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Johnson has found the end zone during each of the last two weekends and overall has been quite impressive with 17 catches for 350 yards over that span.
Then you can think about the two long TD catches he would have had against the Packers had Stafford not overthrown him badly both times and you realize that the Megatron from last year is back in full force.
Johnson is finally seeing more targets from Stafford after not being looked at enough earlier in the year and at this point, is really the only reliable option in the passing game.
All-Pro cornerback Johnathan Joseph is iffy for the Texans this week and if he ends up being out for the game, Johnson should be able to find openings to make some big plays.
With Titus Young suspended for the week and the only other options at WR being Ryan Broyles and Mike Thomas, Johnson should be a very busy man throughout the day and put up some nice WR1 fantasy numbers because of it.
Young has been suspended for this game for behavior detrimental to the team.
At least his unrealized fantasy potential can’t hurt you this week
Broyles has not been much of a fantasy factor over the past three weeks with just nine catches for 93 yards and no TDs.
However, Ryan is going to be thrust into the spotlight this week with Titus Young suspended, so his production will almost certainly be in for an uptick.
Broyles has his best chance of the season to make an impact in this game.
Megatron is going to get the attention from the safeties, so Broyles should see a lot of one-on-one coverage for most of the game.
I wouldn’t risk more than a WR3/flex spot on him this week, but he certainly has the upside of a WR2 if Houston decides to triple-team Johnson.
Hi, I'm Mike Thomas…remember me when I was on Jacksonville?
Thomas has been an underachieving wide receiver throughout his career, mostly due to his problem with actually catching the ball.
However, with Young out for the game, Thomas will see his first action for Detroit and should line up as the starter in his place with Broyles handling the slot.
Despite his starter status, Thomas is still not the greatest of options in this game.
I expect him to be used as more of as a decoy and thus not worth playing as more than a desperation flex this week.