Fantasy Football News: Diontae Johnson, Tony Pollard, Gabriel Davis (2022)
Let’s take a look at the latest news and notes around fantasy football. To stay up to date on all of the latest fantasy football news, be sure to follow @FantasyProsNFL on Twitter and bookmark the FantasyPros NFL Player News page.
Gabriel Davis is expected to start alongside Stephon Diggs in the upcoming season according to The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia. (Source: Joe Buscaglia, The Athletic)
Fantasy Impact: Gabriel Davis had already been moving up draft boards thanks to his stellar postseason and obvious chemistry with Josh Allen. This news should further shoot Davis’ ADP up with the preseason starting next month. Davis, in his first two regular seasons, has caught 70 balls on 125 targets for 1,148 yards and 13 touchdowns. Last postseason, Davis exploded for 10 catches for 242 yards and five touchdowns, including a four-score performance against the Chiefs in a heartbreaking OT loss. Davis will be starting in one of the most potent offenses in the NFL with arguably the best quarterback, so draft accordingly as he is poised for a breakout season.
Tony Pollard is expected to see more snaps at receiver, namely in the slot, in the upcoming season according to NFL.com’s Coral Smith. (Source: Coral Smith, NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Pollard would like to do whatever it takes to see the field more in 2022 and, in a season where Ezekiel Elliott looks healthy and ready to resume his role as the bell cow back, that includes splitting time between running back and receiver. Pollard split time similarly in college at Memphis and has 337 receiving yards out of the slot in his NFL career so he is no stranger to lining up outside the backfield. The loss of Amari Cooper via trade should further pave the way to more receiver snaps for Pollard. Pollard will retain RB status for fantasy purposes, making him a versatile fantasy asset in PPR leagues with even more upside should Elliott miss any time. Draft accordingly.
Entering the fourth season of his rookie deal, WR Diontae Johnson is set to become a free agent in 2023. Despite improving statistically every season of his career, the Pittsburgh Steelers are unlikely to offer money “anything near [WR Terry] McLaurin or anybody else that got more than $20 million per year.” (Source: Mark Kaboly, The Athletic)
Fantasy Impact: Johnson finished the 2021 season as the WR9 in half-PPR formats and has ascended in every statistic every season of his career. Despite threats of a holdout, the fourth-year wideout showed up to OTAs, but the Steelers are hesitant to offer Johnson a contract akin to the multiple dealt out during the 2022 offseason. With the fallout of the Christian Kirk deal, Kaboly says that he sees there being an impasse between the two parties. “They will offer him something, and it won’t be what he thinks he can get on the market.” Johnson is currently being taken as the WR14 in dynasty startups, according to the FantasyPros average draft position tool, and his future is certainly up in the air on where he may play in 2023.
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