Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
Stevie Johnson has been a model of consistency the past three years, notching at least 76 catches and 1000 years in each campaign, despite the mediocrity the Bills have been getting from the quarterback position. Now with Ryan Fitzpatrick getting cut, Tarvaris Jackson would be the starter if the season opened today. I’m not sure that’s going to be the case come August, but it nonetheless illustrates the lack of talent the Bills have at the QB position. Last year, Johnson caught 79 balls for 1046 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Regardless of the QB position, Johnson almost seems like a lock for 1000 yards and 6-7 touchdowns. One thing he also has going for him is that GM Buddy Nix is expecting to see Johnson to play out of the slot more in 2013, which surprisingly does fit his style. He has relied on strong route-running, with quick, precise cuts to get open, which is what he will likely be doing this year. As for the mess at the QB position, with the draft lacking starters and potential trade target Alex Smith long gone, it’s hard to envision the team will get a proven option there by the start of the season.
Johnson should be viewed as a solid WR2 heading into 2013. The Bills offense is expected to be tailored to Johnson’s strength, which should cancel out the inconsistencies and shortcomings they’re going to get from the quarterback position.