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According to ESPN, Jets RB Chris Johnson doesn’t expect to spend much time on the bench in Week 1. “At the end of the day, they wouldn’t have brought me in here if I wasn’t going to have a big role, if I wasn’t going to be a big part of this offense,” Johnson said Wednesday. “That’s something I’m not worried about. I’m not worried about my role and how it’s going to play out. As a free agent, they could’ve chosen a lot of different guys. They already had some guys in here that had some success. They weren’t going to bring me in here for no reason.”
SMITTY: I like Chris Johnson a lot at his late 5th- to early 6th-round ADP/value… that’s around players like DeSean Jackson, TY Hilton, Michael Crabtree… I’m not suggesting that any of those players aren’t solid, but the risk is low when it comes to CJ2K if you ask me… Looking for Chris Johnson Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Jets WR Eric Decker “will be among the league leaders in targets” in 2014.
SMITTY: Well, that’s one man’s prediction. Eric Decker might have a decent season, but he has Geno Smith throwing him the ball, not Peyton Manning. Personally, I think Decker can’t live up to that kind of hype in New York. His ADP is only in the 8th- to 9th-round, though, and that’s not a bad price to pay. So, will he be a fantasy WR2 in 2014? I say no, but good thing you don’t have to pay that kind of value for him. Chris Johnson is the high-ceiling/high risk player on that Jets roster entering 2014. He could earn his 5th-round ADP, and that’s not a crazy price tag either given his potential. Looking for Chris Johnson Projections for the 2014 fantasy football season?
According to usatoday.com, Colts coach Chuck Pagano predicts that Trent Richardson will have a “great” season in 2014.
SMITTY: This is a tough one, honestly, it is. I was sold on Trent Richardson last year, and he just didn’t deliver. In his defense, changing teams during a season is never easy, and I watched tape on the runner and he had some strong runs if you dig deep enough. The talent is there, but it’s almost as if his struggles last year were mental and confidence-related. That’s the only part that has me hesitating on his 5th-round ADP. Now, that’s not a bad risk/reward in the 5th-round, as I truly believe T-Rich has the talent, I am just not sure if he has shaken whatever made him ineffective for most all of last season. Here is what you have to ask yourself if on the clock and looking at Richardson’s name tag… are the other available players still a better grab? Players often available at Richardson’s ADP are: Ben Tate, Chris Johnson, Michael Floyd, Jordan Cameron and Joique Bell… All the runners listed have similar risk levels and similar upsides, but I’d have to say a handcuffed Ben Tate seems like the better 5th-round buy heading into August!
According to NFL.com, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson believes he is in for a breakout season in 2014. “I’m going to be a top-five playmaker,” Patterson said. “I’m a playmaker, I like to make plays. Like I tell them, just get the ball in my hands I feel like I’m special with it. I just like to do special things with the ball.”
SMITTY: Cordarrelle Patterson is on most everyone’s breakout radar, however, the guy can still smash his currently-rising ADP, which has now climbed into the 4.12-5.03 range. His ADP has climbed quite a bit over the last two months, there is no denying it, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t nicely outplay it even at 4.12-5.03 value, as that’s where players like Roddy White, Chris Johnson, Trent Richardson and DeSean Jackson are being taken. A couple players below the 4.12 spot are players I like as much as Patterson, like Michael Floyd and Joique Bell, but Patterson has as much value, or more, as some players in the 3rd-round, like Reggie Bush, Vincent Jackson, Victor Cruz, and Ryan Mathews. I love VJax and Cruz this year, so I’m not predicting bust for those guys, I just feel that Patterson also belongs in that late 3rd-round range with those big names, which is fantastic news for those able to snag him in the late 4th- or early 5th-rounds. Want to know where we have all these players ranked based on your exact league scoring? Get your hands on our fantasy football cheat sheets 2014!
According to nydailynews.com, Titans’ running backs coach Anthony Lynn had this to say on Chris Johnson’s potential workload in 2014: “That’s up to him,” Lynn said. “He’s definitely going to get the ball. So, it’s what he does with the ball… He can have as many yards as he wants.”
SMITTY: Anthony Lynn then went on to say this, though: “We’ve always played the hot guy.” He also added, “It doesn’t matter who it is. If you go in there and produce, you usually stay in.” So, the opportunity is there for CJ2K entering 2014, the guy will just need to stay healthy. Check out our projections for both Johnson’s and Chris Ivory right here:
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The Florida Times-Union is reporting that the Jaguars like Toby Gerhart’s “ability to gain yards after contact and thrive on third down.”
SMITTY: Look, there are several reasons to like Toby Gerhart right now, but there are even more reasons to sell-high in dynasty formats. Don’t sell-low, I’m not predicting that Gerhart will for sure be a bust, but given that fantasy worlds seem to be settling into the idea that this guy holds steady RB2-type value, I say package Gerhart in a more complex deal and upgrade another runner into stud territory (or make a lateral move into a safer-type player, one that you’d be just fine with should Gerhart even go on to prove to be the real deal). And, as far as redraft leagues go, I’m not sure about you guys, but now that Gerhart is pulling in ADP data around names like Andre Johnson, Trent Richardson, Chris Johnson, and even Cordarrelle Patterson, I’m staying clear of the Jaguars’ rusher (at those prices at least)… I even love me some Joique Bell over Gerhart heading into yearly-league drafts! If you roll with Gerhart in any format, though, Jordan Todman is a must-own handcuff! Our Draft Analyzer, which will certainly help you maneuver through such dilemmas, will be 2014-ready soon!
Source: Florida Times-Union