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LJ could face suspension, shame, more anger from the fantasy community

Andy Behrens
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Is it possible that the women of Kansas City have simply seen how easy it is for non-Broncos to tackle Larry Johnson, so they'd like a shot at him?

No, that's probably not why these incidents keep (allegedly) happening. The following report is from Monday's Kansas City Star:

Chiefs running back Larry Johnson is in more trouble, as he was reportedly involved in a late-night altercation with a woman during the team's bye weekend.

The news, first reported by ESPN, came Sunday night after the Chiefs suffered a 34-10 home loss to the unbeaten Tennessee Titans. Johnson was not active for the game.

"We are aware of the most recent incident involving Larry Johnson and we are very disappointed with his involvement," Chiefs president Carl Peterson said in a statement.

If ESPN's Michael Smith is correct, it's likely that the league will give Johnson a bit more time off:

"It's just a matter of for how long," one source said of a possible suspension.

Kolby Smith received 10 hopeless carries in Week 7 against Tennessee, while Johnson was inactive due to violations of team rules. Rookie Jamaal Charles carried only three times against the Titans, but he nearly outgained Smith (17 yards to 20). Charles also caught four passes for 26 yards. He's the more explosive back, but Smith would apparently have a greater share of the carries for KC during a Johnson suspension.

Why does any of this matter for fantasy purposes, since the Chiefs are such a remarkable joke?

Well, Kansas City's end-of-season schedule is actually fairly interesting. In Weeks 13 through 17, they'll face Oakland, Denver, San Diego, Miami, and Cincinnati. Four of those five teams are in the bottom-half of the league in rushing yards allowed, and two of them (Oakland and Denver) allow more than 4.5 yards per carry.

Some KC running back is going to be a serviceable RB2/Flex at the end of the season, and it may not be LJ. Just be ready to add/drop.

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