Chris Johnson's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 9

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 3, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 3: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs against the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 3, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL campaign hasn't been kind to running back Chris Johnson or his fantasy owners, but during Week 9, the former All-Pro running back finally looked like the guy who seemingly came out of nowhere to rack up 2,006 yards in 2009. 

Against the St. Louis Rams, Johnson, who entered the game with an average of 3.2 yards per carry, broke the 100-yard barrier on the ground for the first time all season and then some, as the 28-year-old piled up 150 rushing yards and added 20 receiving yards for the Titans on the road. 

Despite splitting the workload with former Jets standout Shonn Greene, Johnson ran rampant against the Rams for easily his best game of 2013.    

Nov 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) is tackled by St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) after rushing for a first down during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US
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At this point, Johnson is no longer the elite fantasy back that he once was, as his two TDs were the former East Carolina star's first two rushing scores of the season. 

With two games remaining against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars and another against the Oakland Raiders, Johnson will have opportunities to build on this breakout performance, but his inconsistency will continue to be a worry.   

The Titans' lack of a reliable passing game has absolutely limited Johnson's effectiveness, and that won't change anytime soon, so don't expect Johnson to return to elite fantasy status in the near future. 

Still, consider him a solid RB2 with RB1 upside with performances like these possible.