What Is Diontae Johnson’s Fantasy Football Value | 2024 Carolina Panthers Fantasy Football Draft Guide

by Dylan Clemons
What Is Diontae Johnson's Fantasy Football Value | 2024 Carolina Panthers Fantasy Football Draft Guide

The Carolina Panthers offseason has been an eventful one, with yet another regime in town. In this draft guide, we will break down some of the biggest questions heading into the Fantasy Football season. Those questions include Diontae Johnson's Fantasy Football value: whether Bryce Young can become Fantasy viable, and who the running back is you want to draft between Chubba Hubbard and Jonathan Brooks.

After the Panthers fired head coach Frank Reich mid-season, they landed on Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales. Canales was a hot coaching candidate after revamping the career of Baker Mayfield in Tampa Bay. The Panthers hope he can do the same for Bryce Young.

That was the theme of the offseason, trying to do everything they could to help Bryce Young. They beefed up the interior offensive line by signing Robert Hunt to a massive five-year $100 million contract and Damien Lewis to a four-year $53 million contract. Then perhaps the biggest move for the Panthers and Fantasy Football was trading for wide receiver Diontae Johnson. They also added running back Xavier Legette, Jonathan Brooks, and Ja'Tavion Sanders in the draft.

With the Panthers doing everything they can to improve the offense, that makes for a fun Fantasy Football season incoming. Now, let's go ahead and start diving into the biggest questions heading into the Fantasy Football season for this Panthers team.

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What Is Diontae Johnson's Fantasy Football Value


Acquiring Diontae Johnson was the headlining move for Fantasy Football and the Panthers. It has been a bit, but we have seen Diontae Johnson be a Fantasy Football stud. In 2021 Johnson finished as WR8 in points per game when he saw a massive amount of volume in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. Johnson saw 169 targets, which was second in the league while catching 107 of them.

The Steelers did everything they could to get the ball into Johnson's hands, and he produced. Johnson saw just an 8.2 average depth per target, which was 76th amongst wide receivers, and he still thrived. The plan in Carolina could be to use Johnson in a similar role because that's what Bryce Young thrives in. Young wants to get the ball out of his hands quickly and pick apart the opposing defenses in the short and intermediate routes.

While Johnson has target competition in the wide receiver room, I feel he is the clear alpha. Adam Thielen can still get it done, as he finished with 103 catches coming off back-to-back years of playing all 17 games. I am not sure that is a realistic expectation once again for the almost 34-year-old.

The Panthers also drafted Xavier Legette after trading into the last pick of the first round to get their guy. I am not sure they can rely on Legette for anything sustainable, as it took five years for him to break out at South Carolina.

Diontae Johnson is going off the board as WR43, and that screams like a massive value. At that price, you are getting him at his absolute floor. He finished as WR39 in fantasy points per game on an awful Steelers offense.

Can Bryce Young Become a Quarterback Streamer in 2024?

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After all of the Panthers' offensive moves, we will find out this year if Bryce Young can play at an NFL level. Last season was a disaster for the first overall pick, and the Panthers did not do him any favors by firing his head coach halfway through the season. They also didn't surround him with enough talent.

This year, the Panthers are looking to start over and are hoping newly hired head coach Dave Canales can get the best out of Young. There wasn't much good that we saw from Young as he ranked toward the bottom in almost all important categories that we looked at. The thought process is simple, though: beef up the offensive line to make the smaller Bryce Young comfortable and build the weapons around him.

Where Baker Mayfield and Dave Canales tried to thrive in Tampa Bay was taking deep shots as they led the NFL in deep targets. However, they were not always successful as they ranked 31st in deep ball completion percentage. By taking so many deep shots, however, it opens the underneath routes and running game where the Panthers would like to thrive.

By no means should Bryce Young be drafted in 1QB leagues. Although there is a stretch of games later in the season where Young could be useful if he has shown enough throughout the year. In weeks 14-17, Young goes up against the Eagles, Cowboys, Cardinals and Bucs. Three of those four teams ranked in the bottom ten of fantasy points per game allowed to the quarterback position.

Are we Drafting Chuba Hubbard or Jonathan Brooks from the Panthers backfield?

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If there was a bright spot outside of Adam Thielen on this roster last season it was the running game. Once Chuba Hubbard became the lead back in the backfield after their bye week in Week 7 Hubbard finished the season solid. After Week 7 Hubbard finished as a top-24 running back in five out of the last 10 weeks including two top-12 finishes.

Hubbard did that while seeing the third-most stacked boxes in the NFL. He was still able to produce because of his elusiveness. According to playerprofiler.com, Hubbard finished with the 18 most evaded tackles and 22nd in yards created in the NFL. If the passing game improves, he should see fewer stacked boxes.

Unfortunately for Hubbard truthers, the Panthers brought in more competition for him outside of just Miles Sanders who was there last season. The Panthers used a second-round pick on the standout running back from Texas, Jonathan Brooks, who was the first running back taken in the draft.

Brooks comes into this season after tearing his ACL in his final season with the Longhorns, which could cause him to miss the beginning of training camp. He is coming off a massive final year in college where he rushed for 1139 yards and 11 touchdowns. Brooks projects to be a solid pass catcher out of the backfield as well, catching 25 passes last season. With him being a 6 ' 216 pounds, he eventually projects to be an every-down back.

We likely see a running back by committee for most of the season with Chuba Hubbard leading the way to start as Brooks recovers from the ACL injury. By the end of the season, if Brooks is fully healthy he should take over as the lead-back in this offense.

Final Thoughts

My main final thought is that Diontae Johnson is a screaming value if he continues to come off draft boards as WR43. I believe he has a floor of a top-36 wide receiver value, and you can get him later in drafts.

As for the backfield, it depends on what you are looking for. I believe that Chuba Hubbard will be a serviceable RB20-30 to start the season as Jonathan Brooks recovers. However, for the back third of the season, with how much talent Jonathan Brooks has, and his having second-round draft capital, he could take over as the primary guy and be a league winner down the stretch.

Looking at Bryce Young, he is not someone I am willing to take shots on later in drafts. If he shows enough during the season, he may make for a capable streaming option. Although I am not counting on that, I just hope he can have a bounce-back season with a good offensive-minded head coach and solidify himself as the Panthers' future.


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