Chris Johnson Fantasy News

NFL pushes back trade deadline

Monday, October 29, 2012, 1:44pm

Greg Gaiello on Twitter - [Full Article]

NFL clubs were just informed trading deadline is being moved from Tuesday to Thursday 4 p.m. ET

Fantasy Impact:

NFL league offices are closed Monday and Tuesday because of Hurricane Sandy. There are many big names like Chris Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Steven Jackson and Dwayne Bowe who are reportedly on the block...

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Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:32pm

Titans RB Chris Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Johnson has another good matchup this week, this one is against the Colts.

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7:20pm

Titans RB Chris Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. He should be fine for great matchup with the Colts.

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7:20pm

Titans RB Javon Ringer (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Jamie Harper will back up Chris Johnson. He scored two touchdowns last week and appears to be the Titans' short yardage back. Desperate owners could start him in a good matchup with the Colts.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7:21pm

Titans RB Chris Johnson (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. There's probably nothing to worry about here. Johnson has another nice matchup this week with the Colts.

Friday, October 19, 2012, 7:13pm

Titans RB Javon Ringer (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Jamie Harper will backup Chris Johnson in a great matchup against the Bills.

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:15pm

Titans RB Javon Ringer (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Jamie Harper takes over as Chris Johnson's primary backup.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 7:10pm

Titans RB Javon Ringer (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Ringer has a torn MCL, so Jamie Harper is expected to be the primary backup to Chris Johnson.

Kenny Britt active for Titans, may be limited

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:25pm

Titans Inactives
Patrick Bailey LB
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Jake Locker QB
Deuce Lutui G
Michael Otto T
Javon Ringer RB

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Hasselbeck will continue to start for the Titans. Kenny Britt is active, but is coming off a short week and not 100%. Kendall Wright and Nate Washington will also be in the mix. With Javon Ringer out 4+ weeks, Jamie Harper and Darius Reynaud will work behind Chris Johnson. In a perfect world, Titans HC Mike Munchak would like to get them both some touches.

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 5:05pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

Titans HC Mike Munchak on if Jamie Harper or Darius Reynaud will get more carries with Javon Ringer out:

Yeah, obviously, (Jamie) Harper will suit up. I think both of them—they’ll both get an opportunity to be in, they’ll both be dressed, just depending on how the game goes. I hope that we get to run the ball 25, 30 times and they’ll both get a chance to run.

Munchak on if it would be nice to use Jamie Harper as a change-of-pace back:

Yeah, obviously, we think Jamie (Harper) is a real good back. We like (Javon) Ringer. Again, Ringer brings experience and protection, things like that and he’s very familiar with that, so that was kind of the edge he had over (Harper) on a weekly basis. Obviously, Harper is a much bigger man and is a different type of runner so that’s why we drafted him, so you would hope he would play at some point. We’ve just got to be patient. I know it’s frustrating for a running back when you’re not getting the chance to play like you’d like to, like he did his rookie year because of (Chris Johnson) holding out, so he’ll be up now, and it’s more or less how the flow of the games go. There’s no plan to, right now, you know, if we carry the ball or not, if we get 10 carries, he won’t be carrying it, but if we do what we hope we do and we’re carrying it 35 times, then hopefully he’ll get a handful of those carries.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 4:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Titans won’t be keeping Chris Johnson beyond 2012, not with a $10 million salary due next year, $9 million of which becomes fully guaranteed the week after the next Super Bowl. And it’s not as if the Titans will be turning things around; as Johnson recently said himself, they’re simply not a good team.

Monday, October 1, 2012, 9:10am

The Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

No one with the Titans was willing to say Chris Johnson is back after his performance against the Texans, but the signs were encouraging.

The running back rushed for 141 yards on 25 carries, providing one of the few positives for the Titans in a 38-14 defeat.

“Yeah, it was a pretty good game, running the ball or whatever,” Johnson said. “I feel like my offensive line went out there and did a great job from the first snap. Just getting up on guys, pushing those guys back, recreating the line of scrimmage and just giving me somewhere to run. Like I’ve been saying all year, I’m going to be as good as my offensive line.”

Through the first three games, Johnson had 45 yards on 33 carries, an average of 1.4 per attempt. He averaged 5.6 yards per attempt against the Texans and had his longest gain of the season with a 19-yard burst.

It was his first 100-yard game since last December, when he gained 153 yards against the Bills.

Fantasy Impact:

Hopefully this wasn't the week you had enough and put Johnson on your bench, and hopefully last week wasn't the week you traded him for a couple of beers and a bag of chips at your next draft. Johnson broke out against a very good defense and hopefully it's a sign of more consistent fantasy production in the coming weeks. The Titans are at the Vikings next week.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 1:07pm

The Sporting News - [Full Article]

After missing all of training camp last season because of a contract holdout, Titans RB Chris Johnson worked with teammates and coaches this summer. He was in better shape, and more comfortable in Year 2 under offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. A year ago, Johnson just arrived with the team barely a week before the season.

When the Titans opened up the season on Sunday against the Patriots, however, the Titans looked even worse than last year in the running game. Johnson managed a measly four yards on 11 carries, and on most attempts he was hit in the backfield.

Johnson deserves some of the blame. He was often too hesitant in the team’s 34-13 loss, and he didn’t attack the hole with a vengeance. But Johnson’s line didn’t get the job done, either. They were beaten off the football and looked out of sync.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots appear to have a very good front seven, so Johnson owners shouldn't panic and trade him away for peanuts after Week 1.

Monday, September 10, 2012, 8:36am

The Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Neither Titan RB Chris Johnson nor the offensive line gave any indication things had changed in Sunday’s season opener, as the Titans mustered just 20 yards on 16 carries in a 34-13 loss to the Patriots at LP Field.

Johnson suffered through the worst game of his career, carrying 11 times for only 4 yards.

There were a few tiny sparks of life for the run game very early in the contest, as Johnson had carries of 5 and 4 yards on the Titans’ first drive, which ended with a field goal.

But he still at times looked tentative to hit the hole hard, seemingly trying to finesse his way to bigger gains instead of taking what was available. Whether that was because of poor decision-making or a lack of running room is up for debate.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 11:43am

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Running backs coach Jim Skipper is among those who noticed a big difference in Chris Johnson during this year’s training camp. It followed the first offseason he participated in the team’s conditioning program instead of working out on his own at home in Florida.

“Looking at him with the naked eye, it’s night and day compared to last year. Cuts, conditioning, his confidence — it’s all there,” Skipper said. “Having a training camp, it helps because it builds your endurance, gets you in football shape. And from that standpoint, it’s night and day. …

“Chris is working hard. His attitude has been excellent. He is busting his tail. And hard work equals good results.”

Fantasy Impact:

Despite the bad year, Chris Johnson finished RB9 in PPR last season. He was RB16 in standard formats. one thing that was very noticeable last year was that the offensive line wasn't creating the type of holes that we're accustomed to. Johnson has only run for 81 yards on 28 carries for a 2.9 YPC during the preseason, so he's not out of the woods just yet.