I'd start Johnson over Ricks any week. In case you haven't heard, the Lions suck. They don't use thier tight end as much this year as they did last, and even if they did it wouldn't mean a whole lot. Johnson plays for an offense that grants him a good amount of opportunities to make plays, and he's a more athletic TE in my opinion. With defenses keying in on Owens and with Stokes not producing, Johnson is one of the more reliable recievers in that offense in goal line and short yardage situations. He can turn a short yardage pass into a big gain, as evident already this season, and will undoubtedly get a good amount of looks in the end zone this year.