By Jeff Brubach
Johnson checks in as the player with the highest catch rate (outside of Witten) on our Top 10 list, as he caught 69 percent of his 162 targets in 2012. Last season, Johnson was healthy for all 16 games for the first time since 2009, and it showed in his excellent fantasy production. 112 catches and 1,598 yards were the result of his heavy workload which led many fantasy owners to title town.
2013 provides an interesting scenario for Johnson, as he should be in line for a strong number of targets once again, as DeAndre Hopkins is the only notable addition to the Houston passing attack. While the rookie should learn a great deal alongside Andre Johnson, he won’t likely leave Johnson begging for scraps in the targets department. The major factor, as always with Johnson, is health. Another 16 game season at the age of 32 seems highly unlikely, and it would be foolish of fantasy owners to count on that type of health from the notoriously dinged-up Texan. If he once again plays a full slate of games in 2013, Johnson will be a Top 10 fantasy receiving option, but is more likely destined for Top 15-20 status due to his injury issues.
Check in next week for the top five most targeted NFL pass catchers from 2012.