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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.