Chris Johnson Is The No. 1 Fantasy Running Back; Who Is No. 2?

September 2, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The dreaded “running back by committee” has left the number of viable #1 fantasy running backs few and far between. 

There are only a few clear cut No. one, non-time share, top-tier running backs: Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Maurice Jones-Drew, Michael Turner, Steven Jackson and Frank Gore.

PPR or non-PPR, most people would anoint Chris Johnson the No. one running back this year.  Even if he is only half as good as last year, we are looking at 1,250 total yards and eight TD—that alone would make him a good No. two on your team.

Much has been written about the year after a 2,000-yard season. Eric Dickerson, Jamal Lewis, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis and OJ Simpson all had significant declines the following season. 

The most similar to Johnson in that group were probably Sanders and Simpson: both of them made their living with moves as opposed to power.

In addition, all the o...

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