Johnson caught both of his targets for 35 yards in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Chiefs. He finished the season with 20 receptions (on 26 targets) for 398 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Johnson became a key piece in the Chargers offense toward the latter half of the season with Keenan Allen (hamstring/COVID-19) and Mike Williams (back) missing time. While the 24-year-old was often schemed open on deep passes resulting in a shockingly high average depth of target (20.2 yards), he saw two or fewer targets in all but four games this season and never played in more than 80 percent of the team's offensive snaps in any given game. It's possible a change in offensive philosophy with head coach Anthony Lynn now gone could allow for the undrafted free agent rookie to push Jalen Guyton out of the way for snaps as the team's No. 3 wide receiver, but that's not a lock to occur given how the team has prioritized playing a field-stretching wide receiver despite rarely throwing to him.
Johnson caught all three of his targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Broncos. Despite the absence of Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Hunter Henry (reserve/COVID-19 list), Johnson put together easily his worst game in December, seeing just three targets despite a 77 percent offensive snap share. With a host of Chiefs players unlikely to play in a meaningless Week 17 contest and the possible return of the aforementioned injured pass catchers, Johnson's fantasy spotlight might wane to end the 2020 campaign.
Johnson caught three of his five targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 30-27 overtime win over the Raiders. Jalen Guyton's 53-yard reception late in overtime allowed him to overtake Johnson for the team lead, but the latter was arguably the Chargers' main catalyst on a night which saw Mike Williams (back) and Keenan Allen (hamstring) play limited snaps. Justin Herbert and Johnson have clearly developed a bit of chemistry this season, but expect the second-year wideout's fantasy value to fall back down considerably if Allen and Williams are able to shake off their respective injuries ahead of a Week 16 matchup with the Broncos.
Johnson's teammates, Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back), are both listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Raiders. Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN notes that Allen and Williams could be on "a rep count," which suggests that Johnson could still see some extra snaps Thursday. That said, with the team's high-profile wideouts both in uniform, Johnson's appeal as Week 15 fantasy sleeper takes a hit.
With Mike Williams (back) not expected to play Thursday night against the Raiders and the status of Keenan Allen (hamstring) also in question, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Johnson could see an expanded role in the Chargers' Week 15 offense. It's a context that could also result in added opportunities for Jalen Guyton, but it's worth noting that when Williams managed only two snaps in the team's Week 14 win over the Falcons, it was Johnson (54 snaps) rather than Guyton (61 snaps) who saw the biggest uptick in looks, as he caught six of his seven targets for 55 yards and a TD. For his part, Guyton caught one of his three targets for eight yards in the contest.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0|