Peter King called him "just another guy." Eric Mack wrote he could be on your waiver wire after he struggled against the Colts -- the Colts! -- this week. Chris Johnson rushed for just 34 yards on 14 carries against Indianapolis' bad run defense. He was even benched..
For the season, Johnson has rushed for just 302 yards on 107 carries, a paltry 2.8 average. He's scored just one touchdown. (In points-per-reception leagues, he's at least averaging 3.9 catches a game.) On Sunday he was benched by the end of the game in favor of Javon Ringer, who also got 14 carries but rushed for 60 yards. Ringer was also targeted six times to Johnson's five and caught five passes for 42 yards compared to three for 17.
So is Ringer a sneaky good fantasy pickup, especially considering he's only owned in nine percent of Yahoo! leagues. Johnson remains the starter, but Ringer is expected to be mixed in. He got the offense going a bit against the Colts. Sunday was only the second time he broke double-digit fantasy points all season in standard leagues and Tennessee was last in Football Outsiders' adjusted line yards stat even before Sunday.
And yet, by the eye test Ringer looks better than Johnson and it seems like the coaches would be have to start working him in more eventually. Coupled with the Titans' appealing run defenses matchups in Weeks 14 (New Orleans) and 15 (Indianapolis), Ringer is a guy to pick up this week and stash on your bench for future dividends.