Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson put on short term IR.
Bad news for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Diontae Johnson fantasy managers everywhere, WR Diontae Johnson has been placed on short term IR. Johnson had sustained the dreaded hamstring strain in week 1 and we had been monitoring reports and knew he was in line to miss at least a couple of weeks. Now we have it officially that he will miss at least the next 4 weeks on short term IR.
Pittsburgh will have to navigate at least 4 weeks without their best WR Diontae Johnson. The earliest fantasy managers can expect Diontae back is week 7. This news comes ahead of a Monday night contest week 2 Vs the Cleveland Browns. All eyes will be on the Pittsburgh O to find out who will emerge to soak up all the targets left behind by the perennial 140+ target man Diontae Johnson.
Will this be the opportunity Pickens managers have been hoping for? Will the Allen Robinson truthers prevail? Or will the Calvin Austin stans win the night? All eyes will be on the WR core and where sophomore QB Kenny Picket goes, but the second-leading receiver in targets from last year will be the one to continue to surprise, it is Pat Freiermuth season. Coming off a tough matchup Week 1 against the stout 49ers defense in which he left early, Pat Freiermuth is ready for a bounce back. Kenny Pickett’s most trusted target will be Pat Freiermuth once again.
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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.