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Charles Johnson | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 217
College: Grand Valley State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 7 (216) / GB
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Charles Johnson (ribs) hopes to return after the Vikings' bye week.

The Vikings are off this week but return October 18 to play Kansas City. Johnson missed his fourth practice in a row on Tuesday. If Johnson isn't ready by Week 6, expect Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen to play a bigger role in the Vikings' passing attack.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 03:26:00 PM

Charles Johnson (ribs) is out for Week 4 against the Broncos.

We figured as much after Johnson sat out practice on Friday. With Johnson out, Cordarrelle Patterson will move into the starting lineup where he's likely to rotate with Adam Thielen. Jarius Wright would play the slot with Mike Wallace as the Z receiver. None of Minnesota's receivers have had much success this year as the Vikings have relied heavily on Adrian Peterson.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 03:27:00 PM

Charles Johnson (ribs) didn't have his helmet with him for the start of Friday's practice.

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Guessling is guessing Johnson won't be available for Sunday's game with Denver. Johnson's contributions have been minimal this year as the Vikings have gone with a run-heavy approach on offense.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 01:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Shaun Hill
3Taylor Heinicke
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Blake Renaud
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1Zach Line
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Charles Johnson
3Cordarrelle Patterson
4Terrell Sinkfield
WR21Mike Wallace
2Jarius Wright
3Adam Thielen
4Isaac Fruechte
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
LT1Matt Kalil
2Carter Bykowski
LG1Brandon Fusco
2Austin Shepherd
C1John Sullivan
2Joe Berger
RG1Zac Kerin
2Nick Easton
RT1Phil Loadholt
2T.J. Clemmings
3Jeremiah Sirles
K1Blair Walsh