Nov 192003
Authors: Steve Latuda

If your last name is Johnson and you play in the NFL, then you

are either way up or way down. Let me ask you, which Johnson do you


Keyshawn Johnson, WR Buccaneers: Mr. Throw Me the Damn Ball, is

done for the year. He has been deactivated and will no longer play

for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to reports on ESPN, Johnson

missed a mandatory team meeting and will likely be traded at the

end of the season. This is not a big loss to fantasy players since

his numbers (45 receptions, 600 yards and three touchdowns) were

not lighting up the scoreboard. A talent like Johnson has the

potential to put up big numbers, it will just have to wait until

next year.

Kevin Johnson, WR Jaguars: In a matter of 24 hours, the Browns

waived Johnson and the Jaguars picked him up. He sat out last week,

but saw a lot of reps with the first team this weekend and could

possibly start for the Jags this weekend. Just because he is going

to start does not mean that he will produce. Jimmy Smith is the

only receiver producing in Jacksonville, so wait a couple weeks and

see how Johnson reacts to the new system.

Rudi Johnson, RB Bengals: The 5-foot-10, 220-pound bowling ball

has stepped in and out-played backfield mate Cory Dillon during

Dillon’s injury-induced absence. Last week when Dillon was healthy

enough to play, Johnson out-gained him by 145 yards and should see

the bulk of the carries again this week against a vulnerable San

Diego Charger defense.

Chad Johnson, WR Bengals: A teammate of Rudi Johnson, Chad and

Rudi are two of the reasons the Bengals have looked less like the

Bengals and more like the Chiefs. Last week Johnson, Chad that is,

guaranteed a victory over the Chiefs, and it came true. Johnson is

one of the best receivers in the league, and definitely the best

one with the last name of Johnson. Trade for him. Give up a

top-notch receiver, because there are not too many receivers out

there better than this guy.

Brad Johnson, QB Buccaneers: Last week I said this guy was a

keeper, but now his stock is in question. Keyshawn Johnson was a

huge piece of the team because he took pressure off other Buccaneer

receivers who found it easy to get open. Without Keyshawn that

luxury will be gone. The lone factor that could save Brad Johnson’s

value is the play of WR Joe Jurevicius, who will most likely see

more balls now that Johnson is gone.

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