It has been a very interesting summer for the Detroit Lions in 2012. From arrests to resigning head coach Jim Schwartz, the Lions have had a news filled offseason. But none the less it is about to be a new season, which means a brand new season of fantasy football. This year the Lions have several players who could top their respective positions. Over the next few weeks I will be breaking down the Lions’ main weapons and big players in the fantasy game and letting you know how they will do as the season approaches.
There really isn’t a question of who should be the first Lion talked about when it comes to the game of fantasy football. Calvin Johnson is a monster. He is a super human and this season could be one of his biggest yet. Johnson is ranked number one on my big board for wide receivers and 5th of overall players but I am not convinced Johnson’s effect on the field will be the same in a fantasy lineup.
Last year Johnson’s numbers were remarkable. He caught 1,681 yards and scored 16 touchdowns on 96 receptions. These numbers may be huge but they can be misleading. Johnson’s real numbers were far from averaging about 100 yards a game and a score. Megatron’s game log numbers suggest he was very streaky. Between weeks 5 through 8 Johnson caught for over 100 yards per game and 3 touchdown but weeks 10 through 14 he never caught for more than 89 yards and only scored one touchdown in five games. Then twice in the last 3 weeks Johnson went over 200 yards and 3 scores. In many games the Lions had to pass due to trailing for three quarters so the numbers are inflated.
In 2012, nothing aside from the Madden curse could slow down Johnson. I do not think he will still have the flashy numbers that he produced last year but still have a great year. With new additions of RB Mikel Leshoure and WR Ryan Broyles, the ball will be spread around and I project Megatron to catch around 83 balls for 1,475 yards. Though his yards go down, I predict the threat of the run game in the red zone will open up Johnson for more looks and he will score 17 touchdowns. Johnson’s potential is staggering and he has the talent to have the best fantasy season for a wide out ever.