Fantasy Football: Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson Finally Has His Big Game

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 30, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Runningback Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs toward Bill Bentley #28 of the Detroit Lions at LP Field on September 23, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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To fantasy owners who made a trade for the Tennessee TitansChris Johnson: Congratulations on your heist. If you were fed up with the disappointing box scores produced by the Titans star rusher and shipped him off for 15 cents on the dollar: He showed you, huh?

The Titans faced off against the Houston Texans this week, and many fantasy players and analysts (myself included) suggested that Johnson have a seat on fantasy benches.

He showed us, too.

There were signs that Johnson’s day in Week 4 could have been the best of his season to date.

But it was difficult to recommend the Titans running back as a starter this season because he had done next to nothing in the season’s first three games.

Johnson had just 33 carries in the Titans’ first three matchups. He gained a pedestrian 45 yards on those touches and caught nine balls for 63 yards as well.

In Week 4, the Texans jumped out in front of the Titans, but Tennessee stuck with running the football. Johnson took 25 carries for 141 yards.

He still hasn’t found the end zone, but adding his two grabs for 16 yards gives him over 150 total yards on the day.

The next three defenses up for Johnson are the Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.

The Vikings have been locking up opposing runners, so Johnson is a risky start again for Week 5. But seeing how the Titans used him in Week 4, fantasy owners will flock to put him in their lineups.

The Steelers haven’t been as tough on running backs as expected. And if Johnson performs well in Week 5, he’ll be a no-brainer to start for fantasy owners in Week 6.

The Buffalo Bills, meanwhile, were last seen giving up 100-yard rushing games to two New England Patriots in Week 4. If that trend continues, Johnson will be a must-start in Week 7.

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