Four Downs: OT games, injuries and more 

November, 18, 2012
Perhaps the proverbial changing of the guard occurred in Houston on Sunday, as a pair of talented wide receivers -- one on the "wrong" side of 30 years old and the other a fresh-faced rookie -- each managed to eclipse 200 receiving yards, just the second time two receivers have reached that mark in a single game. It sure was exciting watching longtime Houston Texans standout and fantasy stalwart Andre Johnson produce his best game of the season and previously disappointing Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Justin Blackmon do the same.

For Johnson, now 31 and past his prime (which included him being the top wide receiver in fantasy), his 14 receptions on 19 targets for 273 receiving yards validated his WR2 relevancy, which really hadn't left anyway. The ESPN Fantasy crew has been ranking Johnson in its top 20 regularly, yet this is the first time since Week 3 that Johnson topped 11 fantasy points. He scored 33 of them and nearly broke the league record for receiving yards in a game, which concluded with him turning an ordinary bubble-screen pass into an electrifying 48-yard touchdown in a 43-37 overtime victory.

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Andrew Richardson/Icon SMIAndre Johnson has had eight or more catches in four of his past five games after catching that many just once in his first five games this season.
While Johnson's fantasy numbers have been modest -- he entered Week 11 a mere 36th among wide receivers in standard scoring -- there's obvious upside for more, and he showed it in skewering the Jaguars. In reality, Johnson had given us harbingers of production recently, with 25 receptions and 279 receiving yards over a three-game span. Let's not call Johnson a safe top-10 fantasy wide receiver again, as the risk of injury and the team's general reliance on the running game remains. But there isn't a tough pass defense remaining on the Houston schedule, either. There's just no reason to sit a healthy Andre Johnson.