Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the RB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
Despite running behind an injury-depleted offensive line that was missing up to four starters at a time, Johnson managed to cobble together a modest bounce-back campaign in 2012. The sixth-year pro’s receiving stats, however, were the worst of his career, which was the result of the poorly conceived offensive scheme that was used. The Titans have made no secret about their desire to pound the football in 2013. They revamped the offensive line, adding two new starters. There is speculation that Tennessee wants to use backup Shonn Greene the same way former Titan LenDale White was used in a timeshare with Johnson in 2008. During that season, Johnson carried 251 times for 1,228 yards and nine touchdowns, and White rushed 200 times for 773 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Johnson has elite speed and elusiveness, and he still is Tennessee’s No. 1 runner. Even if the disappointing Jake Locker holds down the entire offense, a small uptick in Johnson’s rushing and receiving numbers seems likely. Losing goal-line carries to Greene obviously will hurt Johnson’s value, but he still is a decent fantasy RB2 with a little more value in PPR leagues.
Positives He's on a team with a pretty good O-line, and not very good RB or WR's, Chris Johnson has a lot of upside.
I don't think Vince Young is very good at making the quick reads downfield and getting the ball to his WR's, almost Vick-like. That could lead to a lot of short passes/dumpoffs to Johnson, especially without a TE to speak of.
Lendale White will still get his share of carries, but i don't think Johnson can be any worse than White, so he should see his fair share of carries as well. No doubt Chris Johnson comes to the Titans and is instantly their best offensive weapon, and i can't see the Titans not trying to get the ball in his hand 15-18 times a game. Negatives Lendale White is currently the starter. There aren't many other weapons on the offense, so teams may well key in on him ala Reggie Bush if the Titans WR's don't step up. Draft Strategy There were still five WR's on the board at this point that I liked, so I decided to wait until the 6th to grab one of those. I was tossing up between Fred Taylor and Chris Johnson with this pick. Having gone Edgerrin James in the last round (safe/boring pick), I decided to take a chance on a guy with a little more upside. Taylor may well start to give way to Jones-Drew this season, and at worse, Chris Johnson should be heavily involved in the Titans passing game, and a decent bye week substitute in this PPR league. (Contributed by: Aussie Cowboy)
Round 4, Pick 1
Positives High draft pick, seems to have confidence of coaching staff to contribute as a spot RB, consistent pass catcher and even some kick return. As a RB3 I view him as a high upside backup for me. Negatives Rookie, has Lendale White ahead of him and Vince Young as his QB. Draft Strategy Looking for a 3rd Backup, Johnson gives me a spot starter for bye weeks and could be more if I needed him. Bit of a gamble but I want to have options at RB. (Contributed by: Budman)
Round 6, Pick 9
Positives Johnson can absolutely burn up the turf. He has looked good in the preseason for the most part and Tennessee coaches have said they'll be looking to get him involved in just about every aspect of the game, lining him up at tailback and as a receiver. He's a threat to find a hole and break to the endzone every time he touches the ball. Negatives He's a rookie currently sitting behind Lendale White on the depth chart. Not a ton of weapons around him, but Vince Young's ability to take off should help keep defenses honest and from cheating on the RB's. He dropped a couple of ball in his last game that should have been caught, so his hands may be questionable. There were "safer" RB's on the board still. Draft Strategy There were again some safer picks on the board, but this kid has looked too good to ignore. His upside is tremendous and so far has looked very impressive in his first two games of action. With Bush, McFadden and Selvin Young already on my roster, I thought I could use another RB with a high ceiling. There are still some nice WR's, TE's and QB's on the board while the RB crop is increasingly thin. (Contributed by: Stankweasels)