Fantasy Football: Chris Johnson and a few wideouts
September 11, 2012 @ 13:16:38 PDT
Here we go again! Sigh… That's what I expect most Chris Johnson owners were saying and doing after he compiled only FOUR rushing yards on 11 carries in Week 1 against the New England Patriots. Don't automatically think he's due for another career-worst rushing performance to follow up his disappointing 2011 campaign, though.
There are some reasons to be optimistic: First of all, he was going up against a big-bodied, very effective run-stopping front of the Pats. That's not an easy task, especially when you fall behind by multiple scores early in the game and are forced to abandon the run with a young quarterback at the helm.
Mike Munchak gave some insight as to why CJ2K didn't run the ball as many times as expected: Jake Locker was confused by a defense that disguised their looks, causing him to make incorrect reads. The good news: Tennessee won't shy away from relying heavily on Johnson in future games. Exhale…
Despite gaining only four yards on the ground, Johnson was an effective checkdown option for Locker, catching six passes for 47 yards (7.8 average). If anything else, that has to keep you optimistic.
The Titans face a San Diego Chargers defense that played physical and looked solid in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, which could be another tough matchup on the ground for Johnson. However, the Bolts allowed Darren McFadden to snag 13 catches for 86 yards on the ground Monday night. Expect Locker to look to Johnson frequently through the air again.
Kenny Britt returns from his one-week suspension, too. Britt, thanks to Locker's cannon for an arm, can stretch the field and keep defenses more honest than Nate Washington and Kendall Wright can. This can only help Johnson.
The Green Bay Packers may have lost to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Week 1, but to be fair, the Niners D is probably the best in the league. Aaron Rodgers was still able to throw for 303 yards and two touchdowns, but San Fran was able to prohibit A-Rod from taking frequent shots deep down the field.
Although the Pack have an abundance of weapons through the air, Randall Cobb (nine catches for 77 yards) could easily emerge as a favorite underneath target for Rodgers. Jordy Nelson will receive plenty of attention from opposing DBs and Greg Jennings (groin) is already banged up. If Cobb is still on the waiver wire in your league, please don't hesitate to acquire him. He's a must start and own in leagues that give you points for return yardage, too.
Robert Griffin III looked pretty darn comfortable leading Washington's passing attack Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Mike Shanahan and son Kyle did a nice job of getting the ball out of Griffin's hand quickly. Pierre Garcon already looks like RGIII's favorite target, but Aldrick Robinson (four catches, 52 yards and a TD) should be monitored.
It looks like Garcon will play in Week 2 after suffering a foot injury in Week 1, but if Garcon is banged up again in future games, Robinson could be Griffin's go-to guy.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program. Follow @keithdez27
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