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Chris Johnson is a B-U-S-T, bust, bust, bust

By Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Chris Johnson  is hoping to remain a solid Fantasy running back after signing with the Jets. (USATSI)
Chris Johnson is hoping to remain a solid Fantasy running back after signing with the Jets. (USATSI)

Here's the blurb from my early busts column for 2014 on running back Chris Johnson, who signed with the Jets on Wednesday. I was planning to call Johnson a bust no matter where he signed, and landing with the Jets didn't change that feeling.

The full column should be posted shortly, but given the news Wednesday here's what I expect to happen for Johnson this year. ...

The Jets decided to gamble on Johnson after the Titans released him in April, and his days as a featured running back are over. He will share playing time with Chris Ivory, and whether he remains the starter is irrelevant because he's not a workhorse anymore.

Keep in mind we're talking about a running back with a career-low 3.9 yards-per-carry in 2013. He still managed to finish as the No. 9 Fantasy running back last season, but that was his first Top 10 finish since 2010. He has gone three years in a row with six rushing touchdowns or less, and the only reason he was in the Top 10 this season was a career-high four receiving touchdowns (his previous high was two in 2009).

He'll be 29 in September and hasn't been the same running back since his 2,000-yard season in 2009. Right now he's outside of my Top 24 running backs in the rankings, and I don't plan on moving him up.

I'll likely end up considering him just a flex option worth a pick in Round 5 at the earliest, but someone else can draft him. If I want the better Jets running back I'll wait another round or two later and settle for Ivory, who has more upside.

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