Chris Johnson was one of the best draft values in fantasy football last season. The rookie finished with 43 receptions, 1,488 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns and became a must-start runner in most leagues.
Based on a recent report in the Nashville City Paper, he should improve on those numbers in 2009.
The Titans are expected to give Johnson even more opportunities in the offense, especially out in space, so he can further utilize his immense speed and elusiveness. He could even line up as a wide receiver in certain sets.
There’s also been talk that despite his success in goal-line situations last season, the Titans are still not enamored with LenDale White because of his poor attitude, weight problems and past off-the-field issues.
With Albert Haynesworth in Washington, the Titans look to be weaker on the defensive side of the football and will look to open up the offense. Johnson, who currently ranks sixth among running backs on NFL.com, would be one of the main beneficiaries.
The first round of fantasy drafts will have a different look in 2009, as former superstars like LaDainian Tomlinson and Larry Johnson will be replaced with a new list of backs that includes Michael Turner, Maurice Jones-Drew and Matt Forte.
With the chance for more opportunities to produce between the white lines, I’d look for Johnson to be in that mix as well.