Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

San Francisco 49ers

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By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Sat, Feb 28th 12:22pm EST

Per reports, the 49ers are set to release Stevie Johnson. He carries a $6 million cap hit and the move saves $5.5 million against the 2015 cap. (Source: Dianna Marie Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was supposed to be the 49ers' "Sherman Killer" as he had traditionally given their most vocal rival fits during Johnson's time in Buffalo. Unfortuately, Kaepernick and Johnson never got on the same page. Johnson has great moves, but questionable hands and focus. He should latch on somewhere else. This leaves the 49ers with a receiving corps of Anquan Boldin, Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington. Expect the cap-strapped 49ers to use their first round pick on a WR.

By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Tue, Feb 3rd 12:06pm EST

Stevie is most likely going to be the number two or number three target in the 49ers offense next season. Crabtree is most likely going to walk in free agency, which leaves Boldin and Stevie as the only two established wideouts. (Source: Sacramento Bee)

Fantasy Impact: If Crabtree leaves the 49ers next season, that would make Stevie an instant WR2 in most leagues. He's someone to keep on your radar.

By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Sat, Dec 20th 7:19pm EST

Stevie Johnson is inactive for the second game in a row. (Source: 49ers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He hasn't been on the fantasy radar all season, but may have some value if Michael Crabtree isn't back next season.

By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Fri, Dec 12th 10:39pm EST

The 49ers ruled out Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson for Sunday's tilt vs. Seattle. (Source: The Sacramento Bee)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has been on the practice report all week with his knee issue. He isn't fantasy relevant, but was going to be a key cog in any slim hope Colin Kaepernick had for being fantasy relevant. Stevie Johnson has had Richard Sherman's number anytime the two lined up against each other prior to 2014. If you have Johnson on your squad, you should have dropped him long ago, or more likely, you are already out of the playoffs, so his absence is irrelevant.

By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, Dec 11th 12:19am EST

49ers third WR Stevie Johnson did not practice with a knee injury. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: This is notable as Stevie Johnson is a notorious Richard Sherman killer. If Colin Kaepernick (and the 49ers offense) is going to be productive Sunday he should look towards Johnson early and often.

By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 12:40am EST

Stevie caught 3 passes for 28 yards in Thursday's game.

Fantasy Impact: You read that title right.... 28 whole yards! The 49ers offense is in absolute turmoil. Everyone on the team was just outplayed by the Seahawks and it looks like their playoff hopes may be slipping away. Stevie has little to no fantasy value for the remainder of the season.

By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 11:58am EDT

Stevie caught 5 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown on Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers played catch up the entire game, but just couldn't get their offense going. The only person who could get open and actually catch passes was Stevie. He may still be behind Crabtree and Boldin on the depth chart, but he's earning Kap's trust and targets. He could be a sneaky WR3 down the stretch.

By Aaron Cross, 49ers Correspondent, Tue, Sep 30th 10:14pm EDT

Johnson made an absolutely great touchdown catch where he leaned out towards the sideline to show off his great hand strength and still managed to tap both feet inbounds. Although his only catch of the game, it made it very apparent why the Niners jumped at the opportunity to get him this off season.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson should continue to provide good numbers as a wide receiver for deeper fantasy leagues. The targets won't be there every week, but he and Kaepernick are on the same page more often than not. He's also very crafty in his route running, so he'll have lots of opportunities against the opposing team's weaker defensive backs, because of being the number 3 WR on the depth chart.

By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 8:48pm EDT

Stevie Johnson caught 9 balls for 103 yards during San Francisco's second loss.

Fantasy Impact: With Vernon Davis out, Stevie Johnson reaped the benefits. He caught all 9 of the passes that came his way. Once Vernon comes back from his injury, Stevie will go back to being used infrequently. He's not worth a roster spot if Vernon Davis is healthy and active.

By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 8:55pm EDT

The 49ers deactivated Brandon Lloyd and Quinton Patton, which shows how much faith the 49ers have in Stevie Johnson. Johnson caught 2 passes for 26 yards and played on 26 out of 67 offensive plays.

Fantasy Impact: Stevie caught some key passes to allow the 49ers to stay in the game. He may be called upon more, if Vernon Davis is out for an extended period of time. He gets a bump, but you can't start him unless you are in a very deep league.

By Andrew Sears, 49ers Correspondent, Wed, Aug 27th 3:28pm EDT

Both players noted that Johnson has an "unorthodox" route running style and it has caused the QB/WR combo to be off at times. As Johnson puts it, “I set up my routes a little different. It's a gift and a curse. Because it can take some time to build chemistry with quarterbacks. But at the same time, the gift is that you know you can get open.” (Source: Sacramento Bee)

Fantasy Impact: This is mostly a case of a new QB and new WR working out the kinks. Johnson doesn't figure to be anything more than a bit player for fantasy teams this year, anyway. He's currently rated as the 76th best WR at FantasyPros.

NFL.com | Feb 28th
The San Francisco 49ers want to keep Stevie Johnson, but not at his current price tag. Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that a pay cut looms for the veteran wide receiver set to make $5.5 million next season.
ProFootballTalk | Feb 28th
As the veteran receiver market grows via the release of multiple veteran receivers under contract, more and more receivers will be facing a take-a-pay-cut-or-take-a-hike ultimatum. The group of veteran receivers facing that dilemma includes 49ers receiver Stevie Johnson.  Acquired via trade in 2014, Johnson never became fully engaged in the San Fran offense, resulting in…