Chris Johnson Fantasy News
49ers say they will lighten Gore's workload - again
Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:27pm
Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson said it again Thursday, vowing that “there will be a plan going forward to make sure we use other people (so) that he’s not taking as many of those snaps.”
Um … sure.
Coach Mike Singletary said the same thing as far back as draft weekend, after the team selected running back Anthony Dixon. “You have a hard time trying to explain to Frank how some other guy needs to play. He just doesn’t get it,’’ Singletary said in April. “I think as time goes on he’ll be a little more willing to do that.”
Um … right.
Six games into this season, Gore has 116 carries. Dixon has three carries and Brian Westbrook has two.
We've been hearing a lot of that lately - like with Caddy Williams and Chris Johnson. Johnson gave up 10 carries last week to Javon Ringer, the first significant decrease we've seen in a while. So while no one seems to believe this with Gore, this is the time of year when coaches get really concerned with their big guns wearing down.
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QB Vince Young May Start
Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 9:48am
Sunday, October 17, 2010, 10:28am
The Cowboys went 19 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, but surrendered 106 yards to Houston’s Arian Foster, then 131 yards to Chris Johnson last week. Today, they face Adrian Peterson. “He’s one of the hardest runners in the NFL,” linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. “It doesn’t get any easier, plus he can catch the ball out of the backfield.”
Sunday, October 10, 2010, 8:53am
The Cowboys are gearing up to stop Titans RB Chris Johnson, preferring to take their chances with QB Vince Young. It is important, too, that Cowboys NT Jay Ratliff dominates inside because Young doesn’t like pressure in his face. The Titans have won 10 straight against NFC opponents, plus they own a gaudy record of 51-2 when they are ahead going into the fourth quarter on the road. The Cowboys know they are going against a very physical team, but also would like to get big-play Felix Jones untracked.
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 11:35am
Running back Chris Johnson has 354 yards through four games, well off the pace he needs to reach his season goal of 2,500, but he said the run game would improve.
"One time the offensive linemen miss a block or one time (I) might miss a read or not be in the right place, so it is the whole offense,'' Johnson said.
"It's a long season, and we know we're going to get better. That is the wrong thing to do, to start pointing fingers — you start separating the locker room.''
Asked whether he's running as decisively as he did last season, when his 2,006 yards led the league, Johnson replied: "I'm running the same.''
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 8:41am
In 2009, Chris Johnson broke loose for gains of 20-plus yards an average of once every 16 carries, and he was gaining 10 yards or more once every seven carries.
In the first three games of this season, he gained 20-plus yards once every 37.5 carries on average, and 10 yards or more once every 15 carries.
Of Johnson's 75 carries this season, 22 have gone for zero or negative yardage. That's 29 percent. Last season 81 of his 358 carries fell into that category. That's 22.6 percent.
His overall average is 4.0 yards per carry. It was 5.6 in 2009 and 4.9 in 2008.
More touches could be in store for Titan RB Ringer
Monday, September 27, 2010, 5:59pm
Chris Johnson has carried 75 times in three games this season, but Coach Jeff Fisher says there are no plans on limiting him in practice.
Instead, Fisher said Monday he may use Javon Ringer more extensively in games. Ringer provided a spark with a 17-yard run on Sunday, and he’s totaled 64 yards on 13 carries – a 4.9-yard average. Johnson has gained 301 yards on his 75 carries, an average of 4.0 per run.
"I’m giving some thought to getting Javon some more carries early in the ballgame because he’s been very effective for us," Fisher said. "We’re switching backs to give (the backs) a break and Javon is making big plays for us."
While Johnson owners love seeing him get all the touches at RB, it's probably for the best Ringer chips in now and then so Johnson is around later this season. Johnson will still be considered the top one or two RB week-to-week in the fantasy world.
Michael Bush active for Raiders
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 3:18pm
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 10:06am
The Giants figure to imitate Pittsburgh’s eight-man fronts against Titans RB Chris Johnson and dare Vince Young to complete some passes against single coverage. Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher will have a quick hook with Young if he struggles, as he did last week. New York’s offensive line simply isn’t what it used to be a couple years ago and it figures to be worse if center Shaun O’Hara (Achilles) must be replaced. It’s been 13 games since the Giants have had a 100-yard rusher and who knows where Brandon Jacobs’ head is at?
Andy Reid Press Conference: Michael Vick the starting QB for Eagles
Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 6:59pm
Andy Reid Press Conference 8/21:
"This has nothing to do with Kevin Kolb's injury. Kevin Kolb has done a phenomenal job for us. And the future of Kevin Kolb is not slighted by this one bit. He has an opportunity to be a... franchise quarterback and very deserving of so."
"Again this is more about Michael Vick and his excelerated play. He sat in there as possibly the hottest QB in NFL at this time and deserves the opportunity to play."
"This allows Kevin Kolb to continue his maturation process and become our franchise QB of the future."
"I have had the full support of the front office... The first person I met with on this decision was Kevin Kolb... I met with him the last two days and we shared thoughts. He's a young QB that I think the sky's the limit, he's just in a situation where a star QB has regained his ability. Michael Vick is playing out of his mind right now. I'm a lucky coach to have [both of these quarterbacks]. It's unbelievable."
The main takeaways from Andy Reid were that this decision was made because Michael Vick is playing at an extremely high level right now, and that Kevin Kolb is the QB of the future for the Eagles. Reid likes both QBs, but Vick is the man for now.
Reid didn't say so, but if Vick struggles the Eagles can always go back to Kolb.
Vick has a great matchup this week against Jacksonville, and looks like a top 10 QB moving forward with a lot of upside. Vick gets it done with his legs as well as through the air, the fantasy points should be there, even in down weeks.
We also like DeSean Jackson & LeSean McCoy with this news. Jackson looked great last week with Vick under center, and McCoy could benefit much the way Chris Johnson benefited from Vince Young taking over for Kerry Collins last year (see last week's game for evidence on McCoy). Unfortunately for Brent Celek owners, Vick could mean less balls his way.
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 8:38am
Charles has 172 carries for 1,060 yards in the Chiefs’ last nine games. That 6.16 yards per carry is the NFL’s best. Only Tennessee’s Chris Johnson has more yards. Charles has seven plays of at least 40 yards in those nine games, more than all his teammates combined.
The Chiefs need big plays to score. Charles makes big plays. This really shouldn’t be complicated.And right now, there is no doubt that Charles gives the Chiefs the best chance of winning, especially as long as Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is still “fixing” the quarterback.
Charles is the offense’s Ferrari, and the Chiefs are using him like a Buick. Their chance at turning a surprise start into something more significant is directly tied to how much they rely on Charles.
Haley and Weis can point to the conditions and score in justifying Charles only getting 11 carries last week. There’s no such excuse this week, especially against a Browns defense that gave up 119 yards rushing last week — and 154 to Charles last season.
If Charles continues to outperform Jones while getting the same opportunities, the fans’ aggravation and conspiracy theories will justifiably grow.
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 8:34am
Titans RB Chris Johnson had 69 yards (2008) and 57 yards (2009) in his two games against Pittsburgh. The Steelers have had the AFC's best rush defense during that span, with only Ray Rice of Baltimore gaining more than 100 yards against them in their last 35 regular season games. Rice ran for 141 yards during a 23-20 Ravens loss on Dec. 27.
Johnson has had 12 consecutive 100-yard games dating to last season, and the Steelers aren't eager to be the victims of No. 13.
"He's definitely putting himself up there to be talked about as the best in the game, if he keeps this up,'' Steelers linebacker James Farrior said.
The Steelers rarely allow any back to gain that kind of yardage. They have yielded only four 100-yard games over the last five seasons-plus, to the Colts' Edgerrin James (124 yards in 2005), the Jaguars' Fred Taylor (147 in 2007), the Jets' Thomas Jones (117 in 2007) and Rice.
"We're going to be extra motivated this week,'' Farrior said.