KeeSean Johnson Fantasy Outlook Improves Following Christian Kirk Injury

Carolina Panthers v Arizona Cardinals
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The winless Arizona Cardinals suffered a big injury near the end of their Week 4 game against Seattle, with wide receiver Christian Kirk hurting his ankle. While he avoided major injury, Kirk is expected to miss some time, which opens the door for some of the younger players. KeeSean Johnson could stand to benefit the most as a result of that injury.

The sixth-round rookie began the season hot, starting the game and seeing 10 targets in the season opener. However, he has seen only nine targets in the three games since. Last week, Johnson played 57.1 percent of the offensive snaps and 63.4 percent of the passing plays.

With Kirk out this week, Johnson should see an increased workload as the outside receiver, which should lead to performances closer to Week 1 than the three following games. He caught just half of his Week 1 targets, but he did turn them into 46 yards. If he can haul in a few more of his targets, that number should go up.

With a good matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals this week, the Cardinals should be more evenly matched and have a chance to find their first win. The upside for Johnson is there, however, he shouldn't be treated as anything higher than a FLEX play until he proves he can capitalize on his target share.

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