Fantasy owners beware, Andre Johnson isn't the least bit concerned with stats. The Houston Texans wide receiver was a second- or third-round pick in many drafts. He dropped in some because of injury worries.
Johnson has thrown up gaudy numbers when healthy, but 2012 hasn't started that way.
The five-time Pro Bowl pick has 11 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown in two games. Between 2008 and 2010, Johnson had three 1,200-yard seasons, including two 1,500-plus. He has five 1,100-yard seasons on his resume.
"I don't really care about stats," said Johnson, according to the team website. "When you're a young player in this league, you tend to worry about that. Going through all the injuries and things I've been through over the last year, my big thing is just winning. That's all I'm worried about.
"Whatever we have to do to win, that's pretty much all that matters."
"I came in there at halftime and coach Kubiak told me, 'Hey man, don't get frustrated. Just keep playing," Johnson said. "I was like, 'Coach, just run it down their throat. If they're going to keep letting us run it, keep running it.'"
Life is just simpler for the Texans when they can lean on Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Foster ranks No. 7 in the league with 189 rushing yards, and the team ranks No. 6. Fewer receptions means a lower risk of injury for Johnson -- who is a must-have during a Houston playoff run.
A lighter workload is a good thing for Johnson and the Texans. Not so much for fantasy owners.Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.