Owen Daniels, meanwhile, has intercepted the "No. 1 target" throw, cashing in with what could become a career campaign. Per the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, a Texans authority, the seven-year vet "looks quicker than ever off the line of scrimmage. He's quicker in and out of his cuts. He looks faster than at any time since he suffered a major knee injury midway through the 2009 season."
Daniels owners feeling full
Daniels' 33 targets on the year trump Johnson's by three. Conversion percentages: Daniels 69.7, Johnson 56.7. The surging tight end hasn't seen fewer than five or caught fewer than three in a game all year. Daniels finally looks like he's showing the elite skills he's flashed throughout his injury-stalled career.
Matt Schaub, who's been his efficient self and is remaining upright, seems more comfortable with Daniels. He's likely to remain a top-10, if not better, TE as long as he's on the field.
Gary Kubiak told the media this week that he needs to call more plays for Johnson, however. If the frequency of No. 80's calls picks up, maybe he will, too. But how inclined is Koob to go away from what's working for his undefeated squad?
Buying low on Johnson stands as a valid fantasy notion on the surface, especially with Kubiak saying his star wideout needs more food. Houston's remaining schedule features many delicious dates, too.
Still, I hesitate to proclaim such a fantasy move would carry much profit, depending on how your market shapes up. What must you give up for him? Johnson's name still carries weight, and his owners will likely still want a bloated ransom for him.
After all, Johnson will continue commanding the most attention from Houston's opponents in passing downs. Arian Foster (and sometimes Ben Tate) pays the bills in this zone-blocking, ground-dominated scheme. The aerial game works off it when needed and when matchups are right.
That can only go so far, though, if a team stands by the run. People were cozy in assuming Johnson would be elite as long as he remained on the field, not taking fully into account Houston's identity.
To take one of the best lines from the titular flick: " ... You like to be comfortable and I like to be comfortable, too, but comfort can lull you into a dangerous tranquility."
It's an unfortunate case: a talented accessory stuck in a successful program that doesn't need him as the main course. That's why Johnson owners will carry the unfortunate hunger for the elite production he used to serve.
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About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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