Fantasy Football Profile: Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson became a fantasy beast in his second year catching 78 passes for 1331 yards and 12 TDs. He had at least 90 yards and/or a TD in 12 of the 16 games. He should get better QB play this year with Daunte Culpepper in better shape and familiar with the team, and the addition of the first pick in last year’s NFL Draft, Matthew Stafford.
Megatron’s size, 6’5″ and 236 lbs., makes him a nightmare to cover. Defensive Backs simply do not have the size and strength to matchup with him, and Linebackers don’t have the speed. Kevin Smith and Maurice Morris for a talented duo in the backfield to take pressure off of the passing game. Two newcomers, free agent Bryant Johnson and Rookie TE Brandon Pettigrew will keep defenses from keying in too heavily on Calvin.
The only problem I foresee is the fantasy playoff schedule. The Lions face Baltimore, Arizona (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie), and San Francisco (Nate Clements). That’s not enough to deter me from taking Megatron in the second round of fantasy drafts and projecting him for 85 receptions for 1400 yards and 12 TDs.