Calvin Johnson: Fantasy Expectations for Record-Breaking WR in Week 17

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2012

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 22:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions leaves the huddle while playing the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on December 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 31-18. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Calvin Johnson set the all-time NFL single-season receiving record on Saturday night, and the big wideout now has an outside chance of surpassing 2,000 yards in the Detroit Lions' Week 17 season finale.

Megatron has been absolutely unstoppable in 2012, hauling in 117 receptions for 1,892 yards and five touchdowns through 15 contests. He’s helped many fantasy owners deep into their playoffs and could again come up huge for those in leagues that hold their championship game this coming Sunday.

Unfortunately, Johnson will be playing one of the only teams he struggled against in 2012: the Chicago Bears. Cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman held the superstar WR in check, conceding a mere three catches (on 11 targets) and 34 total yards in a Week 7 13-7 Bears victory.

That was Johnson’s lowest yardage output of the season. but it was also well before the former Georgia Tech star became simply uncontainable. Since Week 9, Johnson hasn’t had fewer than 118 yards receiving in any given week and will be looking to become the first receiver in NFL history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark.

No matter who guards Johnson next Sunday, we believe Johnson's going to have a huge performance and easily generate over 120 yards, with a potential TD, to end the season on a positive note.

In fact, we’re projecting that Megatron will finish Week 17 by hauling in nine receptions (on 14 targets) for 132 yards and one touchdown.

Those are great statistics that will put him above the 2K mark and help fantasy owners with a late championship matchup conquer their opponents.

While it’s not going to be easy for Johnson against the Bears secondary, if we’ve learned anything about the young man, it’s that he is unquestionably resilient. Expect him to find a way to get open and produce to end the 2012 campaign.