Year in and year out, TE is one of the most challenging positions to find value at in fantasy football. If you don’t have Travis Kelce or Mark Andrews on your dynasty squad, you’ll likely need help at the position. Here’s a player to consider trading for: Juwan Johnson.
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Juwan Johnson (TE – NO)
If it feels like Saints TE Juwan Johnson came out of nowhere in 2022, you’d be right. The undrafted free agent from Oregon was a non-factor in his first two seasons, seeing a total of 32 targets, with his best fantasy finish being TE46 in 2021. In 2022, Johnson saw a massive increase in usage, earning 65 targets, leading to 42 catches for 508 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He finished the season as the overall PPR TE15.
While his usage was inconsistent at times – he had eight games with fewer than five targets – Johnson produced when called upon. Among TEs with a minimum of 60 targets, he ranked fourth in yards per catch (12.1), second in average depth of target (9.8 yards), and tied with Bears TE Cole Kmet for third in touchdown receptions last season.
If those numbers aren’t enough to pique your interest, the team has moved on from veteran signal-caller Andy Dalton, opting to trade for Las Vegas QB Derek Carr. With Carr behind center this upcoming season, Johnson should be able to build on a solid 2022 campaign. It’s well known the veteran QB likes to target big, athletic bookends – think Darren Waller when he’s healthy – and standing at 6-foot-4 and 232 pounds, he fits the bill. While I don’t foresee Johnson having the ceiling of a player like Waller, his possible TE1-tier upside in a Carr-led offense is undeniable. So throw out an offer with an oft-unused veteran such as Marquez Valdes-Scantling or a late 4th-round rookie draft pick to get him on your squad.
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