Chris Johnson, RB New York Jets

Notes: Johnson figures to be the Jets’ RB1, though Chris Ivory will serve in a change-of-pace capacity. As long as he sees the bulk of the touches in the Jets’ run-heavy offense, Johnson should post fantasy RB2 numbers. He has finished in the top 12 in each of his six seasons, so a top 24 finish (RB2-type numbers) is not a stretch, even with a new team.
NYJ Depth Chart
2014 Strength of Schedule - NYJ
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
30
OAK
27
@GB
24
CHI
7
DET
11
@SD
15
DEN
25
@NE
21
BUF
26
@KC
20
PIT
BYE21
@BUF
22
MIA
16
@MIN
31
@TEN
25
NE
22
@MIA

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1OAK1368005.23523154.6033/7047%
2GB1221001.7510030.0027/7138%
Totals2589003.56623183.8360/14143%

Most Recent News

Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:57am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets beat writer Rich Cimini feels RB Chris Johnson's stock took a hit in Week 2:

Johnson suffered one of the worst statistical games of his career, managing only 21 yards on 12 carries. He got the ball in a variety of positions, including a jet sweep, but he couldn't get to the second level. He looked a half-step slow hitting the hole.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson and Ivory essentially split carries but Ivory rushed for 43 yards on 13 carries and did have another touchdown. We knew Ivory would get in-close touches but if he continues to take advantage the Jets could increase his workload.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
The Jets brought in Chris Johnson with the hope he can return to his former self. The last three seasons have been okay, but not as good as the standard Johnson had set with Tennessee earlier in his career. New York will use Johnson as their No. 1 back and he should get a heavy workload. He was a high end RB2 last season with 1,077 yards which ranked him 11th in the league. Johnson also got into the end zone last season 9 times which tied for 8th. No doubt Johnson still has gas in the tank and the Jets want to give him the opportunity to show it.

Fantasy Downside
Many critics have been down on Johnson for the perceived notion he doesn't run hard anymore. Even if that is true, there are other concerns. Anytime a running back with a pedigree goes to a new team, questions marks like carries and touches always come up. The Jets have Chris Ivory, who has been a starter in the league. He could end up taking away some of Johnson's touches.

Bottom Line
Johnson is very intriguing because of his past, but the last three seasons have us concerned with both his desire and productivity. Although Johnson will be the starter and Jets want to run, run, run, Ivory and Bilal Powell could be a big part of New York's plan. Johnson's ADP is 61 and you can take him higher in a standard league. He has a good chance to be a RB2 again and even with other backs who are decent around him, he will help your team.

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