I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
Stevie Johnson is one of the most underrated wide receivers in all of football. And perhaps that’s just the Buffalo Bills fan in me coming out, but even if I wasn’t a fan, I’d still realize how overlooked this guy is compared to some of the other receivers in the game today. Over the last three seasons. Johnson has posted 1,000 yards three times, despite having a very lackluster array of quarterbacks throwing him the football. He doesn’t post monster stat-lines, but he’s consistent from game to game and year to year.
Thus far in 2013, Johnson is off to a strong start, catching 11 balls for 150 yards and two scores. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is clearly looking for him, as Johnson has been targeted 16 times through two games, which is twice as much as any other Bills wideout. After catching a last-second, game-winning touchdown on Sunday, Johnson is riding a wave of momentum, and fantasy owners should continue to ride with him in their fantasy lineups in Week 3.
Want me to continue to prove how underrated Johnson is? Well, let’s take a look at some of his past games against the Jets, his matchup for this week. Despite Darrelle Revis being a dominant shutdown corner during his time in the Big Apple, Johnson had his fair share of success against him, averaging 79.4 yards and has found the end zone three times over his last five games against the Jets secondary. And the last time Johnson faced the Jets when Revis wasn’t on the field, he caught six balls for 111 yards. I’m not afraid of the presence of Antonio Cromartie. Another reason to like the Bills wideout is the fact that despite Buffalo being more of a run-oriented football club, Johnson will still see plenty of volume. According to ESPN’s Mike Rodak, the Bills are getting one play off every 21.8 seconds, which is the fastest in all of football. The more plays this Buffalo offense runs, the more opportunity Johnson has to put up numbers.
With injuries decimating the wide receiver position early on, don’t be afraid to slide Johnson into your lineup this week.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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