Running back Chris Johnson may watch his fantasy stock drop out of the first round, in standard redraft leagues, because of his expected holdout, when the league returns from its never ending lockout. While many fantasy owners will have their concerns about Johnson’s health, should he miss time into the season, his long term projections still find him atop our running back dynasty rankings.
Sure, Tennessee is in a rebuilding mode, but no one running back (at least in this humble writer’s opinion) comes close to the skill set Johnson provides. Truly, a special factor back, Johnson should be one of the games top notch fantasy producers for another five or six years.
Another young star atop his position is Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson. While a healthy Matthew Stafford could take Johnson to another level, this young pass catcher has proven he can produce at a high level without a mar key quarterback throwing the football.
In 2008, Detroit failed to win a game, but Johnson amassed over 1,300 yards receiving and a league high 12 touchdowns in the season. Last year, Stafford played in three games but only finished one thanks to continued shoulder problems, but Johnson remained one of the better receivers to own with his second 12 touchdown season of his career.
The dynasty / keeper cheat sheet below is set for not just this season but the years to come. These rankings may change throughout the summer because of injuries and so forth, but for the most part, they will probably remain intact, as there is more to consider (as is the case with Chris Johnson) with each player than just their effectiveness for the 2011 season.