Matchup Meter: Sinking Colts may be last-gasp tonic for Johnson
Finally, the day is here. Or, perhaps more appropriate, the right matchup is here. Finally, Chris Johnson should deliver for disappointed fantasy owners.
Johnson belongs to the league's least productive rushing offense (64.3 yards per game), and this week the feature back was the popular pick among SI experts for most
The last time the Titans hosted Indianapolis, Johnson busted free for 179 yards from scrimmage on 30 touches. No one should expect that type of production, but it's no stretch to predict the fourth-year back can deliver his second 100-yard game of the season. That alone would put a huge grin on the faces of those who made Johnson their top pick in fantasy drafts this summer.
The Dolphins have surrendered two or more touchdown passes to four of the six passers the team has faced this season, including Tim Tebow's pair in the final quarter last week. Only Indianapolis and St. Louis have allowed more passing scores.
After two devastating losses the Lions must hit the road to face a Broncos team that has found hope in Tebow. In terms of talent, this is no contest, but if there is an area where the Lions are vulnerable it's in defending Denver's rushing attack. The Lions rank among the bottom five in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (129.4) and per carry (5.0).
In six games the Chiefs' defense has managed just six sacks while allowing 12 passing scores (tied for third most). Only a few weeks ago, the unit allowed Indianapolis' Curtis Painter to look like a pro (115.8 QB Rating). The last time these teams faced one another, Rivers did not have Antonio Gates at his disposal.
These fantasy stars might need a rest this week due to an unfavorable matchup on the horizon ...
Washington's pass defense has held its own through six weeks. The unit has held opposing passers to a QB Rating of less than 80.0 in three of the past four games -- a list that includes Mike Vick and Tony Romo. And only the Jets and Ravens have allowed fewer passing scores than the five Washington has given up.
The Panthers have averaged 161.2 yards on the ground over the past four weeks (175 last week). This week that average will experience a significant dip. The Vikings are one of only five defenses allowing fewer than 90 rushing yards per game, and they allow just 3.6 yards per carry -- impressive stats for a team with a 1-6 record.
Go down the line and it's clear the Steelers do not give up much ground to opposing receivers. The best an opposing receiver has performed against the league's No. 2-ranked pass defense was in Week 3 (Pierre Garcon had six catches for 82 yards). And the top tight end for opposing teams has averaged 3.7 catches and 38.4 yards (that list includes Dallas Clark's two catches for 12 yards and Marcedes Lewis' two for 29).