Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Detroit Lions

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By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Dec 17th 5:46pm EST

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson was limited in practice Wednesday, but is not expected to be in any danger of missing Week 16 against the Chicago Bears. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was just rest. Johnson burned the Bears on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, and should do the same on Sunday. Start him as normal for the fantasy championship.

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 10:45am EST

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson reeled in four passes on six targets for a mediocre 53 yards and no scores against the Minnesota Vikings. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Megatron was a mega-downer for fantasy owners playing for a trip to the championship. The poor performance can't be blamed on him though as the entire Lions' passing attack failed to show up in this one. Hopefully if you advanced to the big game despite starting Megatron, you'll start him again against the Chicago Bears' defense that Johnson's dominated his entire career.

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Dec 11th 1:09pm EST

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been limited in practice this week. (Source: CBSSports)

Fantasy Impact: This shouldn't come as a shocker and there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Megatron is coming off of a severe ankle injury and finally looks healthy. This is purely a preventative maneuver. Having put up over 300 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns over his last two contests, the Detroit star is a must-start for Week 15 in all fantasy leagues.

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 11:21am EST

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had a monster day in Sunday's victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, grabbing 8 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. (Source: CBSSports)

Fantasy Impact: For those that were worried about Johnson's struggles this year, they can stop panicking. The veteran receiver is peaking at the right time and now has a total of 304 yards and 3 touchdowns during the past two weeks. He is a must-start against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15.

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 11:54am EST

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for Week 14 against the Bucs. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was limited on Wednesday for rest purposes, but he is 100 percent for this tasty matchup with the Bucs' secondary.

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 8:19am EST

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson fill the box score against the weak Chicago Bears' secondary with a 11/146/2 line. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was unstoppable on Thursday as Stafford looked his way all afternoon, targeting him a game-high 16 times. While Calvin has not been the receiver owners hoped for when they drafted him as the number one receiver overall, he could reward those who've stuck with him with a soft schedule down the stretch. As long as his ankle holds up, Megatron is as safe a WR1 as you'll find the rest of the way.

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 6:21pm EST

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was silent for the most part Sunday in a loss to the New England Patriots. Johnson posted just 58 yards on four receptions, failing to find the end-zone once again. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: It has been a very hard year for Johnson owners and it didn't get any easier today. The Patriots secondary coupled with fantastic defensive line play that swarmed quarterback Matthew Stafford all day made it all but impossible for Megatron to get into the flow of the game. He looks to get back on track this week and is a must start in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears.

By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 9:20am EST

After sitting out Wednesday, Calvin Johnson (ankle) was back at Lions practice on Thursday. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Looks like it was just a maintenance day for Megatron on Wednesday. He looked fine dominating the Dolphins secondary this past Sunday, and his participation in Thursday's practice indicates there have been no setbacks with his balky ankle. Fire him up this Sunday against the Cardinals.

By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Nov 12th 11:39pm EST

Calvin Johnson (ankle) sat out Lions practice on Wednesday. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Calvin appeared in his first game since Week 5 this past Sunday and roasted a Dolphins secondary that has been quite stingy against opposing wide receivers this year. Calvin's lack of appearance is likely a precautionary measure but keep an eye on his status to make sure he fits in some practice time either Thursday or Friday. Megatron has an excellent matchup this weekend against a Cardinals defense giving up the 5th most fantasy points to wideouts this year.

By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 10:41am EST

Calvin Johnson made his triumphant return to the gridiron on Sunday with a statement performance of 113 yards and a touchdown while catching 7 of a team high 15 targets.

Fantasy Impact: Looks like there is no rust for Megatron to shake off as he quickly returned to elite form putting up a monster game against the stingy Dolphins defense and top CB Brent Grimes. Calvin's injured ankle is in the past now. Be glad if you stole him in a trade while he was hurt because he will put up top 5 WR numbers the rest of the way.

By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Nov 6th 9:28am EST

With an extra week of rest coming off the bye Calvin Johnson returned to Lions practice Monday and was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Calvin came close to playing a couple times right before the bye so it is safe to say that with the extra week of rest it will be all systems go for Megatron this weekend. Owners can get him back into their lineups just in time for the playoff push.

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Nov 5th 8:34am EST

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to the practice field Monday and has a shot at playing against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10. (Source: FFLockerRoom Sports)

Fantasy Impact: With the return of Johnson to the practice field, that has to bring some relief to quarterback Matthew Stafford who had only Golden Tate and Joique Bell as the regulars that were able to suit up in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. Physical therapist Ziad Dahdul will have more information come Friday after practices, but his chances of playing against a stingy Dolphins pass defense is trending upward.

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Sat, Nov 1st 10:58am EDT

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson "definitely expects to play" in Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has sat for the past three weeks and with the bye he will have had a full-month worth of rest to get as close to 100% as possible. Despite the Dolphins somewhat stingy receiving defense, Johnson will be a must-start if he indeed suits up.

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, Fri, Oct 10th 12:01pm EDT

Calvin Johnson missed practice again Friday and appears unlikely to play on Sunday. (Source: Michael Rothstein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Calvin hobbled through the last two games after fitting in limited practices each Friday but his absence from today's practice pretty much confirms that the Lions are going to let him rest this week. Get him out of your lineups as Golden Tate owners rejoice.

By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Oct 9th 2:50pm EDT

Calvin Johnson (ankle) was absent from Lions practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Megatron has barely practiced the last three weeks and his ankle injury has only gotten worse. It is looking more and more like the Lions will finally get him some extended rest for that ankle and sit him against the Vikings on Sunday.

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, Fri, Sep 26th 11:40am EDT

Calvin Johnson returned to practice Friday after sitting out all week with an ankle injury. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Megatron owners everywhere can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Calvin was at practice Friday which all but guarantees he plays Sunday against an injury riddled Jets' secondary. Make sure he's in your lineup and enjoy the points.

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.

Fantasy Sports LR | Dec 21st
17 TDs allowed to WRs are 6th most in the league, and Bears are giving up 5th most FPPG to position over last month.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Dec 21st
Johnson torched the Bears for 11 receptions for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns the last time they played on Thanksgiving. Johnson should be the top receiver in fantasy this week.
The Fake Football | Dec 6th
  Do you play NFL DFS? Yes!?! Then be sure to check out The Fake Football Week 14 DFS Cheat Sheet!   Follow @Fantasy_Schnerd I apologize for not being here  Full Article » The post Draftster Plays Week 14: Lock and Load Calvin Johnson appeared first on Fantasy Football Rankings & more, The Fake Football.
FantasySharks | Nov 11th
It was a big week in my league. Two 7-2 teams met head-to-head for league bragging rights for the best record so far this year. I was fortunate to be one of them. And I had Calvin Johnson back. What could possibly go wrong, right?
DavidGonos.com | Nov 7th
In MEGA We Trust: There’s Little Time Left To Buy Calvin Johnson If I would have said at the beginning of the 2014 Fantasy Football season I would feel the need to write a post encouraging owners to try to trade for Calvin Johnson I would have been given a “Well, DUH!” look. Well, here we are approaching Week 10 and Calvin Johnson has missed time and […] In MEGA We Trust: ...
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, […]
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