Chiefs RB Johnson finished as a viable option

Larry Johnson had (Ed Zurga / Associated Press)

Larry Johnson had 49 yards on 16 carries in a loss to the Chargers and should no longer be considered a fantasy starter. (Ed Zurga / Associated Press)

Chiefs RB Larry Johnson was facing a San Diego Chargers defense that allowed an average of more fantasy points to running backs than any other unit in the league.

It was a great matchup on paper, and it made L.J. a viable fantasy starter in Week 7.

Well, Johnson failed to take advantage of the opponent with 49 yards on 16 carries in a 37-7 blowout loss.

After the game, L.J. decided to take a few shots at coach Todd Haley on his Twitter page.

He tweeted that his “father got more creditentials than most of these pro coaches.” That tweet was followed by: “My father played for the coach from “rememeber the titans”. Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefley. Our coach. Nuthn.”

Johnson’s statements about Haley are certain to make waves in the Chiefs locker room, and they’ll be felt in the fantasy world as well.

With no touchdowns and a terrible 2.7 yards-per-carry average, Johnson is no longer worth starting in fantasy leagues. He’s barely worth a roster spot at all. And based on his past problems with the team, Johnson could be on his last legs in Kansas City.

If you own L.J. or need a running back, I’d go out and add RB Jamaal Charles off the waiver wire. He’s younger, fresher and more explosive than Johnson, and he could be put into a prominent role in the offense sooner than later.

As for Johnson, who was once the king of the fantasy football mountain, now is the time to cut ties.

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