Until KeeSean Johnson finds meaningful playing time, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
The Cardinals activated Johnson (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Johnson returns to the practice field alongside fellow wideouts Andy Isabella and Isaac Whitney. With A.J. Green and Rondale Moore having bolstered Arizona's wide receiving corps, and the likes of DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk already established on offense, Johnson is competing for what looks like sparse depth opportunities.
The Cardinals placed Johnson (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. Currently, the Cardinals have four wide receivers on this reserve list, including Andy Isabella (undisclosed), Rico Gafford (undisclosed) and Isaac Whitney (undisclosed). It's unclear if any or all of them have tested positive for the virus, but their respective number of days away from the team will be indicative of their situations. Despite Larry Fitzgerald moving on this offseason, Johnson is even further down the depth chart, as Arizona added A.J. Green and Rondale Moore to a receiving corps that also includes DeAndre Hopkins (undisclosed) and Christian Kirk.
Johnson is in line to serve as the Cardinals' No. 2 wide receiver for Sunday's road game against the Rams with Larry Fitzgerald (groin) and Christian Kirk (undisclosed, reserve/COVID-19 list) sidelined, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. After making just two appearances through Arizona's first 10 contests of the season, Johnson has received a varied snap count in five consecutive games, leading to a 10-131-0 line on 13 targets. Behind DeAndre Hopkins, Chase Edmonds and tight end Dan Arnold, reps and passes from Kyler Murray still will be available for Johnson, Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield. Considering his recent workload, Johnson should lead that trio, but his career mark of 5.5 yards per target doesn't project significant production.
Johnson is slated for a larger role in the Cardinals offense Sunday against the Rams after Christian Kirk (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. While he was inactive for eight of the first 10 games of the campaign, Johnson has had a modest role in the offense over the last five contests, hauling in 10 of 13 targets for 131 yards during that span. With Kirk out of the picture Week 17 and Larry Fitzgerald (groin) seemingly poised to join him on Arizona's list of inactives, Johnson could bump all the way up to the No. 2 receiver alongside DeAndre Hopkins. Still, in Johnson's 17 career appearances, he's averaged just 5.5 yards per target, so he may be hard-pressed for a notable performance Week 17, even if he experiences a decent increase in volume.
Johnson caught two of three passes for 50 yards during Saturday's 20-12 defeat to the 49ers. Johnson did most of his damage on a 45-yard bomb late in the third quarter, which was the Cardinals' longest play of the game. He otherwise was quiet on his 20 snaps on offense behind DeAndre Hopkins (75 of 82), Larry Fitzgerald (71) and Christian Kirk (68). Having said that, Hopkins suffered an upper-body injury during the game and Fitzgerald's recent practice reps were capped due to a groin issue, so the state of Arizona's receiving corps is in some flux.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|5||10/10||San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|9||11/07||@San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|14||12/13||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
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|3 Year Avg||32||18||180||0||8||10.00||18|