Andre Johnson: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis After Monster Week 11

Chris TrapassoAnalyst INovember 18, 2012

HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 18: Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans can't quite make the catch while Derek Cox #21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars defends on November 18, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson isn't ready to enter the twilight of his career. 

To him, he is still in his prime. 

After dealing with a multitude of nagging injuries over the last two seasons, Johnson appears to be back to his once dominant form. 

In the Texans' thrilling 43-37 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 31-year-old wideout hauled in a ridiculous 14 receptions for 267 yards including the 48-yard game-winner in overtime.

The monster game clearly gave a major boost to his recently evaporating fantasy stock, so it's time to update it following his huge afternoon. 


Fantasy Stock 

A few years ago, Johnson was one of the first wide receivers taken in nearly every fantasy draft. Now, due to a run-heavy system led by elite runner Arian Foster and the aforementioned injury history, many owners waited until the middle rounds to select the perennial Pro Bowler. 

Heading into Week 11, Johnson was still on pace for 82 catches, 1,061 yards and four touchdowns, but, actually, that'd be one of the poorest statistical seasons of his illustrious and steady tenure in the NFL

Fantasy owners must remember that Johnson's huge performance occurred against a rather susceptible Jacksonville Jaguars defense and it came with an extra session, but the 19 targets he received is certainly encouraging.

Has Johnson returned to legitimate WR No.1 status? 


We still need to see more dedication from the Texans coaching staff and consistency from Johnson himself before we can place him back in the elite fantasy wide receiver ranks. 



Games against the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts mean the next four games for the Texans are extremely favorable for the team's offense, especially its passing facet. 

Of those teams, only the Colts rank in the top half of the league in terms of total passing yards allowed this season, but opposing quarterbacks have managed a great 96.5 QB rating against Indianapolis in 2012. 

With Week 11's outburst fresh in their minds, one has to expect the Texans coaching staff will begin to use Johnson as a focal point once again. 

However, we mustn't forget about the team's staple, which is the zone-blocking running attack, so getting double-digit targets each week may be a bit of a stretch. 

Even so, Johnson looks to finally be back to full health, which means he will reemerge as an extremely productive fantasy star from here on out.