Will Chris Johnson Holdout?
If Chris Johnson is one of your fantasy football keepers, you may want to cross your fingers that a deal gets done soon. The last thing you want for the #1 player in fantasy football is for a stalemate to ensue. A holdout could put a major damper on his chances to repeat as the number one fantasy back.
I actually had him slated as the number two fantasy back simply because I expect a lighter workload in 2010 for Johnson. I also think defenses will come up with better game plans to slow him down a bit.
If he misses any portion of training camp, I may have to bump him down a few notches, especially after the news that Michael Turner is in excellent shape. The NFL Odds that a running back sustains an injury increases when he doesn’t get the proper conditioning heading into the season. When you rely on your speed as much as Johnson does, the likelihood of a hamstring injury is even greater.
So should you think about trading Johnson? I wouldn’t necessarily go that far. Not unless you get one of those Godfather type offers that you just can’t refuse. He’s young, and elite talent, and plays for an NFL team that should continue to improve in the years to come. So don’t panic now, but this is situation to monitor throughout the summer.
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