Week 7 Fantasy Football Projections: Chris Johnson and Stars To Bench

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Chris Johnson is one of those fantasy football stars that is not performing well at all this NFL season and needs to be benched this week if you have any other options at running back.

Knowing which players to start on your fantasy team each week is so important, because even if you think a star player will do well, if he's playing a top defense then you may want to sit him.

Let's look at three stars to bench this week because of a bad matchup, an injury or something else.

1. Matt Schaub

Matt Schaub has had an inconsistent season thus far, failing to win games for the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter.

He has not played like the elite fantasy football quarterback he was last season. This week, against a stingy Tennessee Titans defense with first place in AFC South division on the line, Schaub will fail.

Without All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson, Schaub will not have an elite player to use in the passing game and the Texans will likely run Arian Foster all day on Sunday.

2. Josh Freeman

The young Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has not played too well this season, but his team is surprisingly 4-2 and on top of the NFC South division.

Freeman has five touchdown passes and six interceptions this season and has not been the fantasy star he was last season.

Against the talented Chicago Bears defense this Sunday, a team that desperately needs a win, Freeman will struggle to be effective.

3. Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson has been the biggest disappointment in fantasy football this season. He was a Top-Five pick in most fantasy drafts and has been a disaster thus far.

He has gotten better the past few weeks, but has not been the pass-catching threat we're used to seeing.

Start Johnson only if you don't have a better option, because it's unlikely he'll rush for over 100 yards or gain 150 total yards this week against the Houston Texans and their improved defense.