Johnson was taken by Packers in the seventh-round of the 2013 draft but was never promoted from the practice squad. He left Green Bay for Cleveland in 2013 before Minnesota took him out of the Browns' practice squad in 2014. Under Turner, Johnson put together a breakout season, registering 58 targets, 31 catches and 475 yards. He racked up 415 of 475 receiving yards once he became a regular starter from Week 11 through the end of the season.
Now, if Bridgewater regresses to 150 yards with a tough matchup Week 16 at Miami, it won't matter who's catching the ball, but at least in deeper leagues, Johnson is worth a look with the strides he and his quarterback have made together.
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Johnson led the way for Minnesota receivers. He tied for the team-lead with seven targets, coming down with five catches. Johnson was able to show some big-play ability, hauling in a 40 yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater in the second quarter.
Johnson will take on the Dolphins Week 16.
Johnson finished with four receptions for 103 yards on eight targets. It was the first time Johnson surpassed more than 100 receiving yards in a game this season.
The majority of Johnson’s receiving yards came in the first quarter when Johnson connected with Teddy Bridgewater for a 56-yard touchdown.
The Vikings will play at Detroit Week 15.
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Coming off a six-catch, 87-yard performance, Johnson was once a again a huge part of the team's plans Sunday. Johnson was targeted a team-high 11 times in the game, and though he only caught three of those passes, he led the team with 52 yards receiving. Johnson also hauled in his first career touchdown, a 22-yard pass in the second quarter, giving him his first career double-digit Fantasy scoring day.
Johnson is a pretty unheralded player, so his recent breakout comes as a huge surprise. However, with Cordarrelle Patterson's inability to step up all season long, he is taking advantage of the opportunity given to him. He is at least worth a look on waivers in deeper leagues, if you need help at receiver, though it would be awfully tough to rely on him as a starter.
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