Week 8 Fantasy Football Projections: Chris Johnson and RBs to Keep on the Bench

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIOctober 28, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans reacts after being stopped for a loss by the Houston Texans during play at LP Field on October 23, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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This week is going to be a tough one in the fantasy football world when looking at the running-back position.

There are some big name players on bye weeks and not very many replacements or sleepers that are going into favorable matchups.

All week, there has been discussions about sleepers that need to be picked up, many that will likely have poor results.

Here are three running backs getting attention this week that need to be left on the bench.


Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans)

I don't care who the Titans are playing. Until Chris Johnson has a big performance, he is not worth the risk of starting.

Johnson is currently averaging 2.9 yards per carry, a league-worst among starting running backs.

Teammate Javon Ringer is averaging 3.0 yards per carry. Even running-back Shonn Greene, who has been picked on all year, is averaging 3.8 yards per carry.

Johnson hasn't had a run of over 50 yards since Week 1 of last year.

The last time Johnson had a favorable matchup was Week 3 against Denver. He had 13 rushes for 21 yards.

He has a favorable matchup this week against Indianapolis. It's not reason enough to give him a start.


Montario Hardesty (Cleveland Browns)

With Peyton Hillis questionable again this week with a hamstring injury, Montario Hardesty will once again likely get the majority of the carries for the Browns this weekend.

Everybody has been talking about Hardesty as a sleeper pick for this weekend.

I can't figure out why.

Hillis has had a poor year. Hardesty has actually been worse. He is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry this season.

This weekend, the Browns are up against the 49ers, who boast the No. 2 scoring defense and the No. 2 rushing defense in the league.


Bernard Scott (Cincinnati Bengals)

Another backup running back who will get the start this weekend is Bernard Scott.

Bengals starter Cedric Benson is facing a one-game suspension, which has caused for many owners to pick up Scott as a replacement this week.

It may be best to leave him on the sidelines.

This weekend's game between the Bengals and the Seahawks is going to be a defensive slug-fest.

The Bengals can walk away with a win, but it will be because of their defense and passing game.

The Seahawks are allowing just 3.1 yards per carry for opposing rushers this season. That's the best average in the league.

Scott may be a sneaky pickup, but he may not produce like most are thinking.