Stevie Johnson WR SF 2 Days
Johnson only had one catch against the Eagles on Sunday, but it went for a 12-yard touchdown.
After a nine-catch, 103-yard performance last week, Johnson turned in the complete opposite performance Sunday, catching only one ball, but finding pay dirt. Johnson's excessive usage last week was due to the absence of Vernon Davis, who returned this week only to leave the game with a different injury. Davis (back) said that he should be fine for next week's tilt against the Chiefs, but if he weren't able to suit up, then Johnson would see an increased role and become an intriguing option in PPR formats.
Stevie Johnson WR SF 9 Days
Johnson had nine catches (nine targets) for 103 yards in Sunday's loss at Arizona.
Johnson was one of Colin Kaepernick's favorite targets Sunday, and the veteran wide receiver led the team in receiving yardage. He's been working primarily out of the slot, so his value appears to be higher in PPR formats.
Stevie Johnson WR SF 16 Days
Johnson was used as the 49ers' primary slot receiver in Sunday's loss to the Bears. He finished with two catches for 26 yards.
Johnson didn't have a big day from a fantasy perspective, but the 49ers handed the third receiver role solely to him on Sunday after having Brandon Lloyd split snaps with him last week. There are too many mouths to feed on this offense for Johnson to have a consistent fantasy impact right now. But being the primary slot receiver will ensure that he is on the field for more snaps going forward.
Stevie Johnson WR SF 23 Days
Johnson caught two passes for 33 yards in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.
Johnson wasn't used as the 49ers' slot receiver the entire game, ceding the position to veteran Brandon Lloyd for a good portion of the day. This was a concern heading into the season and it appears that the team wants to use both receivers equally in the passing game, suppressing both of their values until one steps up.
Stevie Johnson WR SF 1 Month5 Comments
Johnson may not be a lock for the No. 3 receiver with the 49ers this year, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
It was generally accepted that Johnson would be the teams slot receiver when the 49ers traded a fourth round pick for him this off-season, but Quinton Patton - not Johnson - was out with the first team against the Chargers this past Sunday. It would be hard not to see Johnson not be the team's third receiver, especially since there haven't been any negative reports on his play this offseason, but it is definitely a situation to monitor once week 1 rolls around.
Stevie Johnson WR SF 1 Month
Johnson hauled in his only target for a five-yard gain in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers.
As the likely No. 3 wide receiver in a run-heavy offense, Johnson will find targets hard to come by this season, even if the 49ers pass more often than in previous years. He could also face some pressure for snaps, as the Niners have solid wideout depth with Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton and rookie Bruce Ellington.
Stevie Johnson WR SF 2 Months
Johnson only had one reception for six yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens.
Although the production from a statistical standpoint wasn't there, Johnson managed to draw two pass interference penalties and also exhibited excellent blocking on running plays. He is currently listed as the third receiver on the 49ers' depth chart.
Stevie Johnson WR SF 2 Months6 Comments
CSN Bay Area suggests Stevie Johnson will have to "clearly" win the No. 3 receiver job due to his scheduled $3.925 million salary.
Johnson is competing for No. 3 duties behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. Rookie Bruce Ellington, sophomore Quinton Patton, and veteran Brandon Lloyd are also in the mix, and all make considerably less money than Johnson. Whoever wins the No. 3 job is highly unlikely to be fantasy relevant as the No. 4 option in the passing game. Johnson is no lock for the 53-man roster.
Stevie Johnson WR SF 3 Months
CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco is taking the "under" on 60 receptions for Stevie Johnson this year.
Johnson's days of fantasy impact are likely over, as he enters a run-first 49ers offense that also feeds Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Anquan Boldin. Expect Johnson to be a better real-life than fantasy player in 2014.
Stevie Johnson WR SF 5 Months1 Comment
49ers acquired WR Stevie Johnson from the Bills in exchange for a 2015 fourth-round pick.
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the pick can improve to a third-round pick, likely based on Johnson's 2014 performance. Buffalo did well to acquire a fairly valuable future pick in exchange for a receiver entering year three of a five-year, $37 million contract. Johnson, 28 in July, finished 2013 with 52 catches for 597 yards and three touchdowns, playing in 12 games. He's a short to intermediate slot-receiver type, with a somewhat similar skill set to both Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. San Francisco still needs a true vertical stretcher in the wideout corps, and we suspect they'll draft one tonight or tomorrow. Johnson's fantasy value won't be resuscitated as a role player with the Niners, but it's a productive move for their offense.