Chris Johnson, RB, Jets: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Chris Johnson, RB, Jets

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #26 75.30 NYJ Probable 7 years 28 5'11 191 @ChrisJohnson28

2014 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Jul-14-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

Chris Johnson is a fantasy enigma. Since his 2000-yard season (which earned him the "CJ2K" nickname), Johnson has become increasingly frustrating. His week-to-week inconsistency has frustrated owners for years. Still, at the end of the year the numbers are there. In 2013, Johnson rushed for over 1,000 yards, caught 42 passes and scored 10 touchdowns. Something about Johnson still makes fantasy owners weary. His numbers are strong and (despite only weighing 206 pounds) Johnson is one of the most durable backs in the league. One troubling statistic is his 3.9 yards per carry. This could be a sign of decline. It could also be a product of a bad offensive line in Tennessee and no passing threat to take defenders out of the box. Many claim his durability is actually a product of him tip-toeing behind the line and not hitting the hole. This timid style protects him from injury, while limiting his potential to break off big runs. Others feel he has been overworked and is only now beginning to show real signs of wear and tear. Johnson might split carries in a two-back system with Chris Ivory. Third-string RB Bilal Powell would also take a few carries, as well as third down duties when needed. Johnson has always been a feature back with little to no competition. A lighter workload could increase his efficiency. Johnson is surrounded by a lot of questions and what lies ahead in 2014 is anybody's guess. Johnson should be drafted as a RB2 and his value increases in PPR leagues. His ADP (RB25, 73.52) offers a little bit of upside since so many fantasy owners are very skeptical of his ability to produce.

Editor's note: Johnson has just missed one game in his whole career. He has always rushed for over 1,000 yards while adding significant reception and receiving yard totals. He is without question one of the most reliable, dependable and consistently productive backs in the NFL. The only problem is he has sometimes underperformed based on his ADP in the past. A bad value hurts, but not as badly as a player who can't stay on the field. Johnson is a safe pick, regardless of his reputation.

Latest Update

Jul-23-14 Jets RB Chris Johnson cleared for training camp, flew threw conditioning run

Jets running back Chris Johnson has received medical clearance following offseason knee surgery, and according to head coach Rex Ryan, he looked every part of 100 percent on Wednesday. Ryan said Johnson was "flying" through his mandatory conditioning run earlier in the day. The Jets will hold their first full-team practice Thursday.
Johnson had his knee scoped in January to fix a torn meniscus he tore in Week 3 of last season. However, he still played every game and gained more than 1,400 yards from scrimmage. Johnson was sidelined for all of OTAs and minicamp. With the Jets, he'll enter into a timeshare with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, a condition that Johnson doesn't think will be necessary.

Fantasy Analysis:

A healthy CJ?K will run for more than 3.9 yards per carry as he did in 2013, but the workload definitely won't be the same. Ivory is slated to be the early down pounder and goal-line back, perhaps splitting carries equally with Johnson. Powell will be sprinkled in as the third tailback. I think there's a chance we could see Johnson set a career-high in receptions -- he caught 57 balls in 2011 -- but his carry count is probably going to drop below 200. A rich man's Pierre Thomas? That may be Johnson this season. Not exactly the Chris Johnson we knew from 2009.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/23 - Jets RB Chris Johnson cleared for training camp, flew threw conditioning run
7/14 - Jets backfield to run by committee
7/11 - Titans RB Bishop Sankey ready to make an impact
7/3 - Jets RB Chris Johnson doesn't think he will be sharing carries
6/25 - Jets RBs coach on Chris Johnson: 'We're going to have to be strategic in how we use him'

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
2.10 FFToolbox - Jamie Blackburn - This was the risk of taking Calvin Johnson in the first round. I do like CJ2K to rebound this season, because I really like the offseason OL moves that the Titans made, and Johnson will be their main weapon, but with enough WR threats to keep defenses honest. He should be active in the passing game as well.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
3.02 Scout PRO 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
3.02 CBSSports - Johnson may never again be a Top 5 running back, but he's still a featured rusher on a team that plans to remain run heavy. The Titans beefed up the offensive line this offseason with Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack, and Johnson has at least 43 catches in four of five seasons. In some ways you can consider him a steal in this spot.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
2.10 FFToolbox 
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