Fantasy Football: Consider Benching Calvin Johnson This Week

By lamarcolyer
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This just in, the artist known as “Megatron” is indeed human.

After Monday night’s disappointing three catch, 34-yard game, eyebrows are starting to be raised.

In the Chicago Bears game, Calvin Johnson found himself locked up by Charles Tillman, and yet he missed his opportunities as well.

Early in game, Johnson dropped a pass that would’ve been good for 20 or 30 yards.  The catch – see what I did there? – is he was wide-open.  Then, he had chances in the end zone to garner a touchdown reception, but he let the physical play of Tillman get to him.

To Johnson’s credit, his receiving yards are there.  Entering week 8, he’s fifth in the NFL in receiving yards, with 592 yards, as well as being tenth in receptions, and seventh in targets.  But what owners want/need are touchdowns, something he hasn’t gotten since week 3.  In fact, that is his lone touchdown reception this season; unexpected territory for someone who caught 16 touchdowns a year ago.

But then again, last season, QB Matthew Stafford was on top of his game too.  The gun-slinging quarterback has to get the receiver the football, and while Johnson hasn’t always helped, Stafford has been all too inaccurate throughout the season.

The Detroit Lions face the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday.  This isn’t a good match-up considering how much they have struggled.  With the Seahawks’ physical corners, consider benching him.  And for what its worth, Seattle is ranked third against fantasy wide receivers.  The following week, Detroit faces the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Save Johnson for then.

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