After an abysmal season in San Francisco, Stevie “Why So Serious?” Johnson, has found himself in an optimal situation with the San Diego Chargers. It’s almost like a dream come true for Johnson who admitted he had watched Philip Rivers highlights in hope the team would sign him after a fall out with the 49ers. Now Johnson will get the chance to play with the best quarterback he’s ever had in his 8-year career.
Taken in the seventh round of the 2008 draft by the Buffalo Bills, Johnson still made a name for himself in the league by being a productive receiver on a mediocre team. From 2010-12, Johnson strung together three straight 1,000-yard seasons in Buffalo, the first player in Bills’ history to do so. Johnson’s following two seasons pale in comparison with only 87 receptions for 1,032 yards and six touchdowns.
Now with the Chargers, Johnson’s career flashes potential to be revived. As the third receiver in the Bolts offense, Johnson will work primarily out of the slot. Eddie Royal filled that position the past two years. Just in case you forgot how impactful Royal was on the field and in fantasy, he caught 109 passes for 1,409 yards with 15 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
Johnson will also get looks as the X receiver filling in for an aging, Malcom Floyd. Floyd turns 34 in September and just completed his first 16-game season since 2009. Floyd is on the wrong side of 30 and to say the receiver is injury prone would be putting it modestly. If (when) Floyd goes out, Johnson will step into a primary role in a potent passing offense.
ESPN staff writer, Eric D. Williams, appointed Johnson as the “X-Factor” in the Chargers’ receiving core. However, Johnson is being taken, on average, as the number 74 receiver off the board. Johnson is worth a late-round flier, if not, a second look on the waiver wire. Just make sure to grab this Joker sooner rather than later, that way your fantasy team can have the last laugh.