The prized free agent signing for Indianapolis caught his first two TD passes as a Colt against his former team on Thursday Night Football. Andre Johnson got off to an incredibly slow start to the season, but things are looking up for the 13th year veteran.
With Matt Hasselbeck under center for the 2nd straight week, Johnson found himself benefitting with Luck on the bench. His 77 receiving yards this past week were more than he had in the first 4 weeks combined, he added 2 TDs as well, his first multi-touchdown game since week 10 of the 2013 season.
While he is coming off a great fantasy performance, let’s face it; Andre Johnson just isn’t the player that he once was. With Luck set to return this week, Johnson’s value takes a dip based on his poor rapport with Luck during the first 3 games of the season. In 3 games together, Johnson saw a respectable 17 targets, but the amount regressed each week. His 7 catches reeled in only 51 receiving yards. Not to mention no catches last week with Hasselbeck.
His 20+ fantasy points in week 5 quadrupled his total through the first 4 games. Consistency is clearly an issue at this stage of his career, a trait which is arguably the most important for fantasy owners. Johnson was bound to have a big day against his former team, you could even use that against him as well. He won’t play any harder against any other team the rest of the season.
Andre Johnson has faded into a depth role in that receiving corps. Donte Moncrief has emerged as the #2 option in the passing game, and even Phillip Dorsett and Coby Fleener has more receiving yards than Johnson.
The Colts offense as a whole just hasn’t lived up to expectations. With Andrew Luck under center and the additions of veterans, Johnson and Frank Gore, many expected Indy’s offense to click on all cylinders and be among the best in the league. It has been quite the opposite. The offensive line has taken a big toll on the offense’s success and has prevented them from getting into rhythm all season long. That hurts the fantasy value of everyone in that unit.
All signs indicate a sell on Andre Johnson moving forward. He’s just hasn’t fit the role that the Colts expected, nor is he the player that he once was. If you expect him to build off his week 5 performance, I would suggest you to think otherwise; the consistency isn’t there anymore.