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Calvin Johnson: What Fantasy Owners Should Expect from Lions WR in Week 6

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 17: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the Lions game against the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2012

After having to endure a week without Detroit Lions superstar Calvin Johnson due to a bye, fantasy football owners will be looking for a big game from him in Week 6. The dynamic wide receiver should have no problem providing it.

Although Johnson has produced pretty well through his first four games, he hasn't been the unstoppable force owners were expecting when they drafted him as early as the first round. He ranks eighth in average scoring among receivers.

That said, he's still averaging over 100 yards per game and continues to serve as the unquestioned top target for Matthew Stafford. The only reason he hasn't been scoring more fantasy points is the lack of touchdowns. He has just one.

Johnson found the end zone 16 times last season and it's only a matter of time before he goes on another TD barrage. His size and strength gives him a major advantage, especially in the red zone, so it's simply a matter of opportunity.

He should have plenty of it against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Eagles' numbers against the pass are better than they should be since they have faced a lot of weak passing attacks through the first five weeks.

New York Giants star Victor Cruz proved there are holes in the Philadelphia secondary a couple weeks ago, reeling in nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Johnson should be able to find similar success this week.

The Lions running game has struggled to provide any type of offensive balance so far, which is one of the main reasons Detroit hasn't lived up to the preseason hype as a team. But for Johnson's fantasy owners, it's actually a good thing.

It ensures the Lions are going to be throwing early and often every week, and Johnson always receives a sizable portion of the targets. The pass-happy attack gives him a very limited downside, especially in PPR leagues.

Johnson still has a long way to go before he fulfills his draft value to owners. That said, it wouldn't be a surprise if he led all receivers in scoring from this point forward because the touchdowns are going to start coming. It's only a matter of time.

Owners should continue to start him every week with confidence. Don't bench him. Don't try to trade him. Stick with him because he's going to start putting up the monster games everybody became accumulated to last season.

Week 6 Projection: 19 fantasy points

 

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