Diontae Johnson Fantasy Value Climbs After Being Named Starting Wide Receiver for Steelers

Jason Schandl
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The Pittsburgh Steelers' offense is obviously in flux after losing Ben Roethlisberger for the season, and it's no surprise to see Donte Moncrief head to the bench.

The wide receiver replacing him may come as a bit of a surprise, though. It's not James Washington, as many expected it would be, but Diontae Johnson, a third-round rookie out of Toledo.

Johnson played 47.4 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps in Week 2, which was already a solid step up from his 36.2 percent in Week 1, and the Steelers' coaching staff clearly liked what they saw.

Johnson has already seen nine targets across his first two NFL games, and while he hasn't done much with them (four receptions for 42 yards), that sample is way too small to draw any conclusions from.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is obviously still the clear-cut No. 1 receiving option in the Steelers' offense, and Washington could still very well be ahead of Johnson in the pecking order, but the news that he's starting does make Johnson a sleeper WR option that could be worth stashing on your bench.

Expectations shouldn't be high for anyone in Pittsburgh in Week 3 though, as the Steelers are 6.5-point underdogs against the San Francisco 49ers in a game with a 43.5-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Adding Johnson is still a purely speculative move, and you're going to want to leave him on your bench until he proves that this starting job is going to come with a significant uptick in targets and production.

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