After one of his quietest weeks ever in Week 4, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson will look to get back on the right track Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. Johnson was held to one catch for minus-1 yard Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Johnson's season peaked in Week 2 with eight receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers. He was held to 85 yards on six catches the next week against the Jets, a game in which Johnson suffered a hamstring injury that nagged him throughout the next week.
Fantasy impact: For the last two weeks, rookie receiver Robert Woods has seen more offensive snaps than Johnson, though that seems more likely a result of Johnson's injury than a change in team strategy.
Thursday night's game will pit the Buffalo offense against a stout Cleveland Browns defense, which has been strong against the run all season. With Bills' main running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson both banged up (and Spiller a game-time decision), the Bills will probably have to go through the air if they hope to have any success in the game.
Cornerback Joe Haden is a stud for Cleveland, and if he matches up with Johnson, that could limit him still, but the likely lack of a running game still helps Johnson's overall value. He's a WR3/flex option, but a perfectly fine one at that level.