By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Tue, Feb 24th 3:41pm EST
In an attempt to free up money to resign free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who could command a contract somewhere in the $100 million range, the Lions may approach stud wide receiver about restructuring his current contract. (Source: Detroitlions.com
Fantasy Impact: The Lions and All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson agreed on a seven-year, $113 million deal before the 2012 season. Now entering the fourth year of that deal, Johnson will hold a cap hit of $20.55 million for 2015 and $24 million in 2016, when he’ll be 30 years old. It's not known whether or not Calvin would be open to restructuring, but it's worth monitoring as the free agent period begins to pick up steam. The Lions' defense, and Megatron's odds of every playing in a Super Bowl, would both take a tremendous hit if Suh walks.
By Drew Bradley, Lions Correspondent, Tue, Feb 24th 2:59am EST
Detroit Lions' WR Calvin Johnson is finally healthy after having surgery last offseason and battling a high ankle sprain for most of the 2014 season. There has been some speculation that as his salary cap hit grows each year the Lions will have to move him elsewhere, but Detroit Lions' GM Martin Mayhew insists that Johnson will be "around for a very long time." (Source: mLive.com
Fantasy Impact: Calvin Johnson will be turning 30 this year, and owners may be wary about keeping him after he just, barely, eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and consistently struggled with injuries throughout the past two years. However, he won't need any surgery this offseason, and claims to feel better than he has in years, so if you have him, keep him.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Jan 4th 8:05pm EST
Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson secured 5 of 8 targets for 85 yards and no scores in a losing effort in Sunday's Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Johnson will enter the off-season as a top 5 wide receiver for the 2015 fantasy season. Where he'll fall within the five is anyone's guess as fellow receivers Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr and AJ Green could all be chosen over Megatron next year.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 9:48am EST
Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught only 4 of his 11 Week 17 targets, but half went for scores. Johnson finished the game with only 39 yards receiving. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Calvin Johnson finishes as a top 20 fantasy receiver despite missing two games due to an ankle injury and being little more than a decoy in two more. Still, any owner who drafted Megatron as the consensus number one overall receiver in 2014 can't be happy with the return. When Johnson was on he was unstoppable, but the Lions' offense struggled for entire games, which is completely inexcusable considering the type of firepower they possess. Calvin should continue to be viewed as a top 5 receiver entering 2015, with the conversation for the top overall spot now including the likes of Dez, Demaryius Thomas, AJ Green and even Odell Beckham Jr.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 10:05pm EST
Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson secured 6 of 12 targets for 103 yards in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Johnson has torched the Bears since he joined the Lions in 2007. In typical fashion, he rang up over 100 yards once again. Although, owners were surely hoping for a bigger game and possibly one or two touchdowns against the hapless Bears' secondary, but the Lions' offense struggled for the second week in a row. Owners still playing into Week 17 can continue to start Megatron as their WR1.
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, 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 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, 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.
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