One of the hottest topics prior to the 2011 NFL season was whether or not Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions should be considered one of the top six wide receivers in the NFL. With the fantasy football 2012 season right around the corner, it’s safe to say Johnson is the top player at his position and will most likely be the first wide receiver selected in most leagues.
Johnson had the best season of his five-year career in 2001 after catching 96 passes for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns–setting career highs in all three categories. The former first-round pick has always been considered one of the top wideouts in the NFL, but Johnson took his game to a whole new level during the 2011 season and even tied a league record by catching two touchdown passes in each of the first four games.
Obviously, one of the main reasons why Johnson’s production went up last season was because of Matthew Stafford–who finally stayed healthy enough to play all 16 games for the first time in his career. Stafford is another name that emerged into one of the best players from the 2011 season and the potential for him and Johnson heading into 2012 will be even higher now that they have a full season of playing together under their belts.
As long as both players stay healthy, there’s no reason why Johnson shouldn’t be in for another monstrous season and will most likely be selected in the first round in just about all fantasy drafts. Of course, any owner that does select Johnson will be nervous to select him since he’s on the Madden 2013 cover.
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