Diontae Johnson

Diontae Johnson

25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Pittsburgh Steelers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Johnson had one of the stranger seasons in recent memory. While he missed only one game, he was benched in others for drops and also got injured early in Week 5. Johnson wound up leading the NFL with a whopping 15 drops, yet still managed 144 targets on a team with two other viable WR options. Johnson’s per-play numbers (10.5 YPC and 6.4 YPT) were among the league’s lowest, partly due to drops, but mostly because the Steelers ran a bizarre, pass-heavy offense based heavily on short throws. While teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster finished 35th in aDOT at 5.6 yards, Johnson was 30th at 8.0. At 5-10, 183, Johnson is small, and his timed speed (4.53 40) is below average for a player his size. But put him in a uniform, and he looks like another small, poor-40-timed former Steelers receiver, Antonio Brown. Like Brown, Johnson’s quickness and burst jumps off the screen, and he even hauled in four catches of 40-plus yards last year despite the low aDOT. Of course, Johnson’s focus needs to improve — 15 drops is off-the-charts high, especially for a player catching passes at close range — and coach Mike Tomlin’s tolerance is not infinite. Moreover, Ben Roethlisberger looked shaky last year, and it’s unclear whether he will regain his former arm strength. That said, Johnson is one of the quickest wideouts in the league, so even with Smith-Schuster re-signing and second-year man Chase Claypool around, he should see plenty of work. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.28 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2019.
14 targets in losing effort
WRPittsburgh Steelers
November 28, 2021
Johnson had nine receptions (14 targets) for 95 yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bengals.
ANALYSIS
Johnson led all Steeler receiving options targets, receptions and yardage despite the overall disappointing performance. The 25-year-old has been a steady fantasy contributor while taking over as Pittsburgh's top receiving option this season, averaging a whopping 119 targets through 10 starts. The heavy usage keeps Johnson's fantasy floor high heading into an important Week 13 matchup against the Ravens.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Diontae Johnson's 2021 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
100.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.74
 
% Team Air Yards
34.5%
 
% Team Targets
25.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
62.1%
 
Drop Rate
1.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.7
 
% Targeted On Route
18.5%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.39
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Pittsburgh SteelersSteelers 2021 WR Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

51642%
18967%
42234%
11239%
33027%
15454%
23619%
9533%
21618%
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383%
135%
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41%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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@ Bengals
Sunday, Nov 28th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
79.7
 
Cornerbacks
83.8
 
Safeties
79.3
 
Linebackers
70.3
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Diontae Johnson's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
183 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.45 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.09 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
30.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
A third-round pick in 2019, Johnson saw regular snaps once JuJu Smith-Schuster got hurt and more than held his own under the circumstances. While his per-play numbers were pedestrian - 11.5 YPC, 7.4 YPT - Johnson was paired with two of the league's worst quarterbacks, yet still managed to score five touchdowns and catch two passes for 40-plus yards on 92 targets, mostly lining up outside. At 5-10, 183, and with a below-average 40 time (4.53), he has about the same physical specs as Antonio Brown, and like Brown, Johnson is quick and explosive. The Steelers have been wizards at developing smaller young receivers - from Santonio Holmes to Mike Wallace to Brown to Emmanuel Sanders - and Johnson could be the next in line, especially with Ben Roethlisberger healthy again. But Smith-Schuster, who already has Roethlisberger's trust, should be the clear No. 1, and Johnson will compete with 2018 second-round pick James Washington, 2020 second-round pick Chase Claypool and tight ends Vance McDonald and Eric Ebron for second fiddle. Johnson had sports hernia surgery after the season but is expected to make a full recovery for the start of training camp.
Despite a poor performance at the Combine, Johnson has the tools to make an impact with the Steelers as a depth receiver/returner. He actually had a faster time in the forty (4.53) than Antonio Brown (4.56) and is now in line to compete with Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer for slot work. He could also add value on special teams, having led the nation in punt return average (19.9) at the collegiate level the past two years, while scoring four times on kick or punt returns.
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Leads team in all receiving cats
WRPittsburgh Steelers
November 21, 2021
Johnson had seven receptions (13 targets) for 101 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-37 loss to the Chargers.
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Commands 13 targets
WRPittsburgh Steelers
November 14, 2021
Johnson recorded seven receptions on 13 targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 16-16 tie against Detroit.
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Crucial gain late in win
WRPittsburgh Steelers
November 8, 2021
Johnson caught five of six targets for 56 yards in Monday night's 29-27 win over the Bears. He also rushed twice for 11 yards.
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Leads receiving corps in win
WRPittsburgh Steelers
October 31, 2021
Johnson caught six of 13 targets for 98 yards during Sunday's 15-10 win over the Browns.
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Leads team in targets Week 6
WRPittsburgh Steelers
October 17, 2021
Johnson caught nine of 13 targets for 71 yards in Sunday's 23-20 overtime win over Seattle.
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