Fantasy Football Rankings: Titans Running Backs
By Guest Writer Ryan Gerrity:
Last season Chris Johnson of the Titans started out fairly slow with just 108 yards from scrimmage after 3 games. Yes that is receiving and rushing total after 3 games into the season last year.
A lot of fantasy owners are concerned with Johnson’s commitment to the Titans and to his development personally as a player. The hard thing to ignore is that Johnson still has flashes of being a top 5 Running Back in the league with touchdown runs of 80, 83, and 94 yards alone last year. CJ1K should still be a 1,000 rusher next season.
On the other hand, the Titans acquired Shonn Greene from the New York Jets and signed him to almost a $10 million contract. Last year Chris Johnson had 276 attempts rushing, with over 1,200 yards and 6 touchdowns. Greene is going to take away at least 50 attempts from Johnson strictly because he is a bigger body, and could become a good third down and goal line back. Now if you remember, Greene used to be a first round fantasy running back, he is not that anymore, but he could be a great late round pick as a “handcuff pick.”
Look for Greene to be a touchdown vulture for Chris Johnson this year, which means Greene moved up on my draft board rankings, and Johnson fell just a bit. Johnson’s attempts will drop a bit because of this, and do not look for Johnson to have elite running back touchdown numbers again.
If you are going to be in a Point Per Reception league, I would not jump for either of these running backs strictly because in the Titans offense the running backs are not targeted often. Last year Johnson only had 36 receptions and did not score one receiving touchdown. The second running back on the Titans depth chart last year, Darius Reynaud, only caught 5 receptions for 35 yards.
In Fantasy Football mock draft’s Chris Johnson is getting picked on average at #24, which is late 2nd round, early 3rd round. Shonn Greene is getting picked on average at #153 in fantasy football drafts.
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