by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) The hot streak appeared to be over for Titans featured back Chris Johnson for much of the game Sunday at Indianapolis. But he caught fire in the second half of the defeat.
Johnson had a mere 21 yards on eight carries at halftime, but he got the ball often and proved effective after intermission. By the middle of the third quarter he had 39 yards rushing and four catches for 28 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown from Ryan Fitzpatrick that gave his team a short-lived lead. He finished with 69 yards on 18 carries and six receptions for 32 yards.
He now has at least 69 yards rushing in four of his last five games and has scored five touchdowns during that stretch. Johnson will attempt to maintain his momentum next Sunday at Denver.
Chris Johnson looking for similar success vs. Colts
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (11/30/13) The last time Titans running back Chris Johnson faced the Colts in Week 11 he was a star. He's hoping for similar success at Indianapolis in Week 13 for the rematch.
Johnson had 17 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts in the first meeting. He is one of nine running backs to score double digits in Fantasy points against Indianapolis, including three in a row. Only the Jaguars in Week 4 and the Texans in Week 9 have failed to have a running back reach double digits in Fantasy points.
Johnson has been up and down of late. In Week 9 and 11 he scored at least 20 Fantasy points in a standard league, but in Week 10 and 12 he scored seven points or less.
We hope this pattern holds up because then Johnson is due for a big week in this matchup. He should be considered a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues, and I like him as a Top 10 running back this week.
Chris Johnson rushes for 73 yards on the ground
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (11/24/13) Titans running back Chris Johnson enjoyed a solid performance but was held under 80 yards of total offense during Sunday's win over the Raiders in Week 12.
Johnson broke for a 12-yard run up the middle in the fourth quarter for his longest gain of the day. He finished the game with 20 carries for 73 yards (3.7 yards per carry) on the ground and three catches for eight yards. He was targeted five times in a 23-19 victory.
Johnson has 159 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries over his last two games played. He will look to get back on track in Week 13 at Indianapolis.
Chris Johnson looks to stay hot
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (11/21/13) Titans running back Chris Johnson heads into his Week 12 matchup at Oakland looking to stay hot based on his recent level of play. We expect that to happen, and he should be considered a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues.
Johnson is coming off a tremendous game against the Colts in Week 11 with 17 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns. He now has at least 20 Fantasy points in two of his past three games, and this is a great matchup against the Raiders.
Oakland has allowed a running back to score double digits in Fantasy points in each of the past eight games, including Ben Tate and Andre Brown the past two weeks. Johnson last faced the Raiders in 2010, and he had 27 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns in that meeting.
We expect Johnson to remain hot at Oakland, and hopefully he will close the season strong. Continue to start him in all leagues with confidence.
Chris Johnson scorches Colts in first half
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/14/13) Titans running back Chris Johnson got off to an impressive start in Week 11 against the Colts, but was a nonentity after halftime in a 30-27 loss Thursday.
Coming off a game where he barely made any impact, Johnson carried the Titians to two easy scoring drives in the first quarter. He capped off both drives with touchdown runs, one of 30 yards and then another from 7 yards out.
All told, Johnson headed into the locker room at halftime with 13 carries for 80 yards and a pair of scores, with the Titans holding a 17-6 lead. Rather than lean on Johnson to chew up the clock, however, the Titans barely put him to use; he rushed the ball just four times for 6 yards in the second half.
Johnson finished the game with 86 yards on 17 carries, to go along with one reception for -1 yard. He has two touchdowns in two of his last three games, with all four of his scores for the season coming in that span. Despite the lackluster second half, this goes down as one of his better games of the season, and continues an upward trend for his season. He will attempt to keep that going in Week 12, when the Titans take on the Raiders.
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Chris Johnson has totaled at least 1,400 total yards in each of his five NFL seasons, but his past few seasons have delivered headaches to his Fantasy owners. Two years ago he missed camp, had some conditioning issues and struggled to stay consistent. Last year he was in camp and was seemingly in better shape but still performed at a gross level until he was able to exploit some weak opponents and post numbers in blowout losses. The Titans had enough – they improved the offensive line with veteran Andy Levitre and first-round pick Chase Warmack and also got Shonn Greene to aid in their run game. Greene will pick up the goal-line work Johnson didn't have much of in the first place but also be there to complement Johnson and potentially replace him if he doesn't get off to a good start for the third year in a row. A difficult schedule and a potential dip in carries combined with Johnson's underwhelming numbers make him a little scary but consider this: He's still averaged at least 90 total yards per game in each of his last two seasons and last year had nine games with at least 10 Fantasy points. And now his offensive line shouldn't be a problem. Johnson will slide out of the first round on Draft Day but is worth a look at the halfway point of the second round, particularly if you pencil him in as your No. 2 running back. (Updated 5/15/13)