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Charles Johnson | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 217
College: Grand Valley State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 7 (216) / GB
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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel said Charles Johnson was the receiver who "popped out most during spring workouts."
This is especially noteworthy considering Vensel questioned Johnson's spot on the roster earlier this month. Playing ahead of first-round pick Laquon Treadwell, Johnson reportedly made several plays throughout minicamp. He is not going to hold off Treadwell through training camp, but Johnson likely ensured his place on the roster with a strong spring. He will still need an injury to Treadwell or Stefon Diggs to become a fantasy factor in the Vikings' run-heavy attack. Jun 18 - 1:03 PM

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Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes Charles Johnson's roster spot could be in jeopardy.

Johnson was a trendy WR2/3 in fantasy drafts last summer but he fell flat with a dismal 2015 campaign that included just nine catches for 127 yards and no touchdowns. Injuries played a role in his struggles but with first-round pick Laquon Treadwell on board and Cordarrelle Patterson helping the team on kick returns, Johnson will need a strong showing in camp to nail down a roster spot. With noodle-armed Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, the Vikings will continue to funnel their offense through Adrian Peterson.
Jun 9 - 3:52 PM

Vikings WR Charles Johnson says he was affected by his broken rib for nearly six weeks last season.

Johnson suffered the injury, which wasn't previously known to be a break, in Week 3. He says he didn't feel like himself again until Week 8. "You can't sneeze, you can't move, laughing hurts," Johnson said. Johnson was tabbed as a breakout player last season, but instead cratered after turning heads down the stretch in 2014. We love Johnson's physical skills, but even with Mike Wallace no longer in the picture, his upside is limited in Minnesota's run-obsessed attack.
Apr 7 - 3:44 PM

Vikings declared WR Charles Johnson, C Nick Easton, DT Kenrick Ellis, QB Taylor Heinicke, DE Zach Moore, T Jeremiah Sirles and LB Brandon Watts inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Seahawks.

Johnson is a healthy scratch. Everson Griffen (shoulder), Linval Joseph (foot), Zach Line (illness), Adrian Peterson (back) and Adam Thielen (back, shoulder) are all active for the Vikes.
Jan 10 - 11:58 AM

Charles Johnson caught 1-of-2 targets for 25 yards in the Vikings' Week 9 win over the Rams.

Johnson got a lot of early run in this one. The Vikings were running a number of two-RB, two-TE sets with one receiver, and Johnson was that guy. Later, Stefon Diggs managed to catch a few balls to lead the Vikings in yards with 42 on a day the team managed 145 through the air. Johnson isn't worth owning in 12- and 14-team redraft leagues as a low-upside WR6.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 05:33:00 PM

Charles Johnson caught his lone target for 35 yards in the Vikings' Week 8 win over the Bears.

For the second straight Sunday, Johnson made his lone catch count, as this week's set up Blair Walsh's game-winning field goal and was made in heavy traffic. Johnson lost his starting job to Stefon Diggs, but we wouldn't be surprised if his snaps begin to increase at Mike Wallace's expense going forward. Johnson will be a WR6 when the Vikings face the Rams in Week 9.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 04:19:00 PM

Charles Johnson caught 1-of-2 targets for 21 yards in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Lions.

Johnson's 21-yard catch was a big one deep down the middle, but he played limited snaps behind Mike Wallace, Stefon Diggs, and Jarius Wright. Johnson is now the No. 4 receiver in Minnesota.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 04:57:00 PM

Charles Johnson (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 7 against the Lions.

Johnson is ready to return, but his role is up in the air. Stefon Diggs practiced with the first team Friday and is expected to start opposite Mike Wallace. Johnson was averaging just three targets per game prior to going down.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 05:38:00 PM

Charles Johnson (ribs) is practicing in full for Week 7.

It's great news for Johnson, but it appears Stefon Diggs has stolen his starting job. Coach Mike Zimmer has been mum on the matter, but Diggs caught 13 passes for 216 yards during Johnson's two-game absence. Johnson would still man the outside in three-receiver sets, but it takes whatever was left of his fantasy value. We were high on Johnson in the preseason, but he's been a total bust after shining down the stretch in 2014. He remains a hold in Dynasty leagues.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 05:17:00 PM

Charles Johnson (ribs) says he was "close" to suiting up for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Johnson didn't, and Stefon Diggs had another huge game in his absence, likely pushing Johnson to the bench, at least in three-receiver sets. We love Johnson's play-making ability, but he hasn't been the same player he was in 2014. He's not a must hold in 12-team leagues.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 03:31:00 PM

Charles Johnson (ribs) is inactive for Week 6 against the Chiefs.

Johnson returned to practice this week, but will miss his second straight game. Stefon Diggs will start opposite Mike Wallace and is a low-end streaming option. The rest of Minnesota's inactives are DE Everson Griffen, C Nick Easton, DE Justin Trattou, CB Jabari Price, TE Chase Ford, and QB Taylor Heinicke.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 11:53:00 AM

Charles Johnson (ribs) is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Although Johnson participated in practice all week, the Vikings consider him 50:50 to play Sunday against Kansas City. If Johnson is still less than full health, this could give the Vikings an excuse to play Stefon Diggs over him.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 03:49:00 PM

Charles Johnson (ribs) practiced again on Thursday.

Johnson missed Minnesota's Week 4 game against the Broncos, but had the bye week to heal up. He'll be active against Kansas City, but has only eight targets through three games, dropping him off the fantasy radar.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 02:35:00 PM

Charles Johnson (ribs) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

Johnson sat out Week 4, and this is his first action since getting hurt Week 3. A huge disappointment to this point, Johnson won't be a recommended fantasy option if he's able to suit up Sunday against the Chiefs.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 02:35:00 PM

Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ribs) did not practice on Monday.

Johnson said before the bye he hopes to return this week, but he is not off to a great start. Even if he plays, Johnson is not a usable fantasy option in the Vikings' run-heavy scheme.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 12:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Shaun Hill
3Taylor Heinicke
4Joel Stave
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Matt Asiata
4Jhurell Pressley
5C.J. Ham
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1Zach Line
2Blake Renaud
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Charles Johnson
3Adam Thielen
4Terrell Sinkfield
5Isaac Fruechte
WR21Laquon Treadwell
2Jarius Wright
3Cordarrelle Patterson
4Moritz Boehringer
5Marken Michel
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4David Morgan
5Brian Leonhardt
LT1Matt Kalil
2T.J. Clemmings
3Carter Bykowski
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
3Austin Shepherd
C1John Sullivan
2Joe Berger
3Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Mike Harris
3Zac Kerin
RT1Andre Smith
2Phil Loadholt
3Willie Beavers
K1Blair Walsh