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By John Muguerza, Jets Correspondent, Tue, Jul 21st 11:51am EDT

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Confora says, he "wouldn't be shocked" if Chris Johnson ends up with the Cowboys at some point this season. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Right now nearly every free agent RB has been linked to the Dallas backfield, but Johnson is a different case. The 2009 NFL leading rusher is perhaps the most accomplished RB left on the market. Johnson got his now famous nickname "CJ2K" for his 2,006 Yds rushing season, and since 2008 when he entered the NFL has only one season where he didn't have more than 1,000 rushing Yds (2014 with NYJ). Even though CJ2K didn't have 1,000 Yds rushing last year, he did average 4.3 YPC on 155 Car and some NFL Executives believe Johnson was misused by the Jets, and was still was showing "burst". Johnson has now been fully cleared for all football activities after being injured earlier this year in drive-by shooting.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 5:32pm EST

New York Jets running back Chris Johnson closed out his first-ever season without reaching the 1,000 rushing yard mark, with a dismal 20 yard showing against the Miami Dolphins. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Despite the Jets getting the win and putting on their greatest offensive display of the season, Chris Johnson was a non-factor. This season could have signaled the end of Johnson's time as a fantasy option.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 7:57pm EST

Chris Johnson had 55 yards on 10 carries, as the New York Jets picked up their first road victory of the season against the running back's former team, the Tennessee Titans. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: 55 yards is a lot better than some of Chris Johnson's outings this season, but is uninspiring production for fantasy owners looking for someone to seriously contribute. He shouldn't be relied upon for fantasy help in either of the remaining two games.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Sat, Dec 13th 4:06pm EST

Chris Johnson returns to LP Field on Sunday to face his former side the Tennessee Titans, and is eyeing a big performance against his former club. Speaking earlier in the week, he said: "Of course I want to go out there and tear it up and show them what they missed out on, make them regret it." (Source: Newsday)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson could feature heavily for the Jets on Sunday afternoon, continuing his recent increase in carries. With him being a former Titan, the Jets may wish to run the ball more with Johnson's knowledge of his former team. Factor in that Tennessee also possess the league's worst rushing defense and 'CJ2K' has the potential to be a solid RB2 play in Week 15.


By Dan Lucia, Jets Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 6:50pm EST

Chris Johnson has only 92 carries on the season which may allow him to be effective down the stretch. With his contract a $5.25 million cap hit in 2015 and the Jets expected to make big changes within their organization, Johnson may be running for his job. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Even though Chris Ivory leads the team in carries through 12 games with 132, Johnson may still hold some value down the stretch for fantasy owners. Running back by committee's are tough to project, but following Johnson's most productive performance plus his fresh legs, Johnson could be a decent flex play the next two weeks against Minnesota and Tennessee.


By Cole Patterson, Jets Correspondent, Tue, Dec 2nd 1:19pm EST

In Monday night's prime time showdown, Chris Johnson ran for 105 yards for the first time this season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson's 105 yards on 17 carries, for a 6.2 yards per carry average, looks impressive on face value. However, 47 of those yards came on one long burst. Not counting this run, Johnson ran for a pedestrian 3.6 - actually less than Chris Ivory (3.9). Johnson clearly has fresh legs after only rushing 92 times through 12 games (around 7 rushes per game). Ivory will likely get the majority of carries to finish out the season but Johnson's role will likely increase with the floundering Geno Smith back under center. Still, his fantasy value is marginal.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 6:06am EST

Chris Johnson, who was frustrated with his lack of opportunity this season, looked more like the Chris Johnson of old than an older Chris Johnson in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Chiefs. The running back gained 69 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 32 yards. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Johnson looked to have turned a page in his young New York Jets career, but despite his 101-yard day, the running back still isn't a reliable fantasy option. Perhaps keep an eye on him over the next few weeks to see if he progresses, but be careful not to pull the trigger too early.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Sat, Nov 1st 7:50am EDT

New York Jets running back Chris Johnson is not happy with his lack of playing time so far this season. In an interview with, the three-time Pro Bowler commented on the situation: "I don't really play, so I'm never sore. It's been frustrating. You have a lot of different levels of frustration. You have frustration when you’re playing and things aren’t going well, or you’re not making plays. That’s not this type of frustration, because it’s not like I’ve had the opportunity to really make plays. That’s more of the frustration, not getting the opportunity to be on the field, trying to help the team win. his is the first time I’ve ever felt this type of frustration, but there’s nothing I can really do about it right now." (Source: CBS New York)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Johnson is one for the 'avoid list', with only two meaningful outings this season. Having a disenchanted attitude doesn't make him any more of an attractive fantasy option.


By Cole Patterson, Jets Correspondent, Tue, Oct 28th 7:10pm EDT

Chris Johnson toted the ball a total of 3 times for 7 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bills. (Source: Fox Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The mercurial running back saw only 13 snaps. Many of his touches went to Percy Harvin who the Jets clearly hope can be the offensive weapon that Johnson could not. Harvin will continue to eat into those snaps, leaving Chris Ivory the back to own.


By Jim Cunningham, Jets Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 5:59pm EDT

Once again, Jet's running back Chris Johnson was an afterthought in the teams offense. He finished the game with 11 total yards from scrimmage.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson ran the ball only three times and only caught one pass during the entire game. He also added one dropped pass. It is hard to believe but at this point Johnson is completely droppable, especially in shallower leagues. You are better off finding a change of pace backup to fill in for a bye week than starting Johnson. He does not get the goal line carries necessary to make him fantasy relevant and is not getting enough touches overall. He is currently averaging less than 32 total yards per game, a number that continues to decrease as the season goes on. His big play ability and speed seem to be a thing of the past so only stash him in the deepest of leagues.


By Jim Cunningham, Jets Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 9:59am EDT

Jets running back Chris Johnson rushed six times for 44 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards against the Lions on Sunday. Johnson also added a rushing touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Up until his 35-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter of Sundays game Johnson was a complete non-factor. The Jets once again featured Chris Ivory in the running game as he carried the ball 17 times to Johnson's six. Johnson has the talent and the speed to be a productive fantasy option but if he keeps getting out played by Ivory he will fade into fantasy obscurity. You could even make a case for dropping him in 10 team leagues.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 8:09am EDT

The New York Jets opted to start Chris Ivory over Chris Johnson in their loss to the Detroit Lions, but the former Tennessee Titan managed to find the end zone late in the third quarter. He also rushed for a total of 44 yards on six carries, and had two receptions for 17 yards, but was largely ineffective on the day. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Johnson looked to be a surefire starter after the Week 1 opener, but his three games since suggest otherwise. At the moment, he is looking like a flex option - especially after falling behind Chris Ivory in the pecking order. It also appears that any big game Johnson has will rely on him scoring a touchdown, so he will always carry a risk should you start him.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 12:40am EDT

Chris Johnson recorded only 34 yards in the Jets' Monday night loss to the Bears, in an evening which also saw fellow Jets running back Chris Ivory put up 96 yards. CJ2K was also a non-factor in the passing game, and had a dropped pass, for which he had plenty of running room. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is starting to look like the second-string running back for the Jets. He did start the game, but he failed to capitalise on the opportunity. Johnson owners would be wise to try and grab Ivory for their own team, because it's starting to look like he's the source of the points from the Jets' running game.


By Jim Cunningham, Jets Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 8:13pm EDT

Chris Johnson was held in check Sunday in Green Bay. He finished the game with 12 carries for 21 yards and 1 catch for zero yards.

Fantasy Impact: It was a brutal day for Johnson. It looks like his fantasy value took a huge hit today, especially since he only caught one pass. No one on the team was spectacular, and the offensive line looked like they couldn't open holes big enough for the speedy Johnson. Consider him a buy-low candidate at this point, but don't expect him to carry your offense into the playoffs.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 4:34pm EDT

Running back Chris Johnson played well and helped the New York Jets to a Week 1 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Johnson rushed for 68 yards on 13 carries, and caught five passes for 23 yards and a touchdown. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: If this Week 1 game is anything to go by, then Johnson could become a great value fantasy pick with an average draft position of 25 among running backs. He was a factor in both the passing game and the running game, and showed that even while competing for time with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, he can still find the end zone. Johnson should be considered a starter for the time being.


By Jim Cunningham, Jets Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 8:01am EDT

Jets RB Chris Johnson had another productive game on Friday night against the NY Giants. He ran for 42 yards on 9 carries and caught two passes for 35 yards as well.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson looked like he had no problem planting on either knee Friday night as he regularly made defensive ends and backs look off balance. He was able to make cuts and turn up-field and showed his speed on a 17-yard run in the first half. It looks like Johnson could be a steal in this years fantasy draft. Johnson's draft stock is currently on the rise and is looking more and more like a solid RB2.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Fri, Aug 22nd 10:46am EDT

Members of the New York Jets defense have sung the praises of running back Chris Johnson. David Harris commented on his new teammate, saying: "Oh yeah, he still has it. We noticed it the first day we were in Cortland. He's still the fastest guy on the field. He's still got a lot of juice in those legs." Johnson is expected to play in Friday's game against the Giants, after having a couple of rest days this week. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Johnson is somewhat of an unknown quantity in fantasy football this season. Last year he was a top-ten back, but has since had surgery to repair his torn meniscus, and has joined the Jets, who also have Chris Ivory. Health and play wise - Johnson still seems to have it. But the main concern here is how much of the ball he'll see. If he manages to establish himself at the top of the pecking order in New York, then at least 1,000 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns is attainable. But a time-share with Ivory could see Johnson dip below four-figure yards for the first time in his professional career. In redrafts, Johnson is worth the risk is the middle rounds. Just be careful not to draft him too early.


By Cole Patterson, Jets Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 10:47pm EDT

Chris Johnson had a promising outing in the Jets second preseason game. He ran 10 times for 63 yards. With Chris Ivory out, Johnson saw a lion's share of the carries (Bilal Powell rushed only 4 times on the night). (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has been abjectly ignored from a fantasy perspective as he is expected to split carries with Ivory and Powell. Tonight, he proved he may still have some value (fantasy wise) against a stout Bengals defense. He may be separating himself from the rest of the Jets backfield as the most viable fantasy option.


By James Glatter, Jets Correspondent, Mon, Aug 4th 12:22pm EDT

The New York Jets released their first official depth chart Monday morning, with Chris Ivory listed as the starting running back and Chris Johnson listed second.

Fantasy Impact: Often times training camp depth charts mean little, but in this case it is definitely a cause for concern. Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn already said Ivory would get majority of the goal line carries and now he could see more carries than Johnson.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 9:20am EDT

The Jets turned a few heads on Thursday, as they gave running back free agent acquisition Chris Johnson some snaps as a receiver. Wide receiver David Nelson said having Johnson running pass patterns will open things up for other receivers. With Johnson's speed, defenses will have to pay attention to him. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: This is probably something that isn't worth reading a whole lot into. The likelihood is that Johnson may be used as a WR on gadget plays, and will not feature regularly at the position. If he sees significant playing time on the field as a receiver, then he may be used primarily as a decoy so that the quarterback can get the ball to someone else. However, this may mean that the Jets feel comfortable with Johnson catching the ball, as well as running it. CJ2K featured frequently in the passing game when he was a Tennessee Titan, recording no less than 36 catches each season. This news could see Johnson's stock shoot up in PPR leagues, and it will be interesting to see how he progresses as a receiving talent throughout training camp.


By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Wed, Jul 23rd 7:22pm EDT

After recovering from knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, Chris Johnson has officially been cleared by doctors for full participation, saying that he's "good to go to do everything." He also addressed concerns about his speed. "I don't think they're legitimate," said Johnson. "I don't know too many guys that have been playing with a torn meniscus from week three, and still rushed for 1,000 yards." (Source: The Star-Ledger)

Fantasy Impact: Although offseason surgery was a success, his health and durability have never been a real concern. Since coming into the NFL, CJ2K has missed only one game - and that was in his rookie year. The biggest question mark over Johnson's head is how much of the ball he'll see. Even if he's named the Week 1 starter, he may see his touches considerably reduced from the 279 rushing attempts he had last year in Tennessee, due to competition from Chris Ivory who mildly impressed in 2013.


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