Fantasy Football Gold Week 6: Steve Johnson Is Paying the Bills

TheFantasyFix.comAnalyst IOctober 13, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Roscoe Parrish #11 and Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills, react to Parrish's 31 yard touchdown catch against the Miami Dolphins during the NFL season opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Miami won 15-10. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The great thing about football is that every week a new gem emerges to make fantasy football owners run to the waiver wire. Although the Buffalo Bills are looking like last year's Rams, there are still players on the team worth adding to your roster. Let's take a look at WR Steve Johnson.

Week 5 Line: 5 catches, 46 yards, 2 TD

The last time the 6’2” Johnson had two touchdowns in a game, he and his fellow Kentucky Wildcats pulled out a 35-28 victory over the Florida State Seminoles, in the 2007 Motor City Bowl.  

That year, Johnson put together a solid season, hauling in 60 passes for 1,041 yards and a surprising 13 touchdowns.  His 13 scores tied the single-season high in Wildcats history.

Johnson posted a 4.59 40-yard dash time at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine, .01 seconds faster than the Giants’ Mario Manningham and .04 seconds slower than Jets’ tight end Dustin Keller.  He was the 224th overall pick of the Bills in the 2008 draft, getting picked in the seventh round with the Browns’ Peyton Hillis and the SeahawksJustin Forsett.


Johnson has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games against the Patriots, Jets and Jaguars.  In the last two weeks, he has more catches, eight, than top wideout Lee Evans.  

When you look at Johnson’s stellar 2007 college campaign, you realize that he is no stranger to catching touchdowns.  This is all good news for a player owned in only 13% of Yahoo leagues. 

The Bills have a bye this week and their next three opponents allow little success through the air: Baltimore, Kansas City, and Chicago.  However, the emergence of steady running back Fred Jackson and young quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is a positive sign for the Buffalo offense.  If you need a player to fill your flex spot, Johnson could be your chance at fantasy gold.

Written by James Duren, exclusively for

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