Don't worry about Chris Johnson

Fantasy Foresight: Examining CJ2K, Mark Sanchez and Russell Wilson

Originally Published: September 11, 2012
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Chris Johnson and Matt HasselbeckSteven Bisig/US PresswireChris Johnson had a poor Week 1 performance. Cause for concern for fantasy owners?

The Pass Plays fantasy football article series is retiring after four years of service to make way for a new series called Fantasy Foresight that will use a variety of metrics and matchup reviews to answer some of the questions many fantasy football owners have on their minds. What separates Foresight from a number of other fantasy advice articles is that we'll take into account long-term planning in the decision-making process. After all, a truly enlightened fantasy owner focuses on far more than just the week ahead and the week that was. With Foresight, you can get out ahead of the curve while your opponents are still focused on the here and now.

Now, let's take a look ahead, shall we?

Is this season going to be a repeat of Chris Johnson's first-half debacle in 2011?

Let's start by bringing up that time-worn adage of not blowing a single game performance out of proportion. After all, this is only one week out of a 16-game season.

Keeping that in mind, the Titans did have more than a few run-blocking issues (they graded out as having good blocking on only two plays) that contributed to Johnson gaining only 4 yards on the ground.

But the most notable reason for Johnson's poor showing is that he had only 11 carries. Tennessee's offense couldn't give him any more of a workload because the Titans fell behind 14-3 early in the second quarter and were down 21-3 by halftime.


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