Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson a Must-Start Fantasy Football RB in Week 7

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIOctober 14, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It’s time to place the Tennessee TitansChris Johnson into your fantasy football lineup and forget about it—for a couple of weeks, at least. The speedy rusher racked up 91 rushing yards on 19 carries, adding four catches (on four targets) for 23 yards against an undermanned Pittsburgh Steelers team in Week 6.

That marked his second 100-total-yard performance of the season, following his outburst of 141 rushing yards in Week 4 against the Houston Texans.

Johnson has received 14 or more carries in each of the last four games, taking 19 or more in two of the last three.

If that trend continues, he should be able to take full advantage of his upcoming slate, from a fantasy perspective.

Johnson and the Titans will go on the road to face the Buffalo Bills in Week 7 and gets the Indianapolis Colts at home in Week 8.

The Bills run defense has been the epitome of a terrible display of rushing resistance in the past few weeks. In Weeks 4 and 5, Buffalo allowed a combined 69 rushes for 460 yards and five touchdowns to opposing running backs.

That’s an average of 6.7 yards per carry, without mentioning the four catches, 39 receiving yards and sixth total touchdown allowed in the passing game.

With 10 days off between his matchup with the Steelers and his date with the Bills, Johnson may be in line to receive well over 20 carries in Week 7. He should be able to produce his second 100-yard rushing day of the season.

If he can get into the end zone as well, he can have a top-10 fantasy day.

The Colts defense was last seen getting bulldozed by Shonn Greene and the New York Jets. Greene ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns in Week 6 at home against Indianapolis. Joe McKnight added 71 more rushing yards on just three touches.

Their matchup with the Jets marks the third consecutive game (and fourth of the five games played on the season) that the Colts have given up a rushing touchdown to an opposing running back.

Johnson should be able to add to that total.

If you can stomach his subsequent matchups with the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins preceding the Titans’ bye week, Johnson is still a good player to have on your fantasy team.

After Week 11, the Titans will face the Jacksonville Jaguars twice and the Houston Texans, Colts, Jets and Green Bay Packers once.

The toughest remaining run defense on his post-bye slate is that of the Texans, but Johnson has already run for 141 yards on them and he did it on the road.