Chris Johnson Fantasy Football RB
Chris Johnson wasn’t highly touted coming into the 2008 fantasy football season. In fact, despite being a 1st round draft pick for the Tennessee Titans in the 2008 NFL Draft, he was something of a forgotten man in NFL and fantasy football prognostication in 2008.
In fact, there was a big controversy over whether the Dallas Cowboys erred in drafting Felix Jones over Rashard Mendenhall with the 24th overall pick in the NFL Draft. That debate was accentuated by the fact that the respected Pittsburgh Steelers organization took Mendenhall the pick after. But when the Tennessee Titans drafted Chris Johnson one pick after Rashard Mendenhall and two picks after Felix Jones, Chris Johnson wasn’t even in the conversation.
I could see the Dallas Cowboys drafing Felix Jones instead of Rashard Mendenhall, since Felix Jones gave the Cowboys a running back much different from Marion Barber – Felix Jones was a game-breaker. A year later, though, it has to be asked whether the Dallas Cowboys erred in drafted Felix Jones instead of Chris Johnson, who is even faster than Felix Jones.
Chris Johnson Stats
Wt: 200 lbs
Date of Birth: 9-23-85
Place of Birth: Orlando, Florida
College: East Carolina Pirates
NFL Team: Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson NFL Career
Of course, a season into Chris Johnson’s career, there are still many questions to be answered. At just around 200 pounds, there are questions whether Chris Johnson can be an every down runner in the NFL. There are questions whether Chris Johnson will be durable enough and long-lasting. There are questions whether Chris Johnson is one-dimensional as an outside runner, and whether Chris Johnson can handle between-the-tackles running plays.
That’s one reason Chris Johnson is an iffy 1st round selection in my mind. Essentially, you’re drafting a running back in a platoon situation. LenDale White is going to get carries, often near the goal line. In many ways, that’s probably good for Chris Johnson, because it keeps Johnson fresh and limits his exposure to injury. But it also limits Chris Johnson’s fantasy football upside.
Chris Johnson Fantasy Football
One factor in Chris Johnson’s favor is the fact that the Tennessee Titans’ wide receivers have been mediocre in the past. But if the 2009 Tennessee Titans draft pick, Kenny Britt, or if Justin Gage comes through in his 5th NFL season, then the Titans WRs might finally take their place in the offense and the tight ends and running backs like Chris Johnson might take a hit to their production.
You also have to remember that the Tennessee Titans weren’t picked to do what they did last year. With Albert Haynesworth gone from the middle of the Tennessee Titans Defense and the up-and-down Kerry Collins back at quarterback, there’s no telling if the Titans fall back to the AFC pack in 2009. If so, Chris Johnson’s numbers might take a hit in 2009.