Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
School: Miami (Fla.)
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
Andre Johnson is your prototypical receiver; big, strong and fast. Despite his sturdy frame, he appeared in every game last year, the first time he has done so since 2009. Despite staying pretty healthy for the season, Johnson got off to a slow start, but thanks to a few monster games later in the year, ended up totaling 1598 yards on 112 catches, but just 4 touchdowns. Following a disappointing 2011 campaign in which he played 4 games (which was very painful as a fantasy owner, I must add,) fantasy owners were rewarded down the stretch by taking a shot on Johnson.
One of the main concerns with Johnson is his age (31) and injury history. Even when he has played full seasons in the past, he was playing through nagging injuries. At some point, that catches up with any athlete and it likely won’t be any different with Johnson. Another factor working against him is the lack of receiving weapons the Texans have.
Bob McNair, the Houston Texans’ owner, has publicly stated that a major off-season goal is to sign another play maker to add to the receiving corps. The Texans have had Kevin Walter as their #2 receiver the past couple years and he clearly isn’t cutting it. He works nicely as a #3 receiver out of the slot, but shouldn’t be the second option on any team.
As for Johnson’s draft stock, he probably should be taken in the top 10 among wide outs, but I have a bittersweet taste towards him, which could partially be due to my past experiences owning him. Yet, missing 15 games over the last three years could show you that you should be wary as well. However, at the end of the day, Johnson is going to have a monster season if he plays 16 games or anywhere close to that. He is one of the top three receivers in the league, in my opinion, next to Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. And like I said, he also comes with an injury risk. If you decide to take that risk, I wish the best of luck to you.