It doesn’t get any better than this at the running back position does it? Chris Johsnon, the former 2,000-yard back, who can take it to the house on any play, going against the Indianapolis Colts and their 30th-ranked rush defense. And it’s in your semifinal week.
But let’s pump the brakes a bit.
Chris Johnson has almost been a rich man’s LeGarrette Blount this season. A few flashes here and there, but overall a disappointing fantasy season. He has just four games over 64 yards this season and three of those came in the last five weeks. He has four touchdowns this season and three of those came in the last five weeks.
So is he peaking or his he teasing? It’s hard to say. One thing that is for certain is he faced these same terrible Colts in Week 8, a 27-10 win by the Titans, and mustered up 34 yards on 14 carries and 17 yards on three catches. Unless you were in a full-PPR league, Johnson had barely been a flex play before his three explosions in Weeks 10, 12 and 13.
In those three weeks he rushed for 130 yards and a score against a pitiful Carolina defense, 190 yards against an even worse Tampa Bay defense and his high-water mark of the season — a 153-yard, two-TD game against a reeling Buffalo defense. CJ2K was back.
But in between those three explosions resurfaced the early 2011 CJ. He had 12 carries for 13 yards against Atlanta and last week he had 11 carries for 23 yards against a suspect New Orleans defense in a game the Titans were in until the final play.
So it leaves me wondering: Which CJ will we see today? Is it the one we loved two years ago, the one we liked last year or the one we are tolerating this season?
Coming off a dud against New Orleans and having only produced 51 total yards in a Week 8 matchup against Indy in Week 8 does not give me great confidence heading into the Week 15 matchup.
But the Colts have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs in PPR leagues over the last five weeks and that’s with New England’s 21st-ranked rush offense in there. Since CJ’s bust against them in Week 8, the Colts allowed Michael Turner to gain 71 yards and a TD, Maurice Jones-Drew 114 yards and a TD, Carolina’s duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart 139 yards and two Williams scores and Ray Rice 103 yards and a score and six catches for 46 yards.
Javon Ringer was put on IR this week, leaving Jamie Harper as the backup. QB Matt Hasselbeck is ailing with a calf injury. All signs, and stats are pointing toward the Titans leaning on CJ a lot in this game, and he should be able to come through for you and them.
By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter