It’s tough to convince fantasy owners that Stevie Johnson’s impending move to the slot position in the Buffalo Bills’ offense is as fantasy relevant as Reggie Wayne’s 2012 slot success and Larry Fitzgerald’s anticipated slot usage under new head coach Bruce Arians in 2013.
The case for why more slot routes for Johnson could be a major value boost is complicated, in large part because he hasn’t ripped out fantasy footballers’ hearts and stomped on the vital organ, like Fitzgerald did in 2012 and Wayne the season before.
Owners who drafted Johnson last August couldn’t have expected a whole lot more than what they got: A top-25 wide receiver who caught 73 passes for 935 yards, both slight drops from his 2011 numbers, and a considerable fall from his 2010 stats, which, of course, were artificially inflated by a fluky 10 touchdowns.
Johnson was the 23rd highest scoring receiver – perhaps a few slots below where we thought he might finish, but far from disastrous.
Within a few days of tak...