Start & SitOctober 3, 2012

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Week 5: Is Chris Johnson Back? - 17 comments

By R.J. White

Through three weeks, Chris Johnson was challenging to be the worst first-round fantasy pick of all time. Even first-rounders in years past that have suffered season-ending injuries right at the beginning of the year have allowed their owners to start halfway decent backs in Weeks 2 and 3. Johnson hasn’t afforded that luxury to anyone, rushing for 45 yards on 33 carries in three weeks of play, and the obvious question was, “Is he done?” Week 4 saw an explosion for Johnson, who went up against a tough Houston team and came away with 141 rushing yards on 25 carries. Is he now a locked-in starter on fantasy teams? Not exactly. It’ll take more than one big performance to erase three weeks of stink. For now, consider him a borderline RB2. However, if he posts another good line, he’ll see his stock rise to every-week starter once again.

The rest of the Start/Sit rankings are below, using the Fantasy Pros setup from our preseason rankings. As always, I’ll be checking the comments section throughout the week to answer specific questions.

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R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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17 Responses to “Week 5: Is Chris Johnson Back?”

  1. .5 PPR league, need to pick 2 from:

    Kyle Rudolph vs. TEN
    Dennis Pitta @ KC
    Andrew Hawkins vs. MIA

    Roll with the two TEs?

  2. User avatar WWM says:

    You want start sit advice go to the forums.

    As for the rankings:
    Percy is pretty low in your ranks;care to elaborate on that?

  3. Ripboins says:

    What’s your feeling on James Jones or Andre Roberts, not just for this week, but for the season. I have Brandon Lloyd, Marques Colston and Jeremy Maclin….i need to drop one of them if I were to take Jones or Roberts, but not sure if I should. I would most likely want to drop Maclin for Jones, but do you think Jennings will get healthy and then jones is worthless?

  4. User avatar daullaz says:

    @BronXBombers51: Yes, I’d go TEs.

    @WWM: Harvin ranks about 15th in FPPG in non-PPR leagues right now and has an average matchup. Guys like Andre and Julio rank a little lower but I love their matchups this week.

    @Ripboins: I definitely wouldn’t drop any of your three guys for the two listed.

  5. jfella22 says:

    OK I need 2 RBS 2 WRs and a Flex NON PPR


    Charles- Starting
    Turner- Starting
    Johnson- Bench
    Mendenhall- Bench


    Welker- Starting
    Wayne- Starting
    Decker- Bench
    Colston- Bench

    I’m really debating between starting Maghee, Johnson or Colston at my Flex, But i’m having a tough time deciding who to but at Flex.


  6. msimmons says:

    Jackson or Battle this week? 12tPPR

  7. msimmons says:

    Hawkins cause Miami kills against the run and Pitta because he ha to redeem himself and KC should give up a good number of passing yards. GL@BronXBombers51:

  8. User avatar daullaz says:

    @jfella22: I like Colston in your flex, but either way you go should be solid.

    @msimmons: Jackson.

  9. tkhitter says:

    Kyle Rudolph or Antonio Gates this week?

  10. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Hey Roy,
    Two questions for you. I kind of know who I want to play but I just want confirmation.

    Standard scoring. Stevie Johnson, DESean Jackson, or Torrey Smith? I’m leaning towards Smith
    PPR: Michael Turner or Antonio Brown?
    I’m leaning towards Antonio Brown cause I’m going to Pittsburgh to see the game against the Eagles. I think Turner might be the better play here, but I’m willing to sacrifice five or six points to see Brown live
    Thanks, bro

  11. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Tkhitter: FYI. I saw somewhere that Tennessee has given up seven touchdowns to tight ends already. So Rudolph should be pretty well

  12. User avatar daullaz says:

    @tkhitter: Rudolph

  13. User avatar daullaz says:

    @joejlitz: By Roy, do you mean me? I’d go Smith and Brown.

  14. Garlash says:

    Here’s my big dilema – who to start Chris Johnson or Jackie Battle?

  15. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Sorry RJ. Yes. I meant u. Thanks for the help

  16. Bob E Smash says:

    Need 1 of the following for my Flex. It is a PPR league but very small points are given.

    TD’s are 60pts
    Rushing and receiving yards are 0.5 pts per yard
    Receptions are 2 pts

    Donald Brown
    Pierre Garcon
    Andrew Hawkins


  17. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Garlash: I’d have to go CJ. No telling how much work Battle gets.

    @Bob E Smash: With such heavy PPR emphasis (4 points per yard!), I think you have to go with one of the WRs. I have Garcon slightly ahead, but they’re close, so go with your gut.


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