Megatron may be an All-Universe wide receiver, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t susceptible to chinks in his armor. Whether it was his knee, his hand, his thigh, or whatever else, Johnson couldn’t help but play hurt for most of the 2009 season. He still had a handful of WR1-type games on the year, but toss on top of his injury woes that he was constantly TRIPLE-teamed and had a rookie QB throwing to him, and his mediocre season really shouldn’t surprise anyone. He was still a target-machine, as he made the league’s top-10 by averaging just over 9.7 targets/game, but the exaggerated harassment from multiple defenders and accuracy issues that come with a rookie QB were enough to keep his TD and reception totals lower than fantasy owners would have liked. On a personal note, he did have 14 receptions for 219 yards and 1 TD in 2 games against the Bears, so we’re sure he feels pretty good about that…
To expect anything less than 75+ receptions, 1,200+ yards, and 10+ TDs in 2010 would be absolutely absurd in the utmost definition of the word. First of all, Megatron has more talent playing at ¾ speed than 95% of the league (which is exactly what he was doing last year). Second, he will be at 100% this year, so ignore that last statement and all the injuries he dealt with in 2009. Third, with all the skill-position talent that the Lions surrounded him with this past offseason (i.e. Jahvid Best, Nate Burleson, Tony Scheffler), he will no longer have to deal with double or triple coverage. Fourth, he and Stafford will have had a full offseason to get in sync, and this time, they’ll both be 100% healthy. In fact, the two of them were really starting to feel each other at the end of last season as they hooked up for a touchdown in each of the last three games they played together, with Calvin going over 100 yards in two of those games. Make no mistake about it; Megatron is a #1 fantasy WR again in 2010.
~ Health is the biggest concern with Megatron at this point, but he will be 100% going into the season
~ The new decepticons added to the Lions offense should give Megatron more room in the secondary
~ The Lions upgraded their offensive line, which should give Stafford enough time to find Calvin more often
~ One of the biggest progression periods for a QB is in between their rookie and sophomore seasons, another plus for ‘Tron
Calvin is now entering the fourth season of the six-year, $55.5 million contract he inked as a rookie. The deal contained $27.178 million guaranteed, including an initial roster bonus of $2.502 million, along with the base salaries of his fourth and fifth year (2010-11). Another $8.5 million was also available through incentives. Megatron is a kid in a candy store on Sundays; his contract situation is irrelevant to his fantasy production. The big fella’ simply loves the game: