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Titan runs up the points

By Ed Ryan
Globe Staff / November 20, 2009

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It’s time Chris Johnson’s name made it into this space.

All the Tennessee Titan has done is become not just the top running back in fantasy football, but the top overall scorer. It’s an impressive feat when you consider quarterbacks usually hold the top six or seven positions, and more impressive when you consider seven backs were selected ahead of Johnson in my league.

In the real world, Johnson was the first back to eclipse 1,000 yards for the season (he has 1,091), and only two others have nudged over 900.

I give the owner in my league who took Johnson in the second round a lot of credit: He took Johnson ahead of more established, safe names such as Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs, Marion Barber, and Ronnie Brown. But I don’t want to go overboard with my praise: This guy’s first-round pick was LaDainian Tomlinson, and his third-rounder was Terrell Owens.

Perhaps that’s why his team name is “Aging All-Stars.’’

Three up:
Marion Barber, RB, Dallas
: The Cowboys ignored their running game against Green Bay, but that won’t be the case against Washington. The Redskins have an exceptional pass defense so Dallas will look to execute on the ground with Barber as the focal point.

Antonio Bryant, WR, Tampa Bay: The Bucs host New Orleans, and that means they’ll have to throw the ball to keep up. Bryant has been a disappointment but is back in the lineup and should benefit in this matchup.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia: McCoy rushed for just 5 yards against the Chargers but with Brian Westbrook suffering from another concussion, the job is McCoy’s, possibly for the rest of the season.

Three down:
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City
: Despite last week’s production, don’t start Charles against the Steelers. Pittsburgh has the league’s top run defense and Charles is a high-wire act: He looks as though he’s going to fumble on every carry.

Denver’s defense: In its first six games, Denver allowed just 11 points per game. In its last three games, Denver has given up 28.3 points and 331 yards per game. As an alternative pickup, the Titans have been racking up fantasy points lately.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore: Flacco has just 24 fantasy points in his last three games and his next three matchups are against the Colts, Steelers, and Packers. He’s not a great choice for the stretch drive if you have someone comparable on your roster.

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