Calvin Johnson might struggle with consistency in 2009. Calvin “Megatron” Johnson will play this season with a rookie quarterback (Matthew Stafford) and with no other threats in the passing game.
Calvin Johnson Stats
Wt: 239 lbs
Date of Birth: 9-25-85
Place of Birth: Tyrone, Georgia
College: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
NFL Team: Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson Fantasy Football Scouting Report
You might take points off of Calvin Johnson’s fantasy football projections because he plays on the Detroit Lions. But Calvin Johnson had 12 touchdowns and over 1,300 yards in 2008, the year the Detroit Lions went 0-16. Calvin Johnson’s starting quarterbacks in his 12 TD season included Jon Kitna, Drew Stanton, Dan Orlovsky and Daunte Culpepper.
While Matthew Stafford is a rookie, he is the most talented quarterback among that group, so it’s hard to say Stafford in his rookie season is a huge dropoff from guys like Stanton and Orlovsky.
Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions WR
In fact, the Detroit Lions will be behind all season. That means the Lions will be throwing the ball to catch up to opponents all year. So despite the fact that Calvin Johnson is likely to be double- and triple-teamed all year, with players like Bryant Johnson and (rookie) Brandon Pettigrew also in coverage, Calvin Johnson is such a talent that you shouldn’t be overly concerned about his fantasy football production.
Matt Stafford might be shaky to start the season, but after 4-8 weeks to catch up to the speed of the NFL game, Calvin Johnson should be a top flight fantasy football receiver in 2009.
Calvin Johnson Fantasy Football Stats
Calvin Johnson is 6’5″ and nearly 240 lbs. Calvin Johnson runs a 4.3 40 time. Megatron is just a physical specimen, the likes of which has seldom been seen in the NFL. The year this kid was taken in the NFL Draft, there was already talk of Calvin Johnson for the NFL Hall of Fame (a little silly for a draftee). One other scout compared Calvin Johnson to Larry Fitzgerald “with elite speed”. In other words, Calvin Johnson has every physical tool needed to make him an elite fantasy football wide receiver.
On top of that, Calvin Johnson is a solid citizen – not that that matters in fantasy football.