Diontae Johnson Injury Update Drastically Improves His Fantasy Outlook

Max Staley
Diontae Johnson injury update is huge for his fantasy outlook.
Diontae Johnson injury update is huge for his fantasy outlook. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool has (understandably) grabbed all of the headlines recently. But don't forget about Diontae Johnson. Through two weeks of football, one thing was clear – Johnson was Pittsburgh's WR1.

A rash of injuries has essentially kept him sidelined since then, though. But Pittsburgh finally got some positive news on the second-year wideout's health, and that is absolutely massive for Johnson's fantasy outlook going forward.

Diontae Johnson Injury Update

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Johnson will be on the field for Wednesday's team practice. It all but confirms that he has recovered from the back injury that knocked him out in Week 5 and kept him sidelined this past Sunday.

It's also set to be Johnson's first Wednesday practice of the year, as he had been missing them in order to manage a lingering toe issue. That means the Toledo product might be 100% healthy for the first time all season, and that could have huge ramifications for fantasy.

Diontae Johnson Fantasy Outlook

Johnson saw 23 targets over the first two weeks of the year, which was good for a 34% target share. To underline just how impressive that is, Michael Thomas posted a 33.1% target share during his record-breaking 2019 campaign with the New Orleans Saints.

His 23 targets weren't far behind the 27 that Claypool (5), JuJu Smith-Schuster (14) and Washington (8) saw combined during that two-week span.

It's obviously a small sample size. But Ben Roethlisberger clearly put an emphasis on getting Johnson the ball early and often. Now that he's back to full health, there's no reason to think there will be any drastic changes to his workload, but the emergence of Claypool could hurt his volume a bit.

Johnson likely won't return the WR1 value some thought he could after Week 2, but he should be firmly in the WR2 conversation now that he's back up to full health.


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