By Jack Delaney on April 15, 2014
After being released from the Tennessee Titans, Chris Johnson will have his first job interview with the New York Jets. While Johnson may never return to his 2009 season that put him on the map, he still is a valuable addition to any team. With a new team and a new system, Johnson is a must-draft player if he signs with the Jets.
Here are five reasons to draft Chris Johnson if he signs with the New York Jets.
Johnson has faced an incredible amount of pressure after his 2009 campaign that saw 2,006 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdown and 503 receiving yards. He has never rushed for less than 1,000 receiving yards throughout his entire career, but fantasy football players have always expected Johnson to duplicate his numbers from 2009. With a fresh start with the Jets, Johnson should feel less pressure.
With a productive counterpart in Chris Ivory, Johnson should be able to remain injury-free in the 2014 season. While he may lose touches, he should be able to be more productive with the opportunities he has because he will be fresh and healthy.
In 2013, Chris Ivory only had 10 receiving yards. Bilal Powell finished last season with 32 receptions and 272 receiving yards, but Chris Johnson should be able to fill Powell's role as the receiving back. Johnson has averaged 333 receiving yards throughout his six-year career, and he will be a nice dump-off option if Geno Smith finds himself in trouble.
The Jets ranked 6th in rushing yards in 2013, and there isn't any reason to believe that the team will move away from the running game in 2014. There have already been reports that Rex Ryan plans to limit Geno Smith's passing attempts, so Johnson will have a nice workload if he signs with New York.
Most fantasy football players have given up on Chris Johnson, but unreal expectations have blinded them of his value. Johnson should not be your starting running back, but he is a great option as your RB2 or a flex option. Most people probably don't realize that Johnson finished the 2012 season as the 13th-highest scoring back, and he finished 2013 as the eighth. He is a great value at the right price.
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