Fantasy Football Week 4: Is There Reason Enough to Trade Chris Johnson?

By Ryan Heckman
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As we look ahead to week four in our fantasy football leagues, there are a few players that stick out who may not be living up to their potential. Yes, I know, it is week three. But, there’s always a time and a place for some movement each week.

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson was a guy that I pegged as someone who could have a huge year in 2013. So far, he hasn’t done too bad. 256 yards rushing through three weeks and yet to fumble the football? Yeah, I’ll take it.

But, as a RB2? I’m not so sure. The fact that Johnson hasn’t gotten into the end zone yet worries me. Also, remember when he was one of the best all-purpose backs in the league? I specifically recall he and Matt Forte — both rookies the same year — gunning for the top yardage from scrimmage in their first season. They were each phenomenal in both aspects of the offense.

This year, Johnson has two receptions for two yards. Again, this also worries me. Is it time for a trade?

I say yes if you can find the right deal. Right now, people will be looking to buy into guys that still have a lot of potential this year; it is early after all. Should you seek out a particular trade? Well, that depends.

If you have another back that you feel comfortable plugging in at your RB2 spot, go for it. But, make sure you get someone worth starting now. Early on, you don’t want to trade a guy like Johnson for another guy that you may be unsure about. Johnson still holds the capability of being a top-5 rusher in the NFL. You must get someone you’re equally as confident about in return.

Here’s where it could get interesting. If you’re offered a two-for-one, you absolutely must make sure at least one of them you’re confident in. Take a look at the team these guys are on, who’s getting the majority of the touches on offense and what they’ve done in the first three weeks schematically.

Johnson is not a guy I would even consider giving up on right now. But, I’ve seen plenty of fantasy owners looking for reason to ditch him this week. Don’t get too hasty, Johnson still provides a ton of upside. I’ll say it again: It’s only week three.

Personally, Johnson is my RB2 at the moment. I’d love to have seen a touchdown or two already, but I’ll still be holding out. If he hasn’t scored by week five or six that’s when I’d aggressively seek out a trade partner. Keep him for now, but if you get the right deal don’t hesitate to pull the trigger.

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Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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