PFF Roundup - Week 15
Every week I look around PFF Main content and features to see what fantasy insight we can take away to help owners going forward. This week we’re looking at a younger crowd of fantasy standouts, discussing their value for the rest of 2014 but also what they have to offer going forward in dynasty and keeper leagues.
Bridgewater’s new favorite target
The Charles Johnson project took a roller coaster ride over the course of the 2014 season. Johnson began the year turning heads at Browns training camp. That hype didn’t get him far, though, as he was waived prior to the start of the regular season. Luckily the Vikings came calling. Now Johnson has developed into the team’s leading receiver in two of the past four weeks.
Cole Schultz talked about the second-year wide receiver in his Jets-Vikings ReFo, noting that while Johnson finished Week 14 with a -0.2 overall grade, he once again showed an impressive rapport with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Johnson caught four passes for a touchdown and 103 yards, his first 100-yard game as a pro. The only thing that prevented him from scoring twice was his fumble at the goal line.
Bridgewater has targeted Johnson 29 times over the past four weeks. Johnson didn’t turn things on until Week 11 against the Bears, but he’s locked in as the top target in the Vikings passing game.
The Lions might appear to be a difficult matchup for Johnson based on their numbers for the year, but take a closer look at recent games and you’ll be more optimistic.
Week 12, Julian Edelman: 11 catches, 89 yards
Week 12, Brandon LaFell: nine catches, 98 yards
Week 13, Alshon Jeffery: nine catches, 72 yards, two touchdowns
Week 14, Mike Evans: four catches, 45 yards, two touchdowns
Week 14, Vincent Jackson: 10 catches, 159 yards.
Not so bad, right? Fire up Johnson as a WR3 of flex for Week 15. While Johnson turns 26 in February, dynasty and keeper league owners probably paid little to acquire him in most leagues. His chemistry with Bridgewater makes him an intriguing option going forward into 2015.