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Underdog stories and their corresponding players are always fun to root for. We often connect with individual athletes’ challenges and struggles, and we often live vicariously through their experiences and triumphs. Second-year wide receiver Tyron Johnson did not appear in a single game as a rookie but is quickly becoming a recognized name across the league. In Week 15, he scored his third touchdown of the season and flashed his high upside once again.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyron Johnson caught three of his five targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 versus the Las Vegas Raiders. Johnson saw some extra snaps with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams both on snap counts and made the most of it. The speedy wide receiver only has 15 receptions on the season but has secured three touchdowns. Johnson will remain an insurance policy for Allen and Williams heading into Week 16 versus the Denver Broncos.
Undrafted Player, Untapped Potential
Johnson began his college career at LSU in 2015 but only played in four games before sitting out a year and transferring to Oklahoma State. He didn’t impress until his third and final collegiate season when he topped 800 receiving yards and scored seven touchdowns. His modest production profile led him to be undrafted in 2019, and Johnson bounced around several teams before eventually setting with the Chargers.
He made his professional debut in Week 4 of this season and made it count by reeling in a 53-yard score on his lone target. His production was anything but consistent in the weeks that followed, but he did continue to flash his deep play ability when given the opportunity. Now, over his last two weeks, he’s begun to truly make a name for himself. In his previous two games, he’s scored two touchdowns and topped 32 total fantasy points.
Dynasty Relevant Asset
Along with teammate Jalen Guyton, Johnson has started to fill out the downfield, big-play role that Williams has been known for. A closer look at Johnson’s stats reveals a few exciting details. He only has 15 receptions on the season but has topped 50 receiving yards in six different games. His 22.5 yards/reception leads all wide receivers with at least 20 targets this season. With those numbers, it’s no surprise that he’s been the most efficient pass catcher for rookie quarterback Justin Herbert.
Johnson sits no higher than third on the depth chart for the Chargers’ wide receivers. Veterans Allen and Williams will remain the top options moving forward, assuming full health. If Johnson can work his way onto the field more consistently while demonstrating a strong rapport with Herbert, he could be an intriguing stash in dynasty leagues moving forward. He’s played well in limited time already this season and could see his role grow in the weeks and seasons to come.