Diontae Johnson is one of the most underrated WRs in the league. He’s so underrated that many think that he’s overrated.
He’s not only good because he’s getting the targets. He’s getting the targets because he’s good – because he’s one of the best separators in the league.
In Johnson’s full games, he averaged 11.5 targets/game, which would’ve led the NFL. If you count every game, he was still 6th.
In the weeks he played a full game, he was the overall WR4 cumulatively, behind Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs, and Tyreek Hill.
He was averaging the 6th most fantasy points/snap.
He averaged 18.32 PPR fantasy points/game during the fantasy season if we’re only counting his full games, which would’ve had him at WR6 overall in fantasy points/game.
He’s being drafted as the WR25 in the 6th round. That’s ridiculous value.
It’s not like these were empty targets either; he was still scoring TDs. He scored in more than 50% of his full games last season.
The concerns for Johnson are overstated, but I will address them.
His aDOT his low, but that fits Ben’s skillset. Juju’s is even lower, with less targets.
Chase Claypool has the skillset of someone who can take a big step forward, but his potential likely won’t be reached with Ben at QB. He’s a big play, contested-catch type of receiver, but the Steelers will definitely find creative ways to use him. His rookie season is indicative of big things to come, so he’s worth taking a shot on… but he’s only being drafted 3 spots behind Johnson, where I think there should be a considerable gap between the two. More so moving Johnson up than moving Claypool down.
And then you have the drops. The least amount of concern for me. These are usually corrected when we’re talking about good WRs. Here are some players who have had worse drop rates than Diontae Johnson’s 13..7%: Randy Moss (multiple times), Marques Colston, Brandon Marshall, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, DK Metcalf, and more. Give me volume if we’re talking fantasy.
Based on his price, I won’t be leaving my drafts without him.