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My Guy: Quentin Johnston

60-Second Read by AJ Clever

When the draft approached, one player had my undivided attention: Jordan Addison. I had my heart set on seeing him wearing a Chargers jersey, stepping into Keenan Allen's shoes and teaming up with Justin Herbert. However, fate had other plans as Addison landed with the Vikings. This turn of events got me thinking: Did I truly admire Addison, or was it the Chargers' enticing WR spot that captivated me? After conducting thorough research and closely studying game footage, two things became crystal clear: The Chargers offer a promising destination for a rookie receiver, and Quentin Johnston has elevated himself even higher in my estimation.

"His consistent growth throughout his collegiate career, combined with the advantageous circumstance of joining the Chargers, signifies his potential to become a prominent player in the league."

— AJ Clever —

    Johnston finds himself in the company of Justin Herbert. Herbert averaged an impressive 41 passes per game and the 2nd most passing yards in 2022, setting the stage for a prolific passing attack. While Johnston currently sits as the third receiver on the Chargers' depth chart, I have reason to believe this won't last throughout the season. Both Mike Williams and Keenan Allen, the Chargers' established wideouts, have struggled with injuries, causing them to miss multiple games last year. I anticipate a continuation of their durability concerns, providing Johnston ample opportunities to prove his worth. Additionally, with Allen likely in his final season with the Chargers, Johnston's role is bound to expand in the future.

    Upon studying Johnston's game footage and statistical progression, several noteworthy aspects caught my attention. Surprisingly, his breakout year occurred in 2020, which coincided with his weakest performance. Back then, Johnston managed a catch rate of only 50%. However, he made significant strides in the following year, boosting his catch rate to an impressive 62.5%. Although one might hope for an even higher percentage, this upward trajectory speaks volumes about Johnston's commitment to continuous improvement. I have full confidence in his ability to further refine his skills.

    While it may require an early selection in dynasty rookie drafts, I firmly believe that investing in Johnston is a smart decision. He is poised to receive abundant opportunities this season, allowing him to establish himself as a vital component of the Chargers' offense. Furthermore, his consistent growth throughout his collegiate career, combined with the advantageous circumstance of joining the Chargers, signifies his potential to become a prominent player in the league. Quentin Johnston is unquestionably my top choice from this year's rookie class, and I eagerly await his ascent to greatness.



    AJ Clever is a Fantasy Guides’ contributor and numbers guru. He helps with articles on our website and Instagram as well as the man behind the curtain for the data for our Draft Guides. During football season AJ spends most of his time watching his Steelers and wondering if Diontae Johnson will ever score a touchdown.

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