College: Toledo | 4 years
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 183 lbs
Birth Date: 7/5/1996
Depth Chart: WR1.1
2022 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 42.6
Avg Pts: 14.20
Rank: 11 WR
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson is leading his team with 21 catches for 196 yards through the first three games of the season. Despite his productivity, Johnson is still looking for his first touchdown of the year. He will look to break that streak in a home game against the New York Jets in Week 4. New York is a plus matchup for receivers as they are allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the position through three weeks. Treat Johnson as a solid WR2 in fantasy in Week 4.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson caught eight of his 11 targets for 84 yards in a 29-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 3. Johnson, per usual, led his team in receiving in the loss on Thursday night. The veteran wideout is still looking for his first touchdown after three games as the Pittsburgh offense has had some struggles putting points on the board. That being said, Johnson is as close to a lock as possible to draw double-digit targets on a weekly basis. He will be a solid WR2 in Week 4's matchup against the New York Jets.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson heads into Week 3 averaging 11.0 targets per game through two contests. Johnson will look to stay hot in a Week 3 Thursday night matchup against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns were just torched by rookie wideout Garrett Wilson in Week 2 and will be without key pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney on Thursday. Johnson combined to catch 14 passes for 129 yards and a score in two games against Cleveland in 2021. Treat Johnson as a solid WR2 in PPR leagues for Week 3 in fantasy.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson caught six of his 10 targets for 57 yards in a 17-14 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 2. Johnson led the Steelers in all receiving categories on an afternoon where Mitch Trubisky threw for just 168 yards. The veteran wideout now has 22 targets through the first two games of the season, re-establishing himself as the target hog in Pittsburgh even in the post-Ben Roethlisberger era. Johnson will be a high-end WR2 in a Week 3 matchup against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson finished Week 1 with seven catches for 55 yards on 12 targets. Even more importantly, Johnson showed that he was over a preseason shoulder injury and has not popped up on the injury report following practice on Wednesday or Thursday leading up to a Week 2 matchup with the New England Patriots. The Patriots struggled against wide receivers in 2021, allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the position. Those struggles continued in Week 1 when they allowed Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to combine for 12 catches, 163 yards, and a touchdown. Treat Johnson as a rock-solid WR2 in fantasy for Week 2.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson caught seven of his 12 targets for 55 yards in a 23-20 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. Johnson finished as the team's leader in targets in the win while he posted a long reception of 25 yards. From a fantasy perspective, it was reassuring to see Johnson get heavily targeted despite Pittsburgh's quarterback change in the offseason. Johnson will be a solid WR2 heading into a Week 2 matchup against the New England Patriots.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (shoulder) says he is good to go for the team's Week 1 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 26-year-old was a full participant in practice on Friday but mentioned he will have to deal with some pain tolerance moving forward. After averaging a whopping 10.6 targets per game in 2021. Johnson figures to be the No. 1 target once again in the Mitch Trubisky-led Pittsburgh offense. He can be valued as a solid WR2 option for fantasy managers in a decent matchup.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (shoulder) was limited during Thursday's practice. Johnson has back-to-back limited practice sessions under his belt. It sounds like the team is taking it one day at a time. That being said, fantasy managers will likely have to wait until after practice on Friday for more information. The fact Johnson has practiced twice in a row means he's trending towards playing. George Pickens and Chase Claypool would see increased workloads if Johnson is unable to play during Week 1.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (shoulder) finds himself on the injury report for the first report of the year on Wednesday, and he was listed as a limited participant in practice. Johnson said he feels like he's on the right trajectory in his healing process after getting injured in the preseason finale, but he also didn't give a concrete update on his availability for Week 1 against the division-rival Cincinnati Bengals. The 26-year-old didn't sound sold that he'd play this weekend, so fantasy managers should prepare for a worst-case scenario now. If he's active, he'll be a WR2 in fantasy lineups, but if he's not, Chase Claypool and rookie George Pickens would see much larger roles in the passing game alongside tight end Pat Freiermuth.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (shoulder) is "fine," according to head coach Mike Tomlin, adding that the wideout might have returned if the injury occurred during the regular season. While the latest report is encouraging, there should be a more definitive update regarding Johnson's health within the next few days. However, unless his condition significantly changes for the worse, his fantasy draft stock shouldn't suffer.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (shoulder) was pulled out of Sunday's preseason finale. He caught a 38-yard pass, but landed awkwardly on his shoulder. He was able to exit the game and head to the locker room under his own power. This quick exit shouldn't be too alarming to fantasy managers. The Steelers are obviously going to be extremely cautious with their stud wideout in an exhibition game. Luckily, Johnson has two weeks to heal his shoulder before the regular season begins. Fantasy managers should get an update on Johnson within the next day or two.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson caught two of his four targets for 33 yards in a 16-15 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Saturday's preseason game. Johnson made his return to practice earlier in the week after missing some time in camp with an injured hip flexor, but he appeared to be fully healthy out there against the Jaguars. Even more importantly, he was able to emerge from the game without any further injuries. Johnson has been a target hog over his career and is primed to be a high-end fantasy WR2 yet again in 2022.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (hip) said that he is fully healthy after dealing with a hip flexor issue. The 26-year-old mentioned that he has been running around and feeling like himself. It sounds like this injury is behind him and he has a nice new extension as well. Johnson was a stud last season and should remain the unquestioned No. 1 option in Pittsburgh. The change at quarterback shouldn't impact Johnson's value, so fantasy managers should consider Johnson a safe option with this injury behind him.
Dynasty | Regardless of who is under-center, Steelers rookie receiver George Pickens figures to be a significant factor this season Dynasty Analysis: Pickens wasn't expected to be relied upon in his rookie season but injury opened up an opportunity and the first-year player drove through it with authority. Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool still figure to be starting but Claypool's injury issues and play have been less than stellar, possibly opening up further snaps for Pickens. Once expected to have a diminished role in 2022, Pickens, DLF's WR43, now factors prominently this year and beyond.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that wide receiver Diontae Johnson (hip) is working through a hip-flexor injury at training camp. The Steelers are likely to play it safe with their unquestioned No. 1 receiver, and fantasy managers shouldn't expect to see him on the field this Saturday for the team's preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The 26-year-old recently landed a two-year, $39.5 million contract extension to stay in Pittsburgh, and he will be the top target for whoever wins the team's quarterback competition this summer. Johnson had his first 1,000-yard season in 2021 and has 20 total touchdowns in three NFL seasons, but his fantasy floor as a WR2 will be lower than last year now that Ben Roethlisberger is retired.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Diontae Johnson agreed to a two-year, $36.71 million contract extension on Thursday, according to a source. The two sides worked it out on Wednesday night and Thursday morning to end Johnson's training camp hold-in with a shorter deal than we've seen from the other high-end receivers that have gotten paid this offseason. It was reported recently that the two sides were still far apart in contract talks, but they were able to work something out before the start of the regular season to keep the 26-year-old in town through the 2024 season. Johnson has gotten better in each of his three NFL seasons and made his first Pro Bowl in 2021 while reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the first time. He has 20 touchdowns and will be a WR2 in fantasy in his fourth NFL season, but Pittsburgh's QB situation gives him some bust potential in 2022.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson is unlikely to sign an extension anytime soon. In fact, Gerry Dulac reports that Johnson and the Steelers are far apart on a new deal. At this point, it seems highly unlikely that Johnson gets an extension before Week 1. GM Omar Khan mentioned that he wants to get Johnson under contract, but it's not surprising to see Johnson holding out until he can get top dollar. Last season, Johnson finished with 107 receptions, 1,161 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns through 16 games with Pittsburgh. The expectation is that Johnson will continue playing at an elite level in 2022, but he might not be in Pittsburgh long term.
Pittsburgh Steelers new general manager Omar Khan said that the team would like to sign wide receiver Diontae Johnson to an extension, but the current market is making things complicated. "We want Diontae and we are excited to have Diontae a part of this team. We hope he is going to be a Steeler for a long time," Khan said. The Steelers just signed kicker Chris Boswell to a four-year, $20 million extension, which ties him with Ravens kicker Justin Tucker as the highest-paid kicker in the league. Minkah Fitzpatrick is also the highest-paid safety, and T.J. Watt is the highest-paid linebacker in the NFL. But historically, the Steelers haven't paid receivers on multi-year deals pas their first contract, with the exceptions being Hines Ward and Antonio Brown. The market value for receivers has blown up this offseason, and it's unclear if the Steelers are comfortable giving Johnson what he thinks he's worth after his first 1,000-yard season in 2021.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson still figures to be the top receiver on the team in 2022, but he's going to be catching passes from a new quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger's retirement. Johnson is also missing time early in training camp while "holding in" while looking for a new contract, giving rookies George Pickens and Calvin Austin III more opportunities to build chemistry with quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph. The 26-year-old Johnson may not see the lion's share of the targets like he did last year when he set career-highs with 107 receptions, 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games. Johnson will be targeted as a high-end WR2 in fantasy drafts, but he could be a bit of a bust given the team's new QB situation.
Dynasty | Steelers receiver Chase Claypool is a boom-or-bust WR3 in 2022 Dynasty Analysis: The story was offered as fantasy advice from the Steelers blog site but the commentary on Claypool seems appropriate. Without question, Claypool offers a huge (6'4/238) target for whoever is under-center come week one and the departure of Juju Smith-Schuster vaults the third-year receiver into a starting role alongside Diontae Johnson. Following his nine touchdowns in 2020 as a rookie, Claypool's receptions and yardage were on par in 2021 but his touchdown production dipped to a disappointing two. It stands to reason that it will be Johnson who attracts double-teams leaving Claypool to challenge vertically and horizontally in medium-depth routes. If successful, he could well be on his way to a career-year. But offensive uncertainty at the quarterback position keeps Claypool and his DLF WR34 bridled with risk until we see more early in the regular season. He's an intriguing young boom-or-bust candidate for dynasty coaches willing to spin the wheel.