In all of the fantasy football drafts this season, there was one thing that I can be sure happened in everyone’s league: Calvin Johnson was taken as the first receiver and A.J. Green was probably not far behind him. Johnson had an unforgettable season in 2012 and is expected to have an even better 2013. All Green has done in his two seasons in the NFL is make the Pro Bowl team twice and be the second best receiver in the NFL, behind Johnson.
After the first week of the fantasy football season, there may be an argument that Green will have a better season than Johnson. I know, I know, I can hear many of you screaming at me now. I am not saying that Johnson will have a bad season, I am simply saying that I want you to consider a few things.
First off, look at the numbers after Week 1: Green had nine catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and Johnson had four catches for 37 yards. Yes, I know this is a very small sample size, but consider the game plans by both teams. The Cincinnati Bengals’ main target is Green and the team tends to throw primarily to him in the Red Zone. The Detroit Lions, however, spread the ball around to everyone in their lineup when they get inside of the Red Zone. This was shown this weekend when Green had two touchdowns and Johnson had zero (Yes, Johnson had one called back, but that still does not count).
Also, it seems that teams focus more on Johnson than they do Green. Now, both players get double teamed, but I think that Green will see more one-on-one than Johnson will, due to the running game of the Bengals and the lack of a running game by the Lions.
All in all, I think that both men will have an amazing season, possibly even historic ones. However, I think this season you will see Green reach the level of Johnson, and who knows, maybe even pass him up for one season.