After his breakout season years ago, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson looked to be the future leader of all fantasy football running backs. His quickness and vision was impeccable and he was an elite RB1 in all leagues. That’s not the case anymore and while Johnson has been more relevant in fantasy as of late, you need to trade him while you can before the deadline and get what you can out of him.
Johnson started out the 2013 NFL season continuing to underperform and disappoint his fantasy owners yet again. Suddenly Johnson has been able to turn his play around and since the Week 8 bye, he has found the end zone four times in three weeks. He even was able to gain over 100 yards on the ground for the first and only time this season in Week 8.
You may now be thinking that you can use Johnson every week in your lineup, but he’s too much of a risk to do so. Johnson’s amount of carries are vastly different from week to week as he has been as low as nine carries and as high as 25. His best fantasy game came in that Week 9 performance where he was given the rock 23 times, but then he only recorded 12 carries in the week after.
With the trade deadline literally right around the corner, Johnson owners should look to get what they can out of him. Now is the best time to do so as his value has reached its peak.
If you’re a Johnson owner, you can pitch to other GMs that he once again looks to be the explosive back we’ve seen before and has recorded 20-plus fantasy points in two of the last three weeks. You can also add that Johnson plays some so-so run defense in the next few weeks and Johnson can be a good insurance back to a team that is very thin at running back.
You may not be able to get a ton out of Johnson, but you may be able to bring in a solid, dependable WR2 or a second-tier tight end. Fantasy team is different and has different needs, but use Johnson to bolster a weaker position on your team.