report update heading into Sunday and Monday games right here. After a rough few weeks of injuries to star players, big names are starting to return to the field where we all need them to be. Make sure to check this list a couple hours before game time to make sure your lineups are properly set. Fantasy football is tough enough, don’t let starting an inj...
Breaking Football | Oct 4th
Jim Caldwell is a tricky man. He suggested earlier in the week that Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson might not face the Buffalo Bills in week five. Now it is believed that “the expectation” is that Johnson will in fact play. Whatever that means. NFL reporting has been so back and forth through the first four weeks of the 2014 season (or just always), and we’re here...
Yahoo! Sports | Oct 4th
There are a few big names we have to sort through, but overall it's a reasonable injury landscape this week. Get your copay ready and let's sort it out, starting with the wide receivers and tight ends.
• Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable after a light week. He had a partial practice on Thursday and sat out the other two main days. Even if he goes at Dallas, he won't b...
ESPN | Sep 29th
Christopher Harris analyzes Calvin Johnson for Week 5.
ESPN | Sep 29th
Matthew Berry examines whether it's time to worry about Calvin Johnson after Megatron's disappointing Week 4.
Yahoo! Sports | Sep 27th
With six vacationing NFL clubs, Week 4 is a tricky one to navigate. But all things considered, it's not that bad an injury report. We'll start with the wide receivers and tight ends.
• Calvin Johnson (ankle) had a limited workout Friday after missing the two previous days. The Lions have an early start at the Jets, so you'll want to double-check before locking in the lineup. Johnson usua...
ESPN | Sep 26th
Christopher Harris analyzes Calvin Johnson's value for Week 4.