ESPNews reports Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has been deactivated for the Bengals' Week 12 game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Nov. 20, for an unspecified violation of team rules.
This is another hit for frustrated Johnson owners that have received just 41 receptions for 383 yards and four touchdowns from the embattled receiver. He still possesses too much fantasy value to release, though, barring a dire situation.
Wide receiver Chris Henry is likely to be the starter opposite of wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Henry is probably not owned in your league (available in 91 percent of leagues polled), but based on his potential, if he's available, he could be acquired if you are desperate. He has just eight catches for 82 yards this year, but Henry can break out for a huge game at any time. His matchup this week is less than favorable, so temper your expectations.
Houshmandzadeh also receives a boost in fantasy value this week as he could be targeted more with Johnson out. Keep him in your lineup as usual.
Rookie receiver Andre Caldwell could see the field this week as the No. 3 receiver. He has played in just one game and hasn't caught a pass in his young career. He isn't much of a fantasy factor this week and probably should be left on the waiver wire except in deep leagues.
The Cincinnati's offensive line is a problem with left tackle Levi Jones (back) and left guard Andrew Whitworth (ankle) out this week. Versatile backup offensive linemen Scott Kooistra (knee) is also out this week.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick may not have the time to get the ball downfield against the Steelers' pass rush. This may force tight ends Reggie Kelly and Ben Utecht to stay in to block more, which negates any increase in fantasy value each would normally receive from the loss of a starting receiver. Neither player is worth acquiring for this week. Fitzpatrick is not worth starting, either, due to the loss of a main target, two starting offensive linemen and the aforementioned Steelers' pass rush.
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