Johnson signed a two-year contract with the Steelers on Thursday. As a backup tight end in Pittsburgh last season, Johnson played in all 16 games and made five starts. He finished the regular season with seven receptions for 80 yards. He'll figure to be a backup once again in 2017 and shouldn't be expected to have much fantasy value.
Johnson was not targeted in the Steelers' 30-12 wild-card win against the Dolphins on Sunday. Going without a touch is not unusual for Johnson. He played in all 16 games this season, recording just seven catches on 11 targets for 80 yards. An unrestricted free agent, his role is unlikely to change regardless of whether he returns to Pittsburgh or move on to another team next season.
Johnson caught his lone target for 15 yards in Sunday's 27-20 win over Buffalo. The reception was Johnson's first in four games, and just his sixth on the season. Although Cincinnati yields the most fantasy points (PPR format) in the league to opposing tight ends, both Ladarius Green and Jesse James would have to be inactive in Week 15 for Johnson to warrant any fantasy consideration. Even then, there must be better options.
Johnson caught his only target for five yards in the Steelers' 24-16 win over the Bengals Sunday. The one reception matches Johnson's total from 2015, and the five yards are the most he's put up in a season since 2013. In other words, unless your fantasy league rewards players for blocking, look elsewhere to fill your tight end needs.
Johnson will assume fullback duties in Monday's season opener against the Jets, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Johnson will be replacing starting fullback Roosevelt Nix, who will be sidelined in Week 1. Nix is the lone fullback on the team's roster, but Johnson has experience playing the role for both the Steelers and Chargers in the past.
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