Anybody who needed a minimum of four points from Calvin Johnson on Monday night must have felt pretty good about their chances. Yes, Megatron has had trouble getting into the end zone this season (seriously, one touchdown?), but a mere 40 yards? Megatron does that in his sleep, right?
Oh no, wrong!
Johnson finished with 34 receiving yards, or just 3.4 fantasy points. That’s Titus Young territory, not what you expect from a guy you drafted in the first round.
Seriously, I thought people were losing their minds when I got Tweets asking if they should start James Jones over Megatron this weekend. It’s telling when a waiver-wire guy is viewed as a better start compared to a receiver who went in the FIRST ROUND. Now you can’t even count on him to come through for you on Monday night?
Look at this poor chap who just needed a decent, almost pedestrian performance from Megatron and Matthew Stafford of the Lions.
@adamrank down by 20. Have Calvin Johnson and Stafford going. Lose.
— Troll Cat (@2p2TrollCat) October 23, 2012
Been there, pal.
Somebody on Twitter asked me if this was Johnson’s worst performance in his career, but it wasn’t even his worst performance in the last calendar year. Johnson fizzled with a 29-yard performance against the Vikings last year in Week 14, the opening weekend of the fantasy playoffs. I remember thinking how mad I would have been in one of my leagues (considering it was the first round of the playoffs) had I not received a bye.
If those of you who have Johnson want a piece of good news, it should be noted Megatron had 760 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the three games after that Week 14 debacle. So you have that.
Not that it helps you much right now, anyway. This is a safe place. This is a place where we can talk about those fantasy stars who hurt us on Monday night. Consider this one big therapy session, and this is your therapy couch. Let us know if Jay Cutler, Matt Forte or even Jason Hanson hurt you. You’ll feel better if you let it out, like these nice folks.
— Scott Hascup (@scotthascup) October 23, 2012
@adamrank at least stafford pump faked it to pettigrew in the red zone at the very end…that’s an improvement right??
— Charlie Abbott (@cabbott86) October 23, 2012
Somebody on Twitter asked, “What do we do with Calvin Johnson now?” Well, you can’t bench him. I know I’m going to get a lot of questions about him. But trust me, it’s easier to take a loss when Johnson scores 3.4 points, instead of losing because you benched him and he scored 22.10 points. Trust me, I know what that’s like. So keep him in your lineups and in fact, I’d see if you could swindle him from some frustrated owner. I know I’m going to try to get him.
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