Does Chris Johnson bring anything to the table for fantasy footballers now that he is a member of the New York Jets? Absolutely. His fantasy prospects actually improve ever so slightly.
While I am not overly optimistic, Johnson could wind up as the man in New York, even though he reportedly will split the work with Chris Ivory. Entering the second year of his Jets tenure, Ivory has serious durability and mild ball security concerns, while Bilal Powell is really nothing more than an average change-of-pacer.
Just how much does he have left?
I expect the former 2,000-yard rusher will be heavily used out of the backfield in the aerial game. The Jets still have a need for more pass-catching talent and could use the soon-to-be 29-year-old's speed on the perimeter in Marty Mornhinweg's offense.
Johnson's motivation is the biggest concern, in my opinion. The Jets are paying him up to $9 million over two years, with $1 million of that being earned through reaching certain incentives, so there is at least that working against his uninspiring attitude. Players seem to like Rex Ryan and improve their play for him. Hopefully Johnson is no different.
It's no secret that New York will rely heavily on the run, and if they have anything in quarterback Michael Vick, defenses will need to play with some respect for the passing attack. The starting quarterback makes a huge difference in Johnson's appeal, so pay close attention to that battle. They have little reason to not pound Johnson into the dirt, and even if he finishes with around 250 carries, he should still be good for at least 1,000 yards and around six touchdowns on the ground. Entertain the idea that he could catch 60 balls for roughly another 400 yards, and let's tack on three more touchdowns.
Johnson looks like an appealing third fantasy back in all formats and a worthwhile RB2 in deeper PPR setups. The kicker: His name value probably will cause casual owners to overdraft him, so you, too, may have to overpay for Johnson modestly attractive services.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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