Many fantasy football owners were fed up with Houston Texans star receiver Andre Johnson’s fantasy production over the first two months of the fantasy season. However, those same people are now boasting about Johnson’s recent performances, including two consecutive games with over 180 yards receiving.
Johnson started the 2012 season unexpectedly flat as he only had one 100-yard game and two touchdowns in his first seven games. However, over the last four games, Johnson has absolutely exploded, as he has racked up 614 yards.
Johnson has also been targeted 34 times in the last two games alone. In that time he has shockingly amassed 461 receiving yards, which is an utterly dominating fantasy performance. He went from being almost forgotten in fantasy leagues to currently being third in the NFL with 1,058 receiving yards. He has finally looked like the elite fantasy receiver he was drafted to be and patient fantasy owners could not be happier.
One reason for Johnson’s sudden offensive explosion is that defenses are finally putting the majority of their focus on running back Arian Foster, but the funny thing is that they still can’t stop the All-Pro back. Foster has gone over 100 total yards in each of his last four games and has scored four times during Johnson’s hot streak. If anything, it has to be reassuring for both Johnson and Foster owners to see them both put up quality stats in every game this month.
Johnson is once again one of the most dangerous receivers in the game, so the thought of him being defended one-on-one on the outside has been too hard to pass up for quarterback, Matt Schaub in the last couple weeks. Schaub is finally taking shots down the field with his star receiver and to his credit; Johnson is coming down with everything right now.
“Andre 3000” is again topping the charts and will be a huge factor for fantasy owners down the stretch. He is playing great football at the perfect time because the playoffs are only a week or so away. Also, his playoff schedule is quite favorable, as Houston plays the New England Patriots in Week 14, the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15, and the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16, all three of which are quite susceptible to big gains in the passing game. Expect Johnson to have a fantasy playoff numbers that will go down in history.
AJ will be an amazing number one fantasy receiver in the playoffs this season and the veteran will certainly pull his weight in the final couple weeks for fantasy owners. Start Johnson with confidence because he looks impossible to cover right now, and in fantasy terms impossible to bench.