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Lion has been a great catch

Though he has just one TD and one 100-yard game, Chris Johnson submitted an encouraging performance last week. Though he has just one TD and one 100-yard game, Chris Johnson submitted an encouraging performance last week. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
By Ed Ryan
Globe Staff / November 11, 2011

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Calvin Johnson, I missed you.

Detroit’s bye last week forced me to come up with a replacement for the staggering 22-point average Johnson amassed during the season’s first nine weeks. I’m in two leagues and own Johnson in both, and replacing him really wasn’t an option. I just threw in Nate Washington in one league and Eric Decker in the other and hoped for the best.

Johnson has been extraordinary. He leads all receivers with 11 touchdowns and has the seventh-most fantasy points - and the six players ahead of him are quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matthew Stafford).

I’m in the playoff hunt in both leagues, and if I’m going to qualify, I’ll need Johnson to stay healthy and keep going off. In fact, I don’t own Stafford, but he’s throwing to Johnson, so I’ll need him to stay on the field, too.

Go Lions!

Three up:

Roy Helu, RB, Washington: Has Mike Shanahan finally settled on a starting running back? It seemed that way after Helu participated in 64 of 67 snaps against San Francisco.

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee: It should go without saying that a premier, well-paid runner will produce, but Johnson has just one touchdown and one 100-yard game. On the heels of a somewhat encouraging performance against Cincinnati, though, he now faces Carolina and its lousy run defense.

Chad Ochocinco, WR, New England: He is available in both of my leagues, and probably yours, too. No surprise; Ochocinco has zero touchdowns and hasn’t had an impact in any game. But Brady was looking for him against the Giants, so if you pick up Ochocinco now, before he has a good game, you’ll be able to flip him for something decent down the stretch.

Three down:

Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis: Tamme was a great fill-in late last season for Dallas Clark, and now Clark is hurt again. Tamme is likely available, but his quarterback is Curtis Painter, not Peyton Manning.

Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle: Rice is extremely talented, but it’s difficult to count on Tarvaris Jackson delivering Rice the ball. Jackson’s passes are 50-50 propositions - they could land in the arms of a guy in either jersey.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, NY Giants: Two things are working against him: 1. He wasn’t always on the field in the red zone against New England, and 2. New York is facing San Francisco, which has not allowed a rushing touchdown.

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