Andre Johnson is one of the NFL’s best players. He is the consensus number one fantasy receiver. While running backs usually capture the first set of picks in fantasy drafts, many are predicting Johnson to be selected before some of the NFL’s premier backs. Will Johnson’s 2010 output exceed even the very best fantasy players? Let’s investigate.
- Owen Daniels, Kevin Walter, and Jacoby Jones will be healthy in 2010, restricting defenses from always applying double coverages on Johnson
- Johnson will continue putting contract disputes behind him and choose not to hold-out of any games
Johnson has the perfect skill-set and the perfect team to compete with the great backs in this year’s fantasy class. He has been working the better part of his career with Matt Schaub and has an excellent pass-catching relationship with the veteran quarterback.
Owen Daniels gives the Texans an essential second option at receiver, restricting defenses from applying multiple defenders on Johnson. The only missing piece in the Texans offensive attack is a consistent running game. If the team manages to find a solid, fumble-free rushing attack to keep defenses honest, Johnson should have no trouble exceeding 200 points under standard fantasy scoring.
The Verdict: Johnson is a certainly a first round selection. While his projected 2010 fantasy output fails short of the first-tier backs, he should certainly compete with the second-tier guys. Looks for Johnson to out-produce Ryan Grant, DeAngelo Williams, and Rashard Mendenhall, but score less than Frank Gore and Steven Jackson. Number eight or nine overall should be a fine time to draft this stud receiver.
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