Thursday, February 28, 2013
A bump for CJ2K in PPR leagues?
No one has ever accused Chris Johnson of lacking confidence. To wit, he told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network (via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com) that he believes he can top Eric Dickerson's all-time single-season rushing record.
“Every running back’s goal is to break that record,” Johnson said. “You want to break the 2,105. I believe I can do it.”
Aside from the fact that Johnson's production has been shaky at best since signing his huge contract a couple of years back, he may not even be used heavily enough as a rusher in 2013 to make a legitimate run at the record. Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak told Mike Florio that they want to bring in a downhill runner to help Johnson.
"I think we're going to have to add a different type of runner there, " he said. "We had our best success, I think, when Chris first came into the league with Lendale White -- a downhill guy, a heavy guy."
Adding a big back to balance the backfield with Johnson doesn't necessarily mean he won't touch the pill as often, just differently.
"We don't want to overuse him," Munchak added. "We have to use him better. Maybe catching more balls out of the backfield. Maybe more screens. He'll get as many touches, but maybe do it in different ways."
Regardless of his record-setting goal, it sounds like Johnson may get a boost in receptions in 2013, which would be welcomed news to those of us in PPR fantasy leagues. Johnson caught a career-low 36 passes last season.