Despite Madden Curse, Calvin Johnson more than meets the eye

      October 25, 2012 @ 16:20:24 PDT

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Coming off a three-catch, 34-yard stinker versus Charles Tillman and the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, Calvin Johnson missed a Wednesday Detroit Lions walk-through because of a knee injury sustained in that contest.

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson
Megatron vanquished?

He's one of a few players on the Lions - probably in the NFL - that doesn't necessarily need to practice much (if at all) to play. After all, he's from Cybertron.

Still, just like his cartoon counterpart, Megatron hasn't succeeded in most of his weekly missions, at least to his draft value levels. In standard scoring leagues, he stands at 17th among wide receivers with 63 points in 2012 - good for a 10.5 per-game average. In PPRs, he's 14th with 101, with a 16.8 average. Not horrific, not outstanding: either way, far from what his drafters expected.

Wait ... I think I just heard ... "BOO ... M!" Do I smell turducken? Just in time for Halloween, it's ... the Madden Curse. Oooooooooooooooh....

Do stories of ghosts and spells come true? Some fantasy players think so.

The majority of Johnson's hex rests on that pesky touchdown category, one of the most fluctuating registers in sports. Johnson has just one six-pointer to his name this year, and that happened all the way back in Week 3 off the right arm of Shaun Hill.

Matthew Stafford's difficulties in commanding the offense and locating No. 81 inside the 20 are the chief concerns for Megatron's fantasy football future. In fact, Keith gave the slinger an ultimatum last week; safe to say the per se sophomore didn't respond. Defenses have clamped down on this pair all year in the red zone, a region where Detroit ranks next to last in the NFL in efficiency.

Nate Burleson's broken leg took away a reliable diversion that occasionally made defenses think about leaving Johnson with less coverage. Titus Young and Ryan Broyles have potential but hardly scare secondaries. Brandon Pettigrew's drops are becoming a bigger issue. This running game - wait, they have one?

Others to blame, too....

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