NFL fantasy football: Chris Johnson will have ‘big role’

Not the focus: Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson still expects to have a “big role” in the offense, but believes the team has transitioned from a smash-mouth scheme to “more of a passing offense.” Though initial response would be to downgrade his fantasy potential, CJ2K points out that “a lot of teams won’t be able to focus on me like they have in years past.” After coming off what was his worst statistical season in 2011, a balanced attack could allow him to stay fresh, while seeing better lanes because defenses are on their toes. However, with news breaking of yet another knee surgery for WR Kenny Britt, Johnson could find his workload heavier than even he projects. Expect the fifth-year back to be selected no later than the second round in fantasy drafts as a No. 1 running back.

Fully guaranteed: NFL Network’s Albert Breer and Michael Lombardi report Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has signed a fully guaranteed four-year, $21.1 million dollar contract. The signing ensures Griffin will report to camp on time, allowing him to build chemistry with Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Fred Davis. The Baylor product is one of the more exciting fantasy prospects, given his ability to move in the pocket and score with both his arm and feet. Still, it’s wise to temper expectations and select him as a No. 2 QB in fantasy drafts. Expect him to be selected in the middle rounds, as was the case in the NFL fantasy experts league mock draft.

Money motivation: Around the League editor Gregg Rosenthal pointed out the Kansas City Chiefs want receiver Dwayne Bowe “motivated again by a one-year contract.” The LSU product will play under the franchise tag this season, and has the potential to be tagged once again in 2013. A solid performance this season would help give him leverage in his quest for a long-term deal. Receivers in a contract year are valued targets for fantasy owners, and Bowe fits the bill. Even with Tyler Palko at the helm last year, Bowe posted his second-highest career totals in receptions and yards. With Matt Cassel back under center and plenty of motivation to perform, he makes for a solid No. 2 or 3 WR selection in fantasy drafts.

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