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Quentin Johnston is Not That Guy (At Least Yet)

Plenty of rookies from this year’s 2023 draft class haven’t exactly been utilized in the way many fantasy mangers had hoped coming into the season - names like Jahmyr Gibbs and Jaxon Smith-Njigba come to mind. But there’s been perhaps no bigger disappointment through the first third of the season than Chargers WR Quentin Johnston who, despite a pass-first offense and injuries to players ahead of him, hasn’t been able to put anything of note together in his first few games in the NFL.

Not even an injury to Mike Williams seems to have been able to buy the rookie 1st-rounder playing time in the Chargers’ offense.

Not only has Johnston been unable to get onto the field on a consistent basis: he’s also been downright bad even when he does get some snaps. His 8% target share and 9% targets per route run are number barely even worth mentioning in a fantasy newsletter, and he’s been utterly useless in fantasy lineups and a total bench clogger so far in 2023 - he’s averaging just 2 PPR points per game on an offense that features this year’s overall QB1 in points per game.

That’s resulted in his ownership plummeting to just 41% across Sleeper leagues, 37% on NFL fantasy, 35% in ESPN Leagues, and 22% on Yahoo! leagues. At this point, anyone holding Johnston is clutching their pearls in hopes of things turning around for Johnston as the season wears on - but what we’ve seen so far suggests that even if he does see an uptick in usage, you might be better off chasing any potential value on the waiver wire later on than sacrificing a valuable roster spot now.


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