WR - FA
Week 12 Outlook
Charles Johnson, formerly of the Vikings, signed a one-year $2.2 million deal with the Panthers on Friday. Johnson will slide into Ted Ginn's spot on the offensive behind Kelvin Benjamin and in three-wide receiver sets with Devin Funchess. Johnson needs a bounce back season on a prove it one-year deal.
With Ted Ginn now in New Orleans, Devin Funchess will likely be asked to step up along with Charles Johnson. Maybe the Panthers can revive Johnson's career as they did with Ginn. Either way, Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen will still lead the team in targets, receptions, yards and touchdowns next season.
Charles Johnson caught all five of Sam Bradford's targets on Sunday afternoon for 50 yards.
Sunday was only Johnson's second game with more than 50 receiving yards this season, and a portion of those came after fellow wideout Adam Thielen was injured in the third quarter. Even if Thielen remains out for week 16, Johnson is at best a risky option worth starting only in the deepest of PPR leagues.
Charles Johnson caught his single target Sunday night for 2 yards.
This week's muted performance, unfortunately, drives home the narrative that Charles Johnson is no more than an ancillary element in the Vikings' pass game. Minnesota's offensive staff seems determined to manufacture touches for Cordarrelle Patterson, and with Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, and now Adam Thielen evolving as very effective pass catchers it's unlikely Johnson will see enough looks to earn fantasy relevance.
Charles Johnson reeled in 2 of 4 targets for 70 yards receiving on Monday night.
Johnson had his biggest game of the season against New York, managing to burn their banged up secondary twice. While his use downfield gave Johnson the biggest yardage total of Vikings' pass catchers, he isn't a regular focal point of their passing game and looks like a boom or bust fantasy prospect at best. Deeper league fantasy players might want to pick Johnson up and see if his role in Minnesota's offense expands, but, for standard league owners, he's best left on waivers.