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21 Chris Johnson RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/203 | Birthdate: 9/23/1985 | Birthplace: Orlando, FL, USA | Team: New York | College: East Carolina | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 67/21 | Average Draft Position: 63.52
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Jets relatively healthy entering Week 8 against Bills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) The Jets enter Week 8 at home against Buffalo relatively healthy despite having 12 players on the final injury report for Sunday's game. Trevor Reilly (knee) and Greg Salas (wrist, ankle) were the only players deemed questionable for the game.

The following players were labeled probable: Oday Aboushi (shoulder), Phillip Adams (groin), Antwan Barnes (knee), Willie Colon (knee), Eric Decker (hamstring), David Harris (shoulder), Chris Johnson (ankle), Nick Mangold (shoulder), Bilal Powell (foot) and Darrin Walls (knee).

One and done for Jets running backs?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/23/2014) Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson each turned in his best game of the season (or close to it) Week 7 at New England, with Ivory contributing 107 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and Johnson going for 61 yards on 13 carries. Ivory had averaged just 44.4 rushing yards in his previous five games, and Johnson had averaged just 26.4.

You know the number that jumps out to me in all of that? How likely are those two to get a combined 34 carries again? Their previous combined high was 25, and that came way back in Week 2. They managed to keep it close against the Patriots in Week 7, but that won't be the norm for a 1-6 team with Geno Smith at quarterback.

Besides, they host Buffalo in Week 8. The Bills rank fourth against the run, allowing 80.4 yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry. They haven't allowed a touchdown on the ground all season.

It was nice to see Ivory and Johnson can still perform well when they get the opportunity, but they won't get the opportunity often and wouldn't be able to make the most of it this week anyway. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Ivory among their top 24 running backs for the week, but for me, that's too high.


Jets RB Chris Johnson racks up 80 yards of total offense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson got back on track, matching a season high in carries (13) in a Week 7 defeat to the Patriots in Foxboro.

After rushing for only 9 yards the previous week against Denver, bounced back with 80 yards of total offense. He caught two passes -- both on the final drive -- for 19 yards and rushed for 61 yards on 13 carries, averaging 4.7 yards per attempt in a 27-25 defeat. He has cracked the 60-yard mark on the ground just twice through seven games. He has 261 rushing yards this season.

The Jets will take on the Bills at home in Week 8.


Four offensive stars given the green light for Jets in Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The following offensive players have received the green light for the Jets Week 7 at New England: Tight end Jace Amaro (knee), Eric Decker (hamstring), Chris Johnson (ankle) and David Nelson (ankle).

Jets injury report for Thursday dominated by probables


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) A rather lengthy Jets injury report for their Thursday game against the Patriots is dominated by probables. The lone exceptions are wide receiver Greg Salas (wrist/ankle) and linebacker Trevor Reilly (knee), both of whom have been ruled out.

The probables are tight end Jace Amaro (knee), guard Willie Colon (knee), wideouts David Nelson (ankle) and Eric Decker (hamstring), tackle Breno Giacomini (back), defensive lineman Damon Harrison (ankle), running back Chris Johnson (ankle), center Nick Mangold (shoulder) and cornerback Darrin Walls (knee).


Chris Johnson wants Jets to stick with running game despite 1-5 start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson has had a pretty quiet October. He has totaled just 10 carries for 33 yards and two receptions for no gain in two games.

Though, it's not like Johnson has been a workhorse back all season. He has just 51 carries through six games. Despite Johnson's limited touches, the Jets still rank 12th in rushing offense (121.2 rushing yards per game) and Johnson hopes offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will stick with the running game despite a 1-5 start.

"We’ve got to run the ball to put something out there," Johnson said, per NJ.com. "We haven’t been able to run the ball. It starts with opportunities. We’ve just got to stick with it. We can’t go away from it. We’ve just got to stick with it and it’ll come around.

"It’s frustrating, but I can only take advantage of the opportunities that I get. And there haven’t been many. That’s a battle that I can’t fight. I can only take advantage of the opportunities that I’m getting. I’ve just got to deal with it in that sense of mind."


Time to cut Chris Johnson ... or not


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) It looks bad -- Chris Johnson's 200 rush yards and 40 receiving yards through six weeks are nasty. No one thought he could have been as bad as he was last season through six games but he's done it -- Johnson had 327 rush yards and 96 receiving yards in 2013. 

Owners of CJ2k ... or is it CJ1k ... or CJ0k ... whatever it is ... they're probably about ready to cut him. And why not?! But there's one thing Johnson has done in each of his last three seasons and that's put up nice numbers in his last 10 or so games. He averaged around 7.0 Fantasy points per game in a standard league over his first six games on a per-year basis but came up with over 12.0 Fantasy points per game in his last 10. 

No one will buy into Chris Johnson unless you're dealing him for complete garbage. So maybe the answer is to hang on to him for a couple more weeks and see what happens and if he breaks out like he has the past three seasons. And if you see Johnson on waivers, pick him up and give him a stash for a couple of weeks. 

The Jets play the Patriots on a short week for Week 7 then take on the Bills, Chiefs and Steelers before a Week 11 bye, plus he takes on his old team in Week 15. There are a couple of good matchups in there for Johnson. 


Jets backfield trio comes up with huge dud on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The Jets backfield could not exactly be called a three-headed monster after their performance Sunday against the Broncos - though their production could be called monstrous.

Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell combined for just 20 yards rushing on 13 carries. Ivory, who had been performing well recently, was mired at minus-1 yard after five attempts and finished with seven yards on eight rushes. He did snag a pass for 14 yards while Johnson added a reception for two yards.


Jets RB Chris Johnson ready to roll Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson has been cleared for the Week 6 game against Denver. An ankle ailment had him listed as probable.


Jets' Chris Johnson should play Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson is probable entering Week 6.

Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury. Despite the issue, Johnson was able to fully participate in every practice this week. 


Seven Jets should play Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Seven Jets are listed as probable on the team's injury report for Week 6.

Willie Colon, Jeff Cumberland, Breno Giacomini, Damon Harrison, Chris Johnson, Nick Mangold and Dee Milliner should all be able to play Sunday. All seven players were able to put in full practice Friday. 


Jets RB Chris Johnson has a tough game Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson turned in a rough start Week 5 against the Chargers.

Johnson gained just 24 yards on seven carries. Early in the second quarter, Johnson lost the ball on a fumble. He did not receive his next carry until later in the third quarter. Johnson also had one reception, but lost 2 yards on the play. 

Johnson will look for more Week 6 against the Broncos. 


Jets to have probables


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Jets should have all their probable players Week 5 against the Chargers.

Willie Colon, Breno Giacomini, Damon Harrison, Chris Johnson, Nick Mangold, Dee Milliner and Calvin Pryor are all active for the contest. Wideout David Nelson entered the day considered questionable, but he will also try to play through his injury. 


Jets' Chris Johnson ready to roll Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson is probable heading into Week 5.

Johnson entered the week dealing with an ankle injury, but it doesn't appear to be a big deal. He was able to practice in full every day, and should give it a go Sunday. 


Chris Ivory dominating the playing time in New York


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) For the first time all season, Chris Johnson averaged more yards per carry than Chris Ivory for the Jets in Week 4 against the Lions Sunday. Still, Ivory dominated the playing time, as he continues to look like the best option in the Jets' backfield.

Johnson led the team with 7.3 yards per carry, though that number is skewed by the way his day went. Johnson had just 9 yards on five carries until his 35-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, his first play of more than 12 yards on the season. By comparison, Ivory's 84 yards on 17 carries still looks pretty solid, especially for Fantasy owners looking forward.

The snap count numbers aren't much better for Johnson, who saw the field for just 28 percent of the team's plays; that was down from 36 the previous week. Ivory, on the other hand, jumped up from 34 percent to 58 percent in Week 4.

Johnson isn't going to disappear, especially not if he can show more examples of the big-play ability that made him so dangerous in the past. However, Fantasy owners should absolutely consider Ivory the top option in the Jets' backfield until further notice. 


Chris Johnson manages to score late-game touchdown


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The struggles continued for Chris Johnson throughout most of the day, as he was practically phased out of the running attack for the Jets on Sunday at home against the Lions in Week 4. Johnson, however, managed to break off a 35-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. 

Before the score, Johnson had only five carries. He finished six carries for 44 yards on the ground, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. He caught all two of his targets for 17 yards. Meanwhile, his running mate Chris Ivory rushed for 84 yards on 17 attempts.

Johnson will try to get back in the end zone in Week 5 against the Chargers.


Chris Johnson among injured players ruled active for Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The following players on the injury report were listed active for the Jets in Week 4 at home against the Lions: Muhammad Wilkerson (knee), David Nelson (illness), Eric Decker (hamstring) and Chris Johnson (ankle).

Jets issue injury report for Sunday game against Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Cornerback Dee Milliner (quad) is the lone doubtful on the injury report released Friday by the Jets for their Week 4 clash against Detroit.

Wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) is questionable. The probables are offensive linemen Nick Mangold (shoulder), Dalton Freeman (knee) and Willie Colon (calf), running back Chris Johnson (ankle), wide receiver David Nelson (illness) and defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson (knee).


Chris Ivory outshining Chris Johnson through three games


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) When perusing ProFootballFocus.com's stats on running backs, I discovered some interesting numbers for the Jets' backfield, and they shouldn't make Chris Johnson owners very happy.

Through the first three games of the season, Chris Ivory leads the league in Yards After Contact, per rushing attempt, at 3.9 yards. That goes a long way in explaining how Ivory ranks among the league leaders in yards per carry overall, at 5.7. Unfortunately, it also makes it hard to forgive Johnson's poor performance this far, as he is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry overall.

Johnson and Ivory have seen a nearly identical workload through three games, but Ivory has looked like the more competent back. Johnson is averaging nearly half as many yards after contact as Ivory, at just 2.1 -- this despite running behind the same line.

Head coach Rex Ryan suggested after Week 3 that Ivory is likely to cut into Johnson's playing time moving forward, noting, "There's not a whole lot of guys who want to tackle him." The duo has split playing time nearly evenly so far, but Ivory looks like the better bet moving forward.

The Jets face a tough run defense in Week 4 with the Lions coming into town, so you might not want to rely on either one this Sunday. Moving forward, however, Ivory looks like the guy to own here. 


Chris Johnson goes nowhere on MNF


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson carried 10 times for 34 yards and did not catch either of his targets in Monday's loss to the Bears. Through three games, Johnson is averaging 3.5 yards per carry.

He'll face the Lions in Week 4.


Chris Johnson ready to roll


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson, who was probable with an ankle injury, is active as expected for Monday's game against the Bears.

Dee Milliner doubtful on Jets' final Week 3 injury report


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Jets cornerback Dee Milliner (quad/ankle) is doubtful to play in Monday night's game against the Bears.

Milliner sat out practice for a second straight day Saturday and is unlikely to suit up Monday. Wide receiver Eric Decker is questionable to play Monday, but the rest of the team's injured players participated in practice fully Saturday and are good to go, the Associated Press reports. Those players include running back Chris Johnson (ankle), safety Josh Bush (quad) and linebackers A.J. Edds (hamstring), Nick Bellore (hip) and Quinton Coples (elbow).


Two Jets standouts absent from Friday practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Two key Jets players were sidelined from Friday practice. Wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) and cornerback Dee Milliner (ankle/quad) did not participate.

Those limited Friday were linebackers A.J. Edds (hamstring) and Nick Bellore (hip), offensive linemen Nick Mangold (shoulder) and Willie Colon (calf) and running back Chris Johnson (ankle).

The team is preparing to play Chicago on Monday night.


Chris Johnson not a good Week 3 option


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) It should be a good matchup for Chris Johnson against the Bears, who have allowed a running back to score in each of the first two games with C.J. Spiller in Week 1 and Frank Gore in Week 2.

But Chicago hasn't exactly folded against the run like in 2013 (so far), and Johnson continues to share work with Chris Ivory, who has a better chance to score at the goal line.

In Week 2 at Green Bay, Johnson had 12 carries for 21 yards and one catch for no yards, while Ivory had 13 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 3 yards.

The Jets are also working in Bilal Powell on passing situations, and Johnson should have another down game. Ivory is the better Jets running back to trust when everyone is healthy.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Ankle injury not expected to hinder Chris Johnson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson was limited in practice Thursday due to an ankle injury. However, coach Rex Ryan believes Johnson will be OK for Week 3 against the Bears.