Second-half breakout fantasy RBs

Chris Johnson among RBs who could have big stretch runs

Updated: October 30, 2013, 2:41 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Chris JohnsonAP Photo/Mark ZaleskiChris Johnson is poised to have a big second half of the season.

It is difficult to find a time when the running back position in fantasy football was weaker than it is right now. There may be no better illustration of this than this depressing fact: Chris Johnson has posted only two double-digit fantasy point games this year, hasn't reached the 100-yard rushing mark in a contest and yet he's still tied for 17th in running back fantasy points.

That is but one of many examples showing how difficult it is to get any type of consistent scoring from fantasy running backs, and it has most fantasy owners scrambling for any type of personnel upgrades for the second half of the season.

This week's Fantasy Foresight article looks to assist owners in this predicament by detailing a collection of running backs who have very good chances of posting quality point totals from Weeks 9-17. Three of these backs are potential buy-low trade options, with the rest being either potential waiver picks or trade-and-stash options.

Chris Johnson

The disappointment of Johnson's owners has less to do with his production-to-draft value ratio (he ranked 15th in running back ADP) than with their hope that he could see a return to his formerly dominant days.

He may never get back to that elite level, but part of why he has tallied less than 50 rushing yards per game in his past four contests is that the Titans faced the Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks and 49ers defenses in that time frame. Those four groups rank in the top half of the league in rushing yards allowed per game and are all capable of shutting down opposing ground games.


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