Calvin Johnson: Breaking Down Megatron's Fantasy Football Trade Value

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIOctober 30, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions catches a pass in front of Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Calvin Johnson was billed as a first-round pick and the best fantasy football wide receiver by a wide margin. Owners who ended up taking Megatron are now subject to ridicule from the rest of the members in their leagues.

Whether the taunting is starting to get to them or not, all of Johnson’s fantasy owners have toyed with the idea of trading him.

The Detroit Lions star certainly could turn things around, but a lack of a running game and no threat on the other side of the field has hampered the Detroit offense and Johnson’s production.

Here is everything you need to know before pulling the trigger on a trade involving the Lions wide out.


Why You Should Hold On To Him

There is no wide receiver in fantasy football with more upside.

If you have other wide receivers whose production are not as volatile as Johnson's and can still get wins during Megatron’s off-weeks, then holding on to him is still a wise move.

Titus Young’s breakout performance hints that Detroit may finally have another dangerous receiver besides Johnson. If Young is able to pull even a little attention away from Johnson, it will greatly benefit Megatron’s fantasy owners.

He is still the most talented offensive player in football and capable of exploding during any week, and any owner that parts ways with him certainly stands a chance of dealing with a significant amount of regret.


Why You Should Trade Him

After being billed as the No. 1 receiver in the league, Johnson has scored the 18th most fantasy points this season in ESPN leagues. Andre Roberts has been a more valuable fantasy player this season. 

Johnson’s stats of 41 receptions for 638 yards are adequate, but he has just one touchdown catch this season. Team’s have keyed in on him and done everything possible to blanket him in the end zone.

He has four single-digit fantasy performances this season compared to three double-digit weeks. This is not the mark of an elite fantasy receiver. 

However, Johnson’s name creates excitement. If there are owners in your league who are willing to take the risk that he will improve as the season goes on and are willing to offer a wide out or running back who ranks above Johnson, then this is a deal worth takings. I certainly suggest asking for more than Andre Roberts, though.


What You Should Get For Him 

Forget about Victor Cruz, A.J. Green and Percy Harvin. Unless Johnson has multiple breakout weeks, it will be extremely difficult to get an elite wide receiver back when trading him.

The reason for getting rid of Johnson is to eliminate risk and add consistency. Of the wide receivers who have outscored Johnson this season, Miles Austin has the fewest single-digit fantasy performances, failing to reach 10 points just once this season.

Austin would be an excellent player to target, and owners would likely be able to squeeze another player out of this trade.

Another option would be to try to buy low on injured running backs like Maurice Jones-Drew and DeMarco Murray while also receiving a decent wideout. Ultimately, adding multiple players in exchange for Johnson is the best way to eliminate risk, and this should be the goal in any trade involving the talented but inconsistent wideout.