I recently had a conversation with a friend who was annoyingly boasting how his undefeated fantasy team was able to overcome the season-ending injury to Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. I told him he was lucky he hadn't drafted Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson instead. He looked back at me awfully confused. My reasoning would become obvious. Charles got hurt in Week 2, and his owners never had to consider starting him again. There was closure. They replaced him and moved on.
Chris Johnson, however, is the early-first-round bust that just keeps on busting, and I call that more frustrating. In Week 8, with a near-dream matchup against the Indianapolis Colts on tap, my fellow ESPN fantasy rankers and I ranked the beleaguered Johnson 10th among running backs, surprisingly confident -- maybe it was just wishful thinking? -- the 2,000-yard rushing king from 2009 would do something good against an overmatched foe. Well, what he did was make those few owners who already added backup Javon Ringer mighty happy, because it sure seems like Ringer is the Titans running back to own moving ahead.
Chris Johnson's 2011 futility
Fewest yards per rush, first seven games of season (minimum 100 attempts), since 2000.