Draft Zone: 9th Ranked Wide Receiver – Texans Andre Johnson

The Houston Texans Andre Johnson is the 9th ranked wide receiver in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 28, he’s likely to be taken in the third round of standard 12-person fantasy drafts.

Entering his 12th season in the NFL, Johnson has been one of the most productive receivers in the league during the past five years. Last season, Johnson hauled in 112 receptions for 1,598 yards and 4 touchdowns. This was Johnson’s sixth season with 1,100 or more yards and fourth with more than 100 receptions.

Johnson missed the majority of the 2011 season due to a hamstring injury and at the age of 32, some of his opponents say he has lost “a half step.” Regardless of his missing “half step,” Johnson is still one of the best receivers in the league. Expect him to post close to 100 receptions and more than 1,000 yards during the upcoming season.

With an eye to the future, the Texans used their first round draft pick on Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Reports say that Hopkins has been very impressive in his first training camp. His addition could lead to a decline in Johnson’s receptions, so if you are playing in a PPR (point per reception) league, he will likely not come off the draft board until the late third or early fourth rounds.

Johnson still has elite skill and top tier fantasy value. He is a definite #1 fantasy wide receiver and is a very strong option in the third round, especially if you decide to load up on running back in the first two rounds.

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