Chris Johnson, RB, Cardinals: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Chris Johnson, RB, Cardinals

Position ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB 181.23 ARI Questionable 7 years 29 5'11 191 @ChrisJohnson28
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There is no 2015 profile for this player yet. Here is his 2014 profile:

2014 Outlook: Quality Backup


Chris Johnson is a fantasy enigma. Since his 2000-yard season (which earned him the "CJ2K" nickname), Johnson has become increasingly frustrating. His week-to-week inconsistency has frustrated owners for years. Still, at the end of the year the numbers are there. In 2013, Johnson rushed for over 1,000 yards, caught 42 passes and scored 10 touchdowns. Something about Johnson still makes fantasy owners weary. His numbers are strong and (despite only weighing 206 pounds) Johnson is one of the most durable backs in the league. One troubling statistic is his 3.9 yards per carry. This could be a sign of decline. It could also be a product of a bad offensive line in Tennessee and no passing threat to take defenders out of the box. Many claim his durability is actually a product of him tip-toeing behind the line and not hitting the hole. This timid style protects him from injury, while limiting his potential to break off big runs. Others feel he has been overworked and is only now beginning to show real signs of wear and tear. Johnson might split carries in a two-back system with Chris Ivory. Third-string RB Bilal Powell would also take a few carries, as well as third down duties when needed. Johnson has always been a feature back with little to no competition. A lighter workload could increase his efficiency. Johnson is surrounded by a lot of questions and what lies ahead in 2014 is anybody's guess. Johnson should be drafted as a RB2 and his value increases in PPR leagues. His ADP (RB25, 73.52) offers a little bit of upside since so many fantasy owners are very skeptical of his ability to produce.

Editor's note: Johnson has just missed one game in his whole career. He has always rushed for over 1,000 yards while adding significant reception and receiving yard totals. He is without question one of the most reliable, dependable and consistently productive backs in the NFL. The only problem is he has sometimes underperformed based on his ADP in the past. A bad value hurts, but not as badly as a player who can't stay on the field. Johnson is a safe pick, regardless of his reputation.

Last updated on Aug-20-2015 by Mark Morales-Smith

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

8/24 - Cardinals RB Chris Johnson upgraded to day-to-day Injury
8/23 - Cardinals RB Chris Johnson could miss the remainder of preseason Injury
8/20 - Cardinals RB Chris Johnson is a 'really good fit' according to Carson Palmer
8/18 - Cardinals RB David Johnson was a full participant in practice

2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
6.09 Fantasy Taz - Johnson, while not always "trying hard" has been a Top-12 RB for a few years now, even with a small drop off he is a steal as the 28th RB off the board.
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