Already getting your fantasy football rankings ready for next fall? Don’t rank Calvin Johnson too high.
Or, well, that’s the advice ESPN NFL insider Mike Sando is giving you this spring.
The Detroit Lions wide receiver is ranked 18th overall in ESPN’s latest top 300 fantasy football player rankings, seventh among wide receivers.
While that’s actually lower than where Johnson was pegged the past several seasons (he’s been a consensus top-10 and top wide receiver pick the past 3 years), Sando says that high of a ranking still scares him and it’s time to decline your expectations for Megatron.
“Megatron has missed five games the past two seasons and wasn’t right physically in others,” Sando wrote last week. “Last year, an executive from another team summarized it this way: ‘I heard that some of the coaches in the mix for the Detroit job (in early 2014)had some concerns. … I had heard then that there are serious concerns about his health, that with all the maintenance that is involved, this guy is going to fall apart at some point.’
“That point has not yet come, but there are signs it is coming sooner rather than later. Better to be a year early than a year late.”
It’s true, Johnson has had to deal with numerous injuries the past two seasons but, even then, he still registered 1,000-yard seasons with a combined 20 touchdown catches.
Johnson has a career 10,405 receiving yards with 74 touchdowns. He turns 30 on Sept. 29.
Fellow Lions receiver Golden Tate, for what it’s worth, is 59th overall in ESPN’s rankings, the 24th wide receiver on the board.
As for the six wide receivers ranked ahead of Calvin Johnson? Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr., Jordy Nelson and Julio Jones.
You can read more from Sando here.
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