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Diontae Johnson

WR PIT

College: Toledo | 3 years
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 183 lbs
Birth Date: 7/5/1996
2022 Bye Week: 9

Total Pts: 276.4
Avg Pts: 16.26
Rank: 8 WR

Free Agent

2022 RTSports Outlook

Johnson had a career season, setting career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He was eighth overall in fantasy receiver scoring. He was ver consistent, getting a lot of weekly targets. Johnson had at least 11 fantasy points all but a game. He has 140-plus targets each of the last two seasons. It should be more of the same for Johnson this year as the No. 1 receiver for the Steelers. He will have a new quarterback throwing him passes this year (likely Mitchell Trubisky), but this might not be a bad thing. Ben Roethlisberger had a lot of struggles the past two seasons, but Johnson was still able to produce. Johnson is a small receiver with top speed and great moves. He can get in and out of his breaks in a hurry, making him a solid route runner. He lacks a little size, though, and can get pushed around in coverage. Johnson also will struggle some with drops, dropping 24 passes the last three years.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Johnson is a low-end No. 1 fantasy receiver. His lack of big touchdowns totals hold him back a little from the top options. He will get his catches and yards, though. Look for around 100 receptions for 1,100 yards and eight or so touchdowns.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson racked up 107 catches on 169 targets for 1,161 yards and eight scores over 16 games in 2021. The 25-year-old was fourth in league with a 29% team target share and 24th with a 5.0 YAC per reception in 2021. He led the team in receptions and receiving yards last year while catching passes from a washed-up version of Ben Roethlisberger, who retired earlier this offseason. The Steelers signed former No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky and drafted Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Johnson should see a heavy dose of targets in 2022, especially with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster signing with the Chiefs this offseason. While Trubisky or Pickett is a slight upgrade at quarterback over the aging Big Ben, Johnson will compete with Chase Claypool and second-round pick George Pickens for targets. Pittsburgh's offensive line will rank at the bottom of the league again but did receive an upgrade this offseason with the signing of RG James Daniels. Johnson should see a ton of catches through short-passing and intermediate routes. The former third-round pick is ranked 18th among all wideouts in the latest Rotoballer rankings but could smash his FFPC ADP of 44.68 if he can repeat or better last season. Johnson will lead the Steelers in most receiving categories and has the potential to finish a top-10 wideout by adding another 100 catches, 1,000 yards, and 6-to-8 touchdowns to his fantasy resume.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson racked up 107 catches on 169 targets for 1,161 yards and eight scores over 16 games in 2021. The 25-year-old was fourth in league with a 29% team target share and 24th with a 5.0 YAC per reception in 2021. He led the team in receptions and receiving yards last year while catching passes from a washed-up version of Ben Roethlisberger, who retired earlier this offseason. The Steelers signed former No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky and drafted Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Johnson should see a heavy dose of targets in 2022, especially with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster signing with the Chiefs this offseason. While Trubisky or Pickett is a slight upgrade at quarterback over the aging Big Ben, Johnson will compete with Chase Claypool and second-round pick George Pickens for targets. Pittsburgh's offensive line will rank at the bottom of the league again but did receive an upgrade this offseason with the signing of RG James Daniels. Johnson should see a ton of catches through short-passing and intermediate routes. The former third-round pick is ranked 18th among all wideouts in the latest Rotoballer rankings but could smash his FFPC ADP of 44.68 if he can repeat or better last season. Johnson will lead the Steelers in most receiving categories and has the potential to finish a top-10 wideout by adding another 100 catches, 1,000 yards, and 6-to-8 touchdowns to his fantasy resume.

Fantasy WeekPts
Scoring
Week 114.60Diontae Johnson 36 receiving yds (3.60 pts)
Diontae Johnson 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Diontae Johnson 5 yd TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger
Week 219.50Diontae Johnson 105 receiving yds (10.50 pts)
Diontae Johnson 9 receptions (9.00 pts)
Week 3
Week 424.20Diontae Johnson 92 receiving yds (9.20 pts)
Diontae Johnson 9 receptions (9.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Diontae Johnson 45 yd TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger
Week 515.20Diontae Johnson 72 receiving yds (7.20 pts)
Diontae Johnson 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Diontae Johnson 50 yd TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger
Week 618.60Diontae Johnson 25 rushing yds (2.50 pts)
Diontae Johnson 71 receiving yds (7.10 pts)
Diontae Johnson 9 receptions (9.00 pts)
Week 7
Week 815.80Diontae Johnson 98 receiving yds (9.80 pts)
Diontae Johnson 6 receptions (6.00 pts)
Week 911.70Diontae Johnson 11 rushing yds (1.10 pts)
Diontae Johnson 56 receiving yds (5.60 pts)
Diontae Johnson 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Week 1014.30Diontae Johnson 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 83 receiving yds (8.30 pts)
Diontae Johnson 7 receptions (7.00 pts)
Week 1123.10Diontae Johnson 101 receiving yds (10.10 pts)
Diontae Johnson 7 receptions (7.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Diontae Johnson 10 yd TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger
Week 1218.50Diontae Johnson 95 receiving yds (9.50 pts)
Diontae Johnson 9 receptions (9.00 pts)
Week 1330.50Diontae Johnson 105 receiving yds (10.50 pts)
Diontae Johnson 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 2 receiving TDs (12.00 pts)
. . . Diontae Johnson 29 yd TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger
. . . Diontae Johnson 5 yd TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger
Week 1415.30Diontae Johnson 7 rushing yds (0.70 pts)
Diontae Johnson 76 receiving yds (7.60 pts)
Diontae Johnson 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 1 receiving 2XP (2.00 pts)
Playoff Week 19.80Diontae Johnson 10 rushing yds (1.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 38 receiving yds (3.80 pts)
Diontae Johnson 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Playoff Week 216.10Diontae Johnson 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 51 receiving yds (5.10 pts)
Diontae Johnson 6 receptions (6.00 pts)
Diontae Johnson 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Diontae Johnson 15 yd TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger
Player Notes
Aug 4 12:30pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Aug 2 9:30pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Aug 2 2:30pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Aug 2 12:40am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Jul 23 1:13pm ET

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.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Jul 6 12:30am ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't expected to offer wide receiver Diontae Johnson anything near what Terry McLaurin got from the Washington Commanders or any other receiver that received more than $20 million per year. The Athletic's Mark Kaboly sees the Steelers offering him something, but it won't be what he thinks he can get on the market and he'll get paid somewhere else in 2023. Spotrac projects Johnson's market value at $22 million per season, but Kaboly writes the Steelers won't pay a wideout $22 million per year. The 26-year-old had his first 1,000-yard season and a career-high eight touchdowns on 107 receptions, but he could take a step back with Mitchell Trubisky under center this year. Still, Johnson should see plenty of volume as the team's No. 1 wideout, and he's a high-end WR2 in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Jul 3 11:13am ET

Dynasty | Steelers rookie receiver George Pickens isn't going to be asked to do much in his first season Dynasty Analysis: The Steelers have one of the best scouting departments when it comes to receivers and Pickens will have time to pick up the offense over time. That said, the team also has little experience or proven production behind starters Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool so it's not out of the question that Pickens could elevate himself, and his role, with a standout training camp. All eyes continue to be on the development of Claypool who had an underwhelming 2021 as well. It's not out of the question the team adds a veteran receiver in short order. As for Pickens, DLF's WR43, he continues to be a late first round selection in dynasty rookie drafts and seems to have a clear runway for an increasing role over the next year.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

May 31 1:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson wasn't at voluntary organized team activities last week, but he reported to practice on Tuesday. No reason was given for his absence last week, but it was reported that he was likely skipping voluntary practices because he's looking for a new contract. The 25-year-old has a total of 254 catches for 2,764 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons and is on track for unrestricted free agency next March if the Steelers don't give him a new deal. Johnson was a Pro Bowler for the first time in 2021, going for career-highs in catches (107), yards (1,161) and touchdowns (eight) in 16 games (14 starts). He continues to get better, but fantasy managers might not want to overpay given the Steelers quarterback situation heading into the 2022 season.

From RotoBaller

May 30 11:44pm ET

Dynasty | Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson has yet to report for OTAs and is expected to miss next weeks voluntary camp. Dynasty Analysis: The belief is that it may be contract related but it's far too early to ring any warning bells with only three missed OTA practices with a voluntary workout to come next week. Entering his final year of his rookie contract, Johnson will have every motivation to post big numbers once the lights are on. Diontae Johnson is DLF's WR14.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

May 30 11:44pm ET

Dynasty | Steelers receiver Chase Claypool was working at multiple positions in OTAs Dynasty Analysis: Claypool figures to take a big leap in snaps, role and production following the the departure of Juju Smith-Schuster. WR1 Diontae Johnson has yet to show for OTAs and is expected to miss next week's voluntary camp as well. Claypool has been seeing time at multiple positions as the team attempts to move him around the formation to generate coverage mismatches for the big target. Claypool's focus and optimism has been on display early in camp and appears to be headed for a breakout season in 2022. He's found as DLF's WR35.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

May 29 10:40am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson wasn't at any of the team's three organized team activity practices this past week, and it's likely that his contract situation had everything to do with that. Johnson is unlikely to show up to next week's voluntary sessions either. He's entering the final year of his rookie deal and will likely play the 2022 season without a long-term deal if an extension isn't agreed upon by the Sept. 11 opener. He'll be fined $88,650 if he misses all three days of mandatory minicamp in June. Johnson has been a high-floor PPR wideout in fantasy, and he posted his first 1,000-yard campaign with eight touchdowns on 107 receptions last year as a first-time Pro Bowler. The 25-year-old also has 20 touchdowns in his three NFL seasons, but he could take a step back this year with either Mitchell Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett at quarterback.

From RotoBaller

May 6 12:50pm ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers have always been the team that isn't willing to overpay for wide receivers, which makes it likely that contract-year wide receiver Diontae Johnson will sign elsewhere after the 2022 season, in the opinion of The Athletic's Mark Kaboly. The Steelers will present a number to Johnson at some point in the next few months, and they are unlikely to move off of it. Johnson was a first-time Pro Bowler last year and had a career-high 107 receptions for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns on 169 targets over 16 games. He'll remain the team's No. 1 receiving threat, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has retired, leaving either Mitchell Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett to start under center. That will lower Johnson's fantasy ceiling and floor in 2022.

From RotoBaller

Apr 25 12:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson wants to stay with the team long-term. "My understanding is that Diontae Johnson wants to be in Pittsburgh long-term. I think he's prepared to play it out...I think he sees himself as having a chance in Year 4 to be a top guy," ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler said. The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2022. He was a first-time Pro Bowler in 2021, setting career-highs across the board in receptions (107), targets (169), receiving yards (1,161) and touchdowns (eight) in 16 games played. Johnson is an explosive player, but his fantasy ceiling will be capped as a WR2 with Mitchell Trubisky now the Steelers quarterback.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 04-Aug-2022: PIT Diontae Johnson - Re-signed - Two-year extension (through 2024)
  • 07-Jan-2022: PIT Diontae Johnson - Reinstated
  • 06-Jan-2022: PIT Diontae Johnson - Reserve, Non-Football Injury - COVID-19
  • 08-May-2019: PIT - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2022)
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