Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley indicated that tests on rookie first-round wide receiver Quentin Johnston (ribs) showed nothing serious and that he should be able to practice this week. Johnston injured his ribs in the third quarter of Sunday night's Week 12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and never returned despite being medically cleared on the sidelines. The 22-year-old finished with just one catch on three targets for seven yards. Johnston has struggled with drops and has failed to live up to his draft pedigree through his first 11 NFL games, catching 21 of his 37 targets for 190 yards and one touchdowns. He hasn't capitalized on an expanded role with Joshua Palmer (knee) on Injured Reserve. Johnston is a hold in dynasty/keeper leagues, but he can't be trusted in starting lineups given his recent play and trouble with dropped passes.
Nov 27, 2023 6:45 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver didn't do anything in a Week 12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. In a game where quarterback Justin Herbert threw the ball 44 times, the first-round pick Johnston made just one catch for seven yards. He was targeted three times. Johnston ended the Chargers game in Week 11 by dropping a sure touchdown pass than landed in his hands, and while he didn't have any plays so blatant this time, he still missed a pass that most other first-round picks would have caught. It's been a tough season for Johnston and most of the Chargers offense. The rookie should be nowhere near any fantasy starting lineups this season.
Nov 27, 2023 12:56 AM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston will look to bounce back from a tough Week 11 performance in a Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Johnston caught just two passes in Week 11, dropping a perfect throw from quarterback Justin Herbert on what would have been an almost certain game-winning touchdown. The rookie was wide open and the ball hit him in the hands in stride, but somehow it ended up on the ground. Johnston was visibly upset and did not get another chance in that game. The rookie and the entire Chargers team will hope to watch him bounce back from his toughest moment as a pro so far, but that doesn't make him worth starting in any but the deepest fantasy leagues.
Nov 23, 2023 12:17 AM EST
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Quentin Johnston made highlights for all the wrong reasons in the team's 23-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The first-round rookie caught just two of his six targets for 21 yards. His low point came with just 30 seconds left in the game. As Justin Herbert attempted to lead a game-winning drive, he found Johnston wide open streaking down the field. The ball hit his hands and fell to the ground. A touchdown would have put the Chargers ahead and all but secured a victory. At worst, it would have set up Los Angeles for a game-tying field goal. The Chargers' season is starting to fall apart. Keenan Allen is the only Los Angeles wideout worth trusting until Joshua Palmer (knee) returns from injured reserve.
Nov 20, 2023 9:43 AM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston will look to keep building up his momentum in a Week 11 game against the Green Bay Packers. Johnston has gotten his career off to a slow start, but his best performances have come in his last three games, with his first NFL touchdown coming in Week 10. With Keenan Allen (shoulder) questionable, Johnston could end up with a key role in the Chargers passing game. He's a risky option with a low floor, but there's definitely some upside there even if Allen plays.
Nov 16, 2023 11:43 AM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston caught his first career touchdown in a Week 10 loss to the Detroit Lions. Johnston was targeted four times, making four catches for 34 yards and the score. His touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a one-yard pass from Justin Herbert. It was a good game for the rookie, who has taken on an extended role with both Mike Williams (knee) and Joshua Palmer (knee) on IR. Johnston still has not shown much upside though, so he'll be hard to trust as a fantasy starter next week against the Packers.
Nov 13, 2023 12:07 AM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston remains off the fantasy radar in most formats for a Week 10 game against the Detroit Lions. Johnston should be playing a large role in the offense with Joshua Palmer (knee) on IR, but the rookie has caught just eight passes since the Chargers Week 5 bye. He's yet to finish higher than the overall WR52, and while he certainly has the talent and the opportunity to pop off in the second half of the season, he's shown nothing yet to prove that he can.
Nov 9, 2023 5:05 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston faded back into a background role in a Week 9 win over the New York Jets. Johnston was targeted three times, making two catches for 14 yards. The three targets actually put him third on the team in a game where Keenan Allen dominated the passing game. Johnston saw a little bump in playing time and production for a couple of games after Mike Williams (knee) and Joshua Palmer (knee) went down, but it looks like he's faded back into a support role again. The Chargers will go back home to face off against the Detroit Lions in Week 10.
Nov 7, 2023 12:07 AM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston could have an expanded role once again in a Week 9 game against the New York Jets. With Joshua Palmer (knee) out in Week 8, Johnston set new career highs by playing on 70% of offensive snaps, seeing six targets, and gaining 50 yards. Palmer figures to be limited if he is even able to play this week, so Johnston should see an uptick once again. A tough Jets defense limits his upside, and his floor is somewhat concerning as well, but he's a dart-throw option in deeper leagues if Palmer misses the game on Monday night.
Nov 3, 2023 1:32 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston had the best game of his NFL career so far in a Week 8 win over the Chicago Bears. Johnston was targeted six times, catching five passes for 50 yards. It was a new career high in targets, catches, and yards for the rookie, whose arrow is pointing at least slightly up for the first time since draft day.
Oct 30, 2023 1:31 AM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston could have a larger role in a Week 8 game against the Chicago Bears. Johnston hasn't done much of anything since being drafted in the first round, putting up just 10 fantasy points in his NFL career so far. But with Mike Williams (knee) out for the year and Joshua Palmer (knee) questionable to play this week, Johnston could find himself as the second wide receiver behind only Keenan Allen. If Palmer plays, Johnston remains unstartable in almost any format, but if he only has Allen ahead of him, the rookie could be an interesting dart throw in a FLEX spot in deeper leagues.
Oct 26, 2023 3:18 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston made one catch in a Week 7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, gaining 20 yards. He was targeted twice, and the single 20-yard catch set a new career high for Johnston for yards in a game. It's been a slow start to the rookie's career, who should certainly be held in dynasty leagues but is reaching un-rosterable status in redraft leagues.
Oct 22, 2023 8:21 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston is not a startable fantasy option in a Week 7 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnston has all the talent in the world but just doesn't seem to have a role in the Chargers offense yet. He's essentially a part-time player right now, with a 54% route run rate and only an 8.2% target share. He's totaled just seven fantasy points all season, bottoming out with zero in Week 6. He's worth stashing in leagues with deep benches, but shouldn't be anywhere near a starting lineup at this point.
Oct 19, 2023 1:58 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston has failed to capitalize so far with Mike Williams (knee) out for the rest of the season. In the 20-17 loss to the visiting Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, Johnston wasn't able to catch either of his two targets. So far through five games in his first NFL season, Johnston has been a first-round bust, as he's caught just six passes on 13 targets for 44 yards and no touchdowns. Joshua Palmer has taken the expanded opportunity with Williams sidelined and run with it to essentially become the No. 2 pass-catcher behind target hog Keenan Allen in the Chargers offense. The 22-year-old Johnston has seen slightly more playing time the last two games, but for now he belongs on the waiver wire in single-year fantasy formats.
Oct 17, 2023 12:52 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston made just one catch in a Week 4 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. The rookie pass catcher was targeted three times, including once in the end zone, making one catch for 18 yards. With Mike Williams (knee) out for the season, Josh Palmer ended up taking more of his role instead of the rookie Johnston. That may remain the case after the Chargers bye week, but we'll see if they choose to change things around with the extra practice time.
Oct 1, 2023 8:02 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Quentin Johnston has had a quiet first three games to begin his career. The TCU product was selected by the Chargers with the 21st pick of the 2023 NFL Draft but started the season behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Joshua Palmer on the depth chart. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is confident Johnston can step up after the season-ending knee injury suffered by Williams in Week 3. "All he needs to continue to do is do what he's done ever since he's been here, which is to continue to make progress on the field," Staley said. "Over time, he's going to make more and more plays for us. We're really happy with him, and he's going to get to shine in a bigger way now." The 6'4" rookie will have a chance to put up fantasy-relevant numbers in the team's pass-happy offense led by Justin Herbert.
Sep 27, 2023 9:34 AM EST
If Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams' knee injury causes him to miss significant time (potentially the rest of the season), first-round rookie receiver Quentin Johnston could be called upon much earlier than expected moving forward. Johnston played 27 percent of the offensive snaps in his NFL debut in Week 1 and just 15 percent of the snaps in the Week 2 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. In his first three games, he has just five receptions on eight targets for 26 yards, but his role will be increasing in three-wide sets if Williams misses extended time. Joshua Palmer should still be the priority waiver-wire addition in standard-sized fantasy leagues this week, but Johnston deserves some consideration as well in deeper leagues.
Sep 25, 2023 11:01 AM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston only made one catch in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 2. Johnston saw two targets, making the one catch for seven yards. The Chargers passing game spread the ball around to nine different targets, focusing on Keenan Allen and Mike Williams for eight catches each, not leaving much for any other pass catchers. Johnston has the talent to be a serious factor in the NFL, but fantasy managers will need to continue to be patient with him before they see consistent results.
Sep 17, 2023 5:14 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston could see more action in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans. In Week 1, Johnston was targeted three times, making two catches for just nine yards. The Chargers mostly relied on their running backs, but they'll likely need to throw more often against a weak Titans secondary. Johnston is still well behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams on the wide receiver depth chart, but he may have already passed Joshua Palmer. Johnston has huge upside, but patience will most likely be needed through these early weeks.
Sep 14, 2023 3:39 PM EST
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston made his NFL debut on Sunday and came up with two catches. He was targeted three times, and gained just nine yards total. The Chargers went with a very run-focused offensive attack, not leaving much in terms of opportunities for their receivers. Still, Johnston did receive one more target than Joshua Palmer, a good sign for his future usage in what should be a strong offensive team.
Sep 11, 2023 1:45 AM EST