NFL fantasy: Chris Johnson could be in a timeshare

Titans considering second RB: Tennessee Titans running backs coach Sylvester Croom told a local radio station that the team is considering adding a second back to take some of the load off Chris Johnson. While Johnson has topped 1,000 yards in each of his five NFL seasons, he hasn’t come close to being the 2,000-yard rusher he was in 2009. Last season, he finished with more than 1,200 yards, but as many fantasy owners can tell you, his production was uneven — 58 percent of his rushing yards came in just five games and he didn’t find the end zone for the first time until Week 7. While Johnson might still be the primary back, any potential loss of carries, especially near the goal line, would seriously damage his fantasy value.

Brown to have bigger role: For all of its gaudy stats, Chip Kelly’s offense is primarily based on the run. That’s good news for LeSean McCoy and it’s potentially good news for Bryce Brown. Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur says the team plans to give Brown a bigger role in the offense in 2013. Last season, the rookie runner filled in admirably for an injured McCoy, at one point rushing for 347 yards and four touchdowns in a two-game stretch late in the season. There is plenty of room for two backs in Kelly’s offense — look no further than the numbers posted by Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas last season at Oregon. But if you’re looking for the guy with the most value, it’s the one who will see the majority of touches near the goal line. We suspect it will still be McCoy.

Wallace could go to Browns: Most observers believe Mike Wallace has played his last game in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform. While it’s unknown for sure where he’ll ply his trade next season, there are reports that the speedy receiver could join up with the rival Cleveland Browns. Wallace would fit nicely into head coach Rob Chudzinski’s desire to have a more vertical offense. It could also help quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has the arm to stretch the field — even if the coaching staff is said to be looking for other options under center. So far, Wallace hasn’t shown that he’s ready to be a dominant No. 1 receiver option. That means wherever he lands, fantasy owners should be wary of overvaluing him in drafts.

– Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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