Jets vs. Titans: Chris Johnson and Viable Fantasy Options in MNF Clash

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

Nov 25, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) before the start of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Let's keep it real here, folks. Monday Night Football's matchup between the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans isn't exactly the most sexy game we've seen in prime time this year. In fact, it's far from it.

However, with the fantasy playoffs in full swing, this game still has serious implications for your fantasy league. With that in mind, I've decided to compile a list of viable fantasy options ahead of Monday night.

From running backs that should take advantage of a solid matchup to a defense that is fully capable of preying on its opponent, this game has a few players that could be the difference between playoff glory and sadness for fantasy owners.


Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson has been subdued in his past two outings, with just 95 rushing yards and no touchdowns combined. It's come at the wrong time for fantasy owners, especially after CJ2K rattled off six straight weeks with double-digit fantasy points (and in seven of his past eight games).

Johnson has a solid matchup against the Jets, who allow 19.6 fantasy points to opponents per week (25th in NFL) in standard-scoring leagues, and 136.5 rushing yards per game (29th in NFL).

The Titans offense may not be very reliable, but Johnson will tear it up against New York's run defense.


Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

The Jets are basically running a backfield committee at this point, but luckily both Greene and Powell have still managed to post solid numbers while the committee is in tact. Greene has posted double-digit fantasy points two weeks in a row, while Powell has done so in three of the past four weeks.

The Titans are very, very kind to opposing runners, allowing 21.8 fantasy points to opposing backs each week (28th in NFL) and 127 rushing yards per game (24th). 

Greene generally sees a greater number of carries, but both have fantasy value on Monday night.


New York Jets D/ST

The Titans can be a bit feast or famine for opposing defenses. However, when it is a feast, it's an old-school, Roman gluttony-fest.

Six times this season the Titans have allowed opposing defenses to score double-digit points, including the past two weeks. Nine times they've allowed the opposing defense to score at least five points in standard-scoring leagues.

There may not be many players in this game worth your time, but the Jets defense is certainly one to get in those starting lineups. It's not just because the Titans offense is terrible—the Jets defense has scored double-digit fantasy points in four of the past five games.

Any way you slice this matchup, the Jets defense sure looks like a great play.  


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