Johnson and Titans poised for offensive explosion in 2012

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Chris Johnson had perhaps the most talked about above average, yet disappointing season in fantasy football history during 2011. But in 2012, I’m all in on Chris Johnson, and the Tennessee Titans offense leading to an AFC South title.

Looking past the obvious numbers last season, only four rushing touchdowns and a little over 1,000 yards on the ground, he still averaged 4 yards-per-carry and hauled in a career high 57 catches. Quite frankly, there are only two things to note from Chris Johnson’s disappointing 2011:

Temper expectations for Maurice Jones-Drew this season;
Even in a down year, CJ is better than over half the starting backs in the NFL.

With Jake Locker named the Week 1 starter and Head Coach Mike Munchak entering his second season leading the team, the Titans offense is much improved. Chris Johnson has a similar offensive situation in comparison to his historic 2009 campaign with Vince Young at quarterback. The one difference between Locker and Young may actually be a positive for Chris Johnson. While Young would immediately look to run, Locker may look to dump off short yardage screen passes to Chris Johnson in the open field.  Read More…

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Wednesday August 29th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsStar players in the midst of a playoff chase are good bets to produce in a big way, but so are a few players on losing teams.

Value plays:

Chris Johnson and Jason Kubel – The Diamondbacks have begun to put things together on offense, and that should continue against Mat Latos tonight. The Arizona duo holds a .563 batting average against the Reds righty, with two-thirds of their hits going for extra bases. The DBacks are hitting .346 as a team against Latos, giving me confidence in their ability to score runs tonight. Justin Upton has quietly put together a solid month, and with him hitting his stride, this is a dangerous and power packed lineup that should be represented on your daily fantasy baseball team.

Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday – Yep, another recommendation for Cardinals in daily fantasy baseball games. The powerful core of the hot St. Louis lineup crushed Wandy Rodriguez when he was in Houston, and a chance in uniform isn’t going to change that. The 3-4 hitters are batting .327 against the newest Bucco, launching one home run every third hit. Holliday has not only hit Rodriguez hard, he has hit every pitcher in the last week (5 multi hit games in the last week). The Pirates are trending down while the Cardinals are peaking, a good sign for fantasy baseball owners who have multiple Cardinals on their roster.

Scott Hairston – Cole Hamels is an élite pitcher, but he has been unable to contain Hairston of all people. The Mets left fielder is batting .393 against Hamels, with 9 of his 11 hits going for extra bases and 5 clearing the outfield wall. His power surge has led to a remarkable 1.071 slugging percentage, a number few players can stake a claim to against Hamels. Hairston is batting 87 points higher on the road than at home this season, just one more reason to trust him in all fantasy formats tonight. Read more…

The most impressive running backs of the NFL Preseason

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The 2012 NFL Preseason is now halfway complete. While you can’t trust everything you see in the preseason, there are things you can pick up on. Here are a few running backs that have impressed us so far and who’s fantasy football arrow is pointing up.

Chris Johnson

CJ?K looked like 2011 Chris Johnson the preseason opener, but looked rejuvenated last week. Johnson had a few nice runs and found the end zone twice finishing with 46 yards on 10 carries. Johnson has been receiving rave reviews from coaches and teammates all offseason long as his latest preseason performance should cement his status a rock-solid first round pick, who I would have no problem taking at #4 in fantasy football drafts.

Jamaal Charles

Charles was on my short list for players to watch this preseason after suffering a torn ACL early last season. While he has received limited touches so far, he’s looks like he still has some of the burst he showed  prior to his injury. He has yet to suffer any setbacks and even took a big hit to his surgically repaired knee. You can draft Charles with confidence now. Read more…

Titans’ stars Locker and Johnson have up-and-down start

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Jake Locker’s first start with the Tennessee Titans did not begin smoothly, but Locker eventually shook things off and marched Tennessee downfield on an impressive touchdown drive.

Locker, the second-year quarterback who is getting an opportunity to show what he can do with the first-string offense, struggled early on against the Buccaneers. And running back Chris Johnson struggled as well.

The Titans’ first offensive possession consisted of three handoffs to Johnson and a punt. Just as he did in the first preseason game — and just as he did for much of the 2011 season — Johnson failed to break any big runs.

On the second possession,  Read more…

Chris Johnson looking like CJ2k again

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Titans running back Chris Johnson is coming off the worst season of his NFL career. In 2011, Johnson set career lows in rushing yards, yards per carry, and touchdowns. Everyone seemed to have their own explanation for Johnson’s struggles over the course of the year. Johnson didn’t look like the player he once was.

But Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Friday’s Inside Training Camp Live that Johnson appears to have rediscovered past elite form so far in camp. While running backs are difficult to evaluate accurately before full-contact football activities, Rapoport says the early signs are promising for the player once nicknamed “CJ2K.”

“I’ve been stunned,” said Rapoport, who is live at Titans training camp. “He looks like the Chris Johnson of old. … He’s fast, he’s in shape. Looks like he’s primed for a big year.”

NFL Network’s Charley Casserly also stated Friday that the Titans believe Johnson “came to camp on a mission,” after falling well short in 2011 of the standard he’d previously set.

The Titans are holding a quarterback competition, and their best wide receiver is recovering from his third knee surgery in the past ten months. Kenny Britt also figures to face a league-imposed suspension for an offseason arrest. Read more here…

Is Chris Johnson the best back in the league, he thinks so

Titans' Johnson scores a touchdown against the Bills in Orchard Park

Despite his early struggles in the 2012 NFL season, Chris Johnson believes he is still the best running back in the league.

Thirteen NFL running backs ran for more yardage than Tennessee’s Chris Johnson last season, but Johnson doesn’t think any of them are better than him.

Johnson says he considers himself the NFL’s top running back, regardless of last year’s disappointing output.
“I feel I am still the best back in the league, and I have no problem saying that,” Johnson said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “None of the active backs have done anything that I have done in the first four years, even though I had a bad year last year. So I still feel like I am the best back in the league.”
Johnson isn’t happy that he was ranked at No. 100 in the NFL Network list of the Top 100 players in the NFL. Read more here…