Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson had a monster season in 2009 and many fantasy football owners this year who had the first overall pick automatically selected him this year, but you should have read my column before doing so. On September 8th, I wrote that Chris Johnson was sticking by his prediction of rushing for 2500 yards this season, and disputed his claim. On May 19, 2010, I wrote a column as to why Chris Johnson needed to be paid more than the $550,000 dollars his contract was going to pay him after his spectacular 2009 season, but still did not think he was going to come close to repeating what he did in 2009.
Many fantasy football owners took Chris Johnson with the first overall or even second pick in their fantasy draft back in September. In a true case of past performance does not guarantee future results, Johnson has had a productive season, but nothing worthy of an overall number one pick this season.
The Titans have struggled this season and Johnson has only 6 100 plus yard games this season for 1,026 yards and only 9 touchdowns. But in a case of what looks good in September, doesn’t look good in December. Many CJ2K owners thought he was a golden ticket to the playoffs found out differently.
NFL Network’s Rich Eisen Tweeted tonight at with the NFL.com fantasy football website playoffs starting tonight, only 10.26% of the teams participating in the playoffs have Chris Johnson on the roster this season.
With two of my teams, I had the number one draft position overall, a spot I hate. I passed on Johnson and settled for Adrian Peterson instead. Peterson has 130 more yards and two more touchdowns but wasn’t the reason that both of those teams are playing in the post season this year. It was, as in years past, good selections off the waiver wire early on, spotting a trend.
Just a reminder that the number one pick in your fantasy draft does not guarantee you an automatic trip to your playoffs.