Diontae Johnson
Diontae Johnson to miss multiple weeks with Hamstring injury
10 months ago

Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson injured his hamstring week 1 versus the San Francisco 49ers and is now expected to miss multiple weeks opening up opportunities for other pass catchers in Pittsburgh to emerge.

Week 1 of the NFL season is back, and so are the injuries. Unfortunately for the Pittsburgh Steelers after a poor showing in the home opener against the vaunted 49ers Defense injury was added to insult with WR Diontae Johnson joining the litany of players who have sustained hamstring injuries early on this season.

 

Already down 27-7 early in the 3rd quarter Diontae Johnson made a big catch for 26yds but strained his hamstring in the process. Following the injury the Steelers turned to veteran WR Allen Robinson to fill the void as he saw an increased target share in the second half and ended the game with the most targets and yards on the Steelers posting an 8 target 5 catch 64 yard game. other notable WRs for the Steelers were sophomore WRs George Pickens 5-7 for 36 yards, and Calvin Austin 6-6 for 37 yards.

 

It was a difficult week 1 matchup for the Steelers O so there should be no surprise that second year QB Kenny Pickett failed to continue his hot play from the preseason. Fantasy managers should not be afraid to start pass catchers on the Steelers because of the week 1 let down. Now with the target hog Diontae Johnson out of the lineup for possibly multiple weeks per Adam Schefter, fantasy managers who believe in the talent of George Pickens should be starting him in lineups with confidence. For those who have reservations on the second year wideout, we will be watching. Allen Robinson saw the biggest bump in targets post Diontae injury and Calvin Austin has shown he can be an explosive playmaker on O for the Steelers. With all the injuries in the league, both players are viable waiver wire adds and flex candidates as long as Diontae is out.